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First-Year Campus and Community Engagement

Freshman Year Experience

There are many activities and events in which you may participate during your first-year at Cal State East Bay.  As part of the Freshman Year Experience program, there are three main events:

  • Freshman Day of Service.   This is an exciting and rewarding activity that every first-year freshman is required to do in the Foundations of Success II course (GS 101B) during the Spring semester.  This activity is coordinated by the Center for Community Engagement.  There are multiple one-day service projects with local non-profit agencies, typically scheduled on multiple Saturdays in the Spring.  
  • Common Read.  The campus community selects a book to be read by the entire campus community and city of Hayward.  Discussions, speakers, and other activities are scheduled throughout the year, with a culminating event of the author giving a talk exclusively for freshmen.  Many of the events are scheduled during the Week of Inclusive Excellence.  
  • Major Exploration.  All freshmen attend a resource fair in which they can get more information about their own or other majors of interest.  Students can meet faculty members and advising staff from their major departments and get answers to questions about major requirements and career options.  
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