New Student Orientation



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Still interested in starting classes this fall? Sign up for a Class Registration Session.

You may also contact your admissions counselor directly. 

Event Details

All info below pertains to New Student Orientation. These events have passed, please sign up for a Class Registration Session instead. 

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.  

Please note that only students will be allowed in the room to register for classes at the event. 

What to expect during the Class Registration Session:
  • We're here to help you! The goal of this session is to educate you on how to register in classes and use the materials provided to select classes for the fall 2019 semester. You will have time once you begin classes to map out the remainder of your classes at CBU.
  • You will be in a room (students only!) with other students in similar programs that is hosted by Academic Advisors and peer advisors. If you need assistance at any point, someone will be there to coach you through the process. 
  • First, you will complete two forms, FERPA and the Tuition and Fee Agreement. More information about each form is listed below, and we recommend completing the FERPA form before you arrive and then hand it in. You will submit the Tuition and Fee Agreement during the class registration session.  You can review more information about both forms below.
  • Second, you will be instructed on how to register for your fall 2019 semester classes using your personalized materials. As you have questions, just ask a peer advisor or Academic Advisor who would be happy to assist you. 
How you can prepare for the Class Registration Session:
  • Don't stress. Take some deep breaths! We are going to help you every step of the way. We hope that registering for your first semester at CBU is an exciting experience! You are not expected to be an expert on requirements for your major or graduation. We've got the experts in the room with you already. 
  • Visit the Academic Advising page to see all of the resources provided to students to help them reach graduation. Just remember: the goal of New Student Orientation is to get you in your first semester of classes. Once you are a student and attending classes you can work with Academic Advising on putting together your degree plan. 
  • Get familiar with your program by looking it up on our list of Undergraduate Majors here.  To see a full list of courses in your major select "interesting courses" and then select the "All Courses" button.
  • We also need your most up-to-date official transcripts! Please send us all official high school and college transcripts, as well as any AP, CLEP, or other exam scores that may transfer in for course credit. 
  • Please note that the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog will be completed this summer. 

Who should attend New Student Orientation?

All students that have been accepted and plan on starting classes at CBU for the fall 2019 semester are required to attend New Student Orientation. 

Those students who live more than 250 miles away from CBU will be given the option to take part in Online 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, the University Registrar and others. 

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. Housing is assigned in order of when students complete the housing application process.  On campus housing is not guaranteed for students.

    For information and images of each of the living areas, as well as a suggested packing list, click here. 

    New Freshmen residents will check in on Friday, August 30th. 

    New Transfer residents will check in on Sunday, September 1st. 



  • 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.

  • 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. Prior to your Orientation event, 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.

  • FERPA Form

    California Baptist University is unable to release any personal educational information to any one 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 the form and bring it with you to New Student Orientation to hand in at the Class Registration session.

  • Review Tuition and Fee Agreement

    You will complete this during the New Student Orientation class registration session. This agreement expresses you understand your responsibility to pay your tuition and fees to CBU on time each semester. Click here to view information about the Tuition and Fee Agreement. Submissions are made electronically through the system and sent directly to the Student Accounts Office. 

  • Recreation Center Waiver

    All CBU students must download and complete a waiver in order to access the recreation center facility. The waiver must be signed by a parent or legal guardian only if the student is under the age of 18. Finished forms can be brought in to the Rec Center at orientation or emailed to 

    Recreation Center Underage Student Waiver 



Next Steps

Below is a list of steps to complete once you have attended New Student Orientation. 

  • 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. 

    Important note: Please do not fill out the current summer 2019 waiver.  This is for new Summer Nursing Students and will not waive you from the fall 2019 insurance requirement.

  • Important Forms and Information

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): *You should have completed this at New Student Orientation. If you did not, please complete this now.* California Baptist University is unable to release any personal educational information to any one 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 email to   

    Parking Permit: If you plan on bringing a vehicle to campus, please submit your vehicle information on the Safety Services Parking and Permits page (InsideCBU login required). Good news; it's FREE to park on campus! Your permit will be available to pick up at the beginning of the fall 2019 semester. 

    Emergency Contact Information: In the event of an emergency, CBU will attempt to notify your emergency contacts. Please fill out the Emergency Contact Information Form (InsideCBU login required). 

    It is critical that CBU authorities know the person(s) you would like us to contact on your behalf in the event of an emergency. Emergency Contact Information is used solely by approved CBU personnel in the event of a declared emergency event.

    Please provide contact information for up to three people, and designate the order in which you would like them to be called. We will call all numbers provided for your 1st Contact. If we are unable to reach your 1st Contact at any of the numbers provided, we will call your 2nd Contact. If we are unable to reach your 2nd Contact, we will call your 3rd Contact, and repeat the cycle until we reach one of your designated contacts. You may change the calling order by clicking inside the box with the contact’s information, and dragging it to the desired position. To deactivate a person as your emergency contact, move them to the third position, and select “deactivate.” You may update your Emergency Contact information at any time.

    CBU Alert: CBU Alert is an emergency notification system that will text and email emergency communications to you if you sign up.  You are strongly encouraged to sign up by logging into InsideCBU and following this link.  If you are a first time user, you will need to create an account by selecting "Sign me up!" Then, enter your LancerMail address and create a password for your CBU Alert account.

  • Student ID Card

    At New Student Orientation you should have received your Student ID Card (CBU Card). More information about CBU Cards can be found at University Card Services. If you did not receive your card at New Student Orientation, you will be able to receive it at Welcome Weekend. Please note that lost or stolen will be charged a $10 fee for replacement.* 

    Where can I use my CBU Card?
    • Annie Gabriel Library and Computer Labs
    • Recreation Center and Aquatic Center
    • Athletic Events (free access for regular season home games)
    • Campus Dining Locations (for meal plan participants)
    • Chapel
    • Community Life Lounge (for equipment check out, discount tickets, and events)
    • Commuter Lounge Access (for commuting students)
    • General Campus Gate Access
    • Living Area Access and Residence Hall Equipment Check Out (for residents)
    • Riverside Transit Agency U-PASS (free bus pass)

    *Each California Baptist University student is issued one CBU Card at no charge.  CBU Cards are not replaced each year and are non-transferable.

  • Finalize Financial Aid and Payment Arrangements

    In order to finalize your financial aid and payment arrangements you will work with the both the Financial Aid and Student Accounts Offices. Financial Aid helps you secure money to pay for college in the form of grants, scholarships and loans. Student Accounts helps you set up payment arrangements to pay tuition and fees on time so that you stay enrolled at CBU and on track to graduation. 

    Financial Aid: FAFSA, Grants, Scholarships, Loans
    Student Accounts: Tuition and Fees, Payment Options, Payment Due Date, Book Vouchers, Refunds

    Finalize Financial Aid and Payment Arrangements

    1. Complete Your FAFSA (Financial Aid)
    If you have not already done so, complete your FAFSA at The Financial Aid team will review your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for grants, scholarships, and loans. CBU also offers various institutional scholarships to help cover the cost of attendance. A student's academic standing and financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can impact the amount and type of financial aid offered.

    2. Submit a Signed Tuition and Fee Agreement (Student Accounts)
    This agreement expresses you understand your responsibility to pay your tuition and fees to CBU on time each semester. Click here to complete the Tuition and Fee Agreement.

    3. Submit All Financial Aid Documents (Financial Aid)

    • If you've been selected for Verification (via Lancermail):
    • If you are using Federal Direct Loans: 
    • If you are a Cal Grant recipient:


    4. Accept/ Decline Financial Aid Award on InsideCBU (Financial Aid)
    Go to My Award Letter on InsideCBU. You may accept / decline or reduce aid as needed to cover your charges. The amount awarded may be reduced or cancelled if you are enrolled less than full-time or cease attendance during the semester to comply with Federal, State, and University regulations.

    Types of Financial Aid you may see:

    • Grants and Scholarships: Pell Grant and SEOG - Federal Grants do not need to be repaid. Cal Grant - State Grant does not need to be repaid.
    • VA Benefits - contact Jay Villasenor in the Office of the Registrar at 951-343-4566
    • Institutional Aid - scholarships and grants from CBU do not need to be repaid
    • Private Scholarships - money from private donors does not need to be repaid
    • Direct Loans / PLUS / Alternative Loans - funds borrowed must be repaid

    Note: Do not assume you Financial Aid Award will cover your balance in full.

    5. Check your Course and Fee Statement (Student Accounts)
    The Course and Fee Statement shows what courses you have registered for and provides the estimated charges and pending or accepted financial aid associated to that semester.

    6. Cover Your Tuition and Fees through the Approved Payment Options by the Payment Due Date (Student Accounts)
    All student account charges are due and payable by the Payment Due Date (August 7th, 2019). The University expects students to cover all charges for the current semester before advancing to a future semester.

    Approved Payment Options

    • Online Payment Options
      • Pay online through InsideCBU using CASHNet (see instructions below)
      • eCheck, credit card, and foreign currency payments are accepted
    • Semester Payment Plan
      • Pay all or part of your semester charges in four monthly installments without interest
      • Payments are automatically processed on the 5th or 20th of the month
      • A $35 per semester enrollment fee will apply at the time of enrollment
      • To enroll online click here to go to CASHNet
      • Re-enrollment by the Payment Due Date is required each semester

    Note: Payment Due Dates are always available on InsideCBU

    Once you have set up payment arrangements check your student accounts status on the Student Accounts tab on InsideCBU. You will see a green "Enrollment Confirmed" box if the Student Accounts Office has confirmed your enrollment. If you have not completed payment arrangements for the semester you will see a red "Enrollment Not Confirmed" box.

    If you have any questions please contact the appropriate office using the information below.

    Financial Aid Office at or 951.343.4236

    Student Accounts Office at or 951.343.4371

  • On Campus Jobs

    If you are interested in an on or off campus job, use your student ID and password to log in to CBU Handshake. From this website, you can see job postings and apply for positions online. 

    The CBU Career Center offers a wide spectrum of resources to help you prepare for your career, including LinkedIn worskhops, career fairs, and mock interviews. 

  • Get Your Textbooks

    You can find out which textbooks to purchase for your classes by visiting the Campus Store website beginning in mid August. On the website you can input your courses and see a list of which books to buy.

  • Welcome Weekend

    Click here to see all the important information regarding Welcome Weekend.

    For iPhone or Android users, please download our Welcome Weekend app for more details by typing in “CBU Welcome Weekend” in your app store. The app is free and will have updates throughout the summer so be sure to turn your notifications on.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 951-343-4212 or send us an e-mail at

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


General questions, contact your admissions counselor.
Questions about class registration, use the Find My Advisor tool.  
Questions about FAFSA, scholarships, or loans, email or call (951) 343-4236.
Questions about payment plans, book vouchers, email or call (951) 343-4371.