California State University-East Bay
Hayward, CA, USA

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California State University-East Bay
3.54 Average Rating

Cyan from Brentwood, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
There are ten weeks a quarter. Despite the small class size, it is beneficial for student because it gives the student the opportunity to build a strong relationship with their professors and fellow classmates.
Am enjoying being here
I lived on campus for my first year and i loved it. You really to know and meet a lot of people. It was also convenient when waking up for class and there are areas in the dorms to study in silence. I also joined a fraternity and made long life friends. Everyone is really friendly and accepting and is easy to get involved on campus. Also East Bay is in the heart of the bay area so going to the city is an easy drive.
Bang for the buck
It very worth it and affordable for everyone.
Tips for prospective students
East Bay is a great school. The have a mentally of putting their students first and help them get ready for the real world. you start in the freshmen cluster to help you start out on the right path. This is beneficial for people who have no clue what they are doing. So be open mind, don't be afraid to take risk, and enjoy the opportunity you have.
Great for these types of students
Great for people you who live near by, but don't want to leave home for college. Great for someone who want to live in a new and diverse environment.
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Brittni from Riverside, CA

a current student here
16 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have learned a lot in the 10 weeks that I have attended so far. The class sizes are nice, and I haven;t had much trouble getting the classes that I want. I have done well my first quarter, and I think I owe credit to CSUEB for that,
Am enjoying being here
I am truly enjoying it here at CSUEB. I live on campus, so I have had the chance to get to know many students, and become friends with some great people. I joined a sorority, and have gone to all the events the school has held. I've even joined up for the Orientation team this summer to help show students what a great school it is! GET INVOLVED! Believe me, it's worth all the time spent.
Bang for the buck
It's worth it, believe me.
Tips for prospective students
Ask questions, lots and lots of questions. Believe me, they make everything much easier!
Great for these types of students
It's great for those who wish to commute, or those who wish to attend a diverse college with many great people.
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Edwin from Chula Vista, CA

a current student here
7 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
At this school i have been learning a lot. Students just need to know their priorities and not procrastinate on their work. If student do their homework and pay attention in class, school will go by fast and you will absolutely pass the class with a top notch grade.
Am enjoying being here
I lived in the dorms for my freshman year. The dorms there are seemingly brand new and feel like your living in a hotel. At others schools, students are cramped and don't have space to fit all of their belonging. At Pioneers highs residents halls you are given help in all angels and the RA's (Residential Assistants) always try to make it feel like home.
Bang for the buck
School there has been increasing tuition but it is still cheaper than other school like SDSU and any UC school out there.
Tips for prospective students
If I could give a tip, I wish someone said this to me, Do not Procrastinate on homework and always pay attention. Leave fun for last and school first. You puts your homework aside and party, the year will go fast but you will not accomplish what you have told your self to accomplish.
Great for these types of students
If your looking for a place to just go to school, this is the place. The life on CSUEB isn't like other school. Students just go about their business and go to class. You want to be involved in campus life? Join a Fraternity/ Sorority. I joined Delta Chi and my life on CSUEB couldn't of have been any better without the guys i call brothers.
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Shaylyn from Modesto, CA

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors are all extremely caring about your studies and your overall well-being, and encourage you to visit them outside of class if you need help on anything. Class sizes are typically very small, so you can get more one-on-one attention if you have questions about anything. There's a good variety of classes to take for GEs, so aside from the very specific ones (like taking public speaking, math, and English classes), you can take more interesting classes for your GE credits, such as American Indian Oral Literature (definitely worth taking, by the way).
Am enjoying being here
The campus is always very clean, and they just built a gym (with Jamba Juice!). There's also a small rec center near the library (and Starbucks). The Union is a great place to hang out whether you're studying or not. Overlooking the city and the bay is nice, especially at night as you're coming down the hill. Students and staff alike are very friendly, and it's easy to feel at home here. I've always been a fairly shy person, but have made many good friends here.
It's close to downtown Hayward, so there's good food nearby if you have a lunch break, or if you want to take a day trip somewhere, places like Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Francisco are all close enough that you can do so.
Bang for the buck
College is always expensive. But as long as you have some financial aid, you can probably get by fairly easily here. It's one of the cheaper schools to attend, even with rising tuition. I feel like I'm getting a quality education, especially in my chosen discipline (music).
The quarterly parking permits are about $130 as of the time of this writing, so they are fairly expensive, but a lot cheaper than buying a day pass for $8 every day you have classes.
Living off campus, the total cost of living/school combined (for me) is about $20,000, including rent, bills, etc.
Tips for prospective students
In addition to taking a campus tour, make sure to take a day to tour the individual department for which you plan on majoring with. You can sit in on classes and get a real idea what your college experience is going to be like!
Seriously consider whether you want to live in the dorms or off campus (assuming you won't be staying with parents still), and work hard to get scholarships - the more you get, the easier your time at ANY college will be. Read lots of reviews, and find out for yourself how everything is at the school to make sure it's a good fit for you.
Great for these types of students
Anyone wanting a smaller school and/or a cheaper school but still a quality education. There's no football team, so football players should avoid this, naturally.
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Aaran from Pasadena, CA

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
If you get the right teachers, you can learn a lot from the them here. I have also learned a lot of things outside of the classroom, that I would have never learned if I hadn't attended this school.
Am enjoying being here
This school has its ups and downs. I enjoy it when there are things to do on campus, but when there aren't things to do on campus it can be pretty lame. Unless, of course if you have a car because then you can leave when you are done with class. I enjoy the diversity at the school, there's a little bit of everyone there.
Bang for the buck
The Recreation and Wellness (RAW) is pretty snazzy. It was added last year. It's a free gym for students. And there's Jamba Juice inside. I think if you utilized all that the school has to offer you could easily get your money's worth.
Tips for prospective students
If you plan on staying on campus, get a car.
Be prepared for the Dining Commons.
Don't spend your flex dollars too early.
Use ratemyprofessor.com
Go to the basketball games.
Great for these types of students
This school is good for everyone.
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Kelly from Antioch, CA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
well i actually go to the smaller campus in concord but i know that the hayward campus is really big, and the classes are pretty huge but its a great school. there are a lot of fun clubs you can join there and there are a lot of activities to do over there. its a very lively campus.
Tips for prospective students
i suggest that you take college seriously. that college is very different from high school. also that if you want to further your education you must be dedicated. in college it is all about determination, dedication, and taking your education seriously.
Academic Rigor
the academic class are pretty hard. what also makes it hard is the fact that there is a lot of students in one classroom. in a lecture class there will be hundreds of students and only one professor.
Dorm Life
well i don't live in a dorm, but i've heard the dorm life is pretty fun. you can meet a lot of new people. those people end up becoming your friends and colleagues. on top of that if you and your roommate have the same classes you could work on homework together.
Food and Dining
there is a lot of places to go eat in hayward. there are restaurants to even a jamba juice. you don't ever have to really worry about finding a place to eat.
What to do for fun
well if your involved in sports, you have your games. but you can also attend the football and other sport games. plus if your in a club or know someone that is in a club then you will be able to go to parties. like fraternity parties.
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Misael from Los Angeles, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
The best thing at CSUEB is its cluster program. It is helpful in so many ways, by helping you meet people, to starting you off in a good route for the next upcoming years. The professors there are really helpful as long as you seek help.
Tips for prospective students
ASK QUESTIONS! Always talk to your professors and find faculty that can help you out when you have troubles.
Academic Rigor
It tough but not all classes are challenging.
Dorm Life
Its fun, they have a lot of events and a year long competition. Just enjoy yourself and try to get along with your suitemates.
Food and Dining
The school provides great choices by having Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Subway and Panda Express. If your a housing student, the Dining Commons always has randoms days with great food.
What to do for fun
BART! Take the shuttle to the Bart station in Downtown Hayward and go around and explore the bay. The campus also has a good view of the bay, from San Jose to San Francisco.
Great for these types of students
It great for students who are scared of the college experience. Its an easy transition from high school.
Clubs and Activities
A lot of good clubs and activities from intramural sports or academic/volunteer clubs.
Greek Life
There are a lot of organizations on campus. They have a lot of events that even the non-Greek community can also attend.
Campus Safety
Campus is pretty safe with campus police always driving around and campus security always walking around campus even at night.
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Laurice from Rialto, CA

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
They are a good school so far from what I've seen. They don't return phone calls that much, so you will have to just keep calling them. Last, but not least they have a very positive attitude on campus.
Tips for prospective students
Be determined.
Be organized.
Stay on top of everything.
Keep up with important dates that they give you.
Academic Rigor
Straight A's is what I'm going for so tons of studying and keeping my head in the books.
Dorm Life
I only stayed in the dorm rooms for one night for orientation and it was very comfortable.
Food and Dining
They have like a buffet in the cafeteria and it's very clean and organized nicely.
What to do for fun
They got a gym full of different things and also they have a room were you can go to hang out and just relax with friends.
Clubs and Activities
I heard the basketball team is pretty good and they don't have a football team.
Campus Safety
They have a pretty good safety patrol right on campus so its close by they can get there quicker.
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Korinne from Menlo Park, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
east bay is very diverse which always creates a fun experience. the students are each surrounded by different cultures, backgrounds and different perspectives, so it's very interesting to observe and talk to different students. the professors are amazing at what they do, which makes the learning experience at east bay rich and worthwhile; students want to go to class.
Tips for prospective students
be yourself when you're on campus because being unique is an advantage, and being different contributes to the richness of the campus. also, try to stay on top of your work and utilize what your school offers, especially if it's free!
Academic Rigor
the professors are each very experienced and engaging (every one that i've had), and they love to learn about the new students, build relationships with the students, and help their students.
Dorm Life
i don't live in the dorms, but i do notice that people who do really enjoy being so close to other students because they feel comfortable, and make friends easily because they are always surrounded by others, and participating in activities together.
Food and Dining
i love panda express and eating little snacks so east bay has me covered. they have a bagel shop, starbucks, panda express, subway, a burrito place and much more such as convinient stores. in convinient stores you can buy fruits or vegetables, sandwiches, chips, juice and candy to go, as well as food for your dorm. there is food everywhere, so i never complain because the quality and service are high.
What to do for fun
east bay always has something going on whether it is on campus, or nearby. there are fraternities and sororities, various clubs that have meetings and events through out the week, and sports teams that have games. we have homecoming, parties to welcome freshmen, free week at our exercise centers where students can take fun and active classes for free, and various performances!
Bang for the buck
a priceless peice of information about east bay is the view. whether you take a look out over the bay in the day or the night, you will be blown away.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
fir sine idd reason, there are various fountains on campus, it's sort of interesting.
Clubs and Activities
from dance, to art, to self defense clubs and activities, all students are welcomed and encouraged to take part in clubs that they are interested in. there are clubs specific to majors, interests, needs and desires. students can even create their own clubs after going through a bit of paper work, then they are set to have their group, get assistance with funds, and make the east bay experience more enjoyable.
Campus Safety
there are phones throughout campus that students can use to summon police or even taxis to the rescue should the students ever feel in danger, or scared for whatever reason. the police station is on campus, there are lights all over campus so that night time is not dark, and there are different numbers that you can remember and call if you ever need help or find yourself in danger at any time.
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Emily from Salinas, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Most of the professors put pride into their duties as your instructor. They will take the time to get to know each student, and the small class sizes help. The professors will give you the effort that you give them.
Am enjoying being here
Although there is not too much campus life, it is getting better. There is a lot to do around the area.
Bang for the buck
East Bay is one of the cheaper CSU schools, and the learning environment is great!
Tips for prospective students
Stay on top of your schooling responsibilities. Time managment is key to being successful. The more work you put in during the week allows a free weekend.
Great for these types of students
Any type of student could fit in at East Bay. There is a variety of groups and clubs. It depends on the student how they want to spend their time. Also, East Bay is very diverse and this helps with all the different type of people.
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