Cal State East Bay recently changed its name from the former California State University, Hayward. Founded in 1957, the University was part of the Master Plan for Higher Education.
California State University was founded as a campus to serve southern Alameda County and still has a strong focus on service to the local region. It changed its name for California State University, Hayward to California State University, East Bay in 2005 to emphasize its role in the entire region of the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Its mission statement identifies its mission as, “To provide an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that prepares all its students to realize their goals, pursue meaningful lifework, and to be socially responsible contributors to their communities, locally and globally.” It is classed as a Master’s College and University I by the Carnegie Institute.
East Bay offers over 100 majors, minors, and other programs for undergraduates, resulting in 42 possible bachelor degrees and 66 possible minors. The most popular majors are Business Administration, Liberal Studies, Computer Science, Communication, and Art. Most recently, a major in Industrial Engineering was added. Students may even create their own major through consultation with an academic advisor. The average class size is 26 students, and most classes are taught by professors. The student-to-teacher ratio is approximately 22:1. Cal State East Bay offers a number of Learning Communities, organizing freshman students into groups with shared academic interests.
California State University has academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. There are 4 colleges: the College of Arts, Letters, & Social Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, the College of Education and Allied Studies, and the College of Science.
Bachelor’s degrees are offered in a variety of fields within the various academic colleges. Degrees at the bachelor’s level can be received in such areas as advertising, art, chemistry, creative video, health care administration, liberal studies, marine science, nursing, international business, urban studies, and teacher education. Students can also design their own special major.
Graduate programs include master’s level programs in anthropology, business administration, education, kinesiology, marine science, telecommunications systems, taxation, music, and public administration. A joint doctoral degree in Leadership for Educational Equity is offered with the University of California, Berkeley and the San Jose and San Francisco branches of the CSU. There are also credential and certificate programs in various fields of education.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Filipino and Filipino American Studies is a minor. It emphasizes Asian civilizations and other American minority groups, and focuses on cultural and social components of Filipino culture, rather than “colder” areas such as history and language, preparing students for culturally intensive professions within the Filipino community. The program also offers exchange programs with De La Salle University, University of Northern Philippines, and the University of the Philippines.
The major in Marine Science is intended to prepare students for upper division or graduate study. It combines courses from the Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Geological Sciences. The Moss Landing Marine Laboratories provide students with all-day courses that expose them to the exciting world of marine research.
The Special Majors program allows students to design their own academic plan of study, in cooperation and with the advisement of faculty and administrators. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary studies, combining multiple majors to form a unique educational experience. Rather than avoiding a specific area of study, students are required to complete 40 units of study in one particular field.
CSUEB offers a special program for working adults at the upper undergraduate level, called the Program for Accelerated College Education (PACE). PACE students can take courses at night, on weekends, or over the Internet, and have priority in registering for PACE courses.
The university also has an “Open University” program, which allows for taking a course without formal application to the university.
Like all California State universities, Cal State East Bay requires that applicants complete a college preparatory curriculum prior to admission. This curriculum consists of four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years each of U.S. history & government, laboratory science, and foreign language, and one year each of arts and electives. The California State system allows students who have completed honors courses with a grade of C or better to be given additional consideration for admission by adding points to their “eligibility index,” a score used to determine applicants’ eligibility for admission. The index is a sum of high school grade point average and standardized test scores, either from the ACT or SAT. The eligibility index can be calculated in one of two ways: multiply the applicant’s grade point average by 800 and add it to the SAT score, or multiply the applicant’s grade point average by 200 and add it to ten times the ACT score. California residents must have an index of 3502 (SAT) or 842 (ACT). State residents with a grade point average of 3.00 (3.61 for nonresidents) do not need to submit test scores. To make the index consideration easier, Cal State Easy Bay has posted a matrix of grade point averages and the necessary test scores on their admissions website.
California State University, East Bay accepts applications up until the beginning of the desired semester. The application fee is $55. Applications can be submitted on-line. Students who are enrolled in high school at the time of application will need to have their official final high school transcripts sent after graduation to the Admissions Office.
As part of their application, students should submit high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores. Students should have completed the California requirements for high school courses as follows: 4 units of English, 3 units of mathematics, 2 units of history and social studies, 2 units of science, 2 units of a foreign language, 1 year of visual or performing arts, and 1 year of electives. Students must have a GPA of 2.0 or better in these courses. Admission will be determined upon a combination of GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Students with a 3.0 GPA do not need test scores for admission to the university.
Transfer students and international students will have varying requirements depending upon their prior educational background.
Students applying to the graduate programs at California State University, East Bay should consult the individual department and/or school to which they are applying. Applications can be submitted on-line, and the application fee is $55. General requirements include the GRE or other appropriate test scores (such as the GMAT) and a bachelor’s degree. The graduate application deadline is May 31 for the fall semester.
Via the FAFSA, students at Cal State East Bay can qualify for federal grants, loans, and work study. Scholarship opportunities are divided into three categories: CSUEB scholarships, college/departmental scholarships, and other scholarship opportunities. Cal State East Bay (CSUEB) scholarships include awards between $500 and $3,500 and averaging $1,000. Students are encouraged to apply annually for these general awards. The University also provides general awards for specific purposes, such as student research or children of public workers. There are dozens of scholarships particular to specific departments, and students are encouraged to contact their department of interest to inquire about these opportunities and their requirements. The most numerous opportunities are in the fields of Music and Mathematics/Computer Science. The “Other” category represents the most numerous, and includes a variety of community awards. In general, students are encourage to research such opportunities on their own, in their home community.
Registration fees at California State University, East Bay were $2,916 for the 2004-2005 academic year for in-state, undergraduate students attending full-time. Students applying from out of state and graduate students have higher costs.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans. Work-study programs are also available. Students who seek financial aid will need to fill out the Federal Student Financial Aid Form, available on-line, and may need to fill out additional forms or applications, depending upon the assistance sought.
Graduate students may also receive financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships, including a stipend and a waiver of some or all of the tuition and other fees. Graduate students should consult with their individual department about what sort of assistantships or fellowships are available and about the details of the application process. The Graduate Equity fellowship is available for economically disadvantaged students, and other programs exist especially for graduate student education and research.
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The CSUEB campus is home to more than 90 student organizations, including such interests as ballroom dancing and activities for the hearing impaired. Students can participate in various clubs, fraternities or sororities, or even work for the campus media. CSUEB includes the Pioneer Heights campus apartment communities, with built-in Internet access, private bedrooms, full kitchens, dining areas, and storage. There are also three brand-new residence halls that double the campus’ capacity. The University Union is home to the coffee shop, various extracurricular classes (like yoga), and cultural cuisine including Italian, Indian, and Chinese.
Student life at California State University, East Bay includes opportunities in a diverse range of activities and organizations. Students can also take part in intramural sports, in cultural festivals, and in scheduled events in other areas. Student art and music shows and performances are offered regularly, including lunchtime concerts in the music building. There is a student newspaper and radio and television stations.
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The Cal State East Bay Pioneers are the only NCAA Division III athletics program in the California State University system. NCAA Division III sports include baseball, softball, women’s swimming, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s water polo. The Pioneers also compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (California Pacific Conference) in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s golf. In the last 45 years, the Pioneers have won six national collegiate championships, 77 conference championships, and produced 160 All-American student-athletes. In the most recent academic year, 9 of the 13 sports offered qualified for postseason competition. The University’s athletic facilities include the 4,500-seat Physical Education Complex gymnasium, training and weight rooms, two swimming pools, University Stadium, baseball and softball facilities, and a field house. The campus community is currently undergoing an election process for the new Cal State East Bay mascot. Most recently, Cal State East Bay’s women’s water polo team posted the best season in school history. They were runners-up in the National Championship, missing victory by only one goal. Seven of the University’s baseball players were to the All-Independent Team.
California State University, East Bay is an NCAA Division III School. It also is a member of the NAIA. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, and soccer. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball, and water polo. The baseball, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball, and water-polo teams compete in the NCAA Division III as independent teams. The other sports are in the California Pacific Conference of the NAIA. The team nick-name is the Pioneers.
The athletic program at CSU East Bay is a non-scholarship program. In the 2003-2004 season, nine of the teams qualified for post-season play. Facilities include a stadium, tennis courts, swimming pools, a gymnasium, a fieldhouse, and fields for softball and baseball.