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California State University - East Bay is one of the universities in the CSU umbrella of universities. This is a mid-sized public university located in the suburb of Hayward. CSU offers degrees going up from bachelor’s, post baccalaureate certificates, master’s, and doctoral degrees. This means that, if you choose to pursue your graduate and doctoral degrees, you’ll be able to come back to this campus to do so.

Overview of California State University-East Bay (CSUEB)

The campus itself stretches from East/West Loop Road east toward Old Hillary Road. It’s a good idea to get to know where everything is located as early as you can, so you’ll be able to make it to your classes on time. To the west, you’ll see the football stadium, a baseball field, and a softball field. The student bookstore and student library are located conveniently close to each other so you can go from the store to the library for research and study sessions. You’ll see the College of Business not far from the student-faculty building. On the east side of campus, the Science Building welcomes you to your science classes.

Campus housing is available for students planning to live on campus and doing so for at least your freshman year helps you to feel more involved; it will mean that activities, the library, store, sports areas, and your classrooms are within walking distance.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 26:1
Graduation Rate 50%
Year Founded 1957

Student Enrollment

Total Students16,064


Undergraduate Student

Male 5,281
Female 7,921

Graduate Student

Male 1,145
Female 1,717

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Cal State East Bay Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 6,291
Female 9,904


Male 4,592
Female 7,725

Acceptance Rate76%

Male 73%
Female 78%

Enrollment 1,477

Male 589
Female 888
Application Fee $70
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline November 30
Common Application Accepted No

Cal State East Bay Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Your sticker price (all costs related to attending school at CSU-EB) will include tuition (in- or out-of-state), books, supplies, room, board, and other charges. For the 2019-2020 year, this was just over $27,200. However, you may not be on the hook for all of this once your financial aid is applied to this total. This could bring your obligation down by quite a bit.

The average net price for the 2018-2019 school year, or the cost left for a student to pay after all of their financial aid had been applied, was $10,900. However, if your family earned less than the average family attending the school, you may pay less than this as well. Families who earned between $30,001 and $48,000 paid just $8,891 in a recent school year.

Financial aid at the school looks like this: 86% of all freshmen students received financial aid in a recent year. A slightly lower percentage (81%) received grants or scholarships averaging $9,701. And 55% received institutional grants and scholarships averaging $5,767.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $10,902
Average Total Aid $9,701
Students Receiving Financial Aid 86%
Room & Board $14,558

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,000
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $18,880
  • Books and Supplies - $1,972
  • Room & Board - $14,558
  • Other - $3,718


If you have a time conflict with a class and your working hours, you might wonder if you’ll have any recourse. There are some options. You may be able to drop a class section that conflicts with work and add an online section, though this isn’t available for all courses. If you’re wondering about an evening class, this isn’t an option as the university doesn’t offer evening classes.

There are a few numbers you might want to consider while you think about which college to attend. The retention rate measures the percentage of first-year students who return to the campus for their second year of classes. At CSU-EB, this is a solid 76%. The 4- and 6-year graduation rates indicate how quickly students are completing their degree programs. The 4-year rate here is 13% and the 6-year rate is 50%. While these may seem low, they don’t include the number of students who transfer to another school before graduating. The overall student population is just over 16,000 and the student-to-faculty ratio is somewhat high at 26 to 1.

No matter what you may decide to major in, it might be good to know which are the most-chosen majors by students at CSU-EB. Most students you run into will be in majors in these fields. These include business, management, marketing and related services; health professions and related programs; psychology; social sciences; and family and consumer sciences/human sciences.

Student Population Total

Student Population 16,064

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 706 Total Graduates / 22%
Business Administration and Management, General 657 Graduates
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 30 Graduates
Construction Management 19 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 539 Total Graduates / 17%
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 364 Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 145 Graduates
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 30 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 299 Total Graduates / 9%
Psychology, General 299 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 297 Total Graduates / 9%
Sociology 221 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 35 Graduates
Economics, General 25 Graduates
Anthropology 9 Graduates
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 192 Total Graduates / 6%
Human Development and Family Studies, General 192 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 35%

Outcome & Salary

It’s good to look forward to see how other graduates have done when they left the college in order to get an idea of where your career could go once you finish your degree. It’s no crystal ball, but it can give you some insight. Graduate’s early-career salaries average about $56,600 and their mid-career salaries reach about $103,500.

Now, the 4-year cost of education at CSU-EB is $43,600 on average. This can help you find graduate’s return on investment (ROI) for their education.

Their 10-year salary earnings potential is $745,690 and their 20-year earnings potential is $1,780,690. If you deduct the cost of education from that, their 10-year projected ROI is $702,082 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,737,082.

A high school graduate who goes straight to work earns a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $56,600
College Grads Average Salary $74,569
College Grads Mid Career Salary $103,500
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $745,690
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,780,690
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $43,608
10 Year Projected ROI $702,082
20 Year Projected ROI $1,737,082
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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