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International Profile

Located 60 miles east of Los Angeles, California Baptist University is one of the fastest-growing private Christian universities in the region. 

Welcome to California Baptist University
CBU’s 160-acre suburban Riverside campus is located between Southern California beaches and attractions as well as mountain and desert resorts—an ideal place for students to discover and live their purpose

CBU offers the expansive range of academic programs and student support services you would expect from a large university while preserving the vibrant social and spiritual life that makes small schools so appealing. CBU students enjoy a mouth-watering menu at the University’s spacious commons cafeteria, a cool swim in the enormous pool in the Lancers Aquatic Center, solitude in the historic Gabriel Library, chaos at athletic events, and spiritual renewal at weekly chapel meetings.

CBU’s First-Year Orientation and Christian University Success, or FOCUS, helps ease first-year students into University life and the CBU community. Starting with New Student Orientation Weekend, FOCUS provides activities and services to connect students “to campus, classmates, and Christ” and helps them succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. A similar program called RE-FOCUS helps students in their senior-year transition from college to career and teaches them essential job interviewing skills.


The 160-acre campus in Riverside, California, reflects the University’s Southern California environment, with towering palm trees, mission-style buildings, and a spectacular view of the nearby San Bernardino Mountains.


Type of SCHOOL: Founded in 1950, CBU is affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


Size of Campus: 160 acres


Number of Students: Nearly 9,000 students attend CBU, coming to Riverside from more than 40 states and 20 foreign countries.


Number of Faculty: CBU currently has nearly 600 full- and part-time faculty members. The student-faculty ratio is 17.5:1.


Colleges, programs, and degrees: (See listing to the left for partial list of programs. Visit for a complete list.)


Geographic Diversity: CBU is a short drive from popular Southern California beaches and amusements parks as well as mountain and desert resorts.


International Student Services: Please visit for more information about admission, tuition, and fees as well as student services. 


International Student Budget: Please visit for more information about admission, tuition, and fees as well as student services. 


Financial Aid: Please visit for more information about admission, tuition, and fees as well as student services. 


Test Score Requirements: Applicants applying from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency in order to ensure a successful experience at CBU. English proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways: 

• A recent official test score report with a minimum 71 iBT on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). CBU’s TOEFL Institution Code is 4094.

• A recent official test score report with a minimum 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)  

• An official test score with a minimum of 430 on the Reading section of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

• An official test score with a minimum of 16 on the English section of the American College Testing Program (ACT)

• Completion of 30 transferable units from an accredited institution in the US with a GPA of 2.0 or above, including the CBU course equivalent of English Composition, ENG113 

Applicants who have not demonstrated English proficiency may be granted joint/conditional admission into the Undergraduate and Intensive English Program (IEP), CBU’s English as a Second Language Program. Applicants who are granted joint admission will receive a form I-20, which states they have been admitted to the undergraduate program and will receive English-language instruction at CBU through IEP. (All students from non-English speaking countries, upon arrival to CBU, are required to take a University placement test to ensure proper English proficiency for academic success.)


Application Deadlines and Fees: Fall semester: July 1, spring semester: November 1, summer semester: March 1 (graduate students only, select programs)



• Accounting (BS)

• Applied Theology (BAT)

• Architecture (MArch)

• Aviation Science (BS)

• Biochemistry (BS)

• Bioengineering (BS)

• Biology (BS)

• Business Administration (BA, BS, MBA)

• Chemistry (BS)

• Christian Studies (BA)

• Civil Engineering (BS, MS)

• Clinical Health Science (BS)

• Communication Disorders (BS)

• Communication Studies (BA)

• Construction Management (BS)

• Criminal Justice (BS)

• Early Childhood Studies (BA)

• Electrical and Computer Engineering (BS)

• Engineering (General) (BS)

• English (BA)

• Film Studies (BA)

• Graphic Design (BA)

• Health Education (BS)

• Health Science (BS)

• Healthcare Administration (BS)

• History (BA)

• Intercultural Studies (BA)

• Journalism (BA)

• Kinesiology (BS, MS) 

• Liberal Studies (BA)

• Marketing (BS)

• Mathematics (BS)

• Mechanical Engineering (BS)

• Music (BA, MM)

• Nursing (BS, MSN, DNP)

• Nutrition (BS)

• Philosophy (BA)

• Political Science (BA)

• Pre-physical Therapy (BS)

• Psychology (BA, MS)

• Public Relations (BA)

• Social Science (BA)

• Sociology (BA)

• Software Engineering (BS, MS)

• Spanish (BA)

• Theater (BA)

• Visual Arts (BA)


CBU intercollegiate athletics (NCAA D-II)

• Baseball (m)

• Basketball (m, w)

• Cheerleading (w)

• Cross-Country (m, w)

• Diving (m, w)

• Golf (m, w)

• Soccer (m, w)

• Softball (w)

• Swimming (m, w)

• Volleyball (m, w)

• Water Polo (m, w)

• Wrestling (m)