Freshman Admission Requirements
For admission to California State University, East Bay as a first-time freshman, you are required to meet the following conditions:
- Be a high school graduate or have a GED
- Have completed, or be in the process of completing, a minimum 15 unit pattern of college preparatory courses. (Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area.) A grade of C or higher is required for each course.
- 4 years - English
- 3 years - Mathematics: algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra
- 2 years - History /Social Science
- 2 years - Laboratory Science
- 2 years - Language other than English: the same language (possible waiver)
- 1 year - Visual / Performing Arts: art, dance, drama/theater, or music
- 1 year - Elective Courses: additional classes selected from the above subjects
- Note: If you are missing a course, or would like to review the requirements for obtaining a waiver for the "Language Other than English" requirement, visit CSUMentor.
- Have a qualifiable eligibility index. The Eligibility Index Tables show the combination of test scores and grade point averages required to meet minimum eligibility requirements. An eligibility index is the combination of your high school grade point average (10th, 11th, and 12th grades for all college preparatory courses) and your test score on either the SAT or ACT. (If you apply for admission before you graduate from high school, compute your GPA using grades earned in courses completed after the 9th grade. Do not include grades you expect to earn in courses during the remainder of the 12th grade.) For assistance calculating your own eligibility index, visit CSUMentor.
Freshmen Application Instructions
To apply for admission as a freshman, complete the following items. Please submit your application and supporting documents by the deadlines for the quarter to which you are applying.
- Submit an application for admission online at CSU Mentor and pay the $55 nonrefundable application fee. Be sure to print the application submission confirmation page for your records. Paper applications are also accepted and may be downloaded from CSU Mentor.
- Request official transcripts from all high schools attended to be sent to Cal State East Bay. Official transcripts must be received by the document deadline. Transcripts will be accepted if mailed directly by the school, or if hand-carried in their original sealed envelope to Cal State East Bay's Enrollment Information Center located on the first floor of the Student Services and Administration (SA) Building on the Hayward Campus, or to the Academic Services Center on the Concord Campus.
- Request official SAT or ACT test scores to be sent directly from the testing agency or high school to Cal State East Bay.
Your entire application including transcripts and test scores will be reviewed by an admission evaluator. The evaluator will evaluate if you are admissible to the University. You will be notified by mail upon receipt of your application.
Cal State East Bay's Department of Music requires all Music BA applicants to audition on their instrument. Please visit the Music Department web site to learn how to schedule an audition. Find the Prospect Music Student Auditions link at the top of the page.
Quarter Start Dates
Cal State East Bay accepts applications during all four quarters, however freshman applications are accepted only for entry into the Fall Quarter. You will need to indicate a quarter to begin enrollment on your application for admission. The approximate start dates are listed below:
- Fall Quarter: classes begin in mid-September
- Winter Quarter: classes begin in early January
- Spring Quarter: classes begin in late March or early April
- Summer Quarter: classes begin in mid-June
Application Term of Entry Updates
Cal State East Bay's application for admission applies only to the term of entry indicated on the application form at the time of submission. If you would like to update the term of entry on your application, simply log back into your saved application stored in CSU Mentor, update your desired term of entry, confirm that your address and previously attended institutions are still current, and submit your new application for admission with your application fee. Cal State East Bay will then notify you upon receipt of your updated application with a letter by postal mail.
Admission Appeals Procedures
If you were denied admission, you may appeal the decision; learn more about Admission Appeals Procedures.
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Admission
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) offers a variety of support services designed to ensure student success at Cal State East Bay. EOP is designed for students with economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to be able to access and continue in college.
The program serves California residents who are regularly admissible, as well as those who may need special admission. EOP participants must have a history of low income, need academic support services, and demonstrate the motivation and potential to succeed at California State University, East Bay.