California Baptist University

2,178 reviews
  1. Riverside, CA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A-
California Baptist University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Baptist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Pacific West Conference
Address
8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

California Baptist University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
80%
SAT Range
840-1100
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$25,752/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,748/ year
  • $30-48k
    $25,551/ year
  • $49-75k
    $27,164/ year
  • $76-110k
    $30,725/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,722/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.166 responses
84%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.160 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.159 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,571Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
42%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 115 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    54%
  • All of the above
    25%
  • Humble
    5%
  • Loving
    5%
  • Aimable
    3%
  • Determined
    3%
  • Religious
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
70%
Poll
84%
of students say they don't have Greek life.164 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.229 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 143 responses
Report
  • Living your life's purpose
    48%
  • Biblically rooted & globally minded.
    13%
  • Living your life's purpose through God's will
    12%
  • Find God's will and align your life with it
    11%
  • Living your purpose
    8%
  • Striving for academic and social success
    7%
  • Academic
    1%

After California Baptist University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
55%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
92%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.130 responses

Reviews

2,178 reviews
  • Excellent
    693
  • Very Good
    914
  • Average
    490
  • Poor
    47
  • Terrible
    34
As soon as I decided to go to CBU I almost regretted not going to a big University or Cal State that had more students, extracurricular activities, and a HUGE campus. I soon came to realize a month into school that California Baptist University is the perfect University for anyone who wants decent classes sizes, great relationships with faculty and staff who genuinely care about you and your education, and be in an environment that is so accepting and diverse. CBU's campus is constantly expanding, and although its size does not compare to larger Universities that surround the Inland Empire, its perfect location compensates! Its located about an hour or less from any of the main attractions (Knott's berry Farm, Disneyland, Newport or Huntington beach), 10 minutes or less from just about any SoCal store or eatery chain you can think of, and is smack in the middle of the beautiful city of Riverside. Attending CBU, without a doubt, is the best choice I have ever made! Moving into my 3rd year, my love for CBU and its community continues to grow and I would recommend CBU to anyone and everyone!
  • College Junior
  • Sep 12 2015
I love Cal Baptist and couldn't be happier--simply could not be happier. I highly recommend visiting at least once. Touring the campus really opened my eyes to the opportunities and was just a small glimpse into a world and environment that I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of. The acceptance rate is great, so most people have a pretty good chance of getting in.

The staff and faculty are all really equipped to serve the students, not themselves. One way the university ensures this is by having smaller classes, so there's more opportunities for one on one, it's easier for the professors to genuinely care about you--and they do.

The variety of financial aid and scholarships was really great to. I auditioned for a music scholarship and I got into one of the choir's fairly easily, with a pretty decent scholarship. And I'm not even a music major or minor! Through the music program I have been able to form so many relationships. The conductors are all super friendly, slightly intimating at first, but they really care about watching you grow.

Let me just say that as a commuter it's a bit difficult to bond on campus: if you do not put in effort. As a commuter, the commuter lounge is super tiny and right now I think they're working on better accommodations. However, -and it's a big however- Commonality Life makes huge efforts to really incorporate commuters, as well as transfers, into the campus by having a lot of events that everyone can get involved in. My best friends are all commuters, we hang out in the lounge all the time, we go to events together, we carpool. I went from having zero friends to like twelve just from being in the Lounge 24/7. The first Wednesday and Thursday of the month there's Commuter Cafe, which is free. There's also Commuter Tribe which is a great way to grow spiritually and meet people. So I think as long as you're putting in effort to get involved, you should be fine.
  • College Freshman
  • 7 months ago
Living on campus is probably one of the best options I made as a freshman. Although we have a small campus, and even though commuters could still find ways to be social on campus, I think actually living on campus has it's own perks. My first year, even though I was a freshman I lived in apartment style housing that is exclusively for freshman. I met so many people and older students (Residents Advisors) whom I still communicate with. My living area was pretty great! my room included a large fridge and air/heat-conditioning plus a bathroom! The only people I had to share with were my roommates. I loved getting to know the people on my hall and sharing classes with a few of them. The social atmosphere is the best thing; you meet people and connect. It makes connecting around campus and in class so much easier because you may already know them simply because you live near them. The cost is expensive but by at the end of the day, living on campus is convenient for many obvious reasons.
  • College Sophomore
  • 4 months ago