Aug 04, 2020  
2019-2020 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Application & Admissions


Cal State East Bay welcomes students to apply to study at our University.

Link to Cal State ApplyThere are four steps to the application process for most prospective students:
  1. Applicants must submit an online CSU application for admission at CALSTATE Apply
  2. Applicants must submit all supplementary documents required such as transcripts and standardized test scores.
  3. Cal State East Bay will determine an applicant’s eligibility based on criteria discussed in this chapter.
  4. The University will notify the student of the decision.

The following categories must complete an undergraduate admission application:

  • High school graduates;
  • Community college transfer students;
  • Students who have been enrolled in Continuing Education Special Sessions Programs and Open University;
  • Cal State East Bay students who have not been enrolled for two consecutive semesters;
  • Students who have attended Cal State East Bay as visiting students from another university;
  • Students who were previously admitted to Cal State East Bay for a particular term but did not enroll.

Students who are uncertain whether they are required to apply may contact the Office of Admission at (510) 885-3500.

 

General Application Information
General Admission
First-time Freshmen Admission
International Admission
Transfer Student Admission

 

Application Filing Periods & Deadlines

Application filing periods are also listed at www.csueastbay.edu/prospective/how-to-apply/application-and-document-deadlines

UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION FILING PERIODS

(Not all campuses/programs are open for admission to every term)
Terms Applications First Accepted Initial Filing Period Filing Period Duration
Fall Semester October 1 October 1 - November 30 Each non-impacted campus accepts applications until capacities are reached. Many campuses limit undergraduate admission in an enrollment category due to overall enrollment limits. If applying after the initial filing period, consult the campus admission office for current information. 
Spring Semester August 1 August 1-31

Summer

(Most campuses do not admit students to summer term.)
February 1 February 1-28
Note: Application deadlines are the dates by which applicants must submit their application to CALSTATE Apply. Published deadlines are subject to change. Apply early since enrollment may be limited for some programs. The application filing periods are listed on the Application and Document Deadlines page at www.csueatbay.edu/deadlines. 

 

On-time applicants may expect to receive an acknowledgment from the campuses to which they have applied within two to four weeks of filing the application. The notice may also include a request that applicants submit additional records necessary to evaluate academic qualifications. Applicants may be assured of admission if the evaluation of relevant qualifications indicates that applicants meet CSU admission requirements, and in the case of admission impaction, supplemental criteria for admission to an impacted program. Unless specific written approval/confirmation is received, an offer of admission is not transferable to another term or to another campus.

Prospective Cal State East Bay Students

Be sure to review the deadlines for:

  • Freshman students
  • Transfer students
  • Graduate and Credential students
  • International students
  • University Extension students

Some academic and support service programs have supplemental application forms with specific deadlines. Check with the department for complete details.

Application Process for Undergraduate Admissions

Note: The following are subject to change without prior notice if necessary so that University policies are consistent with those established by the Trustees of The California State University.

Prospective students applying for part-time or full-time undergraduate programs of study must submit a completed undergraduate application. The $55 nonrefundable application fee should be paid online at the time of application via credit card or PayPal and may not be transferred or used to apply to another term. An alternate major may be requested on the application if desired by the campus. The applications of persons denied admission to an impacted campus may be redirected to another campus at no cost, but only if the applicant is CSU eligible.

Requirements for admission to Cal State East Bay are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. Complete information is available at: www.calstate.edu/apply.

An applicant must complete all required information, including the Social Security number. (The University uses this number to accurately identify student records and evaluate financial aid applications.) Be certain to accurately enter the requested academic information. Any misrepresentation could result in an offer of admission being rescinded. Applicants must submit all required items indicated on the student’s MyCSUEB To Do list at https://my.csueastbay.edu by the deadline provided.

Program-Specific Admissions Information
  • Applicants who want to pursue a major in nursing should see the Nursing, B.S.: Pre-Licensure Concentration  program for special admission requirements.
  • The bachelor’s degree major in Music requires students audition in order to determine admission. Student who want to pursue a major in Music should see the Music, B.A.  program for special admissions requirement.

Note: It is important for students to take time to read this catalog and become familiar with the specific policies and procedures of Cal State East Bay and the CSU system. This will help the student to understand their rights and responsibilities, as well as the rights and responsibilities of the University.

CSU Rights Reserved

The university reserves the right to select its students and deny admission to the university or any of its programs as the university, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate based on an applicant’s suitability and the best interests of the university.

Hardship Petitions

The campus has established procedures for consideration of qualified applicants who would be faced with extreme hardship if not admitted. Petitioners should submit an appeal form at http://www.csueastbay.edu/admissions/admission-appeals/admission-appeals.html.  For more information contact the Office of Admission at (510) 885-3500 or admissionpetitions@csueastbay.edu

Impacted Programs

The CSU designates programs as impacted when more applications from regularly eligible applicants are received in the initial filing period (October and November for fall terms, June for winter terms, August for spring terms, February for summer terms) than can be accommodated. Some programs are impacted at every campus which they are offered; others are impacted only at a few campuses. Candidates for admission must meet all of the campus’ specified supplementary admission criteria if applying to an impacted program or campus.

The CSU will announce during the fall filing period those campuses or programs that are impacted. Detailed information on campus and program impaction will be available at: www2.calstate.edu/attend/impaction-at-the-csu.

Campuses will communicate supplementary admission criteria for all impacted programs to high schools and community colleges in their application service area and will disseminate this information to the public through appropriate media. This information will also be published on the Cal State East Bay website at http://www.csueastbay.edu/.

Applicants must file applications for admission to an impacted program during the initial filing period. Applicants who wish to be considered for impacted programs at more than one campus should file an application at each campus for which they seek admission consideration.

Supplementary Admission Criteria

Each campus with impacted programs or class-level admission categories uses supplementary admission criteria in screening applicants. Supplementary criteria may include rank-ordering of freshman applicants based on the CSU eligibility index or rank-ordering of transfer applicants based on verification of the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) degrees, the overall transfer grade point average (GPA), completion of specified prerequisite courses and a combination of campus-developed criteria. Applicants for freshman admission to impacted campuses or programs are required to submit scores on either the SAT or the ACT, regardless of GPA. For fall admission, applicants should take tests as early as possible, but no later than November or December of the preceding year.

The supplementary admission criteria used by individual campuses to screen applicants are made available by the campuses to all applicants seeking admission to an impacted program.

Cal State East Bay Campus Impaction

Cal State East Bay is considered impacted, effective Fall Semester, 2018.  Applicants who live in the CSUEB service area (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano counties) only need to be academically qualified, as noted in the Eligibility Index (see below).  Similarly, transfer applicants with a designated ADT in a similar major as their declared major at CSUEB are also guaranteed admission, regardless of county of residence in California, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements.  For freshman applicants outside Cal State East Bay’s service area, higher Eligibility Index scores will be required.  The minimum score will depend on the number of qualified applications and the campus enrollment limits.  For transfer applicants who do not have a designated ADT and are outside the service area, determinations will be based on grade point averages.  Cal State East Bay’s goals are to ensure that its students have the courses and resources they need to successfully complete their degree programs.  Depending on capacity, the University may need to restrict, as minimally as possible, admissions from outside its six-county service area.

Importance of Filing Complete, Accurate, and Authentic Application Documents

Cal State East Bay advises prospective students that they must supply complete and accurate information on the application for admission, residency questionnaire and financial aid forms. Further, applicants must, when requested, submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted. Failure to file complete, accurate and authentic application documents may result in denial of admission, cancellation of registration or academic credit, suspension or expulsion (Section 41301, Article 1.1, Title 5, California Code of Regulations).

Re-Routing an Application to Another CSU

An applicant who meets CSU minimum eligibility and is not admitted to an impacted campus in the CSU may be eligible to be redirected to another non-impacted CSU campus.  This process is handled by the CSU Chancellor’s Office.  For more information about the redirect process, please visit the Chancellor’s Office’s redirection page.

The Office of Admission

A look at the outside of the Student & Administration buildingThe Office of Admission is responsible for all domestic admission services for new students. International students on F or J visas (and applicants with transcripts issued by schools outside the United States) are served by the International Admissions Office.

All applicants should use the student online self-service portal MyCSUEB at https://my.csueastbay.edu to check admission status and required documents.

Use of Social Security Number

Applicants are required to include their correct social security numbers in designated places on applications for admission pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6109). The university uses the social security number to identify students and their records including identification for purposes of financial aid eligibility and disbursement and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. Also, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires the university to file information returns that include the student’s social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses and interest on educational loans. This information is used by the IRS to help determine whether a student, or a person claiming a student as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes.

If the student is a taxpayer who claims Hope Scholarship or Lifetime Learning tax credit, the student is required to provide Cal State East Bay with their name, address, and Taxpayer Identification Number.

Application Denial & Appeal

Section 89030.7 of the California Education Code requires that the CSU establishes specific requirements for appeal procedures for a denial of admission. Each CSU campus must publish appeal procedures for applicants denied admission to the university. The procedure is limited to addressing campus decisions to deny an applicant admission to the university.

Admission appeal procedures must address the basis for appeals, provide 15 business days for an applicant to submit an appeal, stipulate a maximum of one appeal per academic term, provide specific contact information for the individual or office to which the appeal should be submitted and indicate a time estimate for when the campus expects to respond to an appeal. The appeal procedures must be included in all denial of admission notifications to students, and must also be published on the campus website.

If the applicant does not meet published admission eligibility standards, the student may petition the Admissions Appeals Committee for reconsideration. There is a limit on the number of exceptions to published admission criteria for which the campus may grant an exception. The Committee, therefore, considers a number of factors, normally favoring applicants who are close to qualifying and who are upper division students. Instructions for submitting an appeal are provided to eligible denied students.

If the applicant comes from a disadvantaged background or is a veteran, they may be considered under special criteria in addition to that stated above.

California Resident Freshmen Early Start Program

The Early Start Program serves CSU admitted freshmen who have not demonstrated proficiency in written communication and/or mathematics/quantitative reasoning as determined by systemwide placement standards. Participation in the Early Start Program is required for students needing skills development in these areas; students will be expected to enroll in a written communication course or a mathematics/quantitative reasoning course (but not both) during the summer period prior to the start of the fall term. Students required to participate in the Early Start Program may choose to enroll at any CSU campus; the earned baccalaureate credit will be transferred seamlessly to the student’s destination campus. 

The goals of the Early Start Program are to: 
  • Better prepare students in written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning before the start of the fall semester of the freshman year;
  • Add an important and timely assessment tool in preparing students for college; and
  • Improve the opportunity for students to successfully complete their college degrees.

Credit for AP & IB Tests

Cal State East Bay grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) program tests. Students will be granted college credit for each test completed, depending upon the specific discipline.

Also see the Requirements, Exams & Testing  chapter.

Credit for Experience and Prior Learning

No unit credit is allowed toward the bachelor’s or master’s degrees for practical experience. An exemption allowed for experience will not carry units of advanced standing or diminish the number of units required for graduation.

Credit for Military Training and USAFI

Cal State East Bay grants six (6) semester units of credit toward a baccalaureate degree for a student who completed basic training and was honorably discharged from military service of the United States after serving at least one year and one day, in accordance with the recommendation of the American Council on Education.  Three (3) of these units may be applied toward General Education Area E.

Note: Credit is not given for completion of the six month reserve training programs.

Commissioned officers may receive an additional six (6) semester units, which may be considered upper division elective credit. In order to receive such credit applicants must present written certification from a recognized military authority, such as papers from a military separation center (service form DD-214 or DD-295) or a Joint Services Transcript (JST). Credit for specific courses may be allowed if the student has satisfactorily completed equivalent study in a military service school. The guidelines of the American Council on Education are followed in determining eligibility.

Cal State East Bay is a Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC).

Also see: Military & Veterans Information & Services  chapter.

Declaration of Major Objective

When a student applies for undergraduate admission they must state an objective (major and degree) to be pursued.  In addition, once the student has been enrolled at the University, faculty, as well as staff of the Academic Advising and Career Education Center, are available to assist the student in selecting a major and degree program. The responsibility for meeting the specific requirements of a program or major rests with the student, but the advisor or the department chair of their selected major will help the student determine the courses remaining for completion of major requirements.

Academic Advising and Career Education  may also assist the student in determining General Education requirements.

Determination of Residency for Tuition Purposes

University requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes are independent from requirements for establishing residency for other purposes, such as for tax purposes, or other state or institutional residency. These regulations were promulgated not to determine whether a student is a resident or nonresident of California, but rather to determine whether a student qualifies to pay university fees at the in-state or out-of-state rate. A resident for tuition purposes is someone who meets the requirements set forth in the Uniform Student Residency Requirements. These laws governing residency for tuition purposes at the California State University are California Education Code sections 68000-68086, 68120-68133, and 89705-89707.5, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41900- 41915. This material can be viewed by accessing the California State University’s website at www.calstate.edu/residency.

Each campus’s Admissions Office is responsible for determining the residency status of that campus’s new and returning students based, as applicable, on the student’s Application for Admission, Residency Questionnaire, Reclassification Request Form and, as necessary, other information the student furnishes. A student who fails to provide sufficient information to establish resident status will be classified a nonresident.

Generally, establishing California residency for tuition purposes requires a combination of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely in the State of California. An adult who, at least 366 days prior to the residency determination date for the term in which resident status is sought, can demonstrate that both physical presence in the state combined with evidence of intent to remain in California indefinitely, may establish California residency for tuition purposes. A student under the age of 19 by the residency determination date derives residency from the parent(s) with whom he/she resides or most recently resided.

Evidence demonstrating intent to remain in the State of California indefinitely may vary from case to case, but will include, and is not necessarily limited to, the absence of residential ties to any other state, California voter registration and history of actually voting in California elections, maintaining California vehicle registration and driver’s license, maintaining active California bank accounts, filing California income tax returns and listing a California address on federal tax returns, owning residential property or occupying or renting a residence where permanent belongings are kept, maintaining active memberships in California professional or social organizations, and maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California.

A nonresident student seeking reclassification is required to complete a Residency Questionnaire that includes questions concerning his/her financial independence. Financial independence is required, in addition to physical presence and intent to remain in California indefinitely, for reclassification eligibility. Financial independence is established if in the calendar year the reclassification application is made - and in any of the three calendar years preceding the reclassification application - the student:

  • has not and will not be claimed as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes by his/her parent(s);
  • has not and will not receive more than ($750 per year in financial assistance from his/her parent(s); and
  • has not lived and will not live longer than six weeks in the home of his/her parent(s).

A nonresident student who has been appointed as a graduate student teaching assistant, a graduate student research assistant, or a graduate student teaching associate on any CSU campus and is employed on a 0.49 or more time basis is exempt from the financial independence requirement.

Non-citizens establish residency in the same manner as citizens, unless precluded by the Immigration and Nationality Act from establishing domicile in the United States.

Exceptions to the general residency requirements are contained in California Education Code sections 68070-68086 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41906- 41906.6, 41910. Whether an exception applies to a particular student can only be determined after the submission of an application for admission and, as necessary, additional supporting documentation. Because neither the campus nor the Chancellor’s Office staff may give legal advice, applicants are strongly urged to review the material for themselves and consult with a legal advisor.

Residency determination dates are set each term. They are:

Semester Term Campuses
Fall September 20
Winter* January 5
Spring January 25
Summer June 1
* Applies only to winter term at CSU Stanislaus

 

CalState TEACH operates on a trimester system. The residency determination dates for CalState TEACH are as follows:

  • Fall - September 20
  • Spring - January 5
  • Summer - June 1
Image of the CSU System seal.Nonresident Classification Appeal Process

A student classified as a nonresident may appeal a final campus decision within 30 days of notification by the campus. Information on the appeal process may be found at

http://www.calstate.edu/sas/residency/appeals.shtml.

A campus residency classification appeal must be submitted via the InfoReady online Residence Appeal Form to the California State University Chancellor’s Office at:

https://calstate.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1760156

Appeals via email, fax and U.S. mail will not be accepted. A student with a documented disability that prohibits the student from submitting an appeal through the InfoReady site should contact Student Academic Services:

California State University

Attn: Student Academic Services

401 Golden Shore, 6th Floor

Email: residencyappeals@calstate.edu 

The Chancellor’s Office will either decide the appeal or send the matter back to the campus for further review.

A student incorrectly classified as a resident or incorrectly granted an exception from nonresident tuition is subject to reclassification as a nonresident or withdrawal of the exception and subject to payment of nonresident tuition in arrears. If incorrect classification results from false or concealed facts, the student may also be subject to discipline pursuant to Section 41301 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. A student previously classified as a resident or previously granted an exception is required to immediately notify the Admissions Office if the student has reason to believe that the student no longer qualifies as a resident or no longer meets the criteria for an exception.

Changes may have been made in the rate of nonresident tuition and in the statutes and regulations governing residency for tuition purposes in California between the time this information is published and the relevant residency determination date. Students are urged to review the statutes and regulations stated above.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) & Summer Bridge

Established in 1969, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides admission and retention support services to low-income and educationally disadvantaged California residents who demonstrate the motivation and potential to succeed in college. EOP identifies and admits students who have the potential to succeed at California State University campuses, but who have not achieved their educational goals because of economic and/or educational background. EOP provides students with the resources, tools and skills to ensure academic and personal success through a variety of academic support services. These services provided by EOP include recruitment, preadmission counseling, special admissions, a Summer Bridge program (for entering EOP freshmen), specialized orientation sessions, academic advisement, personal counseling, skill-enhancement workshops, career guidance, peer advising, support groups, social/cultural activities, referral services, and EOP grants for eligible students.

Summer Bridge is a transition program for a select group of newly admitted Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) freshmen students to prepare them for their first year at Cal State East Bay. This intensive college readiness program is designed to provide incoming EOP exception admit freshmen with the following academic, social, and multicultural experiences to smooth their transition from high school to the University’s environment:

  • Provide classes in English and Mathematics to enhance academic skills
  • Acquaint students to the University and its many resources
  • Provide workshops in the foundations of college success
  • Make new friends
  • Meet college professors
  • Work with their counselors and peer advisors
  • Select Fall semester classes
  • Provide cultural and social activities

EOP accepts students who qualify for regular admission, as well as a limited number of students who do not meet regular admission criteria. Only low-income and educationally disadvantaged undergraduate students who need admission assistance and/or support services to succeed at Cal State East Bay are admitted to EOP. Additionally, students must be first generation college students, meet the income eligibility criteria, and either be California residents or AB 540.  They must also demonstrate academic potential and motivation to succeed.

To apply for admission to the program, prospective students must complete the online CALSTATE Apply Application for Undergraduate Admission and check the appropriate box for EOP services. Once the Cal State East Bay application is submitted (online), EOP applicants will receive an online EOP link and have access to complete the EOP Applicant Information Form and two EOP recommendation forms. Students must have all three documents submitted in order for their EOP application to be complete.

EOP is a high-demand program which only accepts applications for Fall term from applicants new to the CSU system. Currently enrolled and/or previously enrolled students (not formerly in an EOP CSU program) are not eligible to apply. Applicants who submit all required documents will be reviewed and if selected, will be admitted to EOP. All EOP freshmen receiving exception admission are required to attend the EOP Summer Bridge program as a condition of their admission for Fall term.

For assistance or for further information about EOP and the Summer Bridge program, please visit the EOP Office at Student and Faculty Support (SF) Building 224, or online at www.csueastbay.edu/eop. Prospective applicants can also email eopadmissions@csueastbay.edu or call (510) 885-4683 for more information.

Evaluation of Admission Eligibility

Link to your MyCSUEB sign-in pageAfter an applicant receives an acknowledgment from Cal State East Bay that their application has been received, they will be requested to submit required documents (i.e. official transcripts, test scores, etc.), if they have not previously done so. It is the applicant’s responsibility to see that all official transcripts are sent directly to the Office of Admission from each previous institution attended by the deadline specified on the University’s deadline page. Neither evaluation of transcripts and test scores nor determination of eligibility is possible until all required documents have been received.

  • First-time freshmen must submit official transcripts of high school work (grades 9-12). Scores from the ACT or SAT examinations are required. If an applicant is still in high school, they must submit transcripts of work as instructed and a final transcript after graduation.  If college courses were taken, official final transcripts must be submitted.
  • If an applicant is applying as an undergraduate transfer, graduate, or post-baccalaureate student, they must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended by the deadline specified on the University’s deadline page, regardless of length of attendance, and even if no work was completed.
  • If an applicant is an international student or non-U.S. citizen, they may be required to submit additional records. See International Admissions Requirements in this chapter.

Note: The University has the obligation to determine whether a transcript will be accepted as official. All transcripts and records submitted for admission or readmission become the property of the University. Students may access their academic records according to policies and procedures established by the campus. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities they have attended so their entire academic experience can be evaluated. Failure to do so will be grounds for denial of admission or readmission or for dismissal from the University.

Programs Leading to Licensure & Credentialing

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from the Credentialing Student Services Center or see the College of Education & Allied Studies website.

(Students in Biological Science, Educational Psychology, Engineering, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Nursing, and Teacher Education, in particular should be aware of these provisions.)

Returning Students

Undergraduate Cal State East Bay students who are seeking a first Bachelor’s degree and who do not enroll in classes for two or more consecutive semesters must reapply for admission to the University. Students in this situation are considered to be returning students. 

Returning students in good standing may reapply to Cal State East Bay. Students who were previously academically disqualified should first set up an appointment with a readmission counselor by e-mailing readmission@csueastbay.edu. Students who were previously administratively disqualified should first consult a counselor in the General Education office, which can also be found in the Student Services and Administration Building on the Hayward Campus.

How to Apply

To apply, submit an online application via Cal State Apply and select Undergraduate Admission Application. Applications are accepted during the transfer applicant filing periods.

Applicants will be notified by mail upon receipt of the updated application. Applicants do not need to send in official transcripts unless they have attended a college or university since their last enrollment at Cal State East Bay.

This policy does not apply toward admission for a second bachelor’s degree.

Alternative Admission Criteria for Adults 25-years and Over

As an alternative to regular admission criteria, an applicant who is 25 years of age or older may be considered for admission as an adult student if he or she meets all of the following conditions:

  1. Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the General Educational Development or California High School Proficiency Examinations).
  2. Has not been enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years.
  3. If there has been any college attendance in the last five years, has earned a 2.00 GPA or better in all college work attempted.

Consideration will be based upon a judgment as to whether the applicant is as likely to succeed as a regularly admitted freshman or transfer student and will include an assessment of basic skills in the English language and mathematical computation.

Admission Requirements for First-Time Freshmen

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
  2. Have a qualifiable minimum eligibility index (see “Eligibility Index”); and
  3. Have completed, with grades of C- or better, each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as the “a-g” pattern (see “Subject Requirements”).
Eligibility Index

The eligibility index is the combination of the high school GPA and scores on either the ACT or the SAT. GPA is based on grades earned in courses taken during the final three years of high school. Included in the calculation of GPA are grades earned in all college preparatory “a-g” subject requirements and bonus points for approved honors courses. Up to eight semesters of honors courses taken in the last three years of high school, including up to two approved courses taken in the tenth grade can be accepted. Each unit of A in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; and C, 3 points.

A CSU eligibility index can be calculated by multiplying a GPA by 800 and adding the total score on the SAT exam (mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing). For students who took the ACT, multiply the GPA by 200 and add 10 times the ACT composite score. Persons who are California high school graduates (or residents of California for tuition purposes) need a minimum index of 2950 or 694 using the ACT. The Eligibility Index Table illustrates several combinations of required test scores and averages. The university has no current plans to include the writing scores from either of the admissions tests in the computation of the CSU eligibility index.

Persons who neither graduated from a California high school nor are a resident of California for tuition purposes need a minimum index of 3570 or 842 using the ACT. Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries must be judged to have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section. An applicant with a grade point average of 3.00 or above (3.61 for nonresidents) is not required to submit test scores. However, all applicants for admission are urged to take the SAT or ACT and provide the scores of such tests to each CSU campus to which they seek admission. Campuses use these test results for advising and placement purposes and may require them for admission to impacted majors or programs. Impacted CSU campuses require SAT or ACT scores of all applicants for freshman admission.

https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/eligibility-index/Documents/eligibility-index.pdf

Placement Measures for First-Year GE Written Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses

Freshman skills assessment and placement for general education written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning shall be based on systemwide skills assessment standards that include the Early Assessment Program/ Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels, ACT scores and/or SAT scores, high school coursework, high school GPA and math GPA.

Skills assessments are not a condition for admission to the CSU; they are a condition of enrollment.

These skills assessments are designed to inform entering freshmen of placement in appropriate baccalaureate-level courses based on their skills and needs.

First-time freshmen in need of support as determined by the skills assessment will be placed in supported instruction. Supported instruction is designed to assist students in credit bearing courses. Students may also be required to participate in the MCC-REG - California Resident Freshmen Early Start Program [UNDERGRAD](AA)(RE)(SERVICES)  .

The Early Start Program gives students the opportunity to earn college credit in written communication and mathematics/ quantitative reasoning the summer before their first term.

Assessments and Placement for GE Written Communications Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea A2 English Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Test
    • 3 or above: AP Language and Composition
    • 3 or above: AP Composition and Literature
  • College Transfer Coursework
    • Completed approved college course that satisfies CSU GE Area A2 (written communication) with a grade of C- or better
Placement in a GE Subarea A2 English Course

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • English CAASPP/EAP Test:
    • Standard Exceeded
    • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better
  • *English New SAT Test:
    • 550 or above
    • 510 - 540 and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better English
  • ACT Test:
    • 22 or higher
    • 19-21 and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better
  • High School Courses and GPA:
    • Weighted GPA 3.3 or above
    • GPA 3.0 or above and completed approved 12 grade year-long English course (AP, CSU ERWC, Weighted Honors English)
    • GPA 3.0 or above and completed Honors English
    • GPA 3.0 or above and 5 or more years of high school English
Placement in a Supported GE Subarea A2 English Course

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • *English New SAT Test:
    • 510 - 540 and 4 or more years of high school English
  • ACT Test:
    • 19-21 and 4 or more years of high school English
  • High School Courses and GPA:
Placement in a Supported GE Subarea A2 English Course and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program. Visit the MCC-REG - California Resident Freshmen Early Start Program [UNDERGRAD](AA)(RE)(SERVICES)   page to learn about the program.

Assessments and Placement for GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: Non-Math Intensive Majors (Algebra and Statistics Disciplines, Non-STEM and Undecided Majors) Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Test:
    • 3 or above: Calculus AB
    • 3 or above on AP Calculus BC
    • 3 or above on AP Statistics
    • 3 or above on AP Computer Science Principles
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Test:
    • 4 or above on Math Higher Level (HL)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP):
    • 50 or above on: Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry
  • College Transfer Coursework:
    • Completed math/quantitative reasoning college course with a C- or better that satisfies CSU GE Area B4
Placement in a GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via one of the following criteria:

  • CAASPP/EAP Math Exam:
    • Standard Exceeded
    • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
    • Standard Met and 4 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
  • *New SAT Math Test:
    • 570 or above
    • 550 or above on Subject Test in Math Level 1 or 2
    • 520 - 560 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • ACT Math Test:
  • High School Courses and GPA:
    • Weighted math GPA 3.0 or above and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
    • Weighted math GPA 3.0 or above and 5 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
    • Weighted high school GPA 3.7 or above
    • Weighted high school GPA 3.5 or above and 4 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/ Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • High School GPA:
    • Weighted math GPA 3.3 or above
    • Weighted high school GPA 3.0 or above
Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/ Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program. Visit the MCC-REG - California Resident Freshmen Early Start Program [UNDERGRAD](AA)(RE)(SERVICES)   page to learn about the program.

Assessments and Placement for GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: Pre-STEM/STEM and Other Math- Intensive Majors Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Test:
    • 3 or above on AP Calculus AB
    • 3 or above on AP Calculus BC
    • 3 or above on AP Statistics
    • 3 or above on AP Computer Science Principles
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Test:
    • 4 or above on Math Higher Level (HL)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP):
    • 50 or above on: Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry
  • College Transfer Coursework:
    • Completed math/quantitative reasoning college course with a C- or better that satisfies CSU GE Area B4
Placement in a GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • CAASPP/EAP Math Exam:
    • Standard Exceeded
    • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • *New SAT Math Test:
    • 570 or above
    • 550 or above on Subject Test in Math Level 1 or 2
    • 520 - 560 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • ACT Math Test:
    • 23 or above
    • 20-22 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • High School Courses and GPA:
    • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or above and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a grade of C- or better
    • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or above and 5 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
    • Weighted high school GPA 3.7 or above
    • *SAT score conversion for scores prior to March 2016 (old SAT): https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-scoring-beforemarch-2016
Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/ Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via the criteria below:

  • High School Math GPA:
    • Weighted math GPA 3.3 or above
Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/ Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program. Visit the MCC-REG - California Resident Freshmen Early Start Program [UNDERGRAD](AA)(RE)(SERVICES)   page to learn about the program.

The goal of the Early Start Program (ESP) is to:

  • Better prepare students in written composition and mathematics/quantitative reasoning before the fall term of freshman year, improving students’ chances of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  • If required to participate in ESP, as determined by multiple measures, students will begin in the summer before the start of the freshman year.
  • For general information about ESP including fees and course listings, visit csustudentsuccess.org/earlystart. Students are encouraged to visit the campus website for ESP information once admitted.
  • Eligible financial aid applicants with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,000 or less will be eligible for waiver of the per unit ESP fee. For more information on assessments, placements and the Early Start Program, please visit www.csustudentsuccess.org

Conditional Admission of First-time Freshmen

Cal State East Bay may provisionally admit first-time freshman applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of high school and planned coursework for the senior year. The campus will monitor the final terms of study to ensure that admitted students complete their secondary school studies satisfactorily, including the required college preparatory subjects, and graduate from high school. Students are required to submit an official transcript after graduation to certify that all coursework has been satisfactorily completed. Official high school transcripts must be received prior to the deadline set by the university. In no case may documentation of high school graduation be received any later than the census date for a student’s first term of CSU enrollment. A campus may rescind admission decisions, cancel financial aid awards, withdraw housing contracts and cancel any university registration for students who are found to be ineligible after the final transcript has been evaluated.

Applicants will qualify for regular (non-provisional) admission when the university verifies that they have graduated and received a high school diploma, have earned a qualifiable minimum eligibility index, have completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory “a-g” subjects and, if applying to an impacted program or campus, have met all supplementary criteria.

The CSU uses only the ACT composite score, the mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores on the new SAT in its admission eligibility equation. The SAT or ACT writing scores are not currently used by CSU campuses.

Subject Requirements

The CSU requires that first-time freshman applicants complete, with grades of C- or better, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A “unit” is one year of study in high school.

  • 2 years of social science, including 1 year of U.S. history, or U.S. history and government;
  • 4 years of English;
  • 3 years of math (algebra, geometry and intermediate algebra; four years recommended);
  • 2 years of laboratory science (1 biological & 1 physical, both must have laboratory instruction);
  • 2 years in the same foreign language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence);
  • 1 year of visual and performing arts: art, dance, drama/theater or music;
  • 1 year of electives: selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science, history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts or other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU “a-g” list.

International Students as First-time Freshmen

Prospective students who received their preparatory education outside the U.S. must have completed the equivalent of 12 years of elementary and secondary schooling with the equivalent of a “B” average or higher. ACT or SAT test scores are not required of international students who completed their secondary schooling outside the U.S. 

International students who graduated from a U.S. high school must meet the same requirements as U.S. citizens.

Academic Records of International Students

Certificates, diplomas, mark sheets, transcripts, and test scores must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the International Admissions Office to be considered official. The International Admissions Office reserves the right to determine what constitutes an official document. Certified English translations must accompany all non-English original documents. Documents submitted are the property of Cal State East Bay and will not be returned.

Application Filing Periods & Deadlines for International Students

The University has established deadlines to ensure that all application materials will be processed in time to allow international students to make the necessary passport, visa, travel, and other arrangements to reach the campus before the start of the semester of admission. Current deadlines applicable to international student admission can be found on the University website or by contacting the International Admissions Office: iao@csueastbay.edu.

California Dream Act

California Dream Act and Application/AB540

The California Dream Act of 2011 allows students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive certain state and institutional financial assistance programs.

AB540 Requirements

To be eligible, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  • The student must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years AND
  • The student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the term. For example: the student must have passed the General Education Diploma (GED) or California High School Proficiency exam) AND
  • A student who is without lawful immigration status must file an AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form) with the university stating that he or she has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so. Complete and submit the affidavit to the Office of Admission.
Submit a Dream Application

To apply for the programs available under AB131 you will use the Dream Application. The Dream Application will collect basic personal and income information to determine student eligibility for funding under AB131.

Students will need to complete the Dream Application every year to determine continuing eligibility for state and institutional aid. Students should complete and submit to Cal State East Bay the AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form) in order to begin a review of your eligibility.

For more information about AB540, visit then AB540 Program website.

The Center for International Education

International Students should contact the Center for International Education (cie@csueastbay.edu) for information on matters affecting visa status, eligibility for employment, and any special academic requirements for international students.

Also see: International Education & Student Exchange Programs  for more information.

Undergraduate English Language Requirement

All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction, must present a Cal State East Bay minimum score or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Some majors may require a score higher than the campus minimum. Some majors and some campuses may require a higher score. A few campuses may also use alternative methods of assessing English fluency: Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP). Each campus will post the tests it accepts on its website and will notify students after they apply about the tests it accepts and when to submit scores.

CSU minimum TOEFL standards are:
  • Undergraduate: 61:  - INTERNET, 500 - PAPER
  • Graduate: 80: - INTERNET, 550 - PAPER
Cal State East Bay minimum standards for Undergraduate Students are:
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 525 (or 197 computer-based or 61 Internet-based) or above.
  • An overall IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or above.
  • Transferred from a U.S. college with 60 or more semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.4, and have completed a transfer course in each of the following general education areas with a grade of 2.0 or better: English composition, speech, critical thinking, and mathematics.

Note: All test scores must be sent directly from the testing institution. Cal State East Bay’s International Admission Office contacts are located at: http://www.csueastbay.edu/prospective/how-to-apply/international-student-admission.

F-1 and J-1 Visa Students

When admitted to Cal State East Bay, international students are expected to comply with all regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services pertaining to international students as well as those of the university.

F-1 and J-1 international students should contact the Center for International Education (cie@csueastbay.edu) for information on matters affecting visa status, eligibility for employment, and any special academic requirements for international students.

Financial Certification Prior to Admission

Prospective International Students

International students who wish to apply for a student visa must demonstrate financial support before a letter of admission or an “I-20” or “DS-2019” form will be issued. The following forms must be submitted:

  1. I-20 Letter of Consent,
  2. Declaration of Finances, and
  3. Health Insurance Compliance.

These forms can be downloaded from the international students admissions page.

International (Foreign) Student Admission Requirements

General Requirements for All International Applicants

The CSU must assess the academic preparation of foreign students. For this purpose, “foreign students” include those who hold U.S. temporary visas as students, exchange visitors or in other nonimmigrant classifications.

The CSU uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of foreign students. Verification of English proficiency (see MCC-UDEAN-IAO - Undergraduate English Language Requirement (A&A18)(RE&T5) ), financial resources, and academic performance are each important considerations for admission. Each applicant must have a declared educational objective (major) when the application is filed. Academic records from foreign institutions must be on file before the start of the semester of admission and, if not in English, must be accompanied by certified English translations.

Priority in admission is given to residents of California for majors that are impacted or for programs with limited openings.

International Admission Office

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All matters pertaining to the admission of international students are handled by the International Admissions Office. Students from other countries should consult with the International Admissions Office regarding visas, eligibility for employment, and any special academic requirements.

The CSU must assess the academic preparation of international students. For this purpose, “international students” include those who hold U.S. temporary visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other non-immigrant classifications. Cal State East Bay uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of “foreign students”. Verification of English proficiency (see below), financial resources, and academic performance are each important considerations for admission.

Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree obtained from a recognized university. Applicants must also have the equivalent of a 2.50 grade point average, or higher, in their last two years of college-level courses.

Transferable Units through the CSU International Program

A student may also apply units earned through the CSU International Programs that meet the criteria outlined in the lower-division and upper-division transfer requirements in this chapter. If a student also wishes to apply transfer credits to their degree, the total of the transfer and International Program units may not exceed one-half of those required for the degree. If a student completes their capstone experience (thesis, project, or comprehensive examination) while in the International Programs, this must be done under the supervision of at least one Cal State East Bay faculty member.

Also see the Center for International Education for more information.

California Community Colleges GE Certification

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California Community Colleges and other authorized certifying institutions can certify up to 39 semester (60 quarter) units of General Education-Breadth (GE) or 39 semester (60 quarter) units of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for transfer students to fulfill lower-division general education requirements for any CSU campus prior to transfer.

“Certification” is the official notification from a California Community College or authorized institution that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division general education requirements. The CSU GE and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification course lists for particular community colleges can be accessed at www.assist.org.

CSU campuses may enter into course-to-course or program-to-program articulation agreements with other CSU campuses and any or all of the California Community Colleges, and other regionally accredited institutions. Established CSU and CCC articulations may be found on www.assist.org. Students can apply no more than 70 semester units to a CSU campus from an institution which does not offer bachelor’s degrees or their equivalents, for example, community colleges.

If a transfer student completes the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) and it is certified as being complete by their community college, they have satisfied the entire 39 semester unit lower division GE program and have only the three courses, 9 semester units, of the upper division GE program to complete.

Note: Even though a student’s certification from a California Community College (CSU GE pattern for CSU Intersegmental General Education Transfer Education Transfer Curriculum-IGETC) or another CSU campus may show more than the maximum number of certifiable units, they must still complete a minimum of 9 upper-division residence GE semester units at Cal State East Bay or another CSU.

If the student’s catalog rights for graduation are governed by this catalog, they must complete the following:

  • Area B6, an upper-division Science Inquiry or Quantitative Reasoning course of at least 3 units selected from the Area B6 list;
  • Area C4, an upper-division Arts or Humanities course of at least 3 units selected from the Area C4 list;
  • Area D4, an upper-division Social Science course of at least 3 units selected from the Area D4 list;
  • The Overlay requirements may be satisfied simultaneously with lower- or upper-division Area GE requirements, courses in the student’s major, or as an elective course selected from Cal State East Bay’s Overlays list. This requirement can also be satisfied by lower-division GE transfer courses that meet the CSUEB criteria; and
  • The Second Composition requirement for transfer students, is satisfied with ENGL 200 (College Writing II), another approved second composition course, or an equivalent transfer course. Students who satisfy GE Area A3, Critical Thinking, using a course on the IGETC Critical Thinking list can also use that course to satisfy the Cal State East Bay Second Composition requirement.

Under certain circumstances, a student may be covered by different catalogs for their GE and major requirements. Please see an advisor for more information.

Students whose catalog rights for graduation fall under an earlier catalog should check the GE requirements for that catalog.

Students must complete at least 30 semester (45 quarter) units of GE including GE Areas A (English Language Communication and Critical Thinking) and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning) before transferring as a junior.

Conditional Admission for Transfer Students

Cal State East Bay may conditionally admit transfer applicants based on their academic preparation and courses planned for completion. The campus will monitor the final terms to ensure that those admitted complete all required courses satisfactorily. All accepted applicants are required to submit an official transcript of all college-level work completed. Campuses may rescind admission for any student who is found to be ineligible after the final transcript has been evaluated. In no case may such documents be received and validated by the university any later than a student’s registration for their second term of CSU enrollment.

Note: Transcripts with all final grades posted must be received by the transcript deadline.

Credit for Accredited Community College Courses

Link to the Academic Advising and Career Education website.Cal State East Bay and California Community Colleges have articulation agreements regarding course equivalencies. Students who are planning to transfer to Cal State East Bay should consult with their community college counselors as to whether or not particular courses meet CSU specific requirements. Academic Advising and Career Education (AACE) advisors, located on the second floor of the Student Services and Administration Building, are available to discuss and explain students’ transfer evaluations or the Degree Audit Report on MyCSUEB. An official evaluation or an update of a prior evaluation is available by appointment. (Also see the Student Services  chapter in this catalog for additional information.)

Credits earned at accredited community colleges will be evaluated by the Office of Admission in accordance with the following provisions:

  1. No more than 70 semester (105 quarter) units of credit may be allowed for community college work; community college credit earned after the student has earned 70 semester units at one or more community colleges will be used in determining grade point averages and may be used to satisfy subject requirements, but may not be applied toward the total units required for the bachelor’s degree.
  2. No credit may be allowed for professional courses in education taken in a community college, other than an introduction to education course.
  3. Certification of part or all of the lower division General Education-Breadth Requirements completed may be submitted by the California Community College from which the student is transferring. Students should request a General Education (GE) certification at the time they request a transcript to be sent to Cal State East Bay. Nine upper division GE semester units must be completed at Cal State East Bay.
  4. Certification of the completion of the Cal State East Bay requirements in U.S. History and Institutions will also be accepted from a community college.

Credit for Continuing Education Work

Students may count a maximum of 24 semester (36 quarter) units of extension credit toward a baccalaureate degree at Cal State East Bay. Any such units not earned at Cal State East Bay must be earned in courses deemed acceptable for Cal State East Bay degrees and course units must come from accredited institutions that accept the units toward their own degrees.

No extension credit may be applied toward the residency requirement for undergraduates or graduates. Courses taken in Cal State East Bay Special Sessions programs, e.g., summer session courses, may be applied toward residency. All transferable extension will be used for determination of the undergraduate grade point average.

Credit for Other Collegiate Work

Students who have taken coursework at another institution while in continuing student status at Cal State East Bay must request an official transcript be sent to the Office of the Registrar. Credit from institutions not regionally accredited will not be used in determining admission eligibility, nor will it normally be used to meet graduation requirements.

Transfer Policies of CSU Campuses

Most commonly, college-level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency are accepted for transfer to campuses of the CSU; however, authority for decisions regarding the transfer of undergraduate credits is delegated to each CSU campus.

California Community Colleges and other authorized certifying institutions can certify up to 39 semester (58.5 quarter) units of General Education-Breadth (GE-Breadth) or 37 semester (55.5 quarter) units of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for transfer students to fulfill lower-division general education requirements for any CSU campus prior to transfer.

“Certification” is the official notification from a California Community College or authorized institution that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division general education requirements. The CSU GE-Breadth and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification course lists for particular community colleges can be accessed at: www.assist.org.

CSU campuses may enter into course-to-course or program-to-program articulation agreements with other CSU campuses, any or all of the California community colleges and other regionally accredited institutions. Established CSU and CCC articulations may be found on www.assist.org. Students may be permitted to transfer no more than 70 semester (105 quarter) units to a CSU campus from an institution which does not offer bachelor’s degrees or their equivalents, for example, community colleges. Given the university’s 30-semester (45-quarter) unit residency requirement, no more than a total of 90 semester (135 quarter) units may be transferred into the university from all sources.

Transfer Credit Information

New undergraduate transfer students can view their preliminary degree audit in MyCSUEB after they are admitted to the University and have submitted all required transcripts.  A complete evaluation of transfer courses applying to general education will be completed by the Office of Admission, and students will be notified by Horizon e-mail when this has been completed. Requirements specific to a student’s chosen major will be reviewed by the respective department. Students should check their degree audit regularly so they are aware of remaining graduation requirements, and discuss any discrepancies with an academic or major advisor. 

Transfer of University-level Work from Outside the U.S.

Transfer students with university-level work earned outside the U.S. will be accepted if the overall grade point average of that work is equivalent to the stated minimum grade point average requirements for admission. Transfer credit for university-level course work earned outside of the U.S. will be awarded after a course-by-course evaluation by the International Admissions Office.

Transfer Requirements

Applicants who have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (fewer than 90 quarter units) are considered lower-division transfer students. Applicants who have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 or more quarter units) are considered upper-division transfer students. Applicants who complete college units during high school or through the summer immediately following high school graduation are considered first-time freshmen and must meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements for first-time freshman admission. Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses and accepted as such by the campus to which the applicant seeks admission.

Lower-Division Transfer Requirements

Due to increased enrollment demands, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfer applicants.

An applicant who completes fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) units of college credit is considered a lower-division transfer student. Due to enrollment pressures, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfers so that more upper-division transfers can be accommodated.

Having fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) units at the point of transfer may affect eligibility for registration priority at CSU campuses and may affect the student’s financial aid status.

California resident transfer applicants with fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units must:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better in all transferable units attempted;
  • Have completed, with a grade of C- or better, a course in written communication and a course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning at a level satisfying CSU General Education Breadth Area A2 and B4 requirements, respectively;
  • Be in good standing at the last institution attended; and
  • Meet any one of the following eligibility standards.
Transfer Based on Current Admission Criteria

The applicant meets the freshman admission requirements in effect for the term for which the application is filed; - OR -

Transfer Based on High School Eligibility

The applicant was eligible as a freshman at the time of high school graduation and has been in continuous attendance in an accredited college since high school graduation; - OR -

Transfer Based on Making Up Missing Subjects

The applicant had a qualifiable eligibility index at the time of high school graduation (combination of GPA and test scores if needed), has made up any missing college preparatory subject requirements with a grade of C- or better, and has been in continuous attendance in an accredited college since high school graduation.

One baccalaureate-level course of at least 3 semester (4 quarter) units is usually considered equivalent to one year of high school study.

Note: Some campuses may require lower-division transfer students to complete specific college coursework, for example the four basic skill courses, as part of their admission criteria. Please consult with the CSU campus admission office to which you are applying for further information about alternative ways to satisfy the subject requirements.

Upper-Division Transfer Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for upper-division transfer admission if they meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all transferable units attempted;
  2. In good standing at the last college or university attended; and
  3. Completed at least sixty (60) transferable semester (90 quarter) units of college level coursework with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a grade of C- or better in each course used to meet the CSU general education requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning, e.g. mathematics.

The 60 units must include at least 30 units of courses that meet CSU general education requirements, including all of the general education requirements in communication in the English language (both oral and written) and critical thinking and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester units) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T)

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees offered at the California Community Colleges (CCC) are designed to provide a California community college student the optimum transfer preparation and a clear admission pathway to the CSU degree majors.

CCC students who earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission with junior standing to a CSU and given priority admission over other transfer applicants when applying to a local CSU campus or non-impacted CSU program. AA-T or AS-T admission applicants are given limited priority consideration based on their eligibility ranking to an impacted campus/program or to campuses/programs that have been deemed similar to the degree completed at the community college. Students who have completed an AA-T/AS-T in a program deemed similar to a CSU major are able to complete remaining requirements for graduation within 60 semester (90 quarter) units. It is the responsibility of the student who has earned an AA-T/AS-T to provide documentation of the degree to the CSU campus.

Note: CCC students may be eligible for the California Promise program (see the section in the Registration & Enrollment  Chapter for additional information).

California Promise at Cal State East Bay

The California Promise is a program established through California Senate Bill 412 to facilitate graduation for transfer students who have completed an Associate Degree for Transfer. The California Promise program is open to California residents for purposes of in-state tuition eligibility. 

Eligibility

Beginning Fall Semester, 2018, students eligible to join the California Promise Program must be:

  • incoming transfers with an Associate Degree for Transfer relevant to their admitted major, and
  • participants must be California residents for purposes of in-state tuition eligibility.
Program Requirements

Once enrolled in the California Promise program, students must sign a pledge which states they will satisfy the requirements for continued enrollment in the Program.

  • Successfully complete 30 units towards the degree every academic year (including Winter and/or Summer Sessions).
  • Complete the degree program within two years for transfer students, beginning with the first term of enrollment.
  • Maintain good academic standing, including a CSUEB GPA of 2.0 or above.
  • Complete all required courses on the first attempt with the minimum grade requirements for the major.
  • Complete a California Promise advising workshop and associated workshop requirements.
  • Remain in the admitted major. (Students who change majors must receive approval from the California Promise advisor in the college of the new major, verifying that the change of major will allow the student to graduate in two years from their first term of enrollment as a transfer student.)
  • Register for classes during the assigned California Promise priority registration window (within the first 24 hours of the registration appointment) and pay fees by the required deadlines.
Benefits of participating in the California Promise Program
  • Advising specific to graduating in two years
  • Early registration time
  • On-time completion of the degree can save the student money.
Applying to Cal State East Bay’s California Promise Program

         Eligible incoming students (California residents admitted as a transfer with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer degree relevant to their admitted major) will receive an email in their horizon email account about two     weeks into the semester. The email will have information about California Promise as well instructions to pledge to this exciting, new program and enjoy its many benefits. 

Questions

For questions not addressed here, please contact the California Promise Advisor at: californiapromise@csueastbay.edu

Transfer Student Provisions

In general, degree requirements are the same, but special provisions safeguard the programs taken by students at California Community Colleges and other CSU campuses. For transfer students, the following provisions apply.

  1. If a transfer student completes GE courses approved for transfer to the CSU and they are certified by the student’s California Community College and/or CSU campus, Cal State East Bay will accept them to meet the requirements for which they are certified. According to the Code, CSU cannot accept more than 39 semester units (or 60 quarter units).
  2. If a transfer student completes any part or all of the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement at a California Community College or other CSU campus and it is certified, Cal State East Bay will accept that certification for completion for all, or part of, the requirement. Contact the corresponding academic department (e.g., History) with any questions about this requirement.
  3. Cal State East Bay has articulation agreements for all of its majors with all California Community Colleges. These may be viewed online at: http://www.assist.org.
  4. Cal State East Bay also maintains pre-approved transfer courses from multiple private and out-of-state colleges. They may be viewed online at: Transfer Evaluation System.
  5. If a transfer student successfully completed a course at another university or college that is not approved for a specific GE or graduation requirement but believes it meets the criteria for that requirement, they may request a petition for approval of the course to meet that requirement. 

a.In the case of General Education, Overlay, or 2nd Composition, they should discuss it with their advisor, a GE advisor in the Academic Advising and Career Education Office, or the GE Office. If the advisor agrees, the advisor will submit the petition for review. After action on the request for an exception, an e-mail to the student’s Horizon account will notify them of the decision. 

                      b. In the case of American Institutions requirement, the student must go to the department appropriate to the course and review the request with the department chair.  If the chairperson agrees, they will approve  the course and request a change on the student’s degree audit.

6. The graduation writing proficiency requirement is mandatory on all CSU campuses. Cal State East Bay will accept certification of the graduation writing proficiency requirement from any CSU campus. However, written documentation must be provided certifying that the entire requirement was satisfied at the other campus where the student was enrolled as a matriculated student. “Matriculation” means regularly enrolled after being admitted to a university.  A student cannot, for example, take a writing proficiency test at another campus to meet the University Writing Skills Requirement at Cal State East Bay while they are matriculated at Cal State East Bay.

Note: Although students can complete a sizable portion of their graduation requirements at other colleges and universities, they should not forget the residence requirements previously listed. These must be satisfied while matriculated and enrolled at Cal State East Bay.