California offers a few colleges that are affiliated with the Baptist faith. These schools each have their own distinguishing characteristics, such as the levels of degrees offered and tuition rates. Learn more about each California Baptist college here.
Students interested in attending a Baptist college in California have five unique schools to choose from. Compare each school's location and tuition rate in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-state Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|American Baptist Seminary of the West||4-year, private not-for-profit||Berkeley, CA||$18,200 (graduate)|
|Bethel Seminary-San Diego||4-year, private not-for-profit||San Diego, CA||$8,964 (graduate)|
|Shasta Bible College and Graduate School||4-year, private not-for-profit||Redding, CA||$12,060|
|Southern California Seminary||4-year, private not-for-profit||El Cajon, CA||$15,600|
|California Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Riverside, CA||$32,256|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of Baptist Colleges in California
The Baptist institutions in California vary in size, available degree programs and other factors that students trying to decide between the schools should consider. Here we discuss some of these factors for each school.
American Baptist Seminary of the West
The American Baptist Seminary of the West is a very small graduate school that enrolled fewer than 60 students in 2016. Students at the school can pursue a master's degree in divinity/ministry, a master's degree in community leadership, or a Doctor of Ministry. The school was founded in 1871 and is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches U.S.A., but admits students from various denominational backgrounds. Students can attend weekly evenings of worship and share a dinner together before evening courses.
Bethel Seminary- San Diego
Bethel Seminary in San Diego is also a small graduate school with around 160 students in 2016. The school primarily offers master's degree programs as well as postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificate programs. Most of these programs are available in divinity/ministry, theology or pastoral studies/counseling. The school does have one doctoral degree program in ministry that is available online or in a hybrid format with on-campus intensives. The San Diego campus is a part of the larger Bethel University that is based in St. Paul, Minnesota. The school is supported by Converge Worldwide.
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School is a small private school that had about 46 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1 in 2016. Students can pursue associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees as well as some undergraduate certificates. These programs are primarily available in Biblical studies and education. Students can participate in prayer and praise activities, and the small size of the school provides students with a family-feel campus life. The annual Alpha Omega Conference brings special guest speakers and musical performers together for five days of fellowship.
Southern California Seminary
Southern California Seminary is slightly larger than Shasta Bible College with a little over 70 undergraduate students as of 2016. The school is supported by the Shadow Mountain Community Church and offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Undergraduate degree programs are available in Biblical studies, while graduate programs also include theology, divinity/ministry, counseling psychology and clinical psychology. The school does have a mandatory New Student Orientation (NSO) that introduces students to the spiritual and intellectual culture of the campus.
California Baptist University
Unlike the other schools already discussed, California Baptist University is a large private institution with about 9,950 students. The school, founded by the California Southern Baptist Convention, has associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs available. Since the school is not a Bible college or seminary, degree programs are offered in a wide range of subjects, including architecture, business, biology, information technology, communications, engineering, education, healthcare, math, psychology, kinesiology and exercise science, the arts, Biblical studies and many more. In 2017, U.S. News and World Report named the university one of the Best Regional Universities in the Southwest. Students can participate in international missions, service projects and athletics, including men's and women's basketball, golf and swimming.