California Baptist University (CBU)

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California Baptist University can be found in Riverside, CA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around twelve thousand students enrolled each year at California Baptist University.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT scores to this school. A score in the range of 990 to 1210 on the SAT exam, or 18 to 24 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the California Baptist University (CBU) average GPA ranges from 2.89 to 3.25 for accepted students. An estimated 80 percent of all students which applied were admitted at CBU, and from those that were granted acceptance around 24 percent continued on to attend. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected California Baptist University (CBU) acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 71%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall California Baptist University (CBU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for California Baptist University was reported as 78.3% in Fall 2020 with over 8,240 applications submitted to CBU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CBU ACT Scores: 18 - 24
  • CBU Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.25

How Hard Is It to Get into California Baptist University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of California Baptist University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for California Baptist University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 64.0%
  • 2017-2018: 77.1%
  • 2018-2019: 79.5%
  • 2019-2020: 78.3%
  • Projected CBU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 71.2%

How Does California Baptist University (CBU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for California Baptist University is thirty-eight percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of La Verne54.8%
Chapman University55.7%
Azusa Pacific University67.5%
Biola University69.9%
California State University-Dominguez Hills77.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to California Baptist University (CBU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading500 - 610
Math490 - 600
Total Score990 - 1210
ACT®Score Range
English17 - 24
Math17 - 24
Composite Score18 - 24
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