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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed the course content provided by this school. The quality of the instruction was excellent. The instructors were very communicative, responsive, and helpful. Having attended California Baptist University after attending a public community college, I was very pleased with the quality of instruction being offered by California Baptist University, exceeding the quality of the public community college immensely.

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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2014

The most racist, incestuous joke of a school. The "professors" don't even have advanced degrees...They are just former students. Zero diversity in the faculty or student body. Zero understanding of art. Don't attend if you ever want to do anything other than become a wedding photographer or shoot crappy freelance jobs in the area. They misuse the Bible to create a bubble...they are not engaged with the community. I feel sorry for the ones who are spending $30k a year to attend this disaster.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018

My personal experience with the nursing department and its faculty has been disappointing. I strongly believe that although many of the instructors as a whole do care about the students, the overall attention to student needs has fallen to dangerous lows. I have personally witnessed several students reach out to instructors and staff to discuss feelings of being overwhelmed and physical symptoms of panic attacks. These were met with very calloused responses and little depth of care. One instructor specially stated to a student in response to her concerns that she needed to "just change her perspective." This is not acceptable from a facility that claims to be Christian oriented, or from a facility that adopts the Parse theory of Humanbecoming. Other examples have been for staff to not adhere to the same class standard as others. This includes some faculty stating that assignments need to be done in a specific way while others claim that aspects can be changed here and there. The lack of organization and standard has been inconsistent and when students fall behind or have difficulty the staff do not claim any responsibility. Instead there is a general lack of owning the mistakes on their part which leads to more stress the students carry. Other examples include classes that were held in conference rooms as appose to appropriate school classrooms due to "registrar not having space for us." There were often not enough seats and students offered to bring seats from home or hold the class itself in the students home to better aid in educational surroundings. Some classes did not have the appropriate instructor for several weeks and were proctored by staff that were not qualified to teach the course while an appropriate instructor was located. Students were told that assistance would be provided and specific faculty were in place to be able to place students in clinical sites. Students repeatedly reached out to the appropriate staff for assistance in location of clinical sites and were often not responded to or told that a site would be located yet there was no follow up or proper response. Many students were told that they needed to be working full time as nurses during the course of the Masters program and were later told that this is inaccurate due to the time constraint that many students were concerned about. The faculty have purposely encouraged applications from all religious affiliations but were hard pressed to accommodate such practices as no class on Saturdays for students that followed a Seventh Day Adventist religion. Class objectives, schedule and assignments were changed almost weekly. This includes adding brand new curriculum or new projects halfway through the semester. This added to the poor foundation and confusion that many students had and they were told to "be flexible." Some instructors were even quoted saying "I don't know why I'm teaching this class, I was never in this area." When referring to why they were teaching a class on a subject they were never directly affiliated with. A fee of over $1,000 per student was added to students financial statements without alerting the students beforehand or discussing what the fee was for. When students were told this was to accommodate lab time, actors for OSKE exams and lab equipment, students pointed out in vain that they only use the lab one time per semester, actors are almost entirely volunteers and the equipment was generally used up to four times per semester. Many of the instructors, although excellent practitioners, were held to a very low standard in terms of academics. Poor quality in education is shown through instructors reading off the slides that they themselves received off the internet. Another example is test questions being taken from unscholarly sources such as Quizlet for exams. Students will often contact instructors for additional resources to better their practice and are told that the school "cannot teach everything" and therefore the student needs to seek help from youtube or pay to attend a skills workshop.

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4 out of 5
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015

I loved my experience at California Baptist University (CBU) and I couldn't imagine having completed my undergrad anywhere else. The campus is beautiful, safe, small, and packed with personality. My classes specific to my degree were small and personal and the general education classes that most had to take were a little larger but still felt intimate. The professors were all professional, intelligent, and experts in their craft. The professors in the criminal justice program were all either former or current police, judges, or lawyers which helped bring a feeling of practicality to their lectures that can only be achieved from real life experience. The campus is great as well. CBU is a religious school and has rules as such. It is a dry campus, you will have to take mandatory Bible classes, and chapel is required at least twice a week. This was not a problem for me because I am a religious person and partially chose CBU because of that fact however, you do not have to be a Christian to go there you just have to follow their rules. I cannot say enough good things about CBU and my experience there and I will be forever grateful for the experience it gave me and the education it provided me to have the career I have today of being an officer in the United States Air Force. California Baptist University was more than just a school for me, it was a season in my life that I will never forget.

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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2018

This school is beautiful. The teachers are awesome and the class teacher to student ratio is unmatched. Financial aid is great. The caliber of education at the school is really great! The only negative is the parking situation, but I would say there are negatives at any university.

5 out of 5
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Degree: English Language and Literature, General
Graduation Year: 2016

California Baptist is a nurturing environment that is filled with professors dedicated to helping students reach their highest potential. The environment, while Christian, is welcoming to both Christians and non Christians. However, it is important to note that faith is integral to certain portions of the curriculum.

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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2017

Personally, I feel like choosing to attend CBU was the worst mistake of my life. The financial aid department is not helpful in the least and you can never get in contact with your advisors. It is way too expensive for the quality of the education. The bible courses primarily use study bibles. They pride themselves as being a Christian based school, but they don't even use the Bible. Many people enjoy their experience at CBU, but I am not and I am going to transfer. Maybe life on campus is better, but I would never recommend this university.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2015

The CBU Online program was very hands on, and the professors really seemed to care about me as a student, and were supportive and helpful throughout my education. I loved that the schedule was flexible enough for me to still have a job while I attended.

5 out of 5
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2015

Attending California Baptist University has been an amazing experience. The campus is beautiful and welcoming. The professor's are helpful and very informed on their subjects. I honestly felt at home at CBU and on good-terms with all the professors in my degree field.

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013

I completed my Bachelor's Degree from California Baptist University and was satisfied with the education that I received. The campus life at CBU allows students to be involved in a number of avenues, and the size of the school allows for students to register on-time for the classes that they need and have small enough classroom sizes to actually build relationships with the professors. I was able to complete my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Global Studies in under 4 years, and I am now in the process of obtaining my Master's Degree. Since CBU is a private institution, it is quite expensive. I have a substantial amount of debt as a result of my education, but also have the opportunity to enter the workforce with a career that will allow me to pay off my debt in a timely manner. I would highly recommend CBU as an institution of Higher education. I would not be the woman that I am today without the influence and wisdom of the professors and staff at this institution.

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