We hope this page is helpful to you as your student navigates the process of becoming a CBU Lancer. Included are frequently asked questions, finanical aid information and how students proceed through the appication and admittance process to the University. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office with any questions, we are looking forward to assisting your family!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is safety on campus monitored?
    Our Public Safety office offers 24-hour surveillance of our closed campus and surrounding areas. They are here to serve our students and offer a safe environment for every resident and visitor that comes onto our campus. In addition, all students are required at registration to enroll in a campus alert system that notifies them by text if there an emergency.
  • What is the student to faculty ratio?
  • Are most courses taught by professors or teacher assistants?
    While some faculty members employ teachers assistants, all of our courses are taught by the professor. CBU currently employees 294 full-time faculty and 377 adjunct faculty. All faculty members are required to hold regular office hours during the week in order to better assist students in understanding coursework and professional development.
  • Do students have to sign a statement of faith?
    We do not require our students to sign a statement of faith. However, CBU is unapologetically Christian and because of that, we do require students to abide by a certain code of conduct that they must sign upon enrollment at the University. We abide by the Baptist Faith and Message which can be read here on our website.
  • How big is your school?
    CBU currently has 8,541 students. 5,431 of this population are undergraduate students working toward completing a Bachelor’s degree. The remaining population is comprised of graduate and online students.
  • What is your acceptance rate?
    Our acceptance rate is currently at 79%.
  • Is your campus diverse?
    Fall '15 campus report:
    • Caucasian 39%
    • Hispanic 34.2%
    • African American 7.3%
    • Two or More Ethnicity 5.6%
    • Asian 4.9%
    • Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian 1%
    • Unknown 4.9%
  • What are the average GPA and test score of a CBU student?
    Average GPA: 3.34 and average test scores: ACT 21 / SAT 954 (critical reading and math only)
  • Do you accept AP/IB coursework?
    Yes, CBU offers college credit for AP/IB coursework. Please see link below for more information regarding specific tests and required scores.

What are my student's steps to apply?

  • All students will need to complete our Application online. We will then need the following admissions documents to complete the application process. (Please note, we are not on the Common Application).

    1. Admissions Essay (included in online application)
    2. $45 application fee
    3. Official transcripts from all schools and/or colleges attended
    4. Official ACT/SAT scores (if a student has completed less than 24 college units)

    The Undergraduate Admissions office upholds a rolling admission policy, which means that we do not have a set deadline for application and we will accept applications throughout the year. However, if your student submits their Fall 2017 application by December 1st 2016, an admissions decision will be provide by Christmas.

    Please note: A transfer student is anyone who has completed 24 or more college semester units. Transfer students are not required to submit high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores. However, transfer students may submit high school transcripts to verify if they are exempt from the foreign language general education requirement.

What are my student's steps once they are accepted?

Step One: Receive Financial Resources
CBU's team of finanical aid counselors are committed to helping students find and secure the resources needed to finance their education. CBU offers a multitude of scholarship and grant opportunities to make the cost of attendance more affordable. These scholarships and grants can come in a variety of forms and are funded through the federal and state government, institutionally from CBU and through private companies and organizations. Additionally, educational loans are available. See the Financial Aid Information below for next steps to secure these resources.

Step Two: Submit an Intent to Enroll
This tells us that your student is intending to enroll at CBU for the upcoming semester.

Step Three: Get Registered for Classes
Students will attend an orientation event to register for their fall classes. This event provides the opportunity to have questions answered from a variety of offices on campus such as Residence Life, Financial Aid, Student Accounts and Academic Advising. Students living more than fours hours awary will register for their courses through an online process and will attend an on-campus Orientation event right before school begins.

Step Four: Complete the Housing Application

Step Five: Become FInancially Clear
Students will sign a Tuition and Fee Agreement for the CBU Student Accounts Office and make approved payment arrangements to cover their balance.

Step Six: Attend Welcome Weekend
Students will attend Welcome Weekend and get connected to campus resources, future classmates, the CBU Community and Christ.

Financial Aid Information

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an online application for parents and students to complete in order to be eligible for government and institutional need-based aid. The FAFSA opens on October 1st of your student’s senior year or approximately one year before entry into the institution. When completing this application make sure to add CBU’s school code, 001125, so that we can provide you with the most comprehensive award letter.

  • California’s FAFSA state deadline is March 2nd for Cal Grant eligibility. (California Resident’s only). California students must also submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. In most cases, your high school will submit this on your behalf, but it is always good to double check that it is being done.  It is extremely important to meet this deadline in order to potentially qualify for the most aid available to you and your family.

  • CBU also offers a variety of Institutional grants and scholarships in addition to the FAFSA. Some of these are based on merit and involvement, while others are based on need. Please see this complete list of scholarships and grants that are available at CBU. Currently, 78% of traditional undergraduate CBU students receive some form of financial aid and last year we awarded 161 Million dollars to students between federal, state and institutional aid.

  • Some students may be selected for FAFSA verification. If you have been selected please contact the financial aid office to find out more information on documentation needed.

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