California Baptist University

Private, Four-years School Located in Riverside, CA

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How much is the CBU tuition? For the academic year 2022-2023, CBU's tuition & fees is $38,058 based on the NCES data.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $53,472 when a student lives on-campus.

CBU Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$38,058
Books & Supplies Costs$1,152
On-campus Room & Board$11,210
On-campus Expenses$3,052
Off-campus Room & Board$17,786
Off-campus Expenses$4,860
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$38,368

How Much Does it Cost to Go to CBU for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $163,229 at CBU. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $225,558. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $142,275.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$39,127$53,899$33,935
Sophomore (2024-25)$40,226$55,526$35,001
Junior (2025-26)$41,357$57,203$36,102
Senior (2026-27)$42,519$58,931$37,237
4 Years Total$163,229$225,558$142,275
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$40,226$55,526$35,001
Sophomore (2025-26)$41,357$57,203$36,102
Junior (2026-27)$42,519$58,931$37,237
Senior (2027-28)$43,713$60,712$38,408
4 Years Total$167,815$232,371$146,748
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$41,357$57,203$36,102
Sophomore (2026-27)$42,519$58,931$37,237
Junior (2027-28)$43,713$60,712$38,408
Senior (2028-29)$44,941$62,547$39,617
4 Years Total$172,529$239,392$151,364
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$42,519$58,931$37,237
Sophomore (2027-28)$43,713$60,712$38,408
Junior (2028-29)$44,941$62,547$39,617
Senior (2029-30)$46,204$64,439$40,865
4 Years Total$177,376$246,628$156,127
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$43,713$60,712$38,408
Sophomore (2028-29)$44,941$62,547$39,617
Junior (2029-30)$46,204$64,439$40,865
Senior (2030-31)$47,502$66,388$42,152
4 Years Total$182,360$254,086$161,042

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, CBU' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,449. Compared to private, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is higher than the average tuition of $22,481.
California Baptist University$38,058
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,259
Public Schools$7,023$12,740
Private Schools$20,449
California Four-years Colleges$20,202
Public Schools$3,888$12,488
Private Schools$22,481

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between CBU and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
California Baptist UniversityRiverside, CA$38,058$14,410
Holy Family UniversityPhiladelphia, PA$32,558$12,141
Saint Ambrose UniversityDavenport, IA$34,570$19,320
Merrimack CollegeNorth Andover, MA$49,196$33,948
Chaminade University of HonoluluHonolulu, HI$28,544$25,200
Rockford UniversityRockford, IL$35,050$13,895
Graceland University-LamoniLamoni, IA$31,970$11,905
Keck Graduate InstituteClaremont, CA$39,377$39,377
Lasell UniversityNewton, MA$42,630$11,268
Christian Brothers UniversityMemphis, TN$35,520$15,512
Whitworth UniversitySpokane, WA$48,990$12,816

Financial Aid and COA

At California Baptist University, 7,725 students (94%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $19,418.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at CBU is $34,054 for students living on-campus and $42,438 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 1,304 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $22,757 and the average amount of student loans is $8,153.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$53,472
COA (off-campus)$61,856
Tuition & Fees$38,058
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$15,414
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$23,798
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$34,054
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$42,438
Average Financial Aid$19,418
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship7,72594%$19,418
Pell Grants3,55743%$4,848
Federal Student Loan5,25964%$9,992
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1,30498%-
Grants or Scholarships1,30097%$22,757
Federal Grants57643%$5,570
Pell Grants56943%$4,732
Other Federal Grants29422%$1,755
State/Local Grants60445%$7,343
Institutional Grants1,29197%$16,995
Student Loan Aid85764%$8,153
Federal Student Loans83863%$5,217
Other Student Loans13910%$18,814

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

CBU's acceptance rate is 63.73%. A total of 9,474 applicants applied to and 6,038 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 1,372 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 22.72%.
To apply to CBU, 2 items are required - Secondary school GPA and Secondary school record and 4 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school rank, Completion of college-preparatory program, Recommendations and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Acceptance Rate63.73%63.94%63.63%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)22.72%25.27%21.46%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

California Baptist University has a total of 11,495 students including 8,334 undergraduate and 3,161 graduate students. By gender, there are 3,861 male students and 7,628 female students attending CBU. The school offers online degree programs and 2,766 students enrolled online exclusively (24.06% of all students).
Total11,489 3,8617,628
Undergraduate8,252 3,0135,239
Graduate3,237 8482,389

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered134 Programs
Online Program Offered15 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered41 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate79.92%
Student Population11,495
Graduation Rate63%
Transfer-out Rate23%
Retention Rate73% (Full-time), 33% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate18 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties347 (Full-time), 509 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs919 (Full-time), 521 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$91,726
Average Staff Salary$72,694