California State University-East Bay: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

About California State University in Hayward, CA

Originally founded in 1957 as the State College for Alameda County, California State University, East Bay, (or simply Cal State East Bay) serves students via three East Bay locations and an online education delivery system. Students at the Hayward campus enjoy a view of the San Francisco Bay, city skylines, hills, and mountains.

The university is the recipient of a number of awards and currently serves over 13,000 students. Cal State East Bay was recently named a 'Best in the West' college in 2012 by the Princeton Review for the eighth year in a row. U.S. News & World Report also recognized the school as a 'top-tier institution among master's-granting universities in the West' in 2008.


Cal State University, East Bay offers 52 bachelor's degrees, 35 master's degrees, and one doctoral degree via four colleges and the graduate school. The four colleges are the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, the College of Education and Allied Studies, and the College of Science. Students may also take advantage of the university's special learning opportunities including teacher certification, ROTC (Army), study abroad programs, and distance-learning options.

Students at Cal State East Bay can choose to participate in over 90 academic, athletic, honor, religious, Greek, recreational, student government, and cultural clubs/organizations. Research projects, internships, and courses offered by campus and community leaders also give students learning opportunities beyond the classroom.


Prospective students who plan to apply for admission to Cal State East Bay must complete an application, submit their transcripts, and official ACT/SAT scores, and provide proof of completion of a college-preparatory program to receive consideration for admission to the school. There is a $55 application fee, and the process may be completed online.

The student body at Cal State University, East Bay is quite diverse. As of 2011, the student population predominantly consisted of the following ethnic/racial groups: Asian (25%); Caucasian (20%); Hispanic/Latino (21%); Black or African American (11%); Other/Unknown (22%). In 2011, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education recognized the university's undergraduate program as No. 71 in the nation for awarding degrees to students of color.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs and fees at Cal State East Bay for undergraduate students are around $6,414 for California residents and $17,574 for nonresidents, as of 2012. California residents comprise 91% of the student body, and 15% of all undergrads live on campus.

The university participates in the Title IV federal financial aid programs and also offers tuition payment plans for students. Roughly 62% of all students attending the school utilize some form of financial aid to finance their educations, and the school awards over 90 million in various types of financial aid each year. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university's financial aid office to explore all available financial aid sources that may be available, including scholarships.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Midsized city **
Student Body Around 10,700 undergraduates and over 2,400 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Over 50% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing; apartments are available for upper-division students*
Schools and Programs Over 100 fields of study via four colleges and a graduate school*
Student-Faculty Ratio 27 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business administration and management (740)
Master's: Business administration and management (254)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 17% in four years
48% in six years
53% in eight years**
Admission Rate 22% in 2010**
Entering Class Size 1,222 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 76% (full-time students)
58% (part-time students) in 2011**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 920 (composite SAT) in 2010**
Undergraduate Application Due Date Fall 2012 deadline was April 1*
Decision Notification Date For fall 2012, students could declare an intent to register beginning May 1st*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2011-2012 were roughly $6,414 for CA residents and $17,574 for nonresidents (excludes room and board, books, course materials, personal expenses and transportation)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grant (43%), state/local government scholarships or grants (33%), institutional grants (38%), federal loans (36%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 62% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Cal State University East Bay, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admission, California State University - East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA 94542
  • Phone: (510) 885-3000
  • Website:

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