California Baptist University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

California Baptist University
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California Baptist University is a private Christian university with an acceptance rate of 80%. CBU's 128-acre campus is located in Riverside, California. The university offers undergraduate and graduate majors within 16 academic departments and schools. Academics are supported by a 14-to-1 student / faculty ratio. The school also offers a range of online courses and programs. On the intercollegiate front, the CBU Lancers compete in the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference for most sports.

Considering applying to California Baptist University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, California Baptist University had an acceptance rate of 80%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 80 students were admitted, making CBUs admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 6,595
Percent Admitted 80%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 31%

SAT Scores and Requirements

California Baptist University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 87% of admitted student submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 510 610
Math 480 590
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of CBU's admitted students fall within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to California Baptist University scored between 510 and 610, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 610. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 480 and 590, while 25% scored below 480 and 25% scored above 590. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1200 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at California Baptist University.

Requirements

CBU does not require the optional SAT writing section. Note that California Baptist does not provide information about the university's SAT superscore policy.

ACT Scores and Requirements

California Baptist University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 38% of admitted student submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 18 24
Math 17 25
Composite 19 25

This admissions data tells us that most of CBU's admitted students fall within the bottom 46% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to California Baptist University received a composite ACT score between 19 and 25, while 25% scored above 25 and 25% scored below 19.

Requirements

Note that California Baptist University does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. CBU does not require the optional writing portion of the ACT.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Christian Baptist University's incoming freshmen class was 3.59, and over 50% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to CBU have primarily high B grades.

Admissions Chances

California Baptist University, which accepts just over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions pool. However, CBU also has a holistic admissions process and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and a rigorous course schedule can strengthen your application. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of California Baptist's average range.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and California Baptist University Undergraduate Admissions Office.