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8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504-3297
p. 951-689-5771
w. www.calbaptist.edu

California Baptist University

California Baptist University Rating: 3.9/5 (9 votes)

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Introduction

Founded in 1950, California Baptist University (CBU) is a private Christian school with 100% Christian faculty and staff. It is located on a 128 acre campus in the city of Riverside, just 60 miles east of Los Angeles. The university provides its students with a liberal arts education in a Christian environment. The school has the unique distinction of being the only Southern Baptist college or university on the West Coast.

Widely known for its academic excellence, the university offers classes both on campus and online. There are 90 undergraduate majors and concentrations and 25 graduate majors and credentials. The university’s list of accreditations and approvals is extensive and includes the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

Academics

The university provides a broad range of subjects to study and undergraduate degrees are offered in close to 50 diverse programs. Degrees offered include Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts. Students enroll in one of the following colleges or schools while working towards their degrees:

  • College of Allied Health
  • College of Architecture, Visual Arts, and Design
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Christian Ministries
  • School of Education
  • School of Music
  • School of Nursing

There is also has a graduate studies program that has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools. The graduate school offers working professionals a convenient way to experience the diversity offered in their graduate studies programs. Small classes and expert professors are two of the benefits experienced by students here. Masters of Science, Masters of Arts and MBA degrees are all offered. Some of the programs include subjects like Counseling Ministry, Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy or Professional Clergy and Education.

This school has one of the best collaborations of academic excellence and cultural diversity offered to international students. This is an ideal college destination for international students searching for a safe and welcoming environment and their commitment to their international students is exhibited in their programs such as the Intensive English Program (IEP). This program helps to improve the reading, writing, and oral skills of its international students.

The university offers degree programs through their online and Professional Studies department. These online options offer convenience to today’s busy adults. CBU’s course delivery options include evening classes, online courses or a combination of both.

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Admissions

The school has a rolling admissions policy without set deadlines for admission applications. Potential students must submit a completed application, application fee, a three to five paragraph essay, two letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and official test scores. Once completed, all admission documents are to be sent to the Undergraduate Admissions office.

Requirements for home-schooled, college transfer and international students are similar to those previously listed.

Prospective graduate students are welcomed and the school looks forward to assisting them with beginning their journey in the graduate program. One of the efforts used to assist potential graduate students is the university’s regular information sessions, where potential students have an opportunity to learn more about the graduate program. In order to attend California Baptist University’s graduate school, there are a number of steps to complete. Potential graduate students are required to submit a completed application online, application fee, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, official transcripts, recommendation forms, essays, resume, writing samples and take exams as needed. More detailed information about both undergraduate and graduate admissions can be found online as well as by contacting the Office of Admissions.

Financial Aid

For many students, financial aid is a key component to making college a success. The first step in the financial aid process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is easily available online.

Some of the many forms of financial aid include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Cal Grant, Chafee Grant, and academic scholarships.

Financial aid in the form of scholarships and loans is also available to graduate students.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1474th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Students have the option of living on or off campus. Some students may find it more cost-effective to live on campus. Additionally, current research has shown that college students who live on campus are more likely to have greater academic success and more likely to participate in activities than those who do not.

The Campus Activities Board has created programs that cover a broad range of student interests. For example, the Commuter Program provides opportunities for both on- and off-campus students to interact in a variety of activities. Another campus program is the Multicultural and Educational program, which provides opportunities to attend Broadway performances like Les Miserable, Lion King and Wicked. It is also important to note that the University’s Office of Spiritual Life promotes students’ spiritual growth.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The blue and gold Lancers are members of the Golden State Athletic Conference and they participate in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Some of the sports that students actively engage in include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, golf, swimming, and volleyball.

Additional School Information

Faculty are very committed to ensuring students are imparted with the necessary knowledge and skill sets to effectively matriculate through their college programming and smoothly transition into their chosen careers.

In addition, campus safety is of the utmost importance here and the University is committed to providing a high quality of services to provide the campus community with a safe and secure environment. Campus security officers are highly trained and have the same authority as local police officers.

Information Summary

Ranks 67th in California and 937th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.06
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.20
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 7 0.13
Arrest 2 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 782 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 13 0.00
Forcible Rape 57 0.02
Robbery 458 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,080 0.68
Larceny 6,278 2.04
Vehicle theft 1,273 0.41

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Riverside, CA 92504-3297
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population46,533 (46,507 urban / 26 rural)
Households15,348 (2.96 people per house)
Median Household Income$40,583
Families10,957 (3.48 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationSouthern Baptist
Congressional District641

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 536th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $26,312 $26,312 $26,312
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,810 $1,810 $1,810
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,012 $1,012 $1,012
FT Graduate Tuition $10,080 $10,080 $10,080
FT Graduate Required Fees $710 $710 $710
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $560 $560 $560
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $42,228 $42,228 $42,228
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $45,264 $45,264 $45,264
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $34,106 $34,106 $34,106

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $25,808 $26,900 $25,808 $26,900 $25,808 $26,900
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,664
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,700 $8,990
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,094 $3,166
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,862 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,058 $4,158
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,184 $4,274

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$45
Graduate Application Fee$45
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,853 (1,345 male / 2,508 female)
Admitted 3,036 (1,057 male / 1,979 female)
Admission rate 79%
First-time Enrollment 993 (389 male / 604 female)
FT Enrollment 967 (381 male / 586 female)
PT Enrollment 26 (8 male / 18 female)
Total Enrollment7,144

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Pacific West Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pacific West Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pacific West Conference

ACT Test Admission

901st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 44%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24

SAT Test Admission

821st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 82%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 850 / 1110

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,482
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,790
Board Fee$4,430

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 53 91 295 50 12 688 70 1,275
Accounting 2 1 4 3 10 2 22
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Anthropology, Other 2 2
Architecture
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 4 3 1 5 2 18
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
Behavioral Sciences 1 2 10 13
Bible/Biblical Studies 3 6 1 10
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 4 13 2 20
Business Administration and Management, General 3 6 10 3 18 3 43
Business/Commerce, General 6 4 23 4 54 2 94
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General 2 1 3
Christian Studies 4 4 15 23
Civil Engineering, General 11 1 1 2 9 24
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 1 4 5
Communication, General
Computer Engineering, General 7 1 3 11
Computer Software Engineering
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Counseling Psychology 13 32 4 2 44 6 101
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 3 13 1 19 5 41
Dietetics/Dietitian
Disability Studies
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 4 1 6
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 8 15 2 27
Education, General 4 19 1 36 3 64
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Engineering, General 1 1 3 5
English Language and Literature, General 1 8 18 1 29
Environmental Science
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 1 2
Forensic Psychology 2 5 1 6 3 17
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 1 1 2 12 2 18
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 1
History, General 1 6 6 13
Information Technology
International Public Health/International Health
International/Global Studies 1 1
Journalism 1 5 1 7
Keyboard Instruments
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 10 7 21 6 62 4 114
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 17 1 40 61
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 14 1 20
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1 3 5
Mathematics, General 1 1 1 4
Mechanical Engineering 1 1 1 9 12
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology 3 3
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 9 5 14 1 29
Music Performance, General
Music Teacher Education 1 1 1 7 10
Music Theory and Composition 1 1
Music, General 2 1 1 1 5
Organizational Leadership
Pastoral Studies/Counseling 1 1 2
Philosophy 3 2 5
Photography
Political Science and Government, General 4 9 1 18 1 33
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 2 2
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 1 3 19 2 26
Psychology, General 1 8 28 2 1 55 6 101
Public Administration 3 22 2 13 2 43
Public Health Education and Promotion 2 2 11 1 17
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 1 1 1 4 7
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 8 10 12 1 53 6 93
Sociology 4 11 11 3 29
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3 22 2 27
Statistics, General
Sustainability Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 2 3
Voice and Opera 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 772nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,176 ($82,882 male / $66,541 female)
Number of FT Faculty 254 (137 male / 117 female)
Number of PT Faculty 549
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $8,200,676
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