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Application Requirements

We appreciate you considering CBU as a college possibility and know that choosing a college is a huge decision. Our admissions staff strives to make the admissions process enjoyable, informative and as easy as possible. Feel free to ask questions and explore our website for additional information. We look forward to getting to know you along the way!

Here are the steps you will need to complete in order to be considered for admission into CBU.

  1. Fill out an application.
      • Complete and submit an application for undergraduate admission.  
        • 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 transferable college credit.
      • The Priority Application Date for the fall semester is December 6th.
  2. Write a brief essay.
      • The application includes a 3–5 paragraph essay asking "What do you hope to gain from your experience as a student at California Baptist University?" Provide examples from an academic, social and spiritual standpoint.
  3. Pay the application fee.
      • The $45 non-refundable fee can be paid through the application portal.
  4. Send us your official transcripts.
      • First-Time Freshman:  Our normal requirement is official, sealed transcripts from your high school and college or university (if applicable) and have them sent directly to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
      • 3.24.20 | Due to the challenges related to COVID-19, we have temporarily adjusted our application requirements to accept unofficial High School transcripts.
        • Home educated/school students:  Please contact your admissions counselor regarding proper formatting standards for your official transcript.
      • Transfer:  You will need to order official, sealed transcripts from each college or university attended and have them sent directly to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
        • If you have completed less than 60 units of transferable college credit, then you must send proof of high school graduation to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  5. Send us your SAT or ACT or CLT test scores.
      • First-Time Freshman:  Arrange to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) or the Classical Learning Test (CLT) and have the scores sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. 
      • 3.24.20 | Due to the challenges related to COVID-19, we have temporarily adjusted our application requirements to accommodate those students whose test dates have been affected. Test scores are no longer a required part of the admissions process, however, if you have already taken the SAT/ACT/CLT, please have your scores sent to CBU (unofficial is okay).  
        • Test scores are used for scholarship and grant opportunities, as well as for placement.
      • Transfer: You do not need to send in your test scores, but may want to send them in for placement. 

The Undergraduate Admissions Office upholds a rolling admission policy, which means that we do not have a set deadline for applying. However, you will not receive your financial aid award until you have been accepted to CBU.

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