California Baptist University, is a medium sized school located in Riverside and San Bernandino, CA. This private, Christian undergraduate and graduate University was founded in 1950 by the Baptist Church. It is affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention, and received regional accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. According to U.S. News Best Colleges 2011, it the top school in the Western Region for private Christian Colleges. CBU offers over ninety undergraduate degree programs, and twenty-five graduate programs of study. The school has just under five-thousand students enrolled into its courses which are offered on-campus, as well as through distance learning, online classes, and a hybrid style combining both to fit student’s lifestyle needs. The school faculty and academic programs are centered around a religious and spiritual core curriculum where understanding the religious purpose of life plays a central role. The campus is situated on more than one-hundred acres of natural beauty, and it is only a drive away from popular beaches and mountains. CBU is the proud home of JoAnn Hawkins Music building, one of the most acclaimed recording and production studios for aspiring musicians in the nation.
The following degrees are offered through California Baptist University Online and Professional Studies Programs: BA in Business Administration, BA in Christian Studies and Christian Ministries, BS in Criminal Justice, BS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Administration, BA in Early Childhood Intervention, BA in English, BA in Interdisciplinary Studies including Business, Administration, Communication Arts, Counseling Ministry, Journalism, Organizational Leadership, Psychology, and Public Administration. CBU also offers a BS in Kinesiology, a BA in Liberal Studies, Nursing Degrees at the RN and BSN level, a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology, as well as an MA in Disability Studies, Disability Ministry, and Disability Policy. Besides these online degree programs there are over four-hundred distance learning courses that CBU offers including Accounting, Behavioral Sciences, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Christian Studies, Computer Science, Communication Studies, Disability Studies, Education, English, Film Studies, History, Humanities, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Public Administration, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Physical Sciences, Professional Studies, Sign Language, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre and Visual Arts.
As of the 2010-2011 academic year, the cost for attending CBU is $11,427 per semester for thirteen to eighteen units of study. The price per credit hour is $879. The graduate program tuition is determined by each department, and ranges from $474 per credit hour to $577. Many students receive financial aid in the form of the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Cal Grant, Chafee Grant, CBU Scholarships for Athletics and Academics, Minister’s Kin Scholarships, Music and Art Scholarships, and Grants from the State of California. If you are looking for a quality education with a Baptist faith based curriculum, this could be a very good choice for you, as both quality of education and spiritual studies are emphasized by the faculty and student bodies. It is a community oriented University with a lot to offer.