California Baptist University


California Baptist University Online is one of many Christian colleges in California. Its headquarters is in Riverside, California just southeast of Los Angeles. During the 2016 school year, 2,236 undergraduate students took advantage of CBU’s online programs.i

California Baptist University Application Process

To apply to CBU, undergraduate applicants must submit:ii

  • Their high school GPA
  • Their high school student record
  • Letters of recommendation
  • SAT/ACT test scores

CBU also recommends that applicants submit their high school ranking, evidence that they’ve completed a college-preparatory program, and, if English is not their first language, test scores for the TOEFL.ii

Otherwise, prospective students should follow the CBU application process for online programs.

California Baptist University Enrollment

In fall 2016, California Baptist University’s total enrollment was 9,157. Of those students, 6,937 were undergraduate students and 2,220 were graduate students. Of the undergraduate students, 85 percent attended school full-time; 15 percent attended part-time. The majority of undergraduate students, 75 percent, were age 24 or younger. Twenty-three percent of all undergraduate students attended school entirely online, and 32 percent were enrolled in at least some online education.ii

Of CBU’s graduate students in fall 2016, 46 percent attended school part-time and 54 percent attended full-time. Twenty-two percent of graduate students were enrolled entirely in online classes.ii

California Baptist University Tuition

During the 2016-2017 school year, undergraduates students paid an estimated $31,372 for in-state and out-of-state tuition at this private school. For books and supplies, students paid an additional estimated $1,790. At this rate, students would pay an estimated $137,670 for four years of tuition and fees. Note that this annual tuition rate might rise within the next four years.

Graduate students paid an estimated $11,430 for tuition in 2016-2017. They paid an additional estimated $710 annually in fees.ii

California Baptist University Financial Aid

Ninety-five percent of full-time, beginning undergraduate students took advantage of CBU financial aid, including federal, state, local, and institutional grants, scholarships, and loans. Of those 95 percent, 94 percent received grant and scholarship aid, and 74 percent took out federal student loans.ii

Of all undergraduate students, including transfer and returning ones, 84 percent received grant or scholarship aid; and 74 percent took out federal student loans.ii  

California Baptist University Reviews and Ranking 

U.S. News ranks California Baptist University #31 (tie) in Regional Universities West and #30 in Best Value Schools.iii Within CBU online programs, U.S. News ranks CBU:i

  • #8 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #73 in Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding the MBA)
  • #95 (tie) in Best Online MBA Programs
  • #101 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Education Programs

The most popular online majors in 2016-2017 were in Business and Commerce and Kinesiology and Exercise Science.i

California Baptist University Online Options

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