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Freshmen Admission Requirements

For admission to California State University, East Bay as a first-time freshman, you are required to meet the following conditions:

  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED
  • Have completed, or be in the process of completing, a minimum 15-unit pattern of college preparatory courses. (Each unit is equal to a year of study in a subject area.) A grade of C or higher is required for each course.
    • 4 years - English
    • 3 years - Mathematics: algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra
    • 2 years - History/Social Science
    • 2 years - Laboratory Science
    • 2 years - Language other than English: the same language (possible waiver)
    • 1 year - Visual/Performing Arts: art, dance, drama/theater, or music; must be in the same discipline
    • 1 year - Elective Courses: additional classes selected from the above subjects

Note: If you are missing a course, or would like to review the requirements for obtaining a waiver for the "Language Other than English" requirement, visit Cal State Apply.

  • Have a qualifiable eligibility index, which is the combination of your high school grade point average (10th, 11th, and 12th grades for all college preparatory courses) and your test score on either the SAT or ACT. The Eligibility Index Tables show the combination of test scores and grade point averages required to meet minimum eligibility requirements. (If you apply for admission before you graduate from high school, compute your GPA using grades earned in courses completed after the ninth grade. Do not include grades you expect to earn in courses during the remainder of the 12th grade.) For assistance calculating your own eligibility index, visit Cal State Apply.
  • Fall 2017 applicants can submit SAT test scores from either the old or new (post March 2016) test; however, scores can only be combined if they are from same test fromat. Students will be reviewed using the same eligibility index regardless of test format.

Required Auditions

Cal State East Bay's Department of Music requires all music bachelor of arts applicants to audition on their instrument. Please visit the Music Department website to learn how to schedule an audition. Find the Prospect Music Student Auditions link at the top of the page.

Semester Start Dates

Cal State East Bay accepts applications during both semesters; however freshman applications are accepted only for entry into the fall semester. You will need to indicate a semester to begin enrollment on your application for admission. The approximate start dates are listed below:

  • Fall semester: classes begin in late August - the only term available to new freshmen
  • Spring Quarter: classes begin in late March or early April*
  • Summer Quarter: classes begin in mid-June*
  • Spring semester: classes begin in January

*Cal State East Bay is only offering quarters for spring and summer 2018, then the university is switching to semesters.

Application Term of Entry Updates

Cal State East Bay's application for admission applies only to the semester indicated on the application form at the time of submission. If you would like to update the starting semester on your application, simply log back into your saved application stored in Cal State Apply, update the semester when you wish to begin, confirm that your address and previously attended institutions are still current, and submit your new application for admission with your application fee. Cal State East Bay will then notify you upon receipt of your updated application with a letter by postal mail.

Admission Appeals Procedures

If you were denied admission, you may appeal the decision; learn more about Admission Appeals Procedures.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Admission

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) offers a variety of support services designed to ensure student success at Cal State East Bay. EOP is designed for students with economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to be able to access and continue in college.

The program serves California residents who are regularly admissible, as well as those who may need special admission. EOP participants must have a history of low income, need academic support services, and demonstrate the motivation and potential to succeed at California State University, East Bay.

To apply for the program, prospective students must complete the Cal State Apply EOP Application by the EOP deadline. Visit the EOP website for more information and specific program requirements.

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