California Baptist University

8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA

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California Baptist University provides a variety of program options for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Riverside, CA and operated as a private institution. The school maintains a Southern Baptist affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. California Baptist University has a yearly student enrollment of over four thousand.

Students can select from many areas of study, including:

  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies

Students applying for admission are usually asked to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Students may submit either the SAT or ACT exam scores to be considered for admissions to this school. A score within the range of 1260 to 1640 on the SAT, or 18 to 24 for the ACT is common among accepted students. CBU admits around 70 percent of students applying. Of those students admitted, nearly 44 percent of students enrolled. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $28,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and therefore students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to get a better idea of their personalized cost estimate of attendance. The cost of on-campus housing is estimated to be $4,800 per year. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the necessary requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The California Baptist University Lancers participate in several intercollegiate athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs offered include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division II)
  • Softball (NCAA Division II)

For a complete list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please visit the school's website at

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the students California Baptist University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at California Baptist University is about 8,500. The student body is made up of 78% undergraduate students and 13% graduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • The estimated tuition range is around $29,000-$34,000 per year
  • Part time students pay in the range of $1,100 to $1,300 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid96%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships95%$15,492
Receiving Student Loans74%$8,062

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, California Baptist University may offer services to students like:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Graduation Rates

California Baptist University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 58%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years41%
Graduating in 5 Years13%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 1984)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2013)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2013)

Intercollegiate Athletics

California Baptist University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division II (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Pacific West Conference)
  • Basketball (Pacific West Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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Data Disclaimer

Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact California Baptist University for official up-to-date information.

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