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Many students choose Cal State University---East Bay for its “affordable” tuition, “small class sizes,” and “strong” business, nursing, and teaching programs. Students say CSUEB is dedicated to “helping the students get where they need to be as soon as possible” so that they can be “ready for the real world.” A senior explains, “CSUEB has been very convenient for me because I work 50-plus hours a week and need to complete this education as soon as possible. I am usually able to work the school scheduling around my work and family.” Most students agree that the “reasonable” and “understanding” professors are incredible.” They note that the small class sizes allow faculty “to focus more on the students.” In addition, “All the teachers are required to have office hours.” Most here find the overall experience positive, noting the variety of offered experiences. “I’ve run into good courses and bad, great professors and ones that may be better suited [to] a loony bin, challenging material and easy,” says a junior. However, red tape can be an issue, as “Paperwork gets lost very often, which makes it extremely frustrating on the students’ part.” The university is making strides in addressing this issue. It recently introduced MyCSUEB, a new web-based portal which makes online services more accessible. Many also praise the “excellent” new president and the “better direction” in which things have been heading under his leadership.

Student Body

In general, CSUEB attracts diligent and career-minded students, the majority of whom “work at least part-time” and “have families to care for.” Needless to say, “Many more parents attend [CSUEB] than other schools.” This student profile is due to change as a result of the university beginning to emphasize a more traditional four-year undergraduate experience. Additionally, besides having a wide generational range of students, the campus also reflects the multicultural community native to the San Francisco Bay Area. CSUEB “is an extremely diverse campus in terms of both ethnicities and attitudes.” A senior explains that this “culturally diverse atmosphere that promotes educational growth” is a “great asset.” Despite coming from a multitude of backgrounds and places, students here have a shared seriousness about their studies. At CSUEB, “Almost everyone here is serious about their education” and “extremely focused.”

Campus Life

During the school day, CSUEB bustles with student clubs, theater and music productions, fraternity and sorority meetings, and sports. However, since the majority of CSUEB students commute to school, things slow down after hours and “during the weekend” when the campus becomes “a ghost town.” While this may lead some to take a dim view of campus social life, others say there are plenty of ways to relax with your friends after class. “For fun, students can socialize in the Student Union, watch sports [on] the big screen, play pool and table tennis, or have some beers at the pizza spot just off campus,” reports a senior. Addionally, CSUEB is addressing social concerns by expanding their freshman-year experience, primarily through the learning communities program. Located in the suburb of Hayward (with an additional campus in Concord), CSUEB’s location is “breathtaking” with its panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay. Thanks to its proximity to public transportation, “You can access almost every fun activity in the Bay Area” with ease. “It is close to everything: San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and an hour and a half from Sacramento,” says a contented student.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Welcome Center
Enrollment Counselors

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542


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Most Popular Places On Campus
University Union
Warren Hall /Administration
University Theatre
University Art Gallery

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
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Faculty and Coach Visits

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Advance Notice
1 week

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Overnight Dorm Stays

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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Region bus system (AC Transit), campus shuttles to regional mass transit (BART)

Driving Instructions to Campus
Located in the Hayward hills above Mission Boulevard. Take Carlos Bee Boulevard to hilltop campus.


Applicants: 10,749
Acceptance Rate: 36%
Average HS GPA: 3.08



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