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California Baptist University seeks to provide academic programs that prepare students for professional careers, as well as co-curricular programs that foster an environment supporting the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development of each student. Contributing to one of the funds below will help CBU to continue to offer financial assistance for students as they pursue their purpose in life.

We appreciate your contribution and thank you for partnering with us to leave a lasting legacy for our students.

  • CBU advances in “Best Colleges” rankings

    California Baptist University has been named one of America's Best Colleges for 2017 in rankings by U.S. News and World Report (USN&WR). It is the eleventh time in as many years that CBU has received the recognition and the third consecutive year as a top 40-ranked "Best Regional University.”

    The USN&R rankings for 2017 place CBU at No. 37 in the top tier of the nation’s educational institutions. That advances CBU’s position from the No. 39 ranking received the previous year among the publication's "Best Regional Universities" in the West.

    Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, termed the third-party ranking “significant.” He said recognition by the national publication validates the choices made by thousands of students pursuing their higher education goals at California Baptist University.

    "I am pleased that these influential rankings have recognized California Baptist University once again,” Ellis said. “It says good things about the value and quality of the educational programs that CBU offers in both traditional and online settings," Ellis said.

    ‘Best Colleges' rankings are published in U.S. News & World Report each year to aid prospective students and their parents looking for the best academic values for their money. Now in its 32nd year, the annual comparative listing uses a system of weighted indicators of academic excellence to rank universities. Those indicators include: student selectivity, retention and graduation rates; assessment by peer institutions; faculty resources; financial resources and alumni giving.

    The category of Best Regional Universities includes 653 institutions in four regions of the nation that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and master's degrees but few, if any, doctoral programs.

    California Baptist University offers more than 150 majors, minors and concentrations, as well as more than 40 graduate programs and three doctoral programs.

    A full list of the 2017 rankings can be viewed at

  • CBU enrollment tops 9,000

    Fall 2016 enrollment at California Baptist University set another record with 9,157 students-a 7.2 percent increase above the fall enrollment figure the previous year, President Ronald L. Ellis announced today.

    The year to year increase numbered 616 more students than the previous record of 8,541 established in 2015, Ellis said.

    “The Lord continues to bless CBU in a mighty way,” Ellis told members of the California Baptist University Board of Trustees at their regular fall meeting.

    “In the last 24 months we have had an enrollment increase of 1,200,” he said, noting that the two-year growth total was greater than the annual enrollment in any of CBU’s first 44 years of operation.

    Ellis said CBU’s continuing enrollment growth is taking place “across the board” in all markets—undergraduate, graduate and online.

    This fall marks the first time graduate enrollment at CBU has exceeded 2,000 students. Ellis said a net increase of 310 students pushed the graduate total to 2,221 for fall 2016, compared to 1,911 the year before.

    “We are very excited for each student represented by these numbers and we praise the Lord,” Ellis said.

    “Absorbing that (increase) takes a tremendous effort on the part of our faculty and staff, but we are committed to the Great Commission and we truly welcome the growth,” he added.

    Founded in 1950, CBU is a private comprehensive institution located in Riverside, Calif. and affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention. CBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities.

  • New students focus on faith

    Hundreds of members of the Class of 2020 at California Baptist University officially started their classes on Sept.6.  For many, faith was a key reason they chose CBU.

    Amelia Horton, from Hemet, California and a biology pre-med major, indicated she chose CBU because of the sense of family and God’s presence she felt on campus during prior visits. 

    “I’m looking forward to making a lot of friends and meeting people who are as eager as I am to get plugged in,” Horton said. “I love that I feel that God is so present here.”

    Levi Hargrove, from Istanbul, Turkey, and a nursing major, said he wants to grow in his faith and looked forward to speaking with professors that shared his Christian faith.

    “I’m looking forward to interacting with professors on a deeper level than high school,” Hargrove said.

    Phillip Ndowu, from Nashville, Tennessee, and a biology pre-med major, appreciates the fact that CBU encourages and enables conversations about faith.

    “I’m looking forward to being able to openly have conversations about God (with his peers),” Ndowu said. 

    CBU offers many opportunities for students to grow in their faith, including chapel services featuring respected Christian leaders; the integration of faith and learning in the classroom; discipleship ministries that aim to show students how to live out the Great Commission; and numerous local and international service opportunities.

    John Montgomery, dean of Spiritual Life, said college is a crucial time for students to form their identity.

    “Traditionally students decide who they are and who they will be during these highly formative years, and they are making their faith their own,” Montgomery said. “They are looking for opportunities to discuss their thoughts and find guidance from Scripture. As a result, many students either make a [new] commitment to follow Christ or make a previous commitment stronger.” 

CBU Scholarship Fund

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Live Oak Scholarship Fund

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CBU Alumni Legacy Scholarship Fund

Donations will help fund educational expenses for children and grandchildren of CBU alumni. The scholarship is currently seeking to become an endowed fund, so any contributions received will be applied toward building up the required endowment level.

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Wanda Price Scholarship Fund

With your support to this scholarship fund, students with various financial needs will benefit on their educational journey. Established in honor of longtime former employee Wanda Price, the scholarship is endowed so that Wanda’s legacy of supporting students will continue.

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