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What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is where new students will register for their first semester of classes and hear important information about the University. Our hope is to conveniently bring you the information and resources you need in order to succeed as a Lancer. By the end of this event we want to answer every question that you have and leave you feeling more confident than ever about deciding to become a CBU Lancer. There will be social events, overviews of the many resources available on campus, as well as opportunities to connect with a group of new students called a FOCUS group.  Our hope is that by the end of Spring Orientation, you will feel a part of the Lancer Nation and are ready for your first semester at CBU.

Residential Students: When should I move in?

Sunday, January 3 (12:00-5:00pm)

If you will be living on campus this spring, you will move into your living area on the afternoon of Sunday, January 3rd.  You will go directly to your assigned living area where a Resident Assistant will check you into your living area.  If you have not been issued a housing assignment, please visit the Residence Life Office that afternoon between 12:00pm and 5:00pm.  Their office is located in the Village living area.  Their phone number is (951) 552-8000.

Commuter Students: When should I arrive?

Monday, January 4 @ 8:00am

If you will be commuting to campus this spring, then your first stop will be spring Check-In the Recreation Center on the morning of Monday, January 4th.  Check-In will begin 8:00am, and our first session will start at 9:00am, so you will want to plan to arrive on time.  Spring Orientation is a great way to build community from the start as you begin your Lancer experience!

Schedule Highlights

January 4-5

  • Pick up Spring Semester class schedule
  • Academic Sessions (meet Deans or Professors of intended major)
  • Financial Aid & Student Accounts Information
  • The CBU Experience – overview of CBU Culture
  • Kugel Ceremony – a Lancer tradition
  • Build Friendships with Other Students
  • Meet FOCUS group
  • Purpose Session – Worship & Message
  • CBU Basketball Games – Lance Up!


Parents & Guests: What can I expect?

There will be a few events on January 4th for parents and guests to attend.  The day will  consist of various sessions for both students and parents/guests.  We will provide lunch for up to two guests per student.  Additional guest meals may be purchased the day of the event.  The highlight of the afternoon will be the Kugel Walk, as each new student has the opportunity to participate in this Lancer tradition.  The parent and guest portion will conclude by 5:00pm that day.

Sunday, January 3

  • 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm:  Residential Students Check In to Living Areas & Move In
  • Evening Activity on campus hosted by student leaders

Monday, January 4

  • Check-In Begins at 8:00 am
  • First Session Begins at 9:00 am
  • CBU Experience Session
  • Academic Advising Session
  • Financial Aid & Student Accounts Information
  • Parent Session
  • Kugel Walk
  • FOCUS Group Meetings
  • All New Student Evening Activity

Tuesday, January 5

  • Purpose Session
  • Academic Sessions
  • FOCUS Group Meetings
  • Time for new students to visit campus offices and conduct University business
  • CBU Men’s & Women’s Basketball Games

More Details Coming Soon!

*Schedule is subject to change.

Get Ready...

Below and to the right are several actions you may take once you are signed up for a New Student Orientation event.  Prior to attending, please complete the following tasks:

Housing Application: Students that plan to live on campus must complete an online housing application.  Students will have access to complete the online application within two business days after being accepted to CBU.

Commuter Student Data Sheet:  This form is required from every student who does not plan to live on campus.  CBU generally requires traditional, single students under twenty-one years of age, or any student that receives institutional aid in excess of $8,500 per academic year, to live on campus.  Exceptions are made for those living with parents, legal guardians, or approved relatives, upon verification of residency.  Please complete and submit the commuter student data sheet to verify important information in your student account.  An official, signed copy will be required when you arrive at New Student Orientation to confirm your decision.

Student/Parent Contact Information: Every student must complete this form.  The information is for oficial CBU purposes only and will not be distributed.  Complete and submit the student/parent contact information form so we can be better equipped to serve you during your time at CBU.

Health Insurance is required for all Traditional Undergraduate students at CBU enrolled in 7 units or more.  Students are automatically charged for and enrolled in the medical insurance provided through UnitedHealthcare Student Resources.  Students who have their own insurance or are covered through their parents can choose to "opt out" of the student insurance plan by completing the online waiver located here.  On the webpage, look under "Student Access" and click on "Student Waive."  You will be required to create an account and then will be directed to the waiver form.  The waiver will be available on May 11, 2015 and must be completed prior to January 20, 2016.  To view benefits and detailed information on the student insurance provided through CBU, click here.


FERPA Form: By law, we need to collect this from every CBU student. California Baptist University is unable to release any personal educational information to any one other than the student without prior written consent. This form grants or denies permission for CBU to discuss student information with, for example, a parent or guardian who is named on the form. Please complete and bring to Spring Orientation: FERPA form

Tuition and Fee Agreement: This form gives CBU permission to apply your grants and scholarships to your CBU fees. Please complete this form and bring it to Spring Orientation: Tuition and Fee Agreement.

Parking Permit: Please submit your vehicle information to our Public Safety office in order to park on campus. Visit Public Safety Parking and Permits page (insideCBU login required) to enter your vehicle information. Your permit will be available to pick up after Orientation. 

Travel Arrangements

The following hotels offer special guest rates for families of CBU students:

Hyatt Place Riverside
3500 Market Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Rate: $105 + Tax + $8 Parking
     Includes: WiFi, breakfast buffet
Reserve Room with Special Rate Here or use code 68416 when booking

Riverside Marriott
3400 Market Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Rate: $119 + Tax
     Includes: WiFi
Reserve Room Here and use promotional code X89

Here is a more extensive list of Hotels that may also offer CBU guest rates.

University Address:
8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside CA, 92504


If you have questions, please contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions: 951.343.4212
Leadership & Transitions: 951.552.8100

What do I need to come to?

At New Student Orientation, we have programmed our sessions with parents and guests in mind. This will be the main opportunity for Parents and Guests to have their questions answered and to hear helpful information. You are encouraged to attend all of the sessions at New Student Orientation.  Schedule highlights can be found at the top of this page. 

What will I be learning?

Our hope for New Student Orientation is to answer every question that you or your student has. We will have designated sessions for Academic Majors, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, University life and expectations, and resources available to students. There will also be time to visit offices on campus to handle University business. Schedule highlights can be found at the top of this page.

Will my student and I have time to meet with CBU offices?

Yes! Offices will be open throughout New Student Orientation and can be visited at any time during the day. These offices include: Academic Advising (class registration), Financial Aid, Student Accounts (student billing), Registrar (course transcripts), Student Services, and more. Offices are also available at regular hours throughout the year.