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These tools are designed to give you a better understanding and knowledge of our university and your transitioning student.  Please continue to pray with us and for us as we seek to help each student at CBU find and Live their Purpose.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at parents@calbaptist.edu.

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Student Responsibility

Academic integrity is a cornerstone of teaching and learning at California Baptist University. It is expected that all members of the university community will uphold high intellectual and ethical standards. It is the responsibility of students to protect their own work from inappropriate use by others and to protect the work of other people by properly citing the sources of references and ideas. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that examinations are honestly held and that work for a course is honestly done.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism is the use of another's words or ideas, verbatim or paraphrased, consciously or unconsciously, without giving credit to the creator of the work. Cheating is the unauthorized use or exchange of information before or during an examination, unauthorized collaboration on an assignment, submitting the same work for more than one course, or buying or selling work for a course. Similarly, it is cheating to conspire to do any of the above or to aid or assist those who do. (See page 20 in the Student Handbook for complete details.)

Student Handbook

Specific information regarding academic policy and requirements is contained in the California Baptist University Student Handbook. It is the responsibility of the student to fulfill all requirements as stated in the handbook. The University reserves the right to change policies at any time when such changes are necessary.

Class Attendance

Students are expected to attend all class meetings and adhere to the attendance policy of the faculty member of record for the course. Students who miss a class due to a University-sponsored event will not be penalized by means of lost points or any other punitive academic measure. Students are responsible for making up any work missed during their absence, and professors who assess class participation may require a reasonable assignment to make up for lost class time.

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising Office provides schedule advising and registration for all students. Academic Advising staff works in cooperation with faculty advisors assigned to students by major or program. Academic Advising staff meets with each student to develop appropriate academic schedules and review the student's academic course plan. Students are encouraged to make appointments to discuss degree requirements, academic scheduling, 90-unit evaluation, and pre-graduation checks. All academic forms, pre-registration, and registration are processed through the Academic Advising Office.

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center provides academic support for Students. The ASC offers workshops, tutoring, testing, peer mentoring, and study support services to Students. The ASC also works in partnership with such programs as athletics, music, and international programs to assist Students in meeting academic goals while participating in such programs. ASC staff assists Students in developing an individual academic success plan, which may include the following: midterm progress checks, regular study time in the ARC, tutorial services, or participation in a peer mentoring program.

Campus Dining

California Baptist University is proud to partner with Provider Contract Food Service, a local homegrown company with global appeal, to provide the campus community with quality food service options. Provider manages the on-campus food service program, campus catering services, and on-campus vending. The Student Services Office and Provider work closely together to create dining options that meet the needs of the CBU community.

Dining Options

Multiple meal plan options are available to residential and commuter students. Three (3) on-campus dining locations provide a variety of food options ranging from cafeteria-style and cook-to-order to a just-in-time format. The hours of operation and menus for each dining location are available online at calbaptist.edu/dining. Individual meals may be purchased at all campus dining locations.

The Alumni Dining Commons (ADC) is the largest dining facility on campus and provides a variety of daily cuisines to choose from as well as an extended Brunch that is offered every Sunday. Visitors to the ADC can dine in an "all-you-care-to-eat format". The highly trained culinary team artfully prepares "made-from-scratch" handcrafted authentic foods available at multiple stations. Choices range from a variety of themes and styles; from Comfort Classics to authentic Mexican, Indian, and other ethnic cuisines. Vegetarian options are also offered. Other foods provided include a variety of "made-to-order" fresh Sushi rolls as well as "grilled just for you" items like Cheddar Applewood Bacon Burgers. Daily offerings always include gourmet soups, fresh fruits, crisp salads, "made-to-order" waffles, delectable homemade baked-goods & desserts with plenty of sugar-free selections as well as an assortment of beverages. Menus in the ADC change daily. All food must be consumed in the ADC and is not offered to go. Removal of food and/or service items (plates, cups, bowls, silverware, etc.) from the ADC is not permitted.

In order to enter the ADC, students and/or guests must pay or be "swiped" in for the respective meal.

Brisco's Cafe is located in The Village @ CBU living area and provides casual dining and a grab-and-go format that includes gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, cook-to-order foods (hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.), a variety of side orders (fries, chips, fruit, yogurt, etc.), and an assortment smoothies, and hot and cold beverages. Brisco's Cafe is the perfect location to grab a meal on the go or to enjoy catching up with friends in a contemporary setting. In addition to meals, Brisco's Cafe offers snacks and sundries for purchase.

In order to obtain meals in Brisco's Cafe, students and/or guests must pay or be "swiped" for the respective meal.

Wanda's is located in the Evelyn Johnson Wing of the Billie and Eugene Yeager Center. This cafe offers the campus community an opportunity to grab a quick bite to eat and study or to just share a snack with friends. Wanda's offers specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, fresh salads, grilled items, sandwiches, fresh pastries, and snacks for purchase.

Students may not use meal plans to obtain meals in Wanda's.

Meal Plan Availability

Meal plan participants may obtain meals at the ADC and at Brisco's Cafe when classes offered to Traditional Students are in session. Meal service is closed during vacation periods.

Information regarding rates for meal plans is available in the University Catalog.

Meal Plan Requirements

Meal plan participation is required of all Students residing in University-owned living areas designated for Traditional Students. Meal plan participation is optional for commuter students and students residing in other University-owned living areas. Meal plan requirements (minimums) for students residing in University-owned living areas designated for Traditional Students are specified below.

Meal plans are tracked electronically and, in order to obtain meals, participants must present a valid student identification card. Questions and concerns regarding the meal plan tracking program and requests for meal plan changes should be directed to the Campus Life Office.

Meal plan participants may not exceed the number of meals associated with their respective meal plan.

Meal plan participants may not obtain more than five (5) meals per day.

In the event a student does not consume all of the meals allotted for any given semester, unconsumed meals do not "carry over" to the next semester. Unused meals are not refundable.

Commuter students and students residing in other University-owned living areas may choose to participate in any meal plan offered.

General Information

  • In order to obtain a meal, meal plan participants must present a valid student identification card.
    • The person whose name and photo appear on the card must be present in order for the card to be used to obtain a meal(s).
    • Members of the campus community may not loan and/or borrow student identification cards.
    • Failure to present a valid student identification card may result in denial of service.
    • Meals served at campus dining facilities are intended for student and approved guest consumption only.
    • Meal plan participants may provide meals for immediate family members (spouse, child, parent, legal guardian, sister, brother) by "swiping" an identification card once for each respective family member. Meal plan participants who desire to provide meals to immediate family members during "special-event meals" must "swipe" an identification card twice for each respective family member. Meal plan participants may only provide meals for family members when classes offered to Traditional Students are in session.
    • Students who remove service items, food, and/or conduct themselves in a disrespectful manner are subject to judicial action.
    • Health Department regulations prohibit bare feet and shirtless patrons in the Alumni Dining Commons, Brisco's Cafe and Wanda's.

Special Dietary Needs

The Provider culinary team is committed to offering healthy dining options as an integral part of daily menus. Most special dietary needs can be met upon request. The culinary team welcomes questions. Nutritional information for items served is available upon request. Students with special dietary requirements may submit a Meal Plan Modification and/or Exemption Request form.

Prior to preparing meals that meet special dietary requirements, the assistant dean of students and director of food and beverage service will review the information submitted by and consult with the student. Request forms are available in and may be submitted to the Campus Life Office.

Sick Trays

In the event a meal plan participant experiences an illness that prevents a visit to the Alumni Dining Commons or Brisco's, the student may make arrangements with a friend, roommate, or resident advisor to obtain a to-go meal. Individuals obtaining meals on behalf of an ill student are required to sign in with a member of the food service staff and present valid CBU identification cards. In order to prevent the spread of illness, students who experience flu-like symptoms should not visit any campus dining location.

To-Go Meals

The University recognizes there are times students may prefer to obtain a to-go meal. To-go meals may be obtained in Brisco's Cafe.

Travel Meals

The University provides meals for students who are required to participate in University sponsored trips (e.g. athletic away game, fine arts performance, etc.). In the event a to-go meal is provided to a student at the time of departure from campus, the meal may be deducted from the respective student's meal plan.

Career Services

Career Services strives to strategically equip Students to discover and articulate their God-given gifts and inherent skills in order to competently pursue a vocational calling and become effective servant-leaders for Christ upon graduation, both locally and globally.

In addition to coordinating on-campus jobs, the Center assists Students with securing off-campus employment. At no expense to Students, the following resources are provided:

Focus Career & Education Planning Solutions™ - An online career assessment which includes:

Interactive Career Analysis

Personal Career Toolbox

Detailed Occupational Analysis Reports

Workbook/Portfolio Resource

Resume Tutorial

Summary Report of Career Assessment

NACELINK™ - The NACELINK Network connects Students and alumni to thousands of jobs around the country every day. One can store resumes, cover letters, and writing samples; create search agents to save selected jobs; and mark preferred jobs as favorites

CCCU™ - a resource provided by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, which includes employers who are specifically seeking graduates from Christian colleges and universities

Local and national job, ministry, and seasonal employment postings (via online job boards and resume databases)

Internships (workshops, consultation, and resources to attain internships available for credit and/or not for credit)

Individual employment and career consultation

Interactive computer software on topics of career exploration, self-assessment, interview techniques, and resume writing

Seasonal employment and ministry opportunities, locally, nationally, and abroad

Access to salary and job trend projections, both locally and nationally

Online resources of current employment opportunities in business, government, industry, and other agencies

Brochures and periodicals for various professions

Graduate and professional school catalogs

To further equip Students and encourage professional development, the Center offers Etiquette Dinners (nominal fee) and career-related seminars for all academic disciplines. Academic-specific job and internship information sessions and Afternoons with Industry events are held both in the fall and spring semesters, as well as workshops on internships, resume writing, job search, networking and interviewing skills. Personal assistance in resume and interview preparation is available by appointment.

Visit the Career Services Center website for more information.

On-Campus Employment

The Career Center coordinates on-campus and off-campus Student employment opportunities. Students must be registered for classes at California Baptist University in order to serve as a Student worker. The Human Resources Office processes all Student-employee paperwork, oversees employment compliance issues, and provides University-related employment information. See pages 38-40 in the Student Handbook for complete details.

International Student Off-Campus Employment

International Students must receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) prior to beginning off-campus employment. Information regarding the EAD application and requirements can be obtained in the International Student Services Office.

CBU Student Handbook

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Dress Code

California Baptist University affirms that the appearance of members of the campus community should be consistent with its mission and values of a Christian university. The University recognizes that individuals have a freedom of personal choice; however, members of the CBU community are expected to reflect modesty and appropriateness – that is, dress in a manner that does not draw inappropriate attention to one's self.

General Attire

Regardless of the intent, display of the following is inappropriate on campus:

  • Cleavage
  • Midriff (mid- and lower-torso)
  • Mid-thighs
  • Undergarments
  • Clothing that is excessively tight and/or form fitting
  • Clothing that is lewd, derogatory, and/or suggestive
  • Clothing that displays drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, satanic symbols, inappropriate language and/or symbols

Shoes must be worn at all times in academic areas, offices, and dining facilities. Clothing worn in athletic areas must be appropriate for the occasion. Clothing worn to and from athletic areas must comply with the General Attire Policy indicated above.

Recreational Swimwear

  • For females, swimwear must be a one-piece or tankini-style suit that covers the cleavage, bust, and midriff areas. Thong, g-string, and high French-cut styles are not acceptable.
  • For males, swimwear must be "boxer" style suits with at least a five (5) inch inseam and nylon or mesh liner.
  • T-shirts worn over one-piece or tankini-style suits are permitted only in the shallow end of the pool.
  • As necessary, University personnel and/or the lifeguard staff will make decisions regarding compliance with the Swimwear Policy.

Important Phone Numbers

Office of Alumni & Parent Relations


Career Services


Counseling Center


Emergency Contact w/Student


Enrollment Services


Financial Aid


Health Center

Judicial Appeals


Meal Plans


Public Safety

Residence Life


Spiritual Life


Student Accounts


University Address
8432 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504

Intercollegiate Athletics

The Athletic Department at California Baptist University is staffed by an athletic director, associate director, assistant athletic directors, sports information director, aquatic center director, athletic trainers, fitness center director, coaches, and a support staff.

California Baptist University is in Year Three Candidacy to the National Collegiate Athletic Association

(NCAA) Division II. Within the NCAA, the Lancers compete in the Pacific West Conference (PacWest), which is comprised of thirteen (13) other like-minded colleges and universities. In order to be eligible to participate in the California Baptist University Intercollegiate Athletics program, Student athletes must meet all NCAA and/or PacWest eligibility requirements and rules for competition.

Intercollegiate sports

The intercollegiate sports programs sponsored by California Baptist University are as follows:

Men's Programs Women's Programs
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cheerleading
Cross Country/Distance Track Cross Country/Distance Track
Golf Golf
Soccer Softball
Swimming & Diving Soccer
Volleyball Swimming & Diving
Water Polo Volleyball
Wrestling Water Polo

Spectators Members of the campus community are encouraged and invited to attend athletic events and display school spirit throughout the school year. Students, fans, and spectators who attend events are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of athletes, officials, and others. Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Harassing, heckling, or annoying players, officials, or others;
  • Making derogatory comments regarding or directed at player officials, or others;
  • Throwing or placing objects on a playing surface/field;
  • Interfering with the course of an athletic event
  • Not adhering to event management instructions

Individuals who engage in inappropriate behavior are subject to Judicial Action which includes, but is not limited to, removal from and/or loss of the privilege to attend athletic events at CBU.

Admission to all home regular-season contests is free to Students, Faculty, and staff (and dependents) that possess a valid California Baptist University identification card. Otherwise, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for Students who attend another school and possess a current Student identification card.

Alumni admission is $3 with a valid Alumni Card. Parents Association members also receive admission for $3. Children under twelve (12) years of age are free.

For information about CBU's athletic teams and individual athlete accomplishments, visit the Lancer website.

University Colors

The official school colors of California Baptist University are navy blue and gold.

University Mascot

The California Baptist University mascot is a mounted Lancer. During the spring semester, Students are selected to serve as the Lancer Mascot and wear the official Lancer Mascot costume during the following academic year. The primary role of Students who are selected to serve as the Lancer Mascot is to encourage campus pride, foster fan participation and promote the CBU athletic program. The cheer coach, Dean of Students (or designee), and ASCBU president collaboratively conduct the process of selecting two (2) primary and two (2) alternate/assistant Students to serve as the Lancer Mascot.

Students who serve as the Lancer Mascot must:

  • Possess and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above;
  • Be enrolled at California Baptist University;
  • Be in good standing with California Baptist University. Students who are on academic probation, upon whom Sanctions are imposed, and/or placed on judicial probation, are ineligible to serve as the Lancer Mascot.

Students who are interested in serving as the Lancer Mascot must meet the aforementioned eligibility requirements and complete the Lancer Mascot application/selection process. Detailed information regarding the Lancer Mascot application/selection process, physical requirements, expectations, and compensation are available in the Athletic Department.

Public Safety

California Baptist University maintains a Department of Public Safety to enhance the safety and security of the campus community. In addition to staffing the Welcome Pavilion and patrolling school properties, the Department provides twenty-four (24) hour assistance with emergencies, crime and injury reporting, safety escorts, and education of the campus community on safety and security practices.

In the event of a medical or police emergency situation, call 911 and then call the Public Safety Department at 951.343.4311. Other situations should be reported to the Public Safety Department immediately.

Community & Emergency Notification

The University has developed a multimedia system to immediately notify Students, Faculty, staff, and visitors of any emergency circumstance or serious situation that poses a credible threat to the safety and security of the campus community. Components of this system include:

  • A siren/verbal warning system capable of projecting audible messages across open areas of the campus. Pre-recorded messages are activated at the press of a button or more specific verbal messages with instructions may be delivered over the speaker system.
  • CBU Alert - a system capable of transmitting and delivering messages to all subscribed email and cellular telephone addresses on file with the University. All University-issued email addresses are pre-entered into this system and those users have the option to include their personal cellular phone and/or any other device capable of receiving text-based messages. Parents and guardians of students enrolled at CBU may be added through the student's account.
  • LancerNet - information may be disseminated to all computers connected to LancerNet through a process initiated by Information Technology Services.

Any or all parts of this system may be activated in response to any specific incident. For instances when there is no immediate threat to the safety of the campus community but it is desirable to provide information for educational or crime prevention purposes, email distribution is used to disseminate relevant facts and measures to be implemented or considered.

For more information about Campus Safety, please visit our website.

Spiritual Life

Office of Spiritual Life

Philosophy and Goals

The purpose of the Office of Spiritual Life is to invest in lives to develop followers of Jesus. Every

Student, regardless of his or her level of commitment to Christ, is encouraged to participate in the various opportunities to foster spiritual growth in preparation for kingdom service.

California Baptist University is committed to core values of the Christian faith and fulfillment of the Great Commission. Since its inception, the University has sought to Evidence the Christian life on campus. In this sense, the Christian ethics of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are to be exhibited. No doctrinal statement has ever been prescribed for Students who enter California Baptist University. Because the University is committed to core values and Christian growth, it offers Students many opportunities to explore and express the Christian faith in ways unique to personal needs and interests.

In keeping with this commitment, the University provides courses in Christian studies and encounters with teachers committed to spiritual values. Times of spiritual emphasis are planned for each semester.

Students are also encouraged to participate in Bible studies, evangelism, ministry teams, community service, and missions.

Office of Spiritual Life Staff

Through personal relational ministry, the Dean of Spiritual Life serves as a pastor, discipler, and role model for the members of the campus community. The spiritual life staff is available to address spiritual development needs, spiritual leadership needs, and other spiritual issues.

Compassion Ministries

By putting faith into action, Students learn the significance of demonstrating the love of Christ. Participating in urban projects for a day or a weekend, working with the homeless, providing support to foster families, or building relationships with high-risk teens give Students the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others in the name of Jesus.

Campus Ministries

Campus Ministries creates opportunities for Students of California Baptist University to grow in their relationship with Christ by offering access to Bible studies, prayer groups, one-on-one discipleship, local mission projects, and other events, conferences, and programs that encourage spiritual growth.


The California Baptist University community gathers regularly for worship, fellowship, personal development, and spiritual formation. As a community deeply rooted in the Baptist tradition of the Christian faith, broad participation in the Chapel experience is expected.

Chapel services are organized, coordinated, and implemented by the Dean of Spiritual Life. Occasionally, as deemed appropriate by a University Officer, members of the campus community are recognized for notable accomplishments during Chapel. Holidays, cultural programs, and other forms of recognition and/or expression are not included as part of Chapel programming; such events may be coordinated through the Campus Activities Office. Please refer to pages 30-32 in the Student Handbook for complete details on Chapel.

Chapel Attendance

Varying Chapel programs are scheduled throughout each semester. Attendance is required of traditional undergraduate Students enrolled in seven (7) or more units. Students who receive a passing grade in Chapel for eight (8) semesters may apply for a waiver from Chapel requirements. The day and time Students attend Chapel is dictated by class schedule. Special Chapel services are occasionally held at other times. Students must attend the Chapel section in which they are enrolled in order to receive credit. Students are required to acquire a minimum of fifteen (15) credits to pass Chapel each semester.

Please refer to pages 30-32 in the Student Handbook for complete details on Chapel.

Chapel Praise Band

The Chapel Praise Band plays an integral part of the Chapel experience by leading the campus community in music and worship. Chapel Praise Band members are selected each spring through an application and audition process conducted by the Office of Spiritual Life. Information regarding the selection process is available in the Office of Spiritual Life.

Church Involvement

California Baptist University is committed to supporting the local church. It is in the context of the local church that believers can unite with one another for fellowship, growth, worship, and service. Students are encouraged to commit to a local church in membership and weekly corporate worship so that they might seek opportunities to grow in faith and serve Christ by ministering to others as a manifestation of their personal commitment to Christ as Lord. A list of churches in Riverside and the surrounding region is available in the Office of Spiritual Life.

Office of Mobilization

The purpose of the Office of Mobilization is to provide members of the campus community with opportunities to participate in the "Great Commission" (Matthew 28:19-20) in order to gain global vision for the cause of the gospel as well as cross-cultural experience through service learning. Participation is open to California Baptist University Students who meet membership requirements, successfully complete the application and interview process, fulfill fundraising obligations, and are in good academic and behavioral standing with the University. The service learning application and selection process is coordinated by the Office of Mobilization and takes place during the fall semester. For complete details, visit the Mobilization website.

International Service Projects (ISP)

In cooperation with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and various missions organizations, teams of California Baptist University Students serve internationally for approximately three (3) weeks during the summer months. Each team is led by a University Official or other approved member of the University community. The ministry focus may vary depending upon the outreach strategy of the selected area. International Service Project teams have served in more than fifty (50) countries since 1997. For complete details, visit the Mobilization website.

United States Projects (USP)

In cooperation with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and various missions organizations, teams of California Baptist University students, staff, and Faculty serve for approximately ten (10) days during the summer. Each team is led by a University official or other approved member of the University community. The ministry focus may vary depending upon the outreach strategy of the selected area. United States Project teams have served in seven (7) states since being established in 2006. For complete details, visit the Mobilization website.

Summer of Service (SOS)

In cooperation with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, teams of California Baptist University students serve internationally for approximately eight (8) weeks during the summer months. Ministry focus varies depending on the outreach strategy of the selected area(s). For complete details, visit the Mobilization website.

Student Health

Student Health Insurance

California Baptist University contracts with United Healthcare Student Resources to provide Student healthcare insurance. Requirements, eligibility, and cost related to Student health insurance are determined by Student enrollment status:

International Students (Graduate and Undergraduate) are required to enroll in the student insurance plan.

Traditional Students enrolled for seven (7) or more units are automatically charged for medical insurance provided by the University, unless proof of medical insurance is submitted through the online waiver accessed at www.calbaptist.edu/healthinsurance. Proof of insurance must be submitted prior to the "Last day to drop a class with refund" as indicated in the University Calendar, during the first semester of attendance of each academic year. Students who do not submit proof of medical insurance online by the deadline will be enrolled in the plan. Once a student is enrolled, the charge is non-refundable. Students enrolled in less than seven (7) units are not eligible to enroll in the plan.

Dependent Coverage for spouse and children of students enrolled on the plan is available for an additional cost. Applications for dependent coverage can be accessed at www.calbaptist.edu/healthinsurance.

The University does not offer student health insurance to Graduate Students and/or students who are enrolled in the Online and Professional Studies program. Questions concerning student health insurance available to dependents can be directed to the Student Services Office.

Information regarding the Student health insurance plan provided by CBU may be accessed here. Students, who have questions regarding the Student health insurance plan after reviewing the information provided online, are encouraged to contact the Student Services Office for assistance.

Emergency/Health Notification

The Office of the University Registrar maintains Student emergency notification/contact information. Students are encouraged to visit the Office of the University Registrar in person or via InsideCBU at the beginning of each academic year (or as necessary as needed) to verify and/or update emergency notification/contact information.

Students who are unable to attend class for multiple class sessions (typically, one [1] week or more), as the result of a family-, emergency-, or health-related issue, are encouraged to contact the Student Services Office. Upon receipt of notification and necessary documentation, if applicable, the Student

Services Office will contact appropriate University official(s) and/or department(s).

Students who miss coursework as a result of absence are responsible for contacting (as soon as circumstances permit) Faculty and making arrangements to complete outstanding coursework.

Wellness Center

The California Baptist University Wellness Center is a Student-focused department that houses the CBU Health Center and the CBU Counseling Center. The goal of the Wellness Center staff is to provide effective health, wellness, and counseling services that promote academic and personal success.

Health Center

The Health Center is available to all members of the campus community. To help maintain a healthy campus environment, Students are encouraged to visit the Student Health Center at the onset of illness symptoms and other health-related concerns. Health Center staff can address most conditions that are treated in an urgent care facility.

The Health Center is operated in cooperation with Riverside Medical Clinic, who provides staffing and insurance billing services. In addition to accepting student health insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources) provided through California Baptist University, most PPO insurances and HMO insurances (that name Riverside Medical Clinic as their primary medical group) are accepted at the Health Center. Kaiser Permanente Health Plans are not accepted at the Student Health Center. The Health Center has reasonable walk-in rates for all CBU community members beginning at $23. For Students, Faculty, and staff needing ongoing care and prescriptions for pre-existing conditions, it is recommended they visit their primary care physician.

The Health Center, located at 3510 Adams Street, is typically open while classes are in session, Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 5 pm. Call 951.321.6520 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers a full range of counseling assistance as Students strive to become more effective, productive, and comfortable with university life. Counseling can provide assistance during times of transition as Students are confronted with questions about self, religious beliefs, relationships, and future plans. Students may discuss problems or feelings, examine concerns, discuss alternatives, and make informed decisions about future courses of action.

The Counseling Center is staffed by a director and supervised Marriage Family Therapist trainees and interns. Services offered include individual, group, and marriage and family counseling. As a professional counseling service, the Counseling Center staff is required to keep all counseling-related information confidential except in the following situations: 1) The client gives written permission to share his/her counseling-related information with a third party; 2) The counselor believes the Student may harm him/ herself or another person; and 3) A counselor suspects abuse of a child, elder, or other dependent adult.

Individual intelligence and personality inventories as well as personnel trained to administer such tools are available through the Counseling Center on a limited basis. Test results are confidential and released only to authorized personnel according to a written release signed by the client.

The CBU Counseling Center is available at no charge for the first twenty-four (24) sessions to Students, Faculty, staff, and immediate family members (dependents, parent, sibling, or spouse); exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Director of the Counseling Center.

The Post

The Post serves as the campus mail center; specific hours of service are posted at the customer service window. In addition to sending U.S. mail, inter-office and campus-resident mail, Students, Faculty, and staff may purchase postage stamps and services offered by Federal Express, and U.P.S. at The Post.

  • In order to obtain and maintain a campus box, Students must be enrolled, reside in University-owned housing, and possess a valid California Baptist University identification card.
  • Mail addressed to Students who reside in University-owned housing designated for traditional, undergrad Students is delivered to The Post.
  • Students who do not reside in on-campus housing are not eligible to be assigned a campus mailbox.
  • Two (2) students are assigned to each post box. Post box assignment is done on a random basis.
  • United States Law prohibits tampering, destruction, or removal of the mail addressed to others.
  • In order to assist with sorting and to ensure delivery, items sent to campus residents from off campus should be addressed as follows:

Student's Name

8432 Magnolia Avenue, Box _____ (assigned box number)

Riverside, CA 92504

  • Items sent internally do not require postage. However, in order for mail to be properly sorted, each piece must contain the recipient's name and campus box number. Mail that is not deliverable and does not contain a return address will be discarded.
  • Mail that is incorrectly distributed should be brought to the attention of The Post staff. Removing another individual's mail is a violation of University Policy and U.S. Postal regulation.
  • Official University correspondence addressed to Students is placed in assigned campus boxes.
  • Students are responsible for removing the contents of assigned campus boxes on a weekly basis. (Mail removal compliance is monitored regularly. Failure to comply will result in The Post forwarding mail to the Student's home address; if a home address is not available, mail will be returned to sender).
  • Students who receive items that require a signature and/or are too large to fit within a campus box will receive a Mail Notice form. Such items may be obtained during normal business hours at the customer service window by presenting a Mail Notice form and a valid Student identification card.
  • Mass mailings (memos, fliers, etc.) consisting of five (5) pieces or more and intended for on-campus distribution, must be sorted in numerical order (by campus box number) prior to submission to The Post. Unsorted materials may be returned to sender.
  • Campus boxes must be completely closed and locked after each use.
  • Students are responsible for informing The Post when the use of a campus box is no longer desired. The Post will forward mail for one (1) year after a Student officially closes a campus box.
  • Students who do not reside on campus during the summer months are required to complete and submit a Summer Address form prior to departure from campus.
  • Fliers, advertisements, and other items intended for general distribution through The Post must be approved by the Student Services Office.

For additional information regarding services offered by The Post, contact the mail and printing services manager at 951.343.4203.

Tips & Tools

10 Tips for Parenting a Lancer

#1: Don't ask if he/she is homesick

The power of suggestion can be dangerous. The idea of being homesick usually doesn't occur until someone suggests it. The first few days/weeks of college are activity-packed and friend-jammed, and the challenge of meeting new people and adjusting to new situations takes a majority of a freshman's time and concentration. Unless a well-meaning parent reminds them of it, they'll probably be able to escape the loneliness and frustration of homesickness. Even if they don't tell you during those first few weeks, they really do miss you.

#2: Write, email or text (even if they don't respond)

Even though freshmen are typically eager to experience all the away-from-home independence they can in those first weeks, most are still anxious for family ties and the security those ties bring. This surge of independence may be misinterpreted by sensitive parents as rejection, but freshmen (although 99% of them won't ever admit it) would give anything for some news of home and family, however mundane it may seem to you. There is nothing more depressing than a week of an empty mailbox. (Warning: Don't expect a reply to every letter or email you write. The "you write on, they write one" sequence isn't always followed by college students so get set for some unanswered correspondence.)

#3: Ask questions (but not too many)

College freshmen are "cool" (or so they think) and have a tendency to resent interference with their new lifestyle, but most still desire the security of knowing that someone is still interested in them. Parental curiosity can be obnoxious and alienating, or relieving, depending on the attitude of the person involved. "I have a right to know" tinged questions with ulterior motives or nagging should be avoided. Honest inquiries, however, and other "between friends" communication and discussion will do much to further the parent-freshmen relationship.

#4: Don't worry (too much) about distress phone calls or emails

Parenting can be a thankless job, especially during the college years. It's a lot of give an only a little take. Often when troubles become too much for a freshman to handle (a flunked test, end of a relationship, and a shrunken pair of jeans all in one day), the only place to turn to is home. Be patient with those "nothing is going right, I hate this place" phone calls, letters or emails. You're providing a real service as an advice dispenser, sympathetic ear or punching bag. Granted, it's a service that makes you feel lousy, but it works wonders for a frustrated student. Generally, a good night of sleep will work wonders for your student, too.

#5: Visit (but not too often)

Visits by parents (especially when accompanied by shopping sprees and/or dinner out) are another part of the first-year events that freshmen are reluctant to admit liking, but they appreciate them greatly. These visits give the student a chance to introduce some of the important people in both of their worlds (home and school) to each other. Additionally, it's a way for parents to become familiar with (and, hopefully, more understanding of) their student's new activities, commitments, and friends. Spur of the moment "surprises" are usually not appreciated.

#6: Don't tell your student that "these are the best years of their lives"

The freshmen year can be full of indecisions, insecurities, disappointments and mistakes. It's also full of discovery, inspiration and fun. It takes a while for some students to accept that being unhappy, afraid, confused, and disliked and making mistakes are all part of the new reality and of growing up.

Parents who believe all college students get good grades, know what they want to major in, always have activity-packed weekends with thousands of close friends and lead carefree lives are wrong. So are the parents who think college-educated means mistake-proof.  Parents who insist on the "best years" stereotype are working against their student's already difficult self-development. Those who accept and understand the highs and lows of their student's reality are providing the support and encouragement where it is needed most.

#7: Take time to discuss finances

Most college students are still financially dependent on their parents to some degree. Sit down and discuss your family's financial situation with your son or daughter. Students need to know how much money will be available to them and how much of the financial responsibility is theirs.

#8: Prepare for their return

When the school year ends and your student returns home for break, sit down and discuss the rules of living at home. Parents need to respect the individuality their students have worked hard to achieve, and students need to know there are rules and courtesies to be observed.

#9: Trust them

Finding one's self is difficult enough without feeling that the people whose opinions you respect most are second-guessing you. One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to let your child know that you trust his/her judgment.

#10: Expect change

Your student will change (either drastically within the first months, slowly over the college years, or somewhere in between). It's natural, inevitable, and it can be inspiring and beautiful. Often it's a pain in the neck. College, and experiences associated with it, can affect changes in social, vocational and personal behavior. A pre-med student may discover a strong love for drama or literature, or a high school radical may become a college preppy. Students find college a time to explore their personal belief system. No one is forcing your student to attend church, and they may choose to sleep late or try other denominations. This is a time where young people make their faith personal, and we strive to encourage that with each student. You can't stop change. You may not even understand it, but it is within your power to accept it.

Remember that your freshmen will remain basically the same person you sent away to school, aside from the interest and personality changes. Don't expect too much too soon. Maturation is not an instantaneous or overnight process, and you might discover your freshmen returning home with some of the habits and hang-ups, however unsophisticated, that you thought he or she had "grown out of."

Care Package Ideas

Sending care packages to your student is one of the nicest things you can do. Receiving a package in the mail not only will make your student the envy of the residence hall, but it will also let him or her know you care. There are many times when a small gift can brighten up a bad day, a bad grade or a bad situation.


Cookies, granola bars, chocolate, macaroni and cheese, candy, dried fruit and nuts, soup, cereal, microwave popcorn


Pens, pencils, binders, erasers, index cards, Post-it notes, paper, rulers, highlighters


Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, Q-tips, toothbrushes, deodorant, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, stain remover, Febreeze


Pictures, letters, cards, drawings from younger siblings, newspaper clippings or a subscription to the local paper


Board games, computer games, deck of cards, crossword puzzles, yoyos, crayons and coloring books


Gift certificates for local restaurants, money, DVD's, posters, flowers, birthday cakes from our on-campus foodservice provider

Lancer Lingo


Alumni Dining Commons - Cafeteria


Associated Students of California Baptist Univeristy - CBU's student government

The Banner

CBU's student published newspaper


Campus Activities Board



Campus Day

The entire campus competes against each other in a variety of recreational games.


The head of a specific department


The head of the faculty of a specific discipline


Free Application for Federal Student Aid - must be completed in order to receive financial aid


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - law protecting the privacy of student education records


First-year Orientation & Christian University Success - two-part program consisting of New Student Orientation Week & a Christian University Success course

Fortuna Fountain

Fortuna has been located on campus long before the University was established here. Tradition holds that students who are in love go to the fountain to make their commitments to one another - frequently with proposals of marriage.


International Service Projects - student mission trips


Information Technology - on campus computer support

The Kugel

The floating globe at the entrance to the Yeager Center - the symbol of the Great Commission.  Tradition holds that the Kugel must be touched by all students when they first arrive on campus and again immediately after commencement - the last thing they touch when they leave.

Late Night Breakfast

One night during finals week when faculty and staff host a study break "breakfast"


Senior academic leader of the university and Vice President of Academic Affairs


Resident Assistant - student who oversees an area in the residence halls


Resident Director - oversees an entire dorm & manages the RA staff

The Roundtable

The University magazine

Seek Week

On-campus spiritual emphasis week held once in the fall and again in the spring

Step Ahead

Specific days for students & parents including: registering for classes, campus tours, Q & A time with representatives of your students major, lunch in the ADC, & opportunity to learn about orientation, financial aid, what to expect during college & more


Course contract including class overview, requirements & grading procedures


The Woman Is Required to Pay - girls ask the guys to various events offered throughout the week and pay the cost


Student Christmas banquet


On campus restaurant & coffee shop named after Wanda Price, CBU's longest standing employee, over 43 years, still serving as the Alumni Consultant.

Making the Transition

Comparing High School to College

High School


Teacher/Student Contact

Teacher/student contact is closer and more frequent (5 days per week). Very little responsibility is placed on the student to attend class - they will attend class because they are already at school.

Teacher/Student Contact

Faculty members are available during their office hours or by appointment. Students are responsible for meeting with their professors.  Students must choose to attend class.

Competition and Grades

Academic competition is not as strong. Good grades can be obtained with minimum effort.

Competition and Grades

Academic competition is much stronger. Minimum effort may produce poor grades. The student's perception that he/she is giving maximum effort may not result in a top grade.


Students establish a personal status in academic and social activities based on family and community factors.


Students can build their status as they wish; high school status can be repeated or changed.

Counseling and Dependence

Students can rely on parents, teachers and counselors to help make decisions and give advice. Students must abide by parents' boundaries and restrictions.

Counseling and Dependence

Students rely on themselves; they see the results of making their own decisions. It is their responsibility to seek advice as needed. Students set their own restrictions.


Students get stimulation to achieve or participate from parents, teachers and counselors.


Students supply their own motivation to their work and activities.


Students' freedom is limited. Parents will often help students out of crisis, if one occurs.


Students have much more freedom. Students must accept responsibility for their own actions.

Value Judgments

Students often make value judgments based on parental values. Many of their value judgments are made for them.

Value Judgments

Students have the opportunity to develop their own opinions and values. To be successful, students must be willing to learn about and respect differences.

Suggested Packing List

Click here to open a suggested packing list for CBU.

The Freshman Year

Your student's first year is going to be one of many ups and downs. Being aware of what your student may be going through will better enable you to help ease them into their college transition.


Early Summer Anticipation

This is when high school seniors graduate and begin to look forward to the future. They have feelings of sadness, accomplishment and anticipation.

Midsummer Anxiety

Now they begin to realize they will soon be less connected to home, family, friends and the security that each offers.

Late Summer Panic

The student is plunged into the collegiate environment, complete with college bureaucracy, classrooms, homework, a foreign social world and most likely a new roommate.

The "Honeymoon"

A couple of new friends and no tests for at least three weeks. Let's go have some fun! Some may use this as an opportunity to join a handful of organizations and be just as involved as they were in high school.

The Reality Check

Where did all this work come from? What do you mean I have to read the textbook? This paper has to be how long, and it's due when? And where did all the time go? Homesickness may appear during this phase. (This would be a great time to send a care package!)

The Grass is Always Greener

They are sure that transferring somewhere else will solve their problems. No doubt they would be doing better at another college.

You Can't Go Home Again

This starts the first time they come home to visit. They are hit with the harsh realization that life for the rest of the family goes on without them. (TIP: Outline the new expectations you have for your student at home.)

Primitive Coping Behavior

Well into the first semester, they finally learned to use the library and hold reasonably intelligent conversations. They are excited about the things they have learned.


This phase usually precedes finals. They realize the great amount of work ahead and know that the future depends largely on their ability to balance academic activities with social activities.

Putting it All Together

Sometime during the second semester (we hope) they see college as a total experience. They realize that hard work and achievement must be priorities but do not totally exclude time for having fun. They learn what it takes to make the most of the college year.

Things to Learn Before Becoming a CBU Student

The following is a list of everyday activities that first year students should discuss and/or practice with family members prior to arriving at California Baptist University.

Knowing financial limitations

Discuss what you, as the parents, are contributing and what the student is responsible to contribute and how. Talk to your student about what their financial responsibilities should be, whether it is working a part-time job, applying for financial aid, or taking out a student loan. Be sure to remind them that every family is different; therefore, their friends may have different financial obligations and responsibilities.

Managing Money

Talk about balancing a checkbook, living within a budget, the hazards of credit card debt and the accessibility of credit.

Protecting personal property

Remind them that protecting their belongings means locking doors and not keeping everything in the open. Parents' homeowner's insurance usually covers the personal belongings of a full-time student while living in a college residence hall. Check with your insurance company for how much insurance, if any, you have. If your home-owner's policy does not cover your student, you may be able to get renters' insurance.

Maintaining a clean an healthy living environment

Be sure your student knows how to do their own laundry, clean a bathroom, keep up with dirty dishes, change bed sheets, etc.

Making appointments

Talk about telephoning a professor, advisor, or administrator and making an appointment to meet. What is an appropriate way to leave a voicemail/email message?


Talk about learning, living and working with people from different backgrounds. Having a new roommate(s) can be a big adjustment that requires new social skills. Contacting the new roommate(s) over the summer can be a great way to ease into the transition. It also allows for them to discuss class schedules and study habits, and it's a great opportunity to discuss who can bring certain items. That way your student won't end up with two televisions or two refrigerators. Also, talk to your student about ways to resolve/negotiate roommate conflict.

Healthy eating

Talk to your student about making healthy food choices, either at the grocery store or in the on-campus eateries (Alumni Dining Commons [ADC], Wanda's or Brisco's), to ensure a healthy, balanced diet.

Vehicle maintenance

If your student has a vehicle, talk to them about things like checking the oil, checking the tires, and how to use jumper cables.

Maintaining a schedule

Scheduling time for studying, outside interests, and family obligations can help reduce stress and improve academic success.

Off-Campus Resources

Local Restaurants

Click here for a list of local restaurants.

Local Shopping

Click here for a list of local shopping businesses.

Local Hotels

Click here for a list of places to stay near CBU.