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Colleges / California Baptist University

California Baptist University

Riverside, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate64%
Acceptance Rate64%

About California Baptist University

California Baptist University Overview

California Baptist University is a private, religious school in the suburban setting of Riverside, California. California Baptist University was founded in 1950 and now enrolls around 11,491 students per year year, which includes 8,252 undergraduates. California Baptist University ensures on-campus housing for up to 3,707 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 20% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Activities at California Baptist University

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of California Baptist University's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? California Baptist University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at California Baptist University, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? California Baptist University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at California Baptist University on the Student Life page.

2022 California Baptist University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Other
Overall Acceptance Rate 64%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Tuition $35,958
Percent of Need Met 29%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $27,684

Is California Baptist University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how selective a school is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better sense of what California Baptist University offers and if it could be a good choice for you.

California Baptist University Acceptance Rate 2022

California Baptist University is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 64% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 9,474 students applied to California Baptist University and 6,038 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at California Baptist University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It guages how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 78% of students who start at California Baptist University come back the next year. Around 57% of students who started at California Baptist University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook California Baptist University Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from California Baptist University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with California Baptist University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

California Baptist University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of California Baptist University's endowment was $82.9 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, California Baptist University spends about $8,625 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at California Baptist University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

California Baptist University meets 29% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $27,684 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $37,316 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at California Baptist University.

Based on this information, does California Baptist University seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is California Baptist University a good school for you?

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Where is California Baptist University?

California Baptist University is located in the suburban setting of Riverside, California, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

If you want to see California Baptist University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take CA State Highway 91 to Riverside, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Ontario International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what California Baptist University and Riverside are like without leaving home.

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College Info

8432 Magnolia Avenue Riverside, CA 92504-3206

Campus Setting: Suburban

California Baptist University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to California Baptist University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to California Baptist University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

California Baptist University ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to California Baptist University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into California Baptist University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

California Baptist University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

900 - 1140


Math SAT Range

440 - 560


Reading SAT Range

460 - 580

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1140 and Above


900 to 1140


900 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for California Baptist University students is 1093. Applicants with SAT scores of 1140 and above have a good chance of being admitted to California Baptist University, while applicants with SAT scores between 900 to 1140 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 900 have a low chance of being offered a spot at California Baptist University.

California Baptist University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at California Baptist University is like? There are approximately 11,491 students enrolled at California Baptist University, including 8,252 undergraduate students and 3,239 graduate students. 89% percent of students attend school full-time, 92% percent are from CA and 8% percent of students are from other states.


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