New Student Orientation


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Event Schedule

Below is a sample of what students can expect at orientation:

Check In | 30m
Welcome Session | 15m
CBU Basics + Experience Presentation | 50m
Class Registration (students only) | 1h 45m 
Lunch | 1h
Financial Aid + Student Accounts Presentation | 45m
Closing Session | 15m
Optional Activities | 1h 15m

*Note: Schedule is subject to change without notice at anytime by the Admissions office.

Event Details

At New Student Orientation, students will register for classes for the upcoming fall semester, as well as hear pertinent information needed in order to get started at CBU. Upon arrival, students will receive personalized information that will help them know what classes to take their first semester. During the class registration session, students will work with academic advisors and peer advisors to enroll in classes. The day will also include sessions that cover topics like financial aid, student accounts, a deeper introduction to the CBU experience, and lunch in the Alumni Dining Commons.  

Schedule Highlights:
  • Class registration for fall 2018 semester
  • Deeper introduction to the CBU experience
  • Receive answers to your final questions from CBU offices
  • All-you-can-eat lunch in CBU's esteemed dining commons
  • Visit the Campus Store to purchase CBU swag
  • Optional housing tours

Who should attend New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is an on-campus event that introduces accepted students to various services they will need at CBU. While attending an orientation, students will not only register for their first semester of classes, but they will also have an opportunity to get questions answered from staff representing offices such as: Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Academic Advising, Residence Life and others. 

All students that have been accepted and plan on starting classes at CBU for the fall 2018 semester are required to attend New Student Orientation. 

Those students who live more than four (4) hours away from CBU will be given the option to take part in Virtual Orientation.

Things to Do Before Orientation

Housing Application: Students that plan to live on campus must complete an online housing application. Students will have access to complete the online application within 2 business days after being accepted to CBU. For information and images of each of the living areas, as well as a suggested packing list, click here. First-time freshmen who are living on-campus will move in on Thursday, August 30th and transfer students will move in on Friday, August 31st. 

Meal Plans: Purchasing of a meal plan is required for all residential students and will be part of the Housing Application. Commuter students may choose meal plan on the University Card Services page. Any changes to meal plans may also be made on that page for both residential and commuter students.  Detailed information on meal plans, pricing and how they work may be found here.

Health Insurance: Health Insurance is required for all Traditional Undergraduate students at CBU enrolled in 7 units or more.  Students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan unless an online waiver form is submitted showing proof of insurance. Beginning on May 10th, students who have their own insurance or are covered through their parents insurance can choose to "opt out" of the student insurance plan by completing the online waiver here.  The waiver form is located on the left sidebar under "Student Access" on the "Student Waiver” link.  You will be required to create an account and then directed to the waiver form. The waiver must be complete by September 18, 2018.

Important note: Please do not fill out the current summer 2018 waiver.  This is for new Summer Nursing Students and will not waive you from the fall 2018 insurance requirement. 

FERPA Form: By law, CBU needs to collect this from every CBU student. California Baptist University is unable to release any personal educational information to anyone other than the student without prior written-consent. This form grants or denies permission for CBU to discuss student information with, for example, a parent or guardian who is named on the form. Please complete and bring with you to orientation: FERPA

Tuition and Fee Agreement: This form gives CBU permission to apply your grants and scholarships to your CBU fees. Click here to complete the Tuition and Fee Agreement. Submissions are made electronically through the system and sent directly to the Student Accounts Office. 

Student ID Card: Your student ID card (CBU Card) will be available for pick up during Orientation. To expedite this process, University Card Services asks that you submit a photo for your card online. During the summer you will be receiving an email from the Online Photo Software with the subject “California Baptist University has invited you to use Online Photo Submission!”. This email will provide information on the photo requirements and instructions on how to submit your photo. The system will also notify you a few days after submission if your photo has been accepted or if you will need to resubmit another photo. When you arrive at Orientation you will supply photo identification to pick up your CBU Card. More information can be viewed at this website.

Parking PermitPlease submit your vehicle(s) information to the Public Safety office in order to legally park on campus during the academic year. Visit the Safety Services Parking and Permits page (InsideCBU login required) to enter your vehicle information. Your permit will be available to pick up at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester and you will be notified by email where to obtain it. 

For more information about meal plans, Lancerbucks, student health insurance, Enterprise Rideshare and the RTA U-Pass program, please visit

Other Questions?

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions: 951.343.4212 |
Or, you can reach out directly to your admissions counselor!