The Study Place

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Studying is an essential part of university life, and a safe, quiet study space can help ensure academic success for CBU’s 11,000-plus students. 

During the decade ending in 2017, California Baptist University was the eighth fastest-growing private non-profit Master’s level institution in the nation. Along with this dynamic growth, there is a growing need among our iconic Mission Revival-style buildings for adequate study space. CBU students and graduates alike consistently list study space as their number one need on campus.  

CBU’s Annie Gabriel Library fulfills the research and informational needs of the CBU community through a robust online and print library. But its small structural size no longer meets the study workspace needs of more than 11,000 students. 

We envision a new three-story Study Place as a warm and welcoming hub. Students can come together to work on group projects, make new connections, or study alone without feeling lonely. 

Situated between the Dennis and Carol Troesh Engineering Building and the Wallace Theater, the Study Place will be easily accessible from anywhere on campus. In addition to study rooms, desks, and open seating, the ground floor also will be home to a coffee bar and café for students who need a quick pick-me-up. 

For those who concentrate better in a quieter space, the second floor offers a bit more solitude without the commotion of a café. The third floor will be quieter still, with individual study spaces and small conference rooms. All three floors will have reliable Wi-Fi access for online student engagement and research. 

Once completed, this building will be more than just a place to study. It will create space for building community and social support while empowering CBU students for academic success.

Centrally located on CBU’s 160-acre main campus, the building architecture will match the Mission Revival Style architecture that weaves throughout the campus. The Study Place comprises 47,000 square feet of dedicated space across three floors. Noise and activity levels will vary by floor to accommodate a variety of student needs.

The Study Place will be a versatile learning commons that satisfies our students' need for flexible and safe study space. Features will include: 

• Coffee bar and café

• Scattered library shelving and printing stations

Quiet study spaces, open seating, and areas for collaborative group gatherings

• Courtyard seating that includes covered patio tables and benches

The total construction cost for the project is estimated to be $34 million. Our goal is that philanthropic support will provide $14 million and the remaining cost will be supported by net operational proceeds. 

Your gift would ensure that this much-needed student building is established on sure financial footing, and will be instrumental in preparing future generations of CBU students to live there purpose. 

Naming opportunities begin at $10,000. Inquire for more information.

University Advancement