Located 60 miles east of Los Angeles, California Baptist University is one of the fastest-growing private Christian universities in the region.
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: More than 10,000 students attend CBU, coming to Riverside from more than 40 states and 33 foreign countries.
Number of Faculty: CBU currently has over 700 full- and part-time faculty members. The student-faculty ratio is 17:1.
Colleges, programs, and degrees: See listing to the left for a partial list of programs. Visit calbaptist.edu/programs for a complete list.
Geographic Diversity: CBU is a short drive from popular Southern California beaches and amusement parks as well as mountain and desert resorts.
International Student Services: Please visit calbaptist.edu/international for more information about admission, tuition, and fees as well as student services.
International Student Budget: Please visit calbaptist.edu/international for more information about admission, tuition, and fees as well as student services.
Financial Aid: Several financial aid opportunities are available to assist international students, including academic scholarships, talent-based scholarships, athletic scholarships, and need-based grants. Please visit calbaptist.edu/international for more information.
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 of 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
• A recent official test score report with a minimum of 48 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE).
• 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 24 transferable units from an accredited institution in the United States 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)
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)
• Accounting (BS)
• Applied Theology (BAT)
• Architecture (MArch)
• Aviation Flight (BS)
• Biology (BS)
• Business Administration (BS, MBA)
• Chemistry (BS)
• Christian Studies (BA)
• Civil Engineering (BSCE, MS)
• 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, MS)
• Liberal Studies (BA)
• Marketing (BS)
• Mathematics (BS)
• Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
• Music (BM, MM)
• Nursing (BSN, MSN, DNP)
• Nutrition and Food Sciences (BS)
• Philosophy (BA)
• Photography (BA)
• Political Science (BA)
• Psychology (BA, MS)
• Public Relations (BA)
• Sociology (BA)
• Software Engineering (BSSE, MS)
• Spanish (BA)
• Sports Analytics (BS)
• Theater (BA)
• Visual Arts (BA)
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 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 mouthwatering menus 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 (FOCUS) program 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.