Reviews and Reputation

Cal State East Bay received first-class ratings from several of the nation's most respected evaluators of universities and colleges. These trusted publications are the primary sources of information for prospective students and their families throughout the United States.

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Princeton Review

In 2013, the Princeton Review selected Cal State East Bay as a "Best in the West" college for 2014 for the tenth consecutive year. The report is based on surveys of current students, who noted the following highlights:

  • affordable tuition
  • small class sizes
  • strong business, nursing, and teaching programs
  • diligent, career-minded students
  • multicultural community

The regional rankings include only 25 percent of American colleges and universities. Read the 2012 press release.

Princeton Review also rated Cal State East Bay as one of the country's 294 "Best Business Schools" for 2014, for the ninth consecutive year. Read the 2011 press release.

U.S. News and World Report

In 2008, Cal State East Bay was recognized as a "top–tier" institution among master's–granting universities in the West by the U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" guide. In the 2009 guide, Cal State East Bay was noted for its exceptionally diverse student body, ranking as the second-most diverse master's-granting university in the Western region. 

The Best Colleges Online Business Degree Program

The Best Colleges selected Cal State East Bay's Online Bachelor of Business Administration Degree program as No. 6 in the nation for 2011-12, calling it "an excellent value."

Diverse: Issues Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education recognized Cal State East Bay's undergraduate program as No. 61 in the nation in 2012 for the number of degrees awarded to students of color. The graduate program is also included the publication's Top 100.

Top 25 Online Colleges and Universities 2013

Cal State East Bay was ranked among the top 25 online colleges and universities in the Online College Rankings report by SR Education Group's flagship site, Guide to Online Schools. To be considered for the rankings, a school must offer at least 10 baccalaureate or advanced programs that can be completed online and be nationally or regionally accredited.

Freshman Learning Communities – A National Model

Studies by the Lumina Foundation and Syracuse University have recognized Cal State East Bay’s Freshman Learning Communities as a national model. These communities allow incoming freshmen to begin the college experience with other students who share interests and career objectives. Freshmen select a subject area of clustered courses and are placed with peers who have similar interests.  The Freshman Learning Communities program offers guaranteed courses needed to meet major prerequisites and graduation requirements. Courses are grouped thematically in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences.

This innovative program helps students to:

  • earn higher GPAs
  • develop superior writing and communication skills
  • graduate reliably in four years.

All students receive individualized instruction in a small class setting, supported by peer and faculty advising, counseling, and mentoring. With innovative, comprehensive programs like the Freshman Learning Communities, Cal State East Bay is able to support student success from application through graduation and beyond.

Cal State East Bay Makes 2014-15 List of Best Online Colleges

Cal State East Bay achieved a rank of 47 in the Affordable Colleges Foundation's 2014-15 Best Online Colleges. Affordable Colleges Foundation (ACF) is a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information. It publishes an annual ranking of institutions that offer students affordable, high-quality distance learning programs. Read more.

Cal State East Bay Online Hospitality Program Ranks in Top 10 in U.S.

Cal State East Bay has earned a spot on the list of top 10 online hospitality management degree programs in the U.S. from the higher education experts at The program was developed by Melany Spielman, chair of CSUEB's Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism, who was commended for doing "an excellent job leading the program to success," by

CSUEB Makes National Publication’s Diversity Rankings

Cal State East Bay’s commitment to producing diverse graduates and preparing them for careers in STEM fields has earned recognition by a national publication. The magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education recently compiled rankings of “Top Producers of Minority STEM Graduates” and “Top Producers of Asian American Graduates” by major and degree, and Cal State East Bay was included on several lists.

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