California Baptist University

Riverside, CA

California Baptist University

Riverside, CA

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Welcome to California Baptist University

Located 60 miles east of Los Angeles, California Baptist University is one of the fastest-growing private Christian universities in the region. CBU’s 200-acre suburban Riverside campus is located between Southern California beaches and mountain 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 can enjoy a mouthwatering menu at the University’s spacious cafeteria, a cool swim in the enormous pool in the Lancer Aquatics Center, solitude in the historic Annie Gabriel Library, school pride at athletic events, and spiritual renewal at weekly chapel meetings. 

CBU’s First-Year Experience (FYE) helps ease first-year students into University life and the CBU community. Starting with Welcome Weekend, FYE provides activities and services to connect students to campus, classmates, and Christ and helps them succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. 

Our students also receive guidance throughout their time at CBU, where they are able to sign up for mock job interviews and attend job fairs as they transition from college to career.



2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional University

CBU Quick Facts

About the University: 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).

Location: Riverside, California; located 60 miles east of Los Angeles, Riverside is a community of more than 300,000. Rich in its own culture and history, Riverside is also close to remarkable cultural and recreational opportunities.

The campus: The 200-acre campus reflects the University’s Southern California environment, with towering palm trees, mission-style buildings, and a spectacular view of the nearby San Bernardino Mountains.

Our students: More than 11,000 students attend CBU, both online and on campus, from more than 40 states and 33 foreign countries.

Our faculty: CBU currently has over 1,000 full- and part-time faculty members. The student-faculty ratio is 19:1.

• Accounting (BS)
• Applied Theology (BAT) 
• Architecture (MArch) 
• Aviation Flight (BS) 
• Biology (BS) 
• Business Administration (BS) 
• Chemistry (BS) 
• Christian Studies (BA) 
• Civil Engineering (BSCE) 
• Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS) 
• Communication Studies (BA) 
• Computer Science (BS) 
• Construction Management (BS) 
• Criminal Justice (BS) 
• Early Childhood Studies (BA) 
• Electrical and Computer Engineering (BSECE) 
• Engineering (General) (BSE) 
• English (BA) 
• Film (BA) 
• Finance (BS) 
• Graphic Design and Visual Experience (BA) 
• Health Science (BS) 
• Healthcare Administration (BS) 
• History (BA) 
• Intercultural Studies (BA) 
• Interior Design (BA) 
• Journalism and New Media (BA) 
• Kinesiology (BS) 
• Liberal Studies (BA) 
• Marketing (BS) 
• Mathematics (BS) 
• Mechanical Engineering (BSME) 
• Music (BM) 
• Nursing (BSN) 
• Nutrition and Food Sciences (BS) 
• Philosophy (BA) 
• Photography (BA) 
• Political Science (BA) 
• Psychology (BA) 
• Public Relations (BA) 
• Sociology (BA) 
• Software Engineering (BSSE) 
• Spanish (BA) 
• Sports Analytics (BS) 
• Theatre (BA) 

This is a partial listing. For the full CBU program listing, please visit

NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics:
• Baseball (m)
• Basketball (m, w)
• Cheerleading (w)
• Cross-country (m, w)
• Dance (w)
• Golf (m, w)
• Soccer (m, w)
• Softball (w)
• Swimming & diving (m, w)
• Track (m, w)
• Volleyball (w)
• Water polo (m, w)
• Wrestling (m)

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