Christian Life Profile

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 9,000 students attend CBU, coming to Riverside from more than 40 states and 20 foreign countries.

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

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 Science (BS)
• Biochemistry (BS)
• Bioengineering (BS)
• Biology (BS)
• Business Administration (BA, BS)
• Chemistry (BS)
• Christian Studies (BA)
• Civil Engineering (BS)
• 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)
• Liberal Studies (BA)
• Marketing (BS)
• Mathematics (BS)
• Mechanical Engineering (BS)
• Music (BA)
• Nursing (BS)
• Nutrition (BS)
• Philosophy (BA)
• Political Science (BA)
• Pre-physical Therapy (BS)
• Psychology (BA)
• Public Relations (BA)
• Social Science (BA)
• Sociology (BA)
• Software Engineering (BS)
• Spanish (BA)
• Theater (BA)
• Visual Arts (BA)

CBUintercollegiate 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)


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 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 interview skills.