University at a Glance
California State University, East Bay is a comprehensive four-year institution that enrolls more than 13,000 students and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines. Cal State East Bay's spacious 342-acre Hayward campus, situated in the rolling hills above San Francisco Bay, offers students and visitors panoramic views of the bay and bridges, as well as the vibrant cities and open space that surround the campus. With its wide expanses of lawns, tree-lined walkways, fountains, and beds of native California plants, the campus is one of the most beautiful in the CSU system. The University is recognized as a "Best in the West" college and a Best Business School by the Princeton Review and as a "top-tier" masters-granting university by U.S. News & World Report in its "America's Best Colleges" guide.
Outstanding instructional facilities include over 150 classrooms and teaching laboratories and over 200 specialized instruction rooms. Discipline-specific computer labs and general access labs with PC's and Apple computers are available for student use. The University Library, with its rich collections and online catalog, features individual and group study areas, as well as an innovative Learning Commons offering expert information technology support, access to extensive information resources, library reference services, and information literacy instruction.
The University Union, a popular student gathering-place, includes food services, lounges, and meeting rooms. It also offers specialized services such as a credit union and an automatic teller machine. A major renovation of the University Union includes new retail food outlets, and space for growing student social and academic activities. The Student Recreation and Wellness Center houses a gymnasium, an elevated running track, two fitness centers and two multi-purpose exercise studios, locker rooms, and associated support space to promote nutrition, health and wellness.
Other campus facilities include a 500-seat theater, a television studio, a bookstore, a student health center and a 100,000 square foot student services and administration building. Pioneer Heights, the university's on-campus student apartment complex, offers housing for more than 1,300 residents, as well as a full service Dining Commons.
Cal State East Bay's Concord Campus, in central Contra Costa County, offers upper division and graduate instruction. Blending the natural beauty of its foothill setting with attractive facilities, small classes, and a personalized approach to teaching and learning, the Concord Campus serves more than 1,500 students. Classes are conducted in 22 classrooms and six teaching laboratories, including a 125-seat auditorium and a spacious Art Studio.
Further demonstrating the University's regional commitment, Cal State East Bay's Oakland Professional Development Center specializes in programs for working adults and offers professional development and certificate courses.
Cal State East Bay is also part of a university consortium that operates the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in Monterey Bay. In addition, the University runs a San Francisco Bay shore lab with marine and freshwater craft operating in the bay and Sacramento river delta.
- San Francisco Bay--campus overlooks the Bay and region from the East Bay hills
- Pacific Coast--45 minutes west
- San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and Concord--30 to 45 minutes northeast and northwest via BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains and freeways
- Lake Tahoe and Yosemite Valley--four hours northeast and east
- Napa and Sonoma Valleys--one hour north
- Sacramento, the state capital--one and one-half hours northeast
- Santa Cruz beaches and Monterey Peninsula--two hours south
- San Jose and the Silicon Valley--30 to 45 minutes south via freeways
The Hayward campus recreational facilities include a 20,000 square foot main gymnasium, a dance studio, swimming pools, racquetball/tennis/volleyball courts, several playing fields and a par course. The 53,000 square foot Recreation and Wellness center, funded by student fees, opened in 2010, with a multi-court gym for basketball, volleyball, or badminton; an elevated running track; two fitness centers with free weights and machines; multipurpose fitness and activity rooms for aerobics, martial arts and dancing; locker rooms; and a juice bar in the lobby.
In addition to its own facilities, activities, and intramural sports, Cal State East Bay's campuses are close to San Francisco and other Bay Area cities that provide unique cultural opportunities including museums, libraries, art galleries, aquariums, planetariums, theater, sports events, and concerts.
Hiking trails are near both campuses. The extensive Garin and Dry Creek-Pioneer East Bay Regional Parks are located immediately southeast of the Hayward campus. Beautiful Mt. Diablo and the Lime Ridge open space are adjacent to the Concord campus. In addition, proximity to the Pacific Ocean and Sierra Nevada mountains offers recreational diversion as well as excellent laboratories for educational studies.
Commuting is convenient with three BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train stations near the Hayward Hills campus and two BART stations serving the Concord campus. The University offers shuttle service to and from BART at both campuses for faculty, staff, and students. On-campus parking is also available for a daily or quarterly fee.
The Hayward and South Hayward stations are within three miles of the Hayward campus, and the Castro Valley station is four miles away. The University operates a shuttle bus between the Hayward BART station and the Hayward campus, which students may ride for free (with a current Bay Card). The AC Transit bus # 60 also runs between campus and the Hayward BART station. Adult bus fare is $2.10 and monthly passes are available. The university is a short distance from Interstate 880 (via Santa Clara Street and Harder Road) and Interstate 580 (via Foothill and Mission Boulevards).
A free student shuttle operates between the campus and the Concord BART station, both days and evenings, Mondays through Thursdays.
University Mission, Shared Strategic Commitments, and Institutional Learning Outcomes
Cal State East Bay welcomes and supports a diverse student body with academically rich, culturally relevant, learning experiences that prepare students to apply their education to meaningful lifework, and to be socially responsible contributors to society. Through its educational programs and activities the University strives to meet the educational needs and to contribute to the vitality of the East Bay, the state, the nation, and global communities.
Shared Strategic Commitments
Cal State East Bay takes pride in its eight Shared Strategic Commitments, which express the university’s values and aspirations:
- Reinforce academic quality through open-minded inquiry, innovative teaching, engaged learning, and distinguished scholarship
- Enhance our inclusive campus, responding to the backgrounds and interests of our diverse community and promoting their academic, professional and personal development
- Serve students first, by expanding access and enhancing each student’s educational experience and prospects for success as a graduate and life-long learner
- Foster a vibrant community through enriched student services and student life that support student engagement and learning
- Contribute to a sustainable planet through our academic programs, university operations, and individual behavior
- Continuously improve our efficiency, transparency, and accountability while practicing mutual respect, responsiveness, and collaboration across the University
- Support the civic, cultural, and economic life of all communities in the regions we serve through partnerships that promote education and social responsibility
- Demonstrate our continuing record of leadership and innovation in higher education, focused on 21st century skills, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
Institutional Learning Outcomes
Using competencies developed through general education, their scholarly disciplines and co-curricular activities, graduates of CSUEB will be able to achieve the following outcomes:
- Thinking and Reasoning
- Think critically and creatively and apply analytical and quantitative reasoning to address complex challenges and everyday problems.
- Communicate ideas, perspectives, and values clearly and persuasively while listening openly to others.
- Apply knowledge of diversity and multicultural competencies to promote equity and social justice in our communities.
- Work collaboratively and respectfully as members and leaders of diverse teams and communities.
- Act responsibly and sustainably at local, national, and global levels.
- Specialized Education
- Demonstrate expertise and integration of ideas, methods, theory and practice in a specialized discipline of study.
Assessment for Continuous Improvement
Cal State East Bay is committed to continuous improvement. Students, faculty and staff are asked to participate in learning assessments at the course, program, and university levels. The information used for assessment includes individual student work (assignments, essays, exams, projects, etc.), in addition to surveys and other indirect methods.
In order to assess the overall educational effectiveness of programs and the university, student work at Cal State East Bay is used on an aggregated basis to provide information for program improvement, as well as to demonstrate accountability to various stakeholders, including our students, the general public, and our accrediting agencies.
Students at Cal State East Bay should expect that their academic work may be used for assessment purposes.
Cal State East Bay operates on the quarter system. Each quarter (fall, winter, spring, summer) is approximately 11 weeks in length (10 weeks of instruction, plus 1 week of final exams). Enrollment in a quarter after admission to the university constitutes matriculation, including enrollment in all Special Session courses. (Special Session courses are groups of Continuing Education courses which have been approved to confer residence credit, with the exception of Open University courses.) Enrollment in Open University courses, as well as in Continuing Education Division courses, does not constitute matriculation.
One (1) semester unit is equivalent to one and one-half (1 1/2) quarter units of credit. One (1) quarter unit is equivalent to two-thirds (2/3) of a semester unit.
Cal State East Bay is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; phone: (510) 748-9001. The Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is periodically reviewed by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
- The B.A. and M.A. in Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
- The master's education program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
- The undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Business and Economics are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
- All of the university's programs for teaching and services credentials are approved by the California State Commission for Teacher Credentialing.
- The professional preparation programs of the College of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
- The School Psychology credential program has received full approval from the National Association of School Psychologists.
- The B.S. in Chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society.
- The B.S. in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791 and the California State Board of Registered Nursing.
- The B.S. in Industrial Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
- The Master of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
- The Continuing Education certificate program in Paralegal Studies is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
- The Continuing Education certificate program in Chemical Dependency is accredited by the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC).
- The Continuing Education certificate program in Human Resource Management is approved by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) for recertification hours.
- The Continuing Education certificate program in Project Management is approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
University Extension Programs
Continuing Education at Cal State East Bay features a broad spectrum of courses, certificate programs, and degree programs that complement the University's regular curriculum, and meet the academic, professional, creative and lifelong learning goals of its diverse community.
CE designs courses to fulfill the needs of current job market trends, enhance professional development, and promote personal enrichment. Offering more than 40 certificate and degree programs in a variety of industries and fields, CE allows you to explore career options and pursue opportunities for advancement.
You may take one or more individual courses, enroll in a certificate program, or attend a seminar or conference. In some cases, academic credit is awarded; while in others, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available. In programs designed specifically for personal enrichment, no academic credit is awarded.
American Language Program
The university's American Language Program provides instruction for international students in academic English and introduces them to American culture. Each year, students from more than 25 countries enroll in the program. After graduating from the American Language Program, international students often enroll as matriculated students in the university.
Open University Concurrent Enrollment
The "Open University" program allows individuals to enroll in regular university classes without being formally admitted to the university. Regularly enrolled resident or non-resident students are not eligible to take Open University courses.
Open University students will be granted "Open University" extension credit for coursework. There are limits on the number of Open University extension units that may be applied toward university degrees. Up to 36 units may be applied towards a baccalaureate degree and up to 13 units for a master's degree.
Registration in most courses or programs sponsored by University Extension does not require formal admission to the university. For some programs, however, students may be required to meet certain requirements prior to being eligible to register. Only registration in Continuing Education Special Session classes provides "continuing student" status to admitted, matriculated students.
Information on courses, programs, and enrollment procedures is available through University Extension's quarterly bulletin, on the university website (www.ce.csueastbay.edu), by phone (510-885-3605), and by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Concord Campus is a branch campus of Cal State East Bay located in Concord, and near Clayton, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Pittsburg and Antioch in beautiful Contra Costa County. The 386-acre campus includes over 300 acres of open space, community sports fields and views of Mt. Diablo and the Sacramento Delta, and is one of the largest branch campuses within the CSU system. Located at 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, the campus is uniquely positioned to serve the educational needs of county residents. Established in 1981, the Concord Campus was the first CSU branch campus with a permanent location, and has provided quality education and services for more than two decades. Many residents have benefited from Cal State East Bay's educational presence and have enjoyed the small class size and intimate educational experience that the Concord Campus provides.
Functioning as an upper-division and post baccalaureate campus in a thriving, suburban region, the Concord Campus offers varied curriculum taught by Cal State East Bay faculty and provides quality educational programs while making use of modern educational technologies to deliver state-of-the-art programs. In Fall 2008, the Concord Campus began providing lower-division courses for Pre-nursing students only.
Academic degree and credential programs currently offered at the Concord Campus are:
Undergraduate Fields of Study:
- Business Administration, B.S.
- Liberal Studies, B.A.
- Nursing, B.S. (Pre-Licensure Program)
- Pre-Nursing/Pre-Health Sciences/Pre-Psychology preparation program for first time freshmen.
- Psychology, B.A.
- Sociology, B.A.
Some courses within the following majors are available at the Concord Campus. Degree completion for these majors may require students to complete coursework online or at the Hayward Campus:
- Multiple Subject
- Single Subject
- Paralegal Program Certificate
- Pre-Professional Health Academic Program
Application and/or registration through either the Hayward or Concord Campus qualifies a student to enroll in courses at both sites. Academic expectations and standards, as well as university policies, are the same at both locations.
Services and Facilities
The Concord Campus promotes student success through a variety of services. These include academic advising on general education (GE) and graduation requirements, as well as administrative and instructional support services. Students are referred to their departments for major advising. Instructional support services include advanced computer laboratories, modern smart classrooms, a branch of the university's library, and a free shuttle service between the campus and the Concord BART station. There is also an on-site café/bookstore and student lounge.