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 mouthwatering menus 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.

The Office of International Student Services
The Office of International Student Services works to meet the unique needs of the international student population and facilitate their successful integration to the United States and CBU. This office provides academic and immigration advising for international students and hosts events and ongoing programs to promote cultural understanding across campus and serve as a bridge to connect international students to the greater CBU community.  

We help international students succeed
At the CBU International Center, international students can get answers, find support, and connect with programs and services. 

We develop intercultural skills
The IC helps students develop the intercultural and leadership skills needed to success. All students, international and domestic, that are interested in developing an international perspective can benefit from our programs. 

We provide academic English preparation and support
The Intensive English Program (IEP) at CBU offers 4 levels of ESL courses to help prepare students who are not proficient in English to meet he rigorous academic standards of their university classes.


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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.

California Baptist U At A Glance

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: 200 acres

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

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

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
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International Studen
t Services & Budget: Please visit 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 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)

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