California State University, East Bay

    California State University, East Bay
    California State University, East Bay
    Established on: 1957

    California State University, East Bay, is a public university that offers courses in bachelor, master, and  EdD at the doctoral level. Also called Cal State East Bay or CSUEB this university is in the heart of the beautiful and multicultural San Francisco Bay Area, just a 30-40 minute drive from both downtown San Francisco and San Jose/Silicon Valley.

    While the main campus of Cal State East Bay is located in Hayward (on a hill overlooking San Francisco Bay), it also has additional campuses-

    • Cal State East Bay’s Concord Campus (primarily for undergraduate Nursing students)
    • Cal State East Bay Oakland Campus (Hosts one year MBA Program)
    • The MBA for Global Innovator’s program meets at the San Ramon Conference Center.

    It was founded in 1957.

    Cal State East Bay is part of the 23 campuses California State University (CSU) system, the largest and among the most affordable public university systems in the U.S.  CSUEB is nationally recognized as among the most diverse universities in the US, with international students from over 60 countries.  

    California State University, East Bay Ranking

    • According to Forbes 2019, this university was ranked the top university in the West for the diversity of the student population. 
    • According to U.S News and World Report, California State University, East Bay was ranked as-
      • 2020 Greatest Racial and Ethnic Diversity (Ranked No. 7)
      • 2020 Top Performers on Social Mobility (Ranked No. 24)
      • 2020 Top Public Schools (Ranked No. 40)
      • 2020 Regional Universities in the West (Ranked No. 80)


    Type of institution

    Public University

    Established year


    Undergraduate programs

    49 areas of study

    Graduate Programs

    30 areas of study


    Over 140,000


    Fall (begins mid-August) and Spring (begins mid-January)


    International students from above 60 countries. 

    Tuition fees

    14,000- 25,000

    Class mode

    On-campus, online and hybrid

    Number of Students

    Undergraduate: 12,064

    Graduate: 3,217


    Students can do CPT, OPT, and STEM OPT in the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley and Beyond 

    Available courses and programs

    Undergraduate Areas of Study

    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Bachelor of Science
    • BA/BS Online Degree Completion Programs
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Minor

    Graduate Areas of Study

    • Master of Arts
    • Master of Science
    • Master Online Degree Programs
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Master of Public Administration
    • Master of Social Work
    • Education Doctorate
    • Credential

    Other levels

    • Single Subject Matter Preparation
    • Professional Certificate
    • Certificate

    Most Popular Programs at California State University, East Bay

    • Computer Science (BS & MS)
    • Computer Engineering (BS)
    •  Business Administration (BS and MBA)
    •  Business Analytics (MS)
    • Engineering Management (MS)
    • Construction Management (MS)
    • Industrial Engineering (BS)
    •  Interaction Design (BFA and MA)
    • Economics (BS and MS)
    • Health Science (BS)
    • Psychology (BS)

    General Admission Requirements for California State University, East Bay

    • Complete the online CSU application
    • Pay Application fees
    • Submit transcripts and standardized test scores/ English test scores. 
    • If required submit supplemental documents as required by academic departments (for the BSN program or some graduate departments)

    General academic requirements for undergraduate Level

    • Application fees: USD 70.
    • Applicants need to pass high school with grades of C or better. 

    General academic requirements for graduate-level

    • Official GMAT/GRE Scores (not for all programs)
    • Statement of Purpose (SOP), Letters of recommendation and other documents may be required for some graduate programs
    • A degree which is equivalent to 4 year US bachelor degree with a minimum of 2.5 GPA ((3 years degrees may be accepted for some graduate programs); some programs will also have higher minimum GPA requirements)

    California State University East Bay English Language Requirements

    English language proficiency score (IELTS/TOEFL) is waived off for international students from a limited number of English speaking countries where English is an official language. 

    See here for information on this. 

    Undergraduate Students

    • Cut-off IELTS Score: A minimum of 6.0
    • Cut-off Toefl Score:
      • TOEFL internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 61
      • TOEFL Paper-based (TOEFL PBT): 525

    Graduate Students

    • Cut-off IELTS Score: A minimum of 6.5
    • Cut-off Toefl Score:
      • TOEFL internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 80 
      • TOEFL Paper-based (TOEFL PBT): 550

    Tuition Fees

    Academic Programs

    Tuition Fees

    Health Insurance

    Living expenses

    Total cost











    Graduate Business Professional Programs *MBA, MSBA





    One-Year Intensive MBA (12 months)





    MBA for Global Innovators (18 months)





    MS Accountancy

    (17 months)





    Pre-Professional Health Academic Program(PHAP)(based on 15 units per semester)





    Note that all the fees are in USD and calculated per year. 

    California State University East Bay Acceptance Rate

    According to the US News and World Report, the acceptance rate for California State University - East Bay is 73%. The acceptance rate for graduate programs varies by department.

    California State University East Bay Alumni

    • Angelica G. Allen, Seventh-Day Adventist author, creator of Millennial Fiction/Poetry
    • Sue Burns, an American businesswoman who was the senior general partner (principal owner and largest shareholder) of the San Francisco Giants
    • Mark Curry, actor and comedian
    • Ted Griggs, President of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
    • Glenn Henry, computer industry executive and co-founder of Centaur Technology
    • James Monroe Iglehart, Tony Award-winning actor
    • Suzy Kline, author of children's books series, Horrible Harry and Herbie Jones
    • Scott Kriens, chairman and CEO of Juniper Networks
    • Roger Lim, American-Asian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
    • Joe Morgan, two-time Sports Emmy Award winner, former Cincinnati Reds great and Hall of Fame second baseman, an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball
    • Natali Morris, technology news journalist and online media personality
    • Susan B. Neuman, prominent educator, researcher, and education policy-maker in early childhood and literacy development
    • Landon Curt Noll, American computer scientist
    • Phil Snow, assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University
    • Phil Sykes, former college and professional ice hockey player
    • Alex Vesia, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers
    • Timothy P. White, chancellor of the University of California, Riverside
    • Jennifer Wolch, dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley

    Scholarships at California State University, East Bay

    The Pioneer Scholarship Portal is available to anyone who has completed the CSUEB application on Cal State Apply. Students are invited to set up a profile on the portal to be potentially matched with hundreds of institutional Scholarships and private scholarships that are tailored specifically to their eligibility. 

    The portal contains many external scholarship opportunities offered by companies and organizations outside CSUEB as well. 

    CSUEB has two scholarships open exclusively to undergraduate international applicants- Global Excellence Scholarship and Global Honors Scholarships. These scholarships waiver partial of full non-resident tuition fees for F-1 students with a minimum 3.3 GPA (Other conditions are applied as well).

    See the Pioneer Scholarship portal for details.



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