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CSU East Bay: Admissions

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:John Pliska,
Executive Director of Admissions​​
Contacting the office:510 885-2784
510 885-4059 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?yes
Priority filing date for fall:November 30
Final filing date for fall:April 1
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:yes
Percent of freshmen who enter in terms other than fall:10%
Application Fee:$55
Can the application fee be waived?yes
Are refunds available on the application fee?no
Is the Common Application form accepted?no
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:no
Admissions Requirements:Minimum grade of "C" in listed secondary school units required; minimum eligibility index of 2900 for SAT Reasoning (694 for ACT) required of in-state applicants; minimum eligibility index of 3502 for SAT Reasoning (842 for ACT) required of out-of-state applicants.
High school graduation is:required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:required
Campus visit is:recommended
Interview is:neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview:not available
Standardized test requirements:SAT or ACT required, SAT Subject Test not used
School's test preference:no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:placement
Dates test scores should be received:March 1 for SAT/ACT, March 1 for SAT Subject Test
High School units required or recommended: English: 4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign Language:2 required, 2 recommended
History:2 required, 2 recommended
Lab:2 required, 2 recommended
Math:3 required, 4 recommended
Science:2 required, 2 recommended
Academic Electives:1 required, 1 recommended
Other:1 required, 1 recommended
Total:15 required, 16 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Supplemental admission criteria for business and nursing program applicants.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:EOP
School has formalized early decision program:no
School has early action program:no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:no

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic Criteria:
  • secondary school very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic Criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence considered
  • state residency considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind:yes
Average secondary school GPA:3.1
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:95%
Average SAT:447 verbal, 454 math, 446 writing, 1347 combined
Combined SAT middle 50% range:1190 - 1490
Average ACT:18 English, 19 math, 19 composite
ACT writing middle 50% range:6-8
Combined ACT middle 50% range:16 - 21
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores:91%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score:36%

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of Admission:on a rolling basis
Acceptance of Admission:Must accept by May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received:14,776
Number of applicants offered admission:1​0,938 (74%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:1,787 (16%)
School has a waiting list policy:no
Percent of freshmen who came from public schools:95%
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state:2%
Tuition deposit amount:nonrefundable
Room deposit amount:$800, partially refundable
Admission may be deferred:no

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