Welcome to California Baptist University


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).

The campus: The 160-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 10,000 students attend CBU, coming to Riverside from more than 40 states and 33 foreign countries.

Our faculty: CBU currently has over 700 full- and part-time faculty members. The student-faculty ratio is 17:1.

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.


• 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 Education (BS) 

• 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) 

• Theater (BA) 

• Visual Arts (BA)

This is a partial listing. For the full CBU program listing, please visit calbaptist.edu/programs.

CBUintercollegiate athletics (NCAA D-I)

• Baseball (m)

• Basketball (m, w)

• Cheerleading (w)

• Cross-country (m, w)

• Dance (w)

• Diving (m, w)

• Golf (m, w)

• Soccer (m, w)

• Softball (w)

• Swimming (m, w)

• Track (m, w)

• Volleyball (w)

• Water polo (m, w)

• Wrestling (m)

Located 60 miles east of Los Angeles, California Baptist University is one of the fastest-growing private Christian universities in the region. CBU’s 160-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 Aquatic Center, solitude in the historic Annie Gabriel Library, school pride 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 interview skills.