Freshman 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. The Eligibility Index Tables show the combination of test scores and grade point averages required to meet minimum eligibility requirements. An eligibility index 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. (If you apply for admission before you graduate from high school, compute your GPA using grades earned in courses completed after the 9th 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.

California Resident Eligibility Index

Non-California Resident Eligibility Index

Local Admission Area for Freshmen Students

How to Apply: Freshmen Application Instructions

To apply for admission as a freshman, complete the following items. Please submit your application online and supporting documents by the deadlines for the quarter to which you are applying.

  • Submit an application for admission online via Cal State Apply and pay the $55 nonrefundable application fee. Be sure to print the application submission confirmation page for your records. Paper applications are no longer accepted: however, if you do not have access to a computer, then please submit a paper application (with a statement indicating your need to submit a paper application.) 
  • Request official transcripts from all high schools attended to be sent to Cal State East Bay. Official transcripts must be received by the document deadline. Transcripts will be accepted if mailed directly by the school, or if hand-carried in their original sealed envelope to Cal State East Bay's Enrollment Information Center located on the first floor of the Student Services and Administration (SA) Building on the Hayward Campus, or to the Academic Services Center on the Concord Campus.
  • Submit an application fee by the document deadline for the corresponding term of entry. The application fee must be received by the deadline indicated.
  • Request official SAT or ACT test scores to be sent directly from the testing agency or high school to Cal State East Bay.
  • If you completed a course at a community college, if you have Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or CLEP test scores that may earn you course credit, then transcripts and/or test scores need to be submitted as well.  Visit MyCSUEB at for a list of your required items.

Your entire application including transcripts and test scores will be reviewed by an admission evaluator. The evaluator will evaluate if you are admissible to the University. You will be notified by mail upon receipt of your application.  

Required Auditions

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

Quarter Start Dates

Cal State East Bay accepts applications during all four quarters; however freshman applications are accepted only for entry into the Fall Quarter. You will need to indicate a quarter to begin enrollment on your application for admission. The approximate start dates are listed below:

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

Application Term of Entry Updates

Cal State East Bay's application for admission applies only to the term of entry indicated on the application form at the time of submission. If you would like to update the term of entry on your application, simply log back into your saved application stored in Cal State Apply, update your desired term of entry, 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 web site for more information and specific program requirements.

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