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Early Start 5 TO BUILD Summer Bridge


Congratulations on your admission and your plans to enroll at Cal State East Bay!  We warmly welcome you to our campus.  We look forward to supporting you on your college journey right from the start.

Early Start 5 TO BUILD Summer Bridge is a two-week, fully online program designed to help Cal State East Bay's incoming freshmen transition to college and prepare for different instructional modalities. The goals of 5 TO BUILD are to build community (connect with other students), foster the skills and mindset needed for remote/in-person learning at the college level, and support a seamless transition to fall semester.  

WHO.  All incoming Cal State East Bay freshmen who eligible for Early Start are welcome. 

WHEN.  Early Start 5 TO BUILD is offered online from July 25 - August 5, 2022, Monday thru Friday, for 3 hours online/synchronous each day.  In order to participate, students must enroll in one section of GS 100 Bridge to Success.  There are two options for GS 100:

 1 | GS 100-01  M-F  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  OR
 2 | GS 100-02  M-F  1:30 PM -  4:30 PM

 WHAT.  Completion of the 5 TO BUILD program fulfills any Early Start requirement and fulfills 1 unit of the 3-unit GE Area E requirement.  First-year students who complete GS 100 Bridge to Success (1 unit) in the Summer, GS 101A Foundations of Success I (1 unit) in the Fall, and GS 101B Foundations of Success II (1 unit) in the Spring will fulfill the GE Area E requirement by the end of the year.  Collectively, these courses are part of the Cal State East Bay's First-Year Experience Program for freshmen.  

Instructions on how to enroll/register are detailed below.  You can also download an infographic about the program which also contains the step-by-step instructions on how to register.  


Scroll down for more details on how to enroll.

In addition to enrolling in GS 100, please also complete the Student Interest Form here by June 24, 2022, so we can find out how to get your free learning kit to you (package full of freebies--all the supplies you'll need for the program, as well as extras that will be useful for your first year at Cal State East Bay).

Please contact your FASST advisor or email if you need help enrolling!   

STEPS TO REGISTER for Early Start 5 TO BUILD Summer Bridge (Deadline: July 1, 2022)

Log on to your account in MYCSUEB (select Classic View) and under the Student Tab, click the "Student Center" link, then click the Early Start Program link to begin the registration process.   

  1. On the Student Center page, click on the "Early Start Program" link, then at the bottom of the new page, click the "Enroll in Early Start Program" button. 
  2. You will see a pop-up box confirming your fee waiver status.  Click "OK" to close the box.  Click on the "Search" button on the middle of the page to open the Class Search page.  
  3. On the Class Search page, use the "Subject" search field to select the General Studies course (GS 100).
  4. Click on the "View Special Session" box at bottom of page next to the Search button to see the available GS 100 sections: Section 1 morning session, Section 2 afternoon session.
  5. Click the "Select Class" button next to your preferred GS 100 section.  
  6. Verify the information is correct, then click "Next". (No permission number is needed.)
  7. GS 100 should now be in your shopping cart.
  8. Select "Proceed to Step 2 of 3".
  1. Select "Finish Enrolling".  
  2. You will receive a final pop-up reminding you of your waiver eligibility.  California residents who applied for financial aid and have an Estimated Family Contribution of $6,000 or less will automatically receive a waiver that covers the Early Start course fee.  If you are not eligible for a waiver, the enrollment fee is $193. 
  3. Click "OK" to close the pop-up box.  A green check mark means you have successfully added to course.
  4. If you are required to pay the enrollment fee, you can pay:
    • Online with an electronic check or credit card through your MyCSUEB Student Center;
    • In person at the Cashier's Office (1st floor of the SA Building) with a check, money order, cashier's check, or cash;
    • By mail addressed to Cashier's Office, Cal State East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA  94542.

By JULY 1, 2022:

  • Complete the Early Start 5 TO BUILD Student Information form HERE.
  • This information is important, because it will let us know if you need a loaner laptop and where/how you'd like to get your 5 TO BUILD learning kit.  Each kit is filled with fun and useful freebies that you will be using during the summer program, as well as throughout your first year.
  • Also, let us know if you need any special accommodations in order to participate in the program. The program is fully online and synchronous (we'll be meeting "face to face" via Zoom).  
Once you've enrolled in GS 100 and completed the Student Information Form, we will be sending email updates to your Horizon email account.  These messages will have more details on what to expect and how to access the program.

About 5 TO BUILD from Our Peer Leaders

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If you have any questions, concerns, or want more information, you can send an email to any one of the following: