California Baptist University (CBU) is a private, faith-based, liberal arts university located in Riverside, California. The school offers almost one hundred Bachelor’s and Master’s programs across 10 different schools and colleges. CBU’s mission is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and experience required for them to lead productive, meaningful, spiritual, and successful lives.


Take In The Sights And Sounds Of Southern California

California Baptist University is located in the city of Riverside in sunny Southern California, in the United States. CBU boasts a scenic 156-acre campus lined with palm trees and beautiful architecture. With a wondrous view of the San Bernardino Mountains and within close proximity to many of California’s famous beaches in Malibu, Santa Monica, and Laguna. The university’s location offers students a wide assortment of events and activities.Riverside is a large city that provides students with entertainment, shopping, dining, and cultural activities. Watch a movie, shop the sales, listen to an orchestra or attend the theatre - all this and more can be found in Riverside, California.

Students are expected to achieve the ‘Core 4’ student outcomes by graduation - to be: Academically Prepared, Biblically Rooted, Globally Minded, and Equipped to Serve.

Students can also venture outside the city to ski slopes less than an hour away or explore one of the many national and state parks in the area. Visit the great city of Los Angeles, only 60 miles away, to find a diverse range of restaurants, cultural activities, shopping and sightseeing. Sports aficionados will love that Los Angeles is also home to the well-known basketball team, the Lakers, and baseball team, the Dodgers. Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and Six Flags Magic Mountain are also easy to access to spend a fun day outside of the campus.


CBU Mission and Programs

CBU offers 72 Bachelor’s and 25 Master’s degree programs across 10 schools and colleges in the areas of architecture, visual arts and design, engineering, health science, nursing, behavioural sciences, business, Christian ministries, education, and music. CBU’s outstanding academic programs are supported by a firm university mission - to integrate academics with spiritual and social development opportunities.

Students are challenged to use their skills and knowledge to advance professionally, but also to give back to the community in whatever way possible. Students are expected to achieve the ‘Core 4’ student outcomes by graduation - to be: Academically Prepared, Biblically Rooted, Globally Minded, and Equipped to Serve.

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Be A Part Of A Strong University Community

California Baptist University creates a strong, interconnected campus community for all its students. The university believes that extracurricular activities are just as important as academic pursuits, and that they shape and enhance students’ overall college experience. On campus, students can take part in Midnight Madness - the opening of basketball season - where CBU students come together with an abundance of school spirit and a whole host of fun games and competitions. CBU also hosts formal dinners, late night breakfast during finals week and Coffeehouse Concerts featuring well-known artists and local talent.

The Recreation Center is fully equipped and encourages students to stay physically fit and CBU Intramural Sports also holds many athletic events throughout the year. There are also many clubs and associations on campus that students can join, such as Anthropology Club, Creative Writing Club, International Justice Mission, and Surf Club.


Discover Unity While Living On Campus

Many students live on campus at CBU and the university strives to create a living environment where students can grow in their faith, excel in their classes, and also easily make new friends and be part of an inclusive community. For a meaningful college experience, freshman students can reside in one of four living quarters:  Simmons Hall, Smith Hall, The Cottages, and Tower Hall.

Each residence hall has different set ups and living arrangements, ranging from co-ed to boys only, but all have convenient common areas and everyday amenities. Around the clock high security at the residences and throughout the campus ensures that students feel safe and secure in their living environment.

The Residence Life staff are also always on hand to help students overcome any problems or challenges they may come across at their time at CBU. The university stands for diversity and unity and the staff helps students understand and appreciate these concepts.


Quality Dining Options   

California Baptist University has been ranked #2 in the state of California in 2014 for offering best quality food by the website Student Services and Dining Services offer not only the best food, but the best environment where students can come together, share a meal, and be welcomed. There is a wide assortment of dining options available on campus and they offer high quality, nutritious options to the campus community.  

Planning for the Future

The Career Services Department at CBU gives students guidance and advice on their academic and professional lives. They offer opportunities for professional development and hands-on experience to students in their field of study through internships, career fairs and other recruitment opportunities. They help students set personal and career goals and assist them in mapping out a path to achieving these goals. So whether students are trying to select a major, find an internship, or develop their interviewing skills, Career Services is there to guide them every step of the way.

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