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What is Step Ahead Orientation?

Step Ahead 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.  

Schedule Highlights

June – July 2015

  • Register in Classes for Fall Semester
  • Academic Sessions (meet Dean or Professors of intended major)
  • Financial Aid and Student Accounts
  • CBU 101 - CBU culture and expectations
  • Resource Fair (get involved!)
  • Kugel Ceremony - Lancer Tradition

Freshmen Students

The events below are for students who have graduated High School between 2014-2015 AND have less than 24 completed college units.

  • If you graduated High School in 2013 or earlier, please register for a Transfer Event.
  • If you graduated High School in 2015 but have completed 24 or more college units, we still want you to register for a Freshman event below.

Freshman Step Ahead Orientation is a 2 day, overnight experience.  Both days you are on campus will be filled with helpful sessions and purposeful programming.  Parents and guests of students are welcome and encouraged to attend as we will have parent-specific sessions; however we do not have overnight housing for them.  There are suggested places to stay below under "Travel Arrangements."  Click the date below to be taken to Registration Page.

2015 Freshman Dates

*Aviation majors, we recommend registering for an event other than June 8-9.

Transfer Students and Non-Recent Grads

The events below are for students who have 24 or more completed college units AND who did not graduate from High School in 2015.  If you graduated from High School in 2015, please register for a Freshman event.

Transfer Step Ahead Orientation is a one-day event designed to help you officially register for Fall 2015 classes, hear about your intended program of study, and learn about how to successfully transition to CBU.  Parents and Guests are welcome to attend as we will have parent-specific sessions. If overnight lodging is needed, there are suggested places to stay below under "Travel Arrangements."  Click your preferred date below to be taken to the Registration Page. 

2015 Transfer and Non-Recent Grads Dates

Get Ready...

Below are actions you may take once you are signed up for a Step Ahead 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 Step Ahead 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 on 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 September 22, 2015.  To view benefits and detailed information on the student insurance provided through CBU, click here.

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

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions: 951.343.4212
Leadership & Transitions: 951.552.8100

Freshman Student FAQs

What do I need to bring?
Students will need to bring a sleeping bag, a change of clothes, toiletries, towel, and a pillow.

If I am commuting to campus in the Fall, do I need to stay on campus overnight?
Yes! All Freshmen students are expected to stay the night on campus during Step Ahead Orientation, regardless of whether or not they will be living on campus during the Fall.

If my parents or guests are coming, what will they do that night?
Parents will not be staying on campus, however we do have a list of local places to stay near CBU for your reference (see left). We will also host a parent/guest dinner and provide a list of local activities for you to enjoy a taste of Riverside.

Is there an additional cost for Step Ahead Orientation?
No, there is no additional cost for new students and their parents or guests (we cover the cost of meals for up to two parents and/or guests).

Have additional questions? Visit our FAQs page and look under the Step Ahead Orientation section.

Transfer Student FAQs

Will I be able to speak with someone from my Academic Program?
Yes!  There will be a representative from each Cal Baptist School or College who will host a session for students and their guests.  They will cover basic University academic expectations as well as program specific information for each major.  

Is there an additional cost for Step Ahead Orientation?
No, there is no additional cost for new students and their parents or guests (we cover the cost of meals for up to two parents and/or guests).

Have additional questions? Visit our FAQs page and look under the Step Ahead Orientation section.

What do I need to come to?

At Step Ahead 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 Step Ahead Orientation.  Schedule highlights can be found at the top of this page. 

What will I be learning?

Our hope for Step Ahead 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 Step Ahead 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.