California Baptist University

California Baptist University

California Baptist University, popularly called Cal Baptist, was originally founded in 1950 as the California Baptist College. It is a private Christian liberal arts institute in Riverside, California. The campus is spread across an area of 103 acres of land. Cal Baptist's recent enrollments have been more than 3,000 students.

Cal Baptist offers a large number of bachelor's and graduate degrees and teacher credential programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Professional Studies
  • Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education
  • Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business
  • School of Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Christian Ministries
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Nursing
  • Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music

The athletics teams of California Baptist University are nicknamed the Lancers. The men's and women's teams participate in golf, soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming and diving, water polo, volleyball, wrestling, softball, and tennis.

The U.S. News and World Report of 1998 placed Cal Baptist among the top five regional liberal arts institutes for faculty-student ratio. The 2006 edition of U.S. News and World Report ranked the university among the top 60 in its "Universities-Master's (West)" category.

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California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside , CA 92504-3297
General Phone: (951) 689-5771

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California Baptist Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts279Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history ...
Business and Management136business, business management, accounting and management
Therapy and Counseling117behavioral sciences, psychology, counseling psychology
Education and Teaching98education
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy67exercise science, recreation and leisure studies
Religion and Philosophy43philosophy, Christian studies, bible studies, pastoral counseling
Security and Law Enforcement34criminal justice and administration
Media16communication studies, journalism, desktop publishing and imaging
Science11biology, chemistry
Art Studies5visual and performing arts
Computer Science and Engineering4information technology
Family and Social Work4public administration
Nursing and Emergency Medicine3registered nursing
Drama and Performing Arts0drama

Number of programs and degrees for California Baptist in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree62630
Master's degree2118

California Baptist Student Body

In 2007-2008, California Baptist had a total enrollment of 3,775 students (3,439 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 75%
Graduate 25%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 57%
Black 8%
Hispanic 19%
Asian 4%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 26%
20-21 22%
22-24 16%
25-29 12%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%

California Baptist Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %
Part-Time 25 %

California Baptist Room and Board (2007)

California Baptist offers campus housing for 1,670 of its 3,439 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Riverside, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

California Baptist Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470560
SAT Math508560
SAT Writing505550
ACT Verbal1924
ACT Math1823
ACT Composite2023

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT69%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT31%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

California Baptist Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 22,330
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,330
Room and board $ 7,910
Room charge $ 3,700
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,210
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 2,970

Financial Aid:
California Baptist participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 112500)

California Baptist Faculty

California Baptist has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year9$102,4443$124,333
Associate professorcalendar year7$86,7140*
Assistant professorcalendar year5$79,2006$74,667
Lecturercalendar year6$25,4258$27,366
All faculty totalcalendar year27$76,94617$61,172

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year18$83,3895$76,600
Associate professoracademic year17$74,82411$76,091
Assistant professoracademic year22$64,90926$65,385
Instructoracademic year1*0*
Lectureracademic year2*0*
All faculty totalacademic year60$72,44342$69,524

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

California Baptist Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Golden State Athletic Conference
Baseball Golden State Athletic Conference
Track Golden State Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports8097177

California Baptist Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Accounting and Business/Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Information Technology

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Christian Studies
Pastoral Studies/Counseling

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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California Baptist Highlights

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What Sets California Baptist Apart:

% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 3%$pretty_college $award_cats{$char}
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 9%California Baptist % of degrees in liberal arts
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%California Baptist Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%California Baptist % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%California Baptist % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%California Baptist Female % of student body
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%California Baptist Number of students
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 19%California Baptist % of freshmen enrolled part-time
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 20%California Baptist % students on athletic fin. aid

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