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Review general undergraduate requirements and additional documentation needed for transfer, international and veteran applicants.

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Get Started Toward Living Your Purpose

You’re searching for deeper meaning and a place to connect with your faith and calling. Discover this, all with the resources of an NCAA Division I school, at California Baptist University. We guide you toward your place in God’s kingdom through emphasis on hands-on learning, service to others across the globe and embracing your faith as a model of servant leadership.

As you contemplate your greater purpose, have CBU light the path forward. Ready to begin your journey? Review all requirements for on-campus undergraduate students below before submitting your application.

Admissions Timeline

Important Deadlines

CBU has a rolling admissions policy — this means there are no set deadlines for your application. However, you’re advised to keep in mind dates in relation to early admissions, the start of each semester and submitting financial aid paperwork.

Early Admissions Decision

Students who get their application and transcripts in by the December 1 Priority Application Deadline are eligible to receive an early admissions decision, an expedited financial aid package and a chance to become a Lancer Select member.

Financial Aid

Applicants won’t receive a financial aid offer until being accepted for admission. In the meantime, you’re recommended to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to become eligible for state, federal and school aid programs.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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Understand how to complete your application:

  • First-Time Freshman: Students that are currently enrolled in high school or have completed less than 24 units of transferable college credit.
  • Transfer: Students who have completed 24 or more units of college/university credit.
  • Write a brief a three- to five-paragraph essay response to the following question, "What do you hope to gain from your experience as a student at California Baptist University?" Provide examples from academic, social and spiritual standpoints.
  • Pay the $45 application fee (non-refundable) in order to submit your application.

Please note that CBU no longer requires letters of recommendation for admission.

First-Time Freshman: Please send official, sealed transcripts from your high school and college or university (if applicable) directly to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. We accept electronic transcripts, as well as emailed transcripts from a school administrator.

  • Home educated/school students: Please contact your admissions counselor regarding proper formatting standards for your official transcript.

Transfer: Please send official, sealed transcripts from each college or university attended directly to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

  • If you have completed fewer than 60 units of transferable college credit, then you must send proof of high school graduation to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

*Test scores are not required or used for admissions purposes. However, if you have already taken the SAT/ACT/CLT, you can still submit your scores for English/Math placement.

All admissions documents must be sent to the attention of the Undergraduate Admissions Office:

Undergraduate Admissions
8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside CA, 92504

FAX: (951) 343-4525

How Do I Apply?

Watch our video guide to understand step by step how to apply to CBU. Need additional assistance? Reach out to your counselor with your questions.

Additional Admission Requirements


You’re coming in from community college or a four-year college or university with at least 24 transferable units. To support this stage of your journey, CBU has articulation agreements with California Community Colleges regarding how your previously completed coursework will be evaluated.

Learn more about how to transfer to CBU


You’ve been participating in an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program at a partnering California Community College. If you have earned an Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or an Associate of Science for Transfer (AS-T), CBU offers guaranteed admission: Your efforts, in turn, result in at least 60 semester credits transferred to CBU and junior standing to get closer to completing your bachelor’s degree.

Learn more about this process, including working with admissions counselors at your community college and CBU to transfer your credits and complete your application.

ADT to Lancer


Whether you’re a first-year or transfer student, find requirements regarding transcripts, English proficiency, proof of financial support and conditions for receiving a Form I-20.

Requirements for International Students

Military and Veterans

Understand how to use the GI Bill® to work toward your bachelor’s degree, transfer credits related to service and military education and submit your Statement of Responsibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Resources for Military & Veterans


Are you returning to CBU after withdrawing, a leave of absence or any other scenario interrupting your enrollment? Learn more about the readmission progress and how to resume your studies at CBU.



Financial Aid Resources

Submitting your FAFSA® opens up multiple avenues for financial assistance — from scholarships to loans. For many students seeking their purpose, grants and scholarships based on academic, creative, athletic or other talents support their endeavors at CBU. Learn more about the financial aid process and forms of assistance.

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Apply for Aid

Financial aid eligibility begins with filling out your FAFSA®. To be eligible for the Cal Grant, you’re recommended to complete all documentation by March 2.

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Scholarships & Grants

CBU opens up multiple scholarship opportunities to incoming first-year and transfer students. Awards are based on talent or financial need.

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Tuition & Costs

CBU keeps tuition affordable while offering access to multiple forms of financial assistance. Review undergraduate tuition for the upcoming academic year as well as fees and other costs.

Discover Your Calling at CBU

Thank you for considering CBU! Our admissions staff strives to make the admissions process enjoyable, informative and easy to complete. Feel free to contact us to ask questions. We look forward to getting to know you along the way!