Calvary Chapel Bible College

“As an institution of biblical postsecondary education, Calvary Chapel Bible College exists to train and develop men and women of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities into Christ-like disciples and servant-leaders who know God through His Word and are equipped by His Spirit to serve Him in every area of life, for the glory of God. Our vision is to be an oasis for learning and refreshment that blesses people all over the world.”

Calvary Chapel Bible College (CCBC) is an evangelical Christian biblical studies college located at 39407 Murrieta Hot Springs Road in Murrieta, California, just north of San Diego. CCBC also offers online education courses for students living at home and abroad, who are unable to attend courses on campus. The college, a ministry of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, operates on a 15-week spring and fall semester schedule.


Founded in 1975, the college was originally a “short, intensive study program” with a tape-based curriculum that consisted primarily of sermons by Calvary Chapel founder Chuck Smith, but it now is a full program leading to two- and four-year degrees.

Degree programs include: Associate of Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Biblical Studies, and Bachelor of Biblical Studies & Leadership. Degree concentrations include: General Leadership, Missions & Evangelism, Apologetics, Worship Arts, and Discipleship.

The college also offers non-degree and non-credit programs. Certificates of completion are awarded to students who are either not prepared for college-level work or who have not completed high school.

Classes offered include individual books of the Bible, topical courses (in Worship, Missions, Apologetics, Christian Leadership, and Biblical Greek and Hebrew), Old and New Testament Surveys, Practical Christian Ministry, Community Worship, and Chapel. Online students have access to the same degrees and programs as students on campus.

At CCBC, the objectives of “strength, light, and service” guide all aspects of teaching and learning:

  1. All students will be equipped to develop the character of Christ.
  2. All students will be equipped to reflect the mind of Christ.
  3. All students will be equipped to show the love of Christ.


Proof of high school completion or the equivalent is required for enrollment in degree programs. Students will be asked to submit a copy of their high school transcript during the admissions process. Official SAT and ACT reports are welcomed but not required.

If you have not yet graduated, Dual Enrollment high school students can take courses for college credit. Those currently enrolled in high school must submit a teacher recommendation.

Campus Life

Murrieta is ranked as the safest city in Riverside County, and the second safest city in the entire state of California. Not to mention, the CCBC campus is home to a substation of the Murrieta Police Department.

The Murrieta area has a Mediterranean subtropical climate. CCBC’s campus is located on the site of the old Murrieta Hot Springs health spa. In 1995, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa purchased the property and transformed it into a Christian college and conference center/retreat. The learning atmosphere at CCBC is like staying at a beautiful resort!

The Santa Rosa Plateau, an ecological reserve which is jointly owned by county and state governments, a private conservation group, and the local water district, is just outside the city to the west. Just outside of city limits to the east, Lake Skinner offers sailing, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, hiking, and camping. The Temecula Valley Wine Country is approximately 7.5 miles southeast of Murrieta.

The CCBC student council plans regular events to encourage fellowship among students on campus. The town of Murrieta has several sports parks, a Family Fun Center with miniature golf, go kart racing, laser tag, and an arcade. Additional entertainment options include a theater, comedy club, roller rink and trampoline park. Car buffs will enjoy the Rod Run, a classic car event shared by Murrieta and neighboring Temecula. The Murrieta Town Square is home to a memorial for military veterans featuring an honor garden, memorial obelisk, and a World War II memorial wall.

Christian music artist Jeremy Camp attended CCBC for two years and earned an associate of theology degree. After one of the worship leaders heard him play, he urged Camp to join the worship team. Soon, Camp was playing all over Southern California. See what happens in “A Day in the Life” of students Natalia Isberg and Zach Summers in the video below.

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