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First Time Freshmen

Now that you’ve been admitted to Cal State East Bay (congratulations and welcome!), we want to help you find your place on campus. With Welcome Day, summer orientations, classes and residence halls just for freshmen, we make it easy to fit in.

  • Each freshman will have their own General Education (GE) advisor for the first two years,  meeting several times a week throughout the year with the same students and professors. Your advisor will help you enroll in courses based on your major. Visit the GE web site to learn more about the Freshman Year Experience.
  • Two residence halls are dedicated to freshmen. Apply for housing beginning May 1.
  • Freshmen with a high school GPA of at least 3.6 can apply to the honors program.

Important Things to Know

Check Your To-Do List

Log into your MyCSUEB to-do list, which includes things like confirming your enrollment by May 1 and submitting your final transcript by July 15, and complete everything on the list. Log in using your NetID (included in your acceptance letter in your welcome packet). Also, set up and check your Horizon email account for important updates.

Apply for Financial Aid

Be sure to submit your financial aid application by March 2. The earlier you file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act Application, the more options for aid you will have. If you miss the March 2 priority deadline, you can still apply. We will start sending out financial aid award letters in March. Contact the Financial Aid office at or (510) 885-2784 (Mon-Thurs, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

Sign up for Orientation by June

This summer, meet the students, faculty and staff that set Cal State East Bay apart at one of our freshmen Orientations, June 21-22, June 27-28, July 11-12, July 18-19 or July 25-26. Registration is open April 2 - May 31, 2019. 

Choose Classes

If you choose to attend Cal State East Bay, a freshman academic advisor will contact you in March to set up an in-person meeting in April or at Orientation.

Send Your Final Transcript

Submit your final high school transcript with spring semester grades and graduation confirmation by July 15.

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