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California Baptist University

United States
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About California Baptist University

California Baptist University (CBU) is one of the top private Christian colleges and universities in Southern California. CBU offers bachelor's, master's and credential programs in Riverside, San Bernardino and online.

California Baptist University believes each person has been created for a purpose. CBU strives to help students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities. Graduates are challenged to become individuals whose skills, integrity and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish them in the workplace and in the world.

Campus information

The beautiful 160-acre main campus of California Baptist University is situated in the heart of Riverside’s historic Magnolia Avenue district just a short drive from popular beaches and mountain resorts. The main campus is comprised of more than 30 buildings featuring the 94,800 sq. ft. Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, separate men’s and women’s residence halls, multiple apartment complexes and modular housing, the 270-seat Wallace Theater, a fitness center, one of the region’s largest aquatic centers, the Annie Gabriel Library, the Van Dyne Gym, and the JoAnn Hawkins Music building, one of the nation’s most advanced music production and recording facilities.

Our beautiful 156.4-acre campus reflects its Southern California location with palm trees, mission-style buildings and their distinctive red roofs, a breath-taking view of the San Bernardino Mountains and many warm, sunny days.

Explore California's famous beaches - Malibu, Santa Monica, Laguna, and Newport.

  • Ski the slopes - Big Bear and Mount Baldy ski resorts are less than an hour away.
  • Get away from it all by visiting the many nearby national and state parks, including Joshua Tree National Monument and Lake Arrowhead.
  • Amuse yourself at Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, or Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  • See the city. Los Angeles, home to movie and television studios, the Dodgers, Lakers, the Angels, the Mighty Ducks, and countless restaurants shops, culture, and entertainment is just 60 miles away.

Riverside, one of the fastest-growing cities in America, offers the amenities of a large city and the comfort of a college town. The city was named 2012 Intelligent Community of the Year for its use of technology. Some local attractions include:

Entertainment and shopping

Movie theatres, coffee shops, restaurants, and excellent shopping opportunities, Riverside has them all. Be sure to check out the Mission Inn, a magnificent landmark that has entertained eight U.S. presidents and countless celebrities.

Arts and culture

A symphony orchestra, an opera association, theatre companies, and civic choruses, all with openings for California Baptist University students to participate-are just some of the cultural highlights of Riverside. You'll also enjoy exhibits at the Riverside Art Museum and the California Museum of Photography.


Follow a winding lane 1,300 feet up to Mount Rubidoux, one of Riverside's most famous features for a panoramic view of the Inland Valley. Capped by a cross and peace tower, it has been the site of sunrise Easter services since 1909.


Living on-campus while in college is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Office of Residence Life is here to help make this experience one you will never forget. We hope that your time living on-campus will help you grow in your faith, succeed academically, and experience authentic community. We are excited to walk with you on this journey!

If you are still on the fence about living on-campus, research shows that students who live on-campus are more likely to graduate and report a more meaningful college learning experience. Most of CBU’s Traditional Undergraduate students choose to live in one of our many living areas and have found that living at CBU has many rewards, one being the unique feeling that CBU is home.  


Courses available 10

Applied and Pure Sciences 1 Education and Teaching 1 Engineering 3 Health and Medicine 4 Humanities & Social Sciences 2


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