Cal State East Bay Online

California State University East Bay opened in 1957 as the State College for Alemeda County, with the Haywood campus officially opening in 1963. The school took on the CSU moniker in 1972 and was given its current full name as a regional university in 1995. Today, Cal State East Bay is a bustling university with two physical campuses, a professional center, and an online campus to serve its students. The university had a fall 2011 enrollment of 13,160 students, according to the school’s website. Cal State East Bay is one of 23 schools in the vast California State University system, and the university serves not only the San Francisco East Bay area, but also attracts students from surrounding regions and from throughout California. Cal State East Bay has been recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the West” college, as well as a “Best Business School.”

Programs Offered

Cal State East Bay Online offers a variety of online bachelor’s programs in areas like human development, business administration, hospitality and tourism, and recreation. Online master’s programs are available in education, educational leadership, recreation and tourism, and taxation. The university also offers individual courses online. Cal State East Bay Online is a quarter system campus, with most courses lasting 11 weeks, although some are offered in an accelerated format. Online programs are delivered through the Blackboard online learning system. In addition to this, Cal State East Bay offers a limited number of online programs through its Continuing Education department. Online options include a bachelor’s degree completion program in business administration, a Master of Science in education (online teaching and learning option), and a Master of Science in educational leadership. The university also offers a wide range of online certificate programs in areas such as Java programming, networking and data communications, Web programming, and online teaching and learning.


Cal State East Bay has maintained accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities since 1961. The institution also holds accreditation for specific programs from the following associations: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.


Cal State East Bay offers pre-admission counseling to prospective students, which is helpful in determining the best course of action for the admission process. Admissions procedures vary depending on whether the applicant is a freshman, transfer student, international student, or graduate student. The university accepts applications year round, but students will need to meet the deadline for each academic quarter. To qualify, prospective freshman students must possess a high school diploma or GED certificate, must have completed or be in the process of completing specific college preparatory courses, and meet minimum eligibility requirements (combination of test scores and GPA). Applicants must fill out their application online and pay an application fee, submit official high school transcripts, and submit official standardized test scores (SAT or ACT). Applicants to graduate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree, must have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 semester units attempted, must be in good academic standing with the last university attended, and meet all other requirements established by the individual graduate department to which they are applying.

Admissions Contact

California State University East Bay
Office of Admission
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542

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