California State University, East Bay

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Coordinates: 37°39′25″N 122°03′28″W / 37.65694°N 122.05778°W / 37.65694; -122.05778

California State University,
East Bay
Former names
State College for Alameda County (1957–61)
Alameda County State College (1961–63)
California State College at Hayward (1963–72)
California State University, Hayward (1972–2005)
Per Aspera Ad Astra
Motto in English
Through Adversity to the Stars
TypePublic University
Established1957; 64 years ago (1957)
Academic affiliations
California State University
Endowment$16.9 million (2020)[1]
PresidentCathy Sandeen[2]
ProvostKimberly Greer (interim)
Academic staff
Students14,641 (Fall 2020)[3]
Undergraduates12,462 (Fall 2020)[3]
Postgraduates2,179 (Fall 2020)[3]
Hayward (main campus), Concord, and Oakland
, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 200 acres (81 ha)[4]
ColorsRed and black[5]
Sporting affiliations
CSUEB wordmark.svg
CSUEB student housing district, facing east, showing both old and new facilities

California State University, East Bay (Cal State East Bay, CSU East Bay, or CSUEB) is a public university in Hayward, California. The university is part of the 23-campus California State University system and offers 136 undergraduate and 60 post-baccalaureate areas of study. Founded in 1957, California State University, East Bay has a student body of almost 15,000. In fall 2018, it had 877 faculty, of whom 339 (or 39%) were on the tenure track.[6] The university's largest and oldest college campus is located in Hayward, with additional campus-sites in the nearby cities of Oakland and Concord.

With multiple campuses across the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the school changed its name from California State University, Hayward to its present name in 2005.[7]


The university was established as State College for Alameda County (Alameda State College), with its primary mission to serve the higher education needs of both Alameda County and Contra Costa County. Its construction was part of the California Master Plan for Higher Education as proposed by Clark Kerr and the original site for the school was Pleasanton, California. The campus was moved to Hayward before plans were finalized due to the efforts of State Assembly member Carlos Bee and other boosters from the Hayward community, including S.E. Bond Jr, and E. Guy Warren, namesake of Warren Hall.[8] At the time of its opening in 1959, classes were first held on the campus of Sunset High School and then Hayward High School. With the addition of the school, higher education in the San Francisco Bay Area became more accessible. To the south was San Jose State College (now San Jose State University) serving the South Bay counties. To the west was San Francisco State College (now San Francisco State University) serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. To the north is Sonoma State University, serving Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties. Chabot College, a part of the California Community College system, opened nearby in Hayward in 1961.

The university has undergone numerous transitions in its history, making name changes accordingly. In 1961, the school was moved to its present location in the Hayward Hills and renamed Alameda County State College. In 1963, the name was changed to California State College at Hayward. The school was granted university status in 1972, changing its name to California State University, Hayward. In 2005, the university implemented a new, broader mission to serve the eastern San Francisco Bay Area and adopted the name California State University, East Bay. The proposal to rename the campus to California State University, East Bay was approved by the California State University Board of Trustees on January 26, 2005.[9]


Cathy A. Sandeen was appointed president of CSU East Bay in October 2020. She previously served as chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Prior to her time at UAA, Sandeen served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension from 2014 to 2018. In that role, she served as leader and chief administrator and was responsible for the academic, financial and administrative activities of two statewide higher education institutions.[10]

  • Fred F. Harcleroad (1959–1967)
  • Ellis E. McCune (1967–1990)
  • Norma S. Rees (1990–2006)
  • Mohammad Qayoumi (2006–2011)
  • Leroy M. Morishita (2011–2020)
  • Cathy A. Sandeen (2021–present)


Hayward, East Bay hills, and the San Francisco Bay, overlooking California State University, East Bay and the iconic (now demolished) Warren Hall

California State University, East Bay's main campus is located in Hayward, California. It is situated on a plateau east of the Hayward fault overlooking the southeast part of the city.[11] CSUEB also has a campus in Concord, California in Contra Costa County, and a professional development center in Oakland. Continuing education programs are available at all three locations.

For 40 years, Warren Hall was CSUEB's signature building; the building was visible from cities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and served as a landmark for Hayward and the surrounding Eastern San Francisco Bay Area. Warren Hall was rated the least earthquake-safe building in the California State University system by the CSU Seismic Review Board. In January 2013 the CSU Board of Trustees authorized $50 million to demolish the former administrative building and replace it with a new structure. Warren Hall was demolished by implosion on August 17, 2013. Construction for the new 67,000 square foot-building began in November 2013,[12] and doors opened in December 2015 on the completed structure.[13][14]

California State University, East Bay is also known for its Solar Energy Project. Solar panels were installed on four campus rooftops and are used to generate supplemental power during peak periods and is one of the largest photovoltaic systems in Northern California. Since its completion in 2004 the university has received recognition on a regional and national level for the project; those include:

  • A $3.4 million rebate from PG&E, the largest rebate issued to date for solar power installation.
  • The 2004 Business Environmental Achievement Award from the Hayward City Council.
  • The 2004 Green Power Leadership Award at the National Green Power Marketing Conference.
  • A 2005 Exceptional Project Award from the Western Council of Construction Consumers.

On April 8, 2010, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a fuel cell project of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) allowing Cal State East Bay's Hayward campus to become one of the first college campuses in Northern California to have a fuel cell. Once installed, the waste heat generated by the fuel cell will be converted into hot water to be used in campus buildings.[15]

Since 2004, the Pioneer Amphitheatre on campus has been home of the KBLX Stone Soul Picnic, a day-long festival of R&B, soul and Urban Adult Contemporary music. Featured performers have included Ronald Isley, The Whispers, Teena Marie, Rick James, and The O'Jays. California State University, East Bay's Associated Student Incorporated also hosts concerts with artists like Lupe Fiasco and Goapele.

In 2005, Cal State East Bay began to build three new facilities: the Wayne and Gladys Valley Business and Technology Center (VBT), the Pioneer Heights student housing expansion and the University Union annex. The 67,000-square-foot (6,200 m2) VBT center was dedicated on in February 2007, making it the first new academic building on the Hayward Campus in more than 30 years. The building houses programs in business, technology management, engineering, multimedia, science, and online degree programs.[16] An expansion to Pioneer Heights was dedicated in fall 2008. Student housing was able to accommodate more than 450 new residents and offer a 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) dining commons. An annex to the existing University Union opened in January 2007.[17]

Construction continued with the anticipated dedication of the new Student Services and Administration building in summer 2010[18] and the Recreation and Wellness Center in fall 2010.[19]

The campus is home to the C. E. Smith Museum of Anthropology, created in 1975. The museum, open to the public, has rotating exhibits, and archives including records of 18 Bay Area archaeological sites.[20][21][22]


Fall Freshman Statistics[23][24][25][26][27][28]

2013 2012 2011 2010
Freshman Applicants 13,056 14,126 12,752 10,778 9,980
Admits 9,636 8,760 3,840 2,184
% Admitted 68.2 68.7 35.6 21.8
Enrolled 1,511 1,572 1,225 1,211
GPA 3.10 3.08 3.04 3.11
ACT Average 19 19 19
SAT Composite 921 912 922
*SAT out of 1600

The university is best known for its College of Business and Economics; a strong Education Department, where a large percentage of California teachers receive their certification; and the thriving Music Department where the California State University, East Bay Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dave Eshelman (retired June 2007), holds annual performances in Yoshi's at Jack London Square in Oakland and frequently tours Europe and parts of South America. The Biotechnology Program developed at California State University, East Bay affords the university a status as the center of research and development in the Life sciences, Bioinformatics and technologies for the Eastern San Francisco Bay Area.

California State University, East Bay also participates in the Internet2 project, a collaboration led by over 200 U.S. universities, private industries, and governments to develop advanced network technologies for research and higher education in the 21st century.

California State University, East Bay offers 52 undergraduate degree programs and 39 Master's degree programs in addition to its teacher education program.[29] The university also has a doctoral program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) held in cooperation with the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State University and San José State University. The most popular undergraduate majors are: Business, Psychology, Liberal Studies, Biological Sciences, Pre-Nursing, Human Development, Health Sciences, Criminal Justice, Communication, and Computer Science.[29]

The five most popular majors for 2019 graduates.[30]

The academic departments of the university are organized into four colleges. Two of these are Liberal Arts colleges,

  • College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS)
  • College of Science

and two of these are vocational colleges:

  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Education and Allied Studies (CEAS)

First year students are put into Freshman Learning Communities which help students to:[31]

  • earn higher GPAs
  • develop superior writing and communication skills
  • graduate reliably in four years.


Student life[edit]

Fall All levels, freshman through graduate
*Demographics of student body 2020 [37] 2018 [38]
Hispanic/Latino Americans 35% Null
Mexican American/Chicano Null 24.8%
Other Latino American Null 7.9%
White 16% 15.6%
Asian American 22% 14.1%
Filipino American Null 7.8%
Pacific Islander 1% 0.9%
Black 9% 10.0%
Native American/American Indian 0% 0.2%
Multiracial Americans 5% 15.6%
International/Non-resident alien 8% 8.3%
Unknown 4% 5.6%
Woman 61% Null
Men 39% Null

The university's Department of Communications publishes a weekly newspaper called The Pioneer, its name referring to the school mascot, Pioneer Pete. The paper is staffed by faculty and students.[39] East Bay is a diverse state university as indicated by the annual headcount report. As of fall 2018 CSU East Bay has the largest enrollment percentage of Filipino Americans, the second largest enrollment percentage of Pacific Islanders, African Americans and non-residents in the Cal State system.[38]

Associated Students Incorporated[edit]

Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) is a student-run and student-owned organization that represents the student body at California State University, East Bay. Elected by the California State University, East Bay student body, the 15-member ASI Board of Directors is the governing body of Associated Students, Inc. The Board makes policy and oversees the fiscal responsibility of ASI. Additionally, the Board assists the university in planning, implementing, and evaluating campus programs, events, and curriculum. ASI currently has four departments: ASI Presents, ASI Business Office, Student Government, and the Early Childhood Education Center. In 2007 the university administration did not allow ASI to hold a student referendum on increasing student fees to fund a recreation and wellness center. It substituted 'alternative consultation'. In 2008, the administration again did not allow ASI to hold a referendum on increasing student fees to fund athletic scholarship for a move to Division II sports. Again, it substituted 'alternative consultation'.[40]


A CSUEB soccer player attempting to take the ball from a University of California, San Diego (UCSD) attacker

California State University, East Bay is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level.[41] The Pioneers compete within the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in 15 sports and the Western Water Polo Association for water polo. The university offers six men's sports: soccer, baseball, basketball, golf, cross country, and Track; as well as nine women's sports, including: soccer, softball, basketball, golf, swimming, volleyball, water polo, cross country, and track.[42] The NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship of Effective Division I sportm is open to members of all three NCAA divisions and Only East Bay and CSU Monterey Bay from the CCAA participate in the Western Water Polo Association.[43]

In 1988 the women's soccer team won the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championship. The Pioneers of CSU East Bay has earned 2 NCAA team championships at the Division II level.[44]


The mascot of the university is the Pioneer. At the inception of the athletic program in 1961 the student body chose an astronaut as the mascot. In the years since, the mascot took a more terrestrial image; first as a frontiersman with a coonskin cap and then as a cowboy named Pioneer Pete. In October 2018, the Pioneer Pete image was retired, although the university retains the concept of students being "Pioneers".[citation needed]

Greek letter organizations[edit]

Notable people[edit]


Among the more than 130,000 CSUEB alumni are:[29]



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