First & Second Year Students


The goal of academic advising is to help you to maximize your Pioneer experience through your academic program. Academic advising should be a collaborative educational process that focuses on your success at CSUEB. You’ll partner with a FASST advisor to discuss your academic goals, your degree roadmap, and the outcomes that you envision (career goals, graduate school, etc.). As extracurricular experiences are essential to career and academic development, you are encouraged to seek these learning experiences outside of the classroom.

Working with your academic advisors is a collaborative process, and ultimately, you are responsible for your educational experience at CSUEB.

What Your FASST Advisor Expects From You:

  • Schedule an appointment with and/or contact your FASST advisor regularly. At minimum, you need to meet with your advisor at least once per semester.
  • Come to appointments prepared with a list of questions and topics to discuss when appropriate.
  • Take notes during advising meetings.
  • Be open to developing and clarifying your values and goals.
  • Check your MyCSUEB student portal regularly to monitor progress to degree, outstanding holds, to-do list items and class schedule.
  • Be courteous and plan ahead for your appointments. If necessary, reschedule appointments with as much advance notice as possible.
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions and actions.
  • Enrollment in classes is always done with your FASST advisor during your first two semesters. Starting in your third semester, you are expected to enroll in classes yourself. Your FASST counselor can still advise you on your course selections.
  • Use proper email practices and communication etiquette:
    • Use ONLY your horizon email for all university communication
    • Check your horizon email a minimum of three times a week
    • Include your netID in every email (TIP: take the time to put your netID in your email signature! It will save you time in the long run)

What You Should Expect From Your FASST Advisor:

  • Listen actively to your questions and concerns.
  • Refer you to the appropriate campus resources and services.
  • Provide a safe, respectful and confidential space to ask questions, discuss your academic and career interests, and express your concerns.
  • Encourage and support you as you gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success at CSUEB.
  • Assist you in making major and career decisions to help you reach your academic potential.
  • Encourage you to work closely with your professors.
  • Connect you with opportunities to apply your skills outside the classroom, including but not limited to: service learning projects, study abroad, student leadership opportunities, and internship/job opportunities posted on Handshake.

Accessibility Statement: CSU East Bay is dedicated to providing equal opportunity and access for every student. If you need accommodations for a documented learning or physical disability, feel free to share with your advisor. You are not required by law to do so, but you are your own best advocate and it helps to share relevant information. We will refer you to the Accessibility Services Center for additional assistance and support.

FERPA Statement: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that aims to protect the privacy of students. This means that only you have legal access to your grades. Your parents, friends, peers, and significant others do not. Advisors are not allowed by federal law to discuss your grades with anyone but you, unless an Online Waiver has been completed by the student.


College Success Toolkit

This section of the AACE website includes tools to help students improve in the areas of organization, study skills, time management and note taking. It also provides guidance in understanding how to read your transcript, calculation of your GPA and grade forgiveness, as well as an academic guide for new transfer students. The purpose of this toolbox is to help you survive and THRIVE at the university.

Click on the links to individual guides. Check this website regularly for additional tools and updates.


Degree Road Maps & DAR

Most academic departments offer their degree roadmap online and host a department website with more specific information, including how to get in contact and faculty office hours.

It's also students' responsibility to read the university catalog and to speak to their academic advisor for the most up-to-date information about major and graduation requirements.

There are many tools to assist students in determining what degree requirements have been completed and which ones are still needed to be fulfilled. By the end of your first semester at Cal State East Bay, you should also receive notification via your @horizon email, alerting you that your Degree Audit Report (DAR) has been completed. Once it is, you'll be able to access it through MyCSUEB in your Student Center. Be sure to review your DAR with your academic advisor!


Searching for GE Classes:

  1. Go to MyCSUEB and select “Search Class Listings”
  2. Next to “Course Attribute,” click on the drop-down menu and select “Breadth Area(s)”
  3. Next to “Course Attribute Value,” click on the drop-down menu and select the corresponding GE Area (e.g. Diversity, Upper Division B, US3 etc.)
  4. Add any additional filters (e.g. Mode of Instruction, Location)
  5. Click on “Search” to generate a list of selected GE courses