#29 Best Private Colleges in California

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

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California Baptist University overview
Location Riverside, California
Online calbaptist.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Southern Baptist
California Baptist University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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California Baptist University (CBU), established in 1950, is a private, liberal arts university located in Riverside, California, within close proximity to the vibrant city of Los Angeles. Defined by its Christian mission, the campus is known for its Mission Revival architecture, which complements its suburban setting. CBU offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable emphasis on health-related fields, engineering, business, and education. The university upholds a moderately selective admissions process. On-campus living is available to students, with multiple residence options accommodating a significant portion of the student body. While the university supports a variety of student-run athletics, California Baptist University is particularly recognized for its competitive swimming and diving teams, competing as the Lancers at the NCAA Division I level.

In the most recent statistical year 9,474 prospective students applied, and 6,038 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,372 enrolled in the school.  9,444 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,045 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $34,918 plus fees of $2,100. California Baptist University is ranked 637 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












California Baptist University is rated within the lower 46% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

California Baptist University overview
SAT 960/1150
ACT 18/25
GPA 3.58

Applications Accepted

California Baptist University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $45

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for California Baptist University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,126
Other Fees$2,100
Room and Board $10,710
Budget for Other Expenses$3,060
Total One Year Cost$51,914

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$45,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

55% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by California Baptist University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 13%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 12%
Health Professions 11%
Psychology 8%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 7%

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