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California Baptist University Overview

California Baptist University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Riverside, California. The city atmosphere of Riverside makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is California Baptist University Known For?

1,670 Undergraduate Awards
$36,276 Avg Cost After Aid
77% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at Cal Baptist is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Cal Baptist.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 33% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Cal Baptist makes roughly $42,600 a year. This is 4% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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California Baptist University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Cal Baptist has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#76 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#201 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#345 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Cal Baptist.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Public Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Human Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Communication Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Public Health Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#83 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#128 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Cal Baptist has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Highest Paid Communication Sciences Graduates College Factual
#2 Best Communication Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#8 Best Communication Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#8 Highest Paid Civil Engineering Graduates College Factual
#78 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#128 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is California Baptist University?

Location of California Baptist University

Contact details for Cal Baptist are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504-3297
Phone: 877-228-3615
Website: www.calbaptist.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CalBaptist/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/calbaptist

How Do I Get Into Cal Baptist?

You can apply to Cal Baptist online at: www.calbaptist.edu/future-students/why-cbu/applying-cbu/

Admission Requirements for Cal Baptist

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Cal Baptist?

77% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
77% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at California Baptist University is 77%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 78%.

Average Test Scores

About 77% of students accepted to Cal Baptist submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 600. Math scores were between 480 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California Baptist University  ( 500 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for California Baptist University  ( 480 to 590 )
200
800
Cal Baptist received ACT scores from 41% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 25. Math scores were between 17 and 24. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for California Baptist University  ( 17 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for California Baptist University  ( 17 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for California Baptist University  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford California Baptist University?

$36,276 Net Price
67% Take Out Loans
4.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Cal Baptist is $36,276. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Cal Baptist, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $7,656 a year. That adds up to $30,624 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cal Baptist is 4.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

California Baptist University Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,333 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,190 undergraduate students at Cal Baptist, with 7,333 being full-time and 857 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Cal Baptist

There are also 2,855 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,333 full-time undergraduates at Cal Baptist, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Cal Baptist

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California Baptist University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cal Baptist Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 458
Black or African American 420
Hispanic or Latino 2,639
White 2,872
International Students 177
Other Races/Ethnicities 767

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at California Baptist University. At this time, 26 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 43 countries are represented at Cal Baptist. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Rwanda.

Online Learning at California Baptist University

2,273 Took All Classes Online
5,645 Took At Least One Class Online
17.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 24 bachelor’s degree and 13 master’s degree programs available online at Cal Baptist. In 2017-2018, 5,645 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Cal Baptist has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 11th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Cal Baptist

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California Baptist University was 17.3%. This is the #994 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Cal Baptist regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Cal Baptist majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 10%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 17%
Computer & Information Sciences 43%
Computer Information Systems 8%
Education 7%
General Education 3%
Health Professions 8%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 23%
Liberal Arts General Studies 23%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 7%
Psychology 9%
Public Administration 3%
Public Administration & Social Service 57%
Sociology 17%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 4%
Visual & Performing Arts 47%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Cal Baptist ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Cal Baptist.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Public Relations & Advertising #12
Sociology #12
General English Literature #14
Political Science & Government #18
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #21
Human Services #21
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #26
Religious Studies #29
Public Health #29
Public Administration #30
Marketing #33
Philosophy & Religious Studies #33
Communication & Media Studies #33
English Language & Literature #34
Health & Physical Education #37
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #43
General Education #47
Communication & Journalism #50
General Psychology #50
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #55
Computer Information Systems #56
Social Sciences #56
General Business/Commerce #58
Psychology #72
Public Administration & Social Service #75
Accounting #75
Teacher Education Grade Specific #92
Computer & Information Sciences #121
Criminal Justice & Corrections #131
Liberal Arts General Studies #132
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #132
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #145
Nursing #191
Education #238
Business Administration & Management #286
Health Professions #322
Business, Management & Marketing #363

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California Baptist University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Education 0 255 0 255
Nursing 157 75 2 234
Business Administration & Management 25 198 0 223
Health & Physical Education 110 77 0 187
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 187 0 187
General Business/Commerce 156 0 0 156
General Psychology 156 0 0 156
Liberal Arts General Studies 88 0 0 88
Social Work 0 75 0 75
Criminal Justice & Corrections 63 0 0 63
Public Administration 16 32 15 63
Accounting 49 10 0 59
Communication Sciences 35 24 0 59
Public Health 37 22 0 59
Teacher Education Grade Specific 56 0 0 56
Allied Health Professions 0 48 0 48
Sociology 47 0 0 47
Design & Applied Arts 45 0 0 45
Public Relations & Advertising 25 15 0 40
Health Sciences & Services 37 0 0 37
Marketing 36 0 0 36
Computer Engineering 24 11 0 35
Mechanical Engineering 29 6 0 35
General English Literature 29 6 0 35
General Biology 33 0 0 33
Communication & Media Studies 23 6 0 29
General Architecture 15 10 0 25
Behavioral Science 25 0 0 25
Religious Studies 25 0 0 25
Civil Engineering 19 4 0 23
History 22 0 0 22
Political Science & Government 21 0 0 21
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 20 0 0 20
Student Counseling 0 18 0 18
Teacher Education Subject Specific 17 0 0 17
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 15 0 0 15
Music 10 5 0 15
Journalism 14 0 0 14
Educational Administration 0 14 0 14
Health & Medical Administrative Services 14 0 0 14
Air Transportation 13 0 0 13
Computer Information Systems 12 0 0 12
Chemical Engineering 11 0 0 11
Romance Languages 11 0 0 11
Drama & Theater Arts 11 0 0 11
Computer Science 9 0 0 9
Nutrition Science 9 0 0 9
General Visual & Performing Arts 9 0 0 9
Applied Mathematics 0 8 0 8
Mathematics 8 0 0 8
Biblical Studies 8 0 0 8
Biomedical Engineering 7 0 0 7
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 6 0 0 6
Construction Engineering Technology 6 0 0 6
Industrial Engineering 5 0 0 5
Writing Studies 5 0 0 5
Statistics 5 0 0 5
International Studies 5 0 0 5
Missionary Studies 5 0 0 5
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 0 5 0 5
Natural Resources Conservation 4 0 0 4
Philosophy 4 0 0 4
Anthropology 4 0 0 4
Human Services 4 0 0 4
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 3 0 0 3
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3 0 0 3
Chemistry 3 0 0 3
Entrepreneurial Studies 2 0 0 2
International Business 2 0 0 2
Sustainability Science 2 0 0 2
Finance & Financial Management 1 0 0 1
Information Science 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0
Sacred Music 0 0 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,670 1,111 17 2,798

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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