California Baptist University

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8432 Magnolia Avenue

Riverside, CA 92504

Phone: (951) 689-5771
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#42 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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California Baptist University is a private institution that was founded in 1950. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,954, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 131 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. California Baptist University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 42. Its tuition and fees are $28,122 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

California Baptist University believes each person has been created for a purpose. CBU is committed to helping students find and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience, integrating academics with spiritual and social development. Graduates are challenged to become individuals whose skills and integrity glorify God and distinguish them in the global workplace. The University emphasizes a life of service through students chosen careers, whatever they may be, based on biblical principles. CBU is diverse in its ethnicity, denominational affiliation, and the ages of its students, providing a cross-cultural outlook in all areas of campus life. The challenging academic program is enhanced through experiential learning in a student's chosen field.

In 2013, CBU's Lancer Athletics is completing a transition to NCAA Division II and currently competing in the 13-member Pacific West Conference in 13 sports. In its inaugural season in 2011-12, the Lancers won a conference-record six PacWest Championships in men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, baseball and softball. As a result, the Lancers won the 2012 PacWest Commissioner's Cup, awarded to the top overall athletic program in the conference. In 2012-13, the Lancers added three more conference titles in men's cross country, women's soccer and women's basketball. The move to NCAA competition follows a 42-year run in the NAIA where the Lancers amassed 22 championship titles and numerous regional titles in a variety of sports.

The University's flagship International Service Project (ISP) and United States Projects (USP) programs provide opportunities to participate in the "Great Commission" (Matthew 28:19-20) and gain cross-cultural experience.

Offering more than 150 undergraduate majors and concentrations and 33 graduate programs, CBU offers a wide range of degree choices.
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General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1950
Religious affiliation California Southern Baptist Convention
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $12,230,337


When applying to California Baptist University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at California Baptist University is $45. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California Baptist University is 16:1, and the school has 42.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California Baptist University include: Business/Commerce, General; Psychology, General; Health Professions and Related Programs; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 45%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 13%
Psychology, General 12%
Health Professions and Related Programs 9%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 9%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 8%

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Student Life

California Baptist University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,954, with a gender distribution of 36.9 percent male students and 63.1 percent female students. At this school, 44 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56 percent of students live off campus. California Baptist University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,031
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

California Baptist University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. California Baptist University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at California Baptist University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at California Baptist University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At California Baptist University, 69.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,274.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $28,122 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,740 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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