Smooth Transitions is a branch of the Student Life and Leadership Program that is solely devoted to assisting transfer students with transitioning into the campus smoothly as well as providing useful information to get them in, out, and ahead in their chosen field of study. Smooth Transitions aims to provide our students with a unique and enjoyable experience during this exciting time in their academic journey.
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- Beginning Your Journey
- Money Matters
- Campus Life
- Life After Undergrad
Beginning Your Journey
Orientation - This is an important part of your journey that we strongly encourage. On campus orientations give you the opportunity to mingle with your fellow classmates and the advisors from your department. You even get one-on-one attention from the admissions staff so you can have all your questions answered.
Getting Connected - There are several facebook pages you can join after creating a free account. We have a Smooth Transitions page, a CSUEB Transfer Student page, and a Transfer Club page. Each page was created specifically to help transfer students communicate with each other and get the information they need in a quick and easy way.
GE Requirements - In order to check which classes you can take to satisfy your General Education Requirements, go to the school’s General Education Website. Next, select the hyperlink that says “Transfers” and then click on the 3rd red hyperlink, “Admitted Fall 2004 with a GE catalog of 2004 or later.” You will see a lower division section and an upper division section, however, as a transfer student, we recommend that you concentrate on the upper division section until you see a counselor.
Class Equivalency - In order to see the balance between the classes you took at your previous college, open up assist.org. Select CSU East Bay in the pull down menu under “Explore Transfer Information.” On the next screen you will see a second pull down menu where you can select your previous college and then you will be prompted to search classes based on major or by department. Once you select a major or department, you will see a report with a scroll bar, as you scroll down, you will be able to see a list of equivalent classes side by side. The classes on the right will be CSUEB classes and the classes on the left will be from your previous college.
Orientation - Orientation fees vary depending on what type of orientation you prefer. On campus orientations are $35 while online orientations are $25. In addition, if you would like to invite a guest to the on campus orientation, there is a $15 fee per guest. Orientations are not mandatory, however, going to the on campus orientation is strongly recommended since this will be the only time you will be able to speak with a counselor before school starts.
Tuition - At East Bay, students pay a quarterly tuition fee of about $2,183. This is relatively inexpensive compared to other universities around the bay area. In addition, if you qualify for financial aid, the fee is reduced even more depending on how much money you receive.
Books - If you’re looking to save money on books, you have several options. One of your options is to buy the books from the Pioneer Bookstore and then sell it back at the end of the quarter. Another choice you have is to rent the book instead of buying it, which lowers the price, and then just return it by the due date. The last option you have is to buy a used copy of the book from our bookstore. There is no option that is the cheapest every time, you will have to check the price of each option for each book to minimize the costs of your books.
Housing - On campus housing can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $8,000 depending if you want to live in a triple, double, or single apartment.
Meal Plans - If you live on campus, you are required to pay for a meal plan as well. Meal plans for upperclassmen are about $2,000. This covers 5 meals per week at our all you can eat dining commons and 200 flex dollars which you can spend anywhere on campus. If you would like to upgrade your meal plan, you will have to pay an additional $2,435. This will give you either 7 day access to the dining commons as well as 75 flex dollars, or you can get 5 day access to the dining commons and 175 flex dollars a quarter. Whatever you decide on, there are different payment plans available to you on the Housing website.
Parking Permit - If you are keeping a car on campus or just parking on campus during your classes, you are required to buy a parking permit. Quarter permits cost $130 per quarter and can be bought at the Cashier’s desk in the Student Administration building or in the bookstore. You can even buy them online through the online bookstore at csueb.com/bookstore. If you would rather buy temporary permits each day your car is on campus, there are parking permit machines all around campus that you can get your permits from.
Financial Aid - If you are eligible for financial aid, you will be notified through your horizon email. The financial aid will automatically cover your tuition and fees first. If you have money left over after that, it will either be dispersed to you or it will go to your housing fee if you are living on campus. To check how much money you have left, you can always check your balance through your MyCSUEB account under the “account activity” section. If you have additional questions or to learn more, feel free to visit the Financial Aid office in the Student Administration Building.
Scholarships - Scholarships are a great way to get some extra money. They are lump sums that are gifted to you so you don’t have to pay them back! There are different types of scholarships available, some are need-based while others are merit or grade-based. You can find them online, through different companies, or through the school’s Scholarship site by entering “scholarship” in the search bar on the CSUEB website. This page will show you different scholarships that are offered on and off campus. Keep in mind that different scholarships have different methods of application. Some might require you to write and essay, while others might require to you just fill out a form online with your personal information. If you are awarded money, make sure you follow up on it and know where it goes and what it pays for.
On and Off Campus Jobs - Jobs on campus get filled pretty quickly, especially work study jobs. Places that are usually looking to hire include different departments, the bookstore, aramark, as well as housing. To find all the positions that are looking to be filled, visit our online job search engine, Pioneer Jobs. This site contains job openings, internships, and volunteer opportunities both on and off campus. Pioneer Jobs is a great resource open to all East Bay students, so take advantage of it while you can.
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Housing - Living on campus is a great way to network and meet new people. It is also a convenient way of getting involved because the more you are on campus, the more you know about the campus and what it has to offer. You can also be a part of RHA, which is our Residence Hall Association.
Transportation - Whether you live on campus or at home, it is easy to get on and off campus without a car. We have cars you can rent on campus called Zipcars. These are available at Lassen Hall and students must be at least 18 years of age and to rent a car. If you don’t necessarily want to rent a car, we have a shuttle that goes from our campus to the BART station and it is free for all East Bay students.
Getting Involved - One of the best way to get involved in school is to join a club or organization. Club and organizations provide different opportunities such as networking and volunteer opportunities. They also help develop a variety of skills such as technical skills, communication skills, and event planning. East Bay has many clubs and orgs that you can join, however, if you don’t see something that you would like to, you are always welcome to create your own club. To learn more about creating a new club/org on this campus, contact the Student Life and Leadership Office.
Transfer Club - The Transfer club is designed for, and centered around incoming TRANSFER STUDENTS to have a “smooth transition” into the University. The Transfer Club provides peer support and educational opportunities for students transferring into California State East Bay. We have many resources and are available to provide advice and guidance throughout your transfer process.
Life After Undergrad
AACE - Before you graduate, make an appointment with a counselor at AACE to talk about what you have planned for after graduation. You can also get some pointers on how to spruce up your resume or application whether you are thinking of getting a job or going to grad school. It is very important to talk about the different options available so you can find out which one is right for you.
- Why is my “Student Center” not showing up?
This means that your transcript has not been processed. There isn’t really anything you can do but wait. If you would like, you can contact Admissions at (510)885-2784, or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Why aren’t all the Orientation dates showing up on my MYCSU account?
Transfer Orientations are major specific so only the orientation dates that pertain to you major plus the online orientation will show up on your account. Our orientations are major specific because we give you the opportunity to go to a session hosted by a counselor from your specific department.
- How do I change my Orientation date?
Unfortunately, you will not be able to change the date of an orientation that you have already sign up for. However, if you call the Smooth Transitions Office (also the Student Life Office) at (510) 885-3657, staff members will be able to switch it for you. If calling in is not convenient for you, you are welcome to email us at email@example.com as well, but be sure to add your full name, netID, and which orientation you signed up for as well as which one you would like to switch over to.
- How do I register for classes?
How to Register PDF
- Where do I go to talk to someone (counselor) about what classes to take?
Unfortunately, counselors will not meet with first time transfer students until your transcripts are fully processed and evaluated. This could take up to a quarter to complete. In the meantime, we suggest that you stick to upper division General Education as well as your major requirements. If you need any extra help, feel free to call the Student Life and Leadership office at (510) 885-3657 and ask for a Smooth Transitions staff member to guide you through the process.
- I am waitlisted for all my major-related classes, what should I do?
If you are waitlisted, there are a couple of options you have open to you. You can wait it out or you can drop the class depending on what number you are on the waitlist. If you are worried about not getting the classes but you really want them, you are welcome to keep the classes and sign up for some back up classes as well (just to stay safe). This way, you can go into the class when the quarter starts and ask the professor to add you to the roster. You will want to mention that you are on the waitlist and tell the professor your wait list number as well. You can show up to the class and ask to be added without being on the waitlist, however, it is less likely that you will be added to the class if you are not on the waitlist.
Contact Us For: Any questions about your admission or financial aid status; to learn more about the admissions or financial aid process.
Location: Student Administration Building
Phone: (510) 885-2784
Academic Advising and Career Education (AACE)
Contact Us For: Any questions about registering for classes; physically choosing classes; learning more about choosing a career field; help on making your resume look better.
Location: Student Administration Building Suite 2300
Phone: (510) 885-3622
Contact Us For: Any questions about paying tuition or other important financial deadlines.
Location: Student Administration Building
Phone: (510) 885-3865
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
Contact Us For: Any questions about getting academic help by joining EOP.
Location: Across from Library
Phone: (510) 885-3751
Contact Us For: Any questions about on campus housing payment and options; resources to help look for off campus housing; resources to look for a roommate.
Location: Lassen Hall
Phone: (510) 885-7444
Student Life and Leadership Programs/Smooth Transitions
Contact Us For: Any questions about joining/starting/putting on an event for a club or organization; questions about orientations, transferring in, or picking classes as a first-quarter transfer student.
Location: New University Union Suite 2011
Phone: (510) 885-3657
Student Health and Counseling Services
Contact Us For: Any question about receiving vaccines, birth control, or other medical needs; to see a counselor or psychiatrist; for a health evaluation.
Location: Between Library and Physical Education Building
Phone: (510) 885-3735
Contact Student Life and Leadership Programs!
University Union, Room 2011
Phone: (510) 885-3657
Fax: (510) 885-2649
Office Hours: 9 am – 5 pm, Mon – Fri