California Baptist University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

California Baptist University
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California Baptist University Admissions Overview:

CBU has an acceptance rate of 64%. Students can check out CBU's website to learn about admissions requirements and application steps. Applicants must complete an online application, complete with a short essay, submit high school transcripts, test scores from the SAT or ACT, letters of recommendation, and an application fee. 

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Admissions Data (2016):

  • California Baptist University Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

California Baptist University Description:

California Baptist University is a private, four-year university affiliated with the Southern Baptist Church. It is the only Southern Baptist university on the West Coast. CBU's 128-acre campus is located in Riverside, California, about 60 miles from Los Angeles. The University of California Riverside is about seven miles away. CBU offers 150 undergraduate majors and concentrations and 33 graduate majors, with 17 academic departments and schools. Academics are supported by a 19 to 1 student/faculty ratio. The university also offers a range of online courses and programs. CBU's residential students participate in a variety of clubs, organizations, and intramural sports. On the intercollegiate front, the CBU Lancers compete in the NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference (PacWest). The Lancers have won national and regional championships in sports including wrestling, softball, and men’s and women’s swimming.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 9,157 (6,937 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 37% Male / 63% Female
  • 85% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $31,372
  • Books: $1,790 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,210
  • Other Expenses: $3,166
  • Total Cost: $44,538

California Baptist University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 94%
    • Loans: 75%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,151
    • Loans: $8,228

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 24%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 42%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 60%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Swimming and Diving, Water Polo, Soccer, Track and Field, Volleyball, Cross Country, Wrestling
  • Women's Sports: Swimming and Diving, Basketball, Golf, Water Polo, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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