- How does one become a Cal State East Bay student?
- Who must complete an application?
- What are Cal State East Bay's admission procedures and policies?
- When is the deadline to apply?
- Does the university have any special provisions for enrollment and admission?
- How will a student be notified that their application has been received?
- What information is necessary for evaluation of admission eligibility?
- How will an applicant be informed of the admission decision?
- What are the minimum admission requirements for freshmen?
- What are the minimum admission standards for transfer students?
- How are a student's transfer units evaluated?
- Are there special admission and eligibility requirements for international students?
- What are the enrollment requirements for transitory (visiting) students?
Cal State East Bay welcomes students to apply to study at our university. There are four steps to the application process for most prospective students:
- Applicants must submit an online CSU application for admission at www.csumentor.edu.
- Applicants must submit all supplementary documents required such as transcripts and standardized test scores.
- Cal State East Bay will determine an applicant's eligibility based on criteria discussed in this chapter.
- The university will notify the student of the decision.
- A prospective student, applying for part-time or full-time undergraduate programs of study, in day or evening classes, must file a complete undergraduate application and pay a $55 application fee. The $55 nonrefundable application fee should be in the form of a check or money order payable to "The California State University" or the student may use a credit card if they are submitting an online application. The application fee may not be transferred or used to apply to another term.
- Electronic versions of the CSU undergraduate and graduate applications are accessible at www.csumentor.edu. Paper applications can also be printed on the CSU Mentor website.
- An applicant must complete all required information, including the Social Security number. (The university uses this number to accurately identify student records and evaluate financial aid applications.) Be certain to accurately enter the requested academic information. Any misrepresentation could result in an offer of admission being rescinded.
- The applicant must submit all required items indicated on the student's MyCSUEB To Do list at https://my.csueastbay.edu by the deadline provided.
- After a student has sent all application materials and fees, they may check the status of their Cal State East Bay application at https://my.csueastbay.edu.
- Cal State East Bay corresponds with applicants by mail and by e-mail, so it is important to make sure information on the application is complete and accurate.
- The bachelor's degree major in Nursing also requires a departmental application. If an applicant wants to pursue a major in nursing, they should see the Nursing chapter for special admission requirements.
- The bachelor's degree major in Business Administration also requires a departmental application. If a student wishes to pursue a major in Business Administration, see the Business Administration chapter for special admissions requirement.
- It is important for students to take time to read this catalog and become familiar with the specific policies and procedures of Cal State East Bay and the CSU system. This will help the student to understand their rights and responsibilities, as well as the rights and responsibilities of the university.
All students in the following categories must complete an undergraduate admission application:
- High school graduates
- Community college transfer students
- Cal State East Bay students who have not been enrolled for three consecutive quarters
- Students who have a degree from a college or university and want a second baccalaureate degree. Students should check CSU Mentor for available majors.
- Students who have been enrolled only in Special Sessions, Continuing Education, and Open University
- Students who have attended Cal State East Bay as visiting students from another university
- Students who want to audit classes1
- Students who were previously admitted to Cal State East Bay for a particular quarter but did not enroll
If a student is uncertain whether they are required to apply, they can contact the Office of Admission at (510) 885-2784.
If an applicant holds a baccalaureate degree and wishes to pursue post-baccalaureate study or a graduate degree, they must submit an application and application fee, even if they are a Cal State East Bay graduate.
The following regulations and procedures govern admission to both the Hayward Hills and Concord campuses. They are subject to change without prior notice if necessary so that university policies are consistent with those established by the Trustees of The California State University.
Requirements for admission to California State University, East Bay are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. Complete information is available at www.csumentor.edu/planning/.
Electronic versions of the CSU undergraduate and graduate applications are accessible at www.csumentor.edu.
Applying online via www.csumentor.edu is expected unless electronic submission is impossible. An acknowledgement will be sent when online applications have been submitted. Application in “hard copy” or paper form may be obtained online via www.csumentor.edu as a portable document format (PDF). Paper applications should be mailed to CSUEB's Office of Admission.
The university advises all prospective students to supply complete and accurate information on the admission application, residency questionnaire, and financial aid forms. In addition, students must, when requested, submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted. Failure to file complete, accurate, and authentic application documents may result in denial or rescission of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, or expulsion (Section 41301, Article 1.1 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations).
Declaration of Objective
When a student applies apply for undergraduate admission they may state an objective (major and degree) to be pursued. The applicant may also be admitted as an "Undeclared Student." In addition, once the student has been enrolled at the university, faculty and staff of the Academic Advising and Career Education Center are available to assist the student in selecting a major and degree program. The responsibility for meeting the specific requirements of a program or major rests with the student, but the advisor or the department chair of their selected major will help the student determine the courses remaining for completion of major requirements. Academic Advising and Career Education may also assist the student in determining General Education requirements.
The CSU will announce during the fall filing period those campuses or programs that are impacted. Detailed information on campus and programs impaction will be available at the following websites:
Campuses will communicate their supplementary admission criteria for all impacted programs to high schools and community colleges in their service area and will disseminate this information to the public through appropriate media. This information will also be published at the CSU campus individual website and made available online at www.calstate.edu.
Some programs are impacted at every campus where they are offered; others are impacted only at a few campuses. If a student is applying for admission to an impacted program the student must file their application during the initial filing period. If a student wishes to be considered for admission to impacted programs at more than one campus, they should file an application at each campus for which they are seeking admission consideration.
The Nursing major (Clinical portion) and Business Administration are the only impacted programs at Cal State East Bay. Supplementary admission criteria are listed in the undergraduate Nursing and Business Administration chapters.
Supplementary Admission Criteria
Each campus with impacted programs uses supplementary admission criteria in screening applicants. Supplementary criteria may include rank-ordering of freshman applicants based on the CSU Eligibility Index Table (see "Eligibility Index" later in this chapter), or rank-ordering of transfer applicants based on the overall transfer grade point average, completion of specified prerequisite courses, and a combination of campus-developed criteria. Applicants for freshman admission to impacted campuses or programs are required to submit scores on either the SAT or the ACT. For fall admission, applicants should take tests as early as possible, and no later than November or December of the preceding year.
The supplementary admission criteria used by the individual campuses to screen applicants for freshman admission to impacted programs are made available by the campuses to all applicants seeking admission to an impacted program. Details regarding the supplemental admissions criteria are also provided at www.calstate.edu/sas/impactioninfo.shtml.
Use of Social Security Number
Applicants are required to include their correct social security number in designated places on the application for admission pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6109). The university uses social security numbers to identify students and their records, including identification for purposes of financial aid eligibility and disbursement and repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. Also, the Internal Revenue Service requires the university to file information that includes the student's social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses, and interest on educational loans. This information is used by the IRS to help determine whether the applicant, or a person claiming the applicant as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction when reporting their federal income taxes.
If the student is a taxpayer who claims Hope Scholarship or Lifetime Learning tax credit, the student is required to provide Cal State East Bay with their name, address, and Taxpayer Identification Number.
Application Filing Periods
The application filing periods are listed at www.csueastbay.edu/deadlines.
Cal State East Bay accepts applications until its capacity is reached. (Many campuses limit undergraduate admission in an enrollment category due to overall enrollment limits.) If applying after the initial filing period, the student should consult the campus admission office for current information. Similar information is also available at www.csumentor.edu/filing_status/Default.asp.
High School Students
High school students may be considered for enrollment in certain special programs if recommended by the principal and the appropriate campus department chair and if preparation is equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. Admission to a special program is valid only for the specific program and does not constitute the student's right to continued enrollment.
Transfer Policies of CSU campuses
Authority for decisions regarding the transfer of undergraduate credits is delegated to each California State University (CSU) campus. Most commonly, the college level credits earned from an institution of higher education which is accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education are accepted for transfer to campuses of the CSU.
The CSU General Education-Breadth (GE-Breadth) program allows California community college transfer students to fulfill lower-division general education requirements for any CSU campus prior to transfer. Up to 39 of the 48 GE-Breadth units required can be transferred from and certified by a California college. “Certification” is the official notification from a California community college that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division general education requirements. The CSU GE-Breadth certification course list for particular community colleges can be accessed at www.assist.org.
Campuses may enter into articulation agreements on either a course for course or program to program basis. Such articulations are common between CSU campuses and any or all of the California community colleges, but may exist between CSU campuses and other institutions. Established CSU/CCC articulations may be found on www.assist.org.
No more than 70 semester units may be transferred to a CSU campus from a previously attended institution which does not offer bachelor's degrees or their equivalents, e.g., community colleges. Given the university's 30-unit residency requirement, no more than 90 total units may be transferred into the university from all sources.
More than 1,000 courses taught by regular Cal State East Bay faculty are available to students through Open University. To enroll in an Open University course, applicants should complete an Open University application form each term they wish to attend. The Open University application process is now entirely online; the University no longer accepts paper Open University applications. The application deadline is the eighth instructional day of the term. Go to http://ce.csueastbay.edu/courses/open_university/app-ins.shtml to apply online.
Cal State East Bay has established procedures for consideration of qualified applicants who would be faced with extreme hardship if not admitted. Contact the Office of Admission for information on policies governing hardship admission. Students should also see the "Admissions Appeals" section under "How will the student be informed of the admission decision?" in this chapter.
Educational Opportunity Program
The Educational Opportunity Program offers a variety of support services designed to ensure student success at Cal State East Bay. These services include admission assistance, a Summer Bridge program for first-time freshmen, an EOP orientation, academic advisement, personal and career counseling, referral services, and an EOP grant for eligible students.
EOP accepts students who qualify for regular admission, as well as a limited number of students who do not meet regular admission criteria. Only low-income and educationally disadvantaged undergraduate students who need admission assistance and support services to succeed at CSUEB are admitted to EOP. They must demonstrate academic potential and motivation to succeed, be California residents, and meet the income eligibility criteria.
To apply for admission to the program, prospective students must complete the online CSUMentor CSU Application for Undergraduate Admission and check the appropriate box for EOP services. EOP applications are available at www.csumentor.edu (the CSUMentor website). Once the Cal State East Bay application is submitted (online), EOP applicants will have access to an online EOP link to the EOP Applicant Information Form and two EOP recommendation letters for online processing for Fall term.
EOP is a high-demand program which only accepts applications for Fall term from applicants new to the CSU system. Currently enrolled and/or previously enrolled students (not formerly in an EOP CSU program) are not eligible to apply. Applicants who submit all required documents will be reviewed and if qualified, will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. All EOP freshmen receiving exception admission are required to attend the EOP Summer Bridge program as a condition of their admission for Fall term.
For assistance or for further information about the EOP Admissions Program, please visit the EOP Office at the Library Complex (LI), Room 2500, visit Educational Opportunity Program, email us at email@example.com or call 510-885-4683.
Veterans who meet the admission requirements may attend under full veterans' benefits. Information concerning veterans' programs is outlined at www.csueastbay.edu/veterans.
First-time freshmen and lower division applicants who are California resident veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, but who do not meet regular entrance requirements may be considered for undergraduate admission if, in the university's judgment, the veteran has the potential to perform satisfactorily at the collegiate level. To be considered under this provision, veterans must have served 181 days active duty since 1955 with a discharge or separation under conditions other than dishonorable.
If an applicant wishes to be considered under this provision, the application for admission must include supporting documents, including separation papers (DD 214), and a letter petitioning special consideration. Transcripts and test scores are also required.
Early Start Program
Beginning with the class of 2012, entering resident freshmen who are not proficient in math or “at risk” in English will need to start the remediation process before their first term. By 2014, all new freshmen students who have not demonstrated college-readiness in mathematics and English will need to begin work on becoming ready for college-level English before the start of their first term.
The goals of Early Start Program are to:
- Better prepare students in math and English, before the fall semester of freshman year;
- Add an important and timely assessment tool in preparing students for college; and
- Improve students’ chances of successful completion of a college degree.
For 2012, resident students would be required to participate in the Early Start Program if their ELM score is less than 50 and/or their EPT score is less than 138. Newly admitted freshman students who are required to complete Early Start will be notified of the requirement and options for completing the program as part of campus communications to newly admitted students.
If a student is twenty-five years of age or older, they may also be considered for admission as an adult student if all of the following conditions are met:
- The student has earned a high school diploma (or the equivalent as demonstrated on the Tests of General Educational Development or the California High School Proficiency Examination).
- The student has not enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years. Part-time enrollment is permissible.
- If the student has attended college in the last five years, and has earned a "C" average or better in all college work attempted.
The student's admission will be based upon a judgment as to whether or not they are as likely to succeed as a regularly admitted freshman or transfer student. An assessment of basic skills in the English language and mathematical computation will also be considered in the admission decision. If an applicant is seeking enrollment as an adult student, they must submit a statement to the Office of Admission outlining the factors and experiences which the student believes indicates their probable academic success.
Meningococcal Disease Information
Each incoming freshman who will be residing in on-campus housing will be required to return a form indicating that they have received information about meningococcal disease and the availability of the vaccine to prevent contracting the disease and indicating whether or not the student has chosen to receive the vaccination.
The above are not admission requirements, but are required of students as conditions of enrollment in CSU.
An applicant who applies within the published filing period may expect to receive an acknowledgment from the campus to which they applied within two to four weeks of filing an application. This notice may also include a request that the applicant submits additional records necessary to evaluate their academic qualifications. An applicant may be assured of admission if the evaluation of relevant qualifications indicates that he or she meets CSU admission requirements, and in the case of admission impaction, Cal State East Bay requirements for admission to an impacted program. Unless specific written approval/confirmation is received, an offer of admission is not transferable to another term or to another campus.
After an applicant receives an acknowledgment from Cal State East Bay that their application has been received, they will be requested to submit required documents (i.e., transcripts, test scores, etc.), if they have not previously done so. It is the applicant's responsibility to see that all official transcripts are sent directly to the Office of Admission from each previous institution attended by the deadline specified on the student's MyCSUEB To Do List. Neither evaluation of transcripts and test scores nor determination of eligibility is possible until all required documents have been received.
- First-time freshmen must submit transcripts of high school work (grades 9-12). Scores from the ACT or SAT examinations are required, unless exempt (see next paragraph). If an applicant is still in high school, they must submit transcripts of work as instructed and a final transcript after graduation.
A first-time freshmen or lower division transfer applicant, whose high school grade point average is at least 3.00 (3.61 for nonresidents) will have the test score requirement waived. The applicant's high school grade point average calculation will include only those grades earned in approved college preparatory courses taken during the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
- If an applicant is applying for undergraduate transfer, graduate, or post-baccalaureate admission, they must submit an official transcript from each college or university previously attended by the deadline specified on the student's MyCSUEB To Do List, regardless of length of attendance, and even if no work was completed.
- If the applicant is a transfer student with fewer than 90 transferable quarter units (60 semester units) the applicant must, in addition to item #2 above, file one official transcript showing courses and grades earned during high school (grades 9-12), as well as scores from the ACT or SAT examinations. If the applicant's high school grade point average is at least 3.00 (3.61 for nonresidents) the test score requirement will be waived.
- If an applicant is an international student or non-U.S. citizen, they may be required to submit additional records. See "Are there special admission and eligibility requirements for international students?" in this chapter.
Note: The university has the obligation to determine whether a transcript will be accepted as official. All transcripts and records submitted for admission or readmission become the property of the university. Students may access their academic records according to policies and procedures established by the campus. Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities they have attended so their entire academic experience can be evaluated. Failure to do so will be grounds for denial of admission or readmission or for dismissal from the university.
After an applicant's eligibility has been established, they will receive a letter of admission to the university for the term indicated. The applicant will also be informed of residency status.
Applicants may be assured of admission if the evaluation of relevant qualifications indicates that they meet CSU admission requirements, including if applicable, campus requirements for admission to an impacted program. Unless specific written approval/confirmation is received, an offer of admission is not transferable to another term or to another campus.
The university reserves the right, however, to select its students and to deny admission to the university, or to any of its programs, based upon the university's determination, at its sole discretion, of an applicant's suitability and the best interests of the university.
If for some reason an applicant cannot be accommodated at Cal State East Bay, their application will be redirected to their second choice CSU campus unless they are seeking admission to a system-wide impacted program or the alternate campus has reached its capacity in the applicant's chosen program of study.
Section 89030.7 of the California Education Code requires the California State University establishes specific requirements for appeal procedures for a denial of admission. Each CSU campus must publish appeal procedures for applicants denied admission to the University. The procedure is limited to addressing campus decisions to deny an applicant admission to the University.
Admissions appeal procedures must address the basis for appeals, provide 15 business days for an applicant to submit an appeal, stipulate a maximum of one appeal per academic term, provide specific contact information for the individual or office to which the appeal should be submitted and must also be published on the campus website.
If the applicant does not meet published admission eligibility standards, the student may petition the Admissions Appeals Committee for reconsideration. There is a limit on the number of exceptions to published admission criteria for which the campus may grant an exception. The Committee, therefore, considers a number of factors, normally favoring applicants who are close to qualifying and who are upper division students. Instructions for submitting an appeal are provided to eligible denied students.
If the applicant comes from a disadvantaged background or is a veteran, they may be considered under special criteria in addition to that stated above.
Generally, a first-time freshman applicant will qualify for regular admission if they meet the following requirements:
- The student has graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination; and
- The student has a qualified minimum eligibility index (see the Eligibility Index Table in this section); and
- The student has completed, with grades of "C" or better, each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements, also known as the "a-g" pattern. (See "Subject Requirements" later in this section.) Courses must be completed prior to your enrollment in The California State University (special high school programs are exempted from this rule).
The eligibility index is the combination of the high school grade point average and scores on either the American College Test (ACT) or the SAT (Math and Critical Reading sections only). Grade point averages (GPA) are based on grades earned in courses taken during the final three years of high school. Included in the calculation of the GPA are grades earned in all college preparatory "a-g" subject requirements, and bonus points for approved honors courses (excluding physical education and military science).
Up to eight semesters of honors courses taken in the last three years of high school (including up to two approved courses taken in the tenth grade) can be accepted. Each unit of "A" in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; "B," 4 points; and "C," 3 points. Up to two 11th grade IB, AP or honors courses with 11th or 12th grade course content taken in 10th grade may also receive bonus points.
A CSU Eligibility Index (EI) can be calculated by multiplying the grade point average by 800 and adding the total score on the SAT (the mathematics and critical reading scores). If a student took the ACT,the EI is calculated by multiplying their grade point average by 200 and adding ten times the ACT composite score. Students who are California high school graduates (or residents of California for tuition purposes), need a minimum index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT. The Eligibility Index Table illustrates a matrix of eligible required test scores and grade point averages. If a student applies for admission before graduating from high school, they should compute their GPA using grades earned in courses completed after the 9th grade. Do not include grades expected to be earned in courses during the remainder of the 12th grade.
The university has no current plans to include the writing scores from either of the admissions tests in the computation of the CSU Eligibility Index.
Students who neither graduated from a California high school nor those who are a resident of California for tuition purposes, need a minimum index of 3502 (SAT) or 842 (ACT). Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries must be judged to have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section. (See "Are there special admission and eligibility requirements for international students?" in this chapter.)
An applicant with a grade point average of 3.00 or above (3.61 for nonresidents), is not required to submit test scores. However, all applicants for admission are urged to take the SAT or ACT and provide the scores of such tests to each CSU where they seek admission. Campuses use these test results for advising and placement purposes and may require them for admission to impacted majors or programs. Impacted CSU campuses require SAT or ACT scores of all applicants for freshman admission.
An applicant will qualify for regular admission when the university verifies that the applicant has graduated from high school, has a qualifying minimum eligibility index and has completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory "a-g" subjects. Applicants applying to an impacted program must also meet all required supplementary criteria.
Note: The CSU uses only the ACT score or the SAT mathematics and critical reading scores in its admission eligibility equation. The SAT or ACT writing scores are not currently used by CSU campuses.
|3.00 and above qualifies with any score|
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The California State University requires that first-time freshmen applicants complete, with grades of "C" or better, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A "unit" is equivalent to one year of study in high school. This pattern includes:
- English: four years
- Mathematics: three years (algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra)
- Social Science: two years, including one year of U.S. history or U.S. history and government
- Laboratory Science: two years (one year of biological and one year of physical science, both must include laboratory instruction)
- Foreign Language: two years in the same foreign language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
- Visual and Performing Arts: one year in the same discipline (art, dance, drama/theater, or music)
- Electives: one year (selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science, history, laboratory science, foreign language, and visual and performing arts or other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU "A-G" list.)
Foreign Language Subject Requirement
The foreign language subject requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating competence in a language other than English at a level equivalent to, or higher than, that expected of students who complete two years of foreign language study. An applicant should consult their school counselor, or the Office of Admission for more information.
Prospective freshman and transfer applicants who have fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units of transferable college credit are strongly encouraged to submit scores, unless exempt, (see Eligibility Index Table) from either the SAT of the College Board or the ACT. If a student is required to submit test scores, they should take the test no later than early December if applying for fall admission. Those applying to an impacted program (e.g., Nursing, Clinical portion, and Business Administration), must check with the department for additional admission requirements. Test scores are also used for advising and placement purposes. Registration forms and dates for the SAT or ACT are available from school or college counselors, or from Cal State East Bay's Testing Office (510) 885-3661. Applicants may also write or call:
The College Board (SAT)
Registration Unit, Box 6200
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200
Registration Unit, P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Grades earned in up to eight semester courses designated as honors courses in approved subjects (taken in the last two years of high school), receive additional points in grade point average calculations. Each unit of "A" in approved courses will receive a total of 5 points; "B," 4 points; "C," 3 points; "D," 1 point; and none for "F" grades. (Beginning fall 2003, up to two 11th grade IB, AP, or honors courses with 11th or 12th grade course content taken in 10th grade may also receive bonus points.)
Cal State East Bay may provisionally or conditionally admit first-time freshman applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of high school and planned for the senior year. The campus will monitor the final terms of study to ensure that admitted students complete their secondary school studies satisfactorily, including the required college preparatory subjects, and to ensure students have graduated from high school. Students are required to submit an official transcript after graduation to certify that all course work has been satisfactorily completed. Official high school transcripts must be received prior to deadline set by the university. In no case may documentation of high school graduation be received any later than the census date for a student's first term of CSU enrollment. A campus may rescind admission decisions, cancel financial aid awards, withdraw housing contracts and cancel any university registration for students who are found not to be eligible after the final transcript has been evaluated.
Applicants will qualify for regular (non-provisional) admission when the university verifies that they have graduated and have received a high school diploma, have a qualifying minimum eligibility index, have completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory "a-g" subjects, and, if applying to an impacted program or campus, have met all required supplemental criteria.
Admission with Honors
To qualify for Admission with Honors, applicants must also fully satisfy the Subject Requirements for admission to Cal State East Bay. Students admitted with Honors are eligible for the CSUEB University Honors Program (see the University Honors Program section in the Student Services chapter of this catalog).
First-Time Freshmen. The status of Admission with Honors is conferred on a student whose high school GPA is a minimum of 3.50, counting all subjects used to determine admissibility beginning with the tenth grade.
Lower Division Transfers. The status of Admission with Honors is conferred on a student whose high school record is at least equivalent to that of a first-time freshman receiving honors. In addition, the student must have a combined all-college GPA in transferable courses of a minimum of 3.50, based on work completed.
Upper Division Transfers. The status of Admission with Honors is conferred on a student whose combined all-college GPA is a minimum 3.50 based on transferable work completed.
Students who have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (or fewer than 90 quarter units) are considered lower division transfer students. Students who have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 or more quarter units) are considered upper division transfer students. Students who complete college units during high school or during the summer immediately following high school graduation are considered first-time freshmen and must meet those admission requirements. Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses and accepted as such by the campus to which the applicant seeks admission.
Lower Division Transfer Requirements
Generally, a student qualifies for admission as a lower division transfer student at Cal State East Bay if they have a grade point average of at least 2.0 ("C" or better) in all transferable units attempted and attained and is in good standing at the last college or university attended, and meets any of the following standards:
- The applicant meets all freshman admission requirements (grade point and subject requirements) in effect for the term of application (see "What are the minimum admission requirements for freshmen?")
- The applicant was eligible for admission as a freshman at the time of high school graduation (except for the subject requirements), has been in continuous attendance at an accredited college since high school graduation, and has successfully completed the missing subjects.
Applicants who graduated from high school prior to 1988 should contact the Office of Admission to inquire about alternative admission programs.
Note: Due to enrollment pressures many CSU campuses do not admit lower division transfer applicants.
Making Up Missing College Preparatory Subject Requirements
Lower division applicants who did not complete the subject requirements while in high school may make up missing subjects in any of the following ways.
- Complete appropriate courses with a "C" or better in adult school or high school summer sessions.
- Complete appropriate college courses with a "C" or better. (One college course of at least three semester or four quarter units is considered equivalent to one year of high school study.)
- Earn acceptable scores on specified examinations, e.g., SAT subject tests.
Contact the Office of Admission for further information about alternative ways to satisfy the subject requirements. (Due to enrollment pressures, many CSU campuses do not admit lower division transfer applicants.)
Upper Division Transfer Requirements
Generally, applicants will qualify for admission as an upper division transfer student if each of the following criteria have been met:
- The applicant has earned a grade point average of at least 2.0 ("C" or better) in at least 60 semester (90 quarter) units of transferable college credit.
- The applicant was in good standing at the last college or university attended.
- The applicant has completed at least 60 semester (90 quarter) units that must be selected from transferable college courses in English, arts and humanities, social science, science and mathematics. The 60 semester (90 quarter) units must also include at least 30 units of courses, which meet CSU general education requirement, including all of the general education requirements in oral and written communication in the English language and critical thinking and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester/4.5 quarter units) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning. Each course satisfying General Education Requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking and mathematics must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (SB 1440)
The Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (SB 1440) establishes an Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) for transfer for California Community College student and is designed to provide a clear pathway to the CSU degree major.
California Community College students who earn a transfer associate (AA-T or AS-T) degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing to the CSU and given priority admission over other transfer students when applying to a local campus, or non-impacted program. AA-T or AST admission applicants are given priority consideration to impacted campus and/or program that has been deemed similar to the degree completed at the community college. Students who have
completed an AA-T/AS-T in a program deemed similar to a CSU major are able to complete remaining requirements for graduation within 60 semester units.
Cal State East Bay may provisionally or conditionally admit transfer applicants based on their academic preparation and courses planned for completion. The campus will monitor the final terms to ensure that those admitted complete all required courses satisfactorily. All admitted applicants are required to submit an official transcript of all college-level work completed. The university will rescind admission for all students who are found not to be eligible after the final transcript has been evaluated. In no case may such documents be received and validated by the university any later than a student's registration for his/her second term of CSU enrollment.
Credits earned in accredited community colleges will be evaluated by the Office of Admission in accordance with the following provisions:
- Not more than 105 quarter (70 semester) units of credit may be allowed for community college work; community college credit earned after the student has earned 105 quarter units at one or more community colleges will be used for determining grade point averages and may be used to satisfy subject requirements, but may not be applied toward the total units required for the bachelor's degree.
- No credit may be allowed for professional courses in education taken in a community college, other than an introduction to education course.
- Cal State East Bay and California community colleges have articulation agreements regarding course equivalencies. If you are planning to transfer to Cal State East Bay you should consult with your community college counselors as to whether or not particular courses meet CSU specific requirements.
- Certification of part or all of the lower division General Education-Breadth Requirements completed may be submitted by the California community college from which the student is transferring. Students should request a General Education (G.E.) certification at the time they request a transcript to be sent to Cal State East Bay. Twelve upper division G.E. units must be completed at Cal State East Bay.
- Certification of the completion of the Cal State East Bay requirements in U.S. History and Institutions will also be accepted from your community college.
Credit from institutions not regionally accredited will not be used in determining admission eligibility, nor will it normally be used to meet graduation requirements. However, after completing 30 quarter units in residence, you may petition the Office of Admission to have such units accepted for baccalaureate credit. Course content, the quality of performance, the nature of the institution, and the appropriateness of the courses to the Cal State East Bay curriculum will be considered in evaluating any petition.
Academic Advising and Career Education (AACE)
AACE is located in the Student Services Building, 2nd Floor. Academic advisors are available to discuss and explain your transfer evaluation or the degree audit you will receive from Planning, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs. An official evaluation or an update of a prior evaluation is available by appointment. (See the Student Services chapter in this catalog for additional information on AACE.)
Credit for Continuing Education and Correspondence School Work
Students may count a maximum of 36 quarter (24 semester) units of extension credit and correspondence school work toward a baccalaureate degree at Cal State East Bay. Any such units not earned at Cal State East Bay must be earned in courses deemed acceptable for Cal State East Bay degrees and course units must come from accredited institutions that accept the units toward their own degrees.
No extension or correspondence school credit may be applied toward the residency requirement for undergraduates or graduates. Courses taken in Cal State East Bay Special Sessions programs may be applied toward residency. All transferable extension and correspondence work will be used for determination of the undergraduate grade point average.
Credit for Experience and Prior Learning
No unit credit is allowed toward the bachelor's or master's degrees for practical experience. An exemption allowed for experience will not carry units of advanced standing or diminish the number of units required for graduation.
Credit for Military Training and USAFI
Cal State East Bay grants credit for military training in accordance with the recommendation of the American Council on Education. Those students who have entered military service before meeting the usual requirements for graduation, may receive nine units of elective credit toward the baccalaureate degree based upon the completion of a minimum of one year of uninterrupted active service. Commissioned officers may receive an additional nine units, which may be considered upper division credit. In order to receive such credit applicants must present written certification from a recognized military authority, such as papers from a military separation center or an official copy of a diploma from a service school or USAFI transcript. Cal State East Bay is a Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC).
Credit for Non-collegiate Instruction
Cal State East Bay grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of non-collegiate instruction, either military or civilian, appropriate to the baccalaureate, that has been recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service or by the National Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction (NCSI). The number of units allowed are those recommended in the national guides published by these organizations.
Lower division, occupational courses designed to train technicians are not acceptable for university credit. Credit granted for non-collegiate instruction is not generally applied to general education or major requirements.
Cal State East Bay grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Scores of three or better will be accepted. Students will be granted 4-12 quarter units of college credit for each test completed, depending upon the specific discipline. (See the Registration chapter for additional information.)
Cal State East Bay must assess the academic preparation of international students. For this purpose, "international students" include those who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications. California residents and U.S. citizens with international transcripts are also classified as "international students" for admission evaluation purposes.
There are separate requirements for the admission of international students. Verification of English proficiency, financial resources, and academic performance are all important considerations for admission. Each applicant must have a declared educational objective (major) when the application is filed.
Priority in admission is given to residents of California for majors that are impacted or for programs with limited openings.
Application Filing Periods and Deadlines for International Students
The university has established deadlines to ensure that all application materials will be processed in time to allow international students to make the necessary passport, visa, travel, and other arrangements to reach the campus before the start of the quarter of admission. Current deadlines applicable to international student admission can be found on the university website or by contacting the International Admissions Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you received your preparatory education outside the U.S., you must have completed the equivalent of 12 years of elementary and secondary schooling with the equivalent of a "B" average or higher. ACT or SAT test scores are not required of international students who completed their secondary schooling outside the U.S. International students who graduated from a U.S. high school must meet the same requirements as U.S. citizens.
- If you are a transfer applicant with fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) units of transferable work completed at the time of planned enrollment, you must have a 2.0 GPA or higher in all transferable units attempted. You must also meet the eligibility requirements for first-time freshmen applicants. (See "What are the minimum admission requirements for freshmen?" earlier in this chapter.)
- If you are a transfer applicant with 60 semester (90 quarter) units or more, you must have a 2.4 GPA or higher in all transferable units attempted.
Transfer students with university-level work earned outside the U.S. will be accepted if the overall grade point average of that work is equivalent to the stated minimum grade point average requirements for admission. Transfer credit for university-level course work earned outside of the U.S. will be awarded after a course-by-course evaluation by the International Admissions Office.
Certificates, diplomas, mark sheets, transcripts, and test scores must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the International Admissions Office to be considered official. The International Admissions Office reserves the right to determine what constitutes an official document. Certified English translations must accompany all non-English original documents. Documents submitted are the property of Cal State East Bay and will not be returned.
English Language Requirement
If you are an undergraduate applicant whose native language is not English and you have not attended schools at the secondary level, or above, for at least three years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction, you must present one of the following:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Undergraduate: 525 (paper-based); 197 (computer-based); 71 (internet-based)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Undergraduate: 6.0
APIEL (Advanced Placement International English Test) Undergraduate only: 3
ELPT (English Language Proficiency Test, part of the SAT II) Only undergraduates and only U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. may use this test.
Each campus will post the tests it accepts on its website and will notify students after they apply about the tests it accepts and when to submit scores.
International students who wish to apply for a student visa must demonstrate financial support before a letter of admission or an "I-20" or "DS-2019" form will be issued. The following forms must be submitted: I-20 Letter of Consent, Declaration of Finances, and Health Insurance Compliance. These forms can be downloaded from the "Apply Online" option on the university website.
Enrollment Requirements for F-1/J-1 Visa Students
If you are an undergraduate on a student visa, you are required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to take a minimum study load of 12 units per quarter.
When enrolled at Cal State East Bay, international students are expected to comply with all regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services pertaining to international students as well as those of the university.
F-1/J-1 international students should contact the Center for International Education (email@example.com) for information on matters affecting visa status, eligibility for employment, and any special academic requirements for international students.
Other Non-U.S. Citizens
Admission eligibility for students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and are not on student visas, will be based upon the same standards applied to international students who are on student visas. You are expected to have proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the academic standards of individual courses and the university English proficiency requirements. Evidence of proficiency in English is the same as for international students. (See "English Proficiency Requirement for Undergraduate Applicants" section above.)
High School Students
See "Does the university have any special provisions for enrollment and admission?" in this chapter.
Intrasystem and Intersystem Enrollment Programs
Students enrolled at any CSU campus have access to courses at other CSU campuses on a space-available basis, unless those campuses or programs are impacted or their admission to the desired program or admission categories are closed. This access is offered without the students being required to be formally admitted to the host campus, and sometimes without requiring payment of additional fees. Although courses taken on any CSU campus will transfer to the student's home CSU campus as at least elective credit, the student should consult their home campus academic advisor to determine how such courses may apply to their specific degree program before enrolling at the host campus.
There are two programs for enrollment with the CSU, and one for enrollment between the CSU and the University of California or California community colleges. Additional information about these programs is available from Office of the Registrar.
CSU Concurrent Enrollment:matriculated students in good standing may enroll on a space available basis at both their home CSU campus and a host CSU campus during the same term. Credit earned at the host campus is reported at the student's request to the home campus and included on the student's transcript at the home campus.
CSU Visitor Enrollment:matriculated students in good standing enrolled at one CSU campus may enroll on a space available basis at another CSU campus for one term. Credit earned at the host campus is reported at the student's request to the home campus and included on the student's transcript at the home campus.
Intersystem Cross-Enrollment:matriculated CSU, UC, or community college students may enroll for one course per term at another CSU, UC, or community college and request that a transcript of record be sent to the home campus.
Cross-Registration Program with the University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
The purpose of this program is to increase a student's educational opportunities by maximizing the use of existing programs and courses available in the East Bay region. The following conditions apply:
- No course of instruction available at Cal State East Bay may be taken in the other system. Enrollment is limited to one course per term.
- Students may seek to enroll in a course offered at UCB upon the recommendation of their academic advisor and department chair. These advisors should insure the completion of any prerequisites before application is made. (Forms are available from Enrollment Management.)
- Students may seek to enroll in a course offered at UCB only with the permission of the course instructor, and the approval of the appropriate department chair and school/college dean. Each university gives first registration priority to its own students; therefore, concurrent enrollment may not be available in courses with limited spaces. A Cal State East Bay student should return the completed form and card to 120 Sproul Hall at UCB.
- Students must be in good standing, be matriculated in a degree program (undergraduate or graduate) and have a full-time schedule (12 quarter units for undergraduates and 8 units of graduate level courses for graduate status) at Cal State East Bay in order to participate in the program. Cross-registration with UCB is normally not permitted during your first term of enrollment at Cal State East Bay. (Note that UCB is on the early Semester Calendar and Cal State East Bay is on the Quarter Calendar.)
- Each campus has appointed a coordinator of the cooperative program who verifies the satisfaction of conditions 1-4 for each prospective participating student. Planning, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs coordinates the program at Cal State East Bay.
- No additional costs are charged to the student at Cal State East Bay. However, you will be billed the Cal State East Bay rates for the total academic load in the combined registrations. Because of the interval involved in sending transcripts, there will be a time lag in the appearance of grades on Cal State East Bay's permanent records.
- Cross-registration is only possible in the fall and winter quarters because UCB is on the semester system.
- Cross-registration will be cancelled at any time if the student becomes ineligible for participation.
Cross-Registration with Other Bay Area Two-Year and Four-Year Institutions
Programs have also been established to permit students from Cal State East Bay and those from Cañada College, Chabot College, College of Alameda, Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, Holy Names University, John F. Kennedy University, Laney College, Las Positas College, Los Medanos College, Merritt College, Mills College, The National Hispanic University, Ohlone College, Solano College, St. Mary's College, and U.C. Berkeley to take coursework at another school which is not available at their home campus. Contact the counseling center or registrar at the host campus (or the Office of the Registrar at Cal State East Bay) for information on eligibility requirements, limitations and other privileges or restrictions.
- Students must complete the "Application for Registration as an Auditor Only" available from the Cal State East Bay Student Enrollment Information Center on the first floor of the Student Services and Administration Building on the Hayward Hills campus.
- Reflects re-centering (recalibration) of SAT tests taken in April 1995 and thereafter. Qualifying scores for SAT tests taken prior to April 1995 that have not been re-centered can be determined by subtracting 100 from the SAT scores shown in the table.