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.

California State University is located in Hayward, California, one of many cities located on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay. There are also branches in Concord and Oakland. Students attending CSU East Bay have access to all the attractions and opportunities of major metropolitan areas, and are also within driving distance of the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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.


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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.

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.

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