California Baptist University

Riverside, CA 92504

California Baptist University (CBU) was founded in 1950 and is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The original campus was in El Monte, California. While only 120 students enrolled the first year, the university soon outgrew its buildings. The university relocated to Riverside and now has a student body of close to 10,000. Over the years, it has been ranked several times as one of the best regional universities. The university is structured into several schools and colleges with varying specialties, including business, music, and nursing.

The CBU School of Nursing offers nursing programs that are accredited by the CCNE and approved by the Board of Registered Nurses (BRN). Students also receive the opportunity to work with professionals to receive their clinical experience. Rotations are completed at a variety of local hospitals and healthcare facilities in the area. These clinical partnerships include the Corona Regional Medical Center, Parkview Community Hospital, and many other locations. The school offers the traditional BSN, MSN, and a doctorate in nursing. Most students complete the BSN program in 4 to 5 years, depending on their completion of the degree requirements. Other programs include paths for students that have already obtained a degree, such as the BSN to MSN path.


Campus LocaleLarge City
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Southern Baptist
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate78%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 25 147
Master's degree 13 58
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 84.8%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
10/31/1961 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/27/2008 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/10/2013 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT980 to 1190
ACT19 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $45
Graduates $45

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,171/credit
In State Students$1,171/credit
Out of State Students$1,171/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$668/credit
In State Students$668/credit
Out of State Students$668/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $52,695 $52,695 $52,695
ADN 70 $81,970 $81,970 $81,970
BSN 125 $146,375 $146,375 $146,375
FNP 50 $33,400 $33,400 $33,400
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 95% of California Baptist University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 42% $4,396
Other Federal Grant 21% $942
State Grant & Scholarships 39% $6,892
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 92% $12,793
Federal Student Loans 70% $5,637
Private Loans 10% $16,048


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$26,628
$30,001 to $48,000$28,113
$48,001 to $75,000$31,323
$75,001 to $110,000$33,250
Over $110,000$34,749

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.

California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

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