Student & Graduate Reviews
CK One - 4/29/2017
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."
Disappointed - 4/27/2017
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."
Matthew Baldwin - 3/10/2017
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."
Victoria - 3/8/2017
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."
Amber Marie Boetger - 3/6/2017
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."
Unhappy Student - 9/15/2016
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."
Breanna - 8/30/2016
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."
Kayla A. Moss-Baker - 8/24/2016
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."
Hayli Eden - 7/11/2016
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."
California Baptist University - 7/9/2016
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2015
"Let me first begin by saying that I have had a wonderful time and experience within the Early Childhood Studies major at California Baptist University, and if I had to do it all over again, I would still choose ECH as my intended major. However, over the course of time, there have been some slight adjustments I would make. They are as follows: I would require, if not strongly encourage all prospective Early Childhood Studies majors and those within the class to get involved in their community through early education. I advise this for several reasons. By teaching, interning, or volunteering within this particular scope of study, students receive valuable and inexhaustible hands on experience. They become actively present in real life contexts and gain knowledge for future decision making. This includes deciding whether the ECH major is the right fit for them. In addition to these assets, students gain valuable information and job opportunities that they can list on their resume. This is critical because most, if not all, employers look for potential workers who can make them more money, be cost effective, and do their job effectively and efficiently. This all starts with having real life experience to present to keen employers. The other weakness I must regretfully point out is the aptitude of some professors to teach at a university level. Here is what I mean by this. There are certain professors who are hired because of their connection through someone else, letter of recommendation, or ability to perform in their specific realm of expertise. In other words, they may be wonderful people who are highly knowledgeable and skilled in their craft, but that does not necessarily make them fit for teaching, especially at the caliber of a university level school. Therefore, I would simply suggest that the hiring process be more direct in what they are looking for, and closely examine their teaching style. This can be done by simulating a mock interview for assessing how the professor would teach if it were a real classroom full of students. In this way, university employers are able to make a more educated, confident, and well-rounded critique of the prospective employer, and avoid issues like these in the future. The strengths of the Early Childhood major are as follows: Students are spoiled as they are able to learn from professors who are currently actively involved in the Early Childhood domain, whether it be teaching, facilitating, or specializing. They all have something different, unique and special to bring to the table. Students are able to become experts in the Early Childhood realm as they discover how to conduct and complete complex paperwork such as the IFSP and IEP as well as become familiar with organizations like NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), and ELYF (Early Years Learning Framework). In addition to critical thinking skills, students were pushed to think outside the box by generating class projects that demonstrated their knowledge of their desired learning objectives and in their fortitude to present it in a clear, meaningful and creative manner. Lastly, the ability to attend and participate in course observations, experimentations, and fieldtrips allowed students to grasp a fresh, invigorating, and innovative perspective for the Early Childhood field. The strength of these trips and assignments lye in the practicality and hands on opportunities available to young, energetic minds. These assignments are a must and are what makes this major so great. Finally, the heart of the Early Childhood major is to promote social justice, child advocacy, knowledge of the early years, and the aptitude for excellence. I cannot say enough good things about this major, the people in it, and the work ethic and passion of the professors. They deeply care and put more effort into one semester of work than some teachers will ever do in a lifetime. They are God fearing, educated men and women of God, and they truly strive to train us in the way we should go. I am honored and blessed to be a part of this major, and to experience the amazing gifts and knowledge these professors so willingly impart and pass onto me and my fellow peers. Simply put, they are the best. I have no doubt God will continue to have his hand of provision and blessing upon them as they continue their endeavors in teaching and wherever they may go. Thank you for an amazing four years CBU. In this, I remain hopeful and steadfast: to experience the next chapter of my life, and to see the great works God has prepared in advance for me to do. Sincerely, Brianna"