California Baptist University

8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504-3297

School Details

California Baptist University, founded in 1950, stands on 130 plus acres in Riverside, California and continues to promote a “Christ-centered educational experience” based on founding principles. Initially, California Baptist enrolled 42 students and maintained just a handful of buildings in El Monte. However, the University continued to grow and expand, relocating to Riverside by 1955. As more students enrolled, the University constructed more facilities. By the 1980s, the school began conferring graduate students. And by the late 1990s, enrollment surpassed 2,000 students. Today, the private, not-for-profit four-year CBU offers 150 undergraduate majors and concentrations, along with 33 graduate programs to more than 6,000 students. California Baptist University maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1.

California Baptist University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, the University is accredited by additional organizations for specific programs, some of which include the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, and the State of California Board of Registered Nursing, and others. California Baptist University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

Realizing the growing demand for the educational desires of nontraditional and working professional students, California Baptist University Online and Professional Studies (OPS) has developed alternative routes, including online degrees, hybrid degree programs, and classes held at extension locations. Online certificate programs include an Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization Certificate and a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate. Online Bachelor’s degrees include studies in:

  •     Accounting
  •     Business Administration
  •     Christian Ministries
  •     Communication Studies
  •     Criminal Justice
  •     Early Childhood Studies
  •     English
  •     Interdisciplinary Studies
  •     Kinesiology
  •     Liberal Studies
  •     Nursing
  •     Organizational Leadership
  •     Political Science
  •     Psychology
  •     Public Administration
  •     Public Relations
  •     Sociology

In addition, students can choose to pursue concentrations in select programs. For example, the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies allows students to choose from English, Human Development/Early Childhood, Kinesiology, or Social Science concentrations. CBU also offers a variety of online Master’s degree programs, including:

  •     Business Administration
  •     Counseling Psychology
  •     Disability Studies
  •     Public Administration
  •     Public Relations
  •     Education, with Specialization in Educational Leadership, Early Childhood Studies, or Online Teaching and Learning

Educational Service Centers, located in Clovis, Menifee, Riverside, Silicon Valley, and Temecula, provide additional outreach. Select face-face programs of study are offered at each center and may differ by location. In addition, students enrolling in degrees through CBU Online and Professional Studies will find necessary support mechanisms in place. Asynchronous assignments for online classes can be accessed 24/7 and professional faculty communicate with students in engaging environments delivered via platforms, like Blackboard, Telepresence, and Webex. Likewise, advisors are available to guide students through their educational careers.

Prospective applicants for the undergraduate programs will need to submit the application and fee, along with official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and SAT/ACT scores, if applicable. Specific programs, like Nursing, may require additional prerequisites and documentation. In addition, students may earn possible credits through assessments, like Advanced Placement, CLEP, and DSST. International students may also need to provide proof of English language proficiency. Graduate documentation and prerequisites may be specific to the program of study, but typically require the application and fee, official transcripts, recommendation letters, essays, a resume, a writing sample, and possible assessments.

Eligible students may receive aid from California Baptist University through scholarships, grants, and loan programs. CBU offers institutional scholarships and grants based on merit and need, in addition to athletic and departmental scholarships. The University also sponsors, church-based, mission-based and ROTC aid. California Baptist University, designated a Military Friendly School in 2012 by G.I. Jobs, is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges and supports the education of qualifying military personnel and veterans via the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. Federal aid programs for qualifying students include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study Program, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Loan and the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students. State financial aid includes the Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B programs, in addition to the Assumption Program of Loans for Education.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Southern Baptist

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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