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California State University - East Bay 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Hitaishi Bhatia Hitaishi Bhatia
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California State University, East Bay has a rolling admissions policy. In the Fall intake of 2018, a total of 16,131 students applied from which 12,836 undergraduate and 2,792 graduate students enrolled into the institute with an acceptance rate of 72%. First time students, who enrolled into a program at this renowned university of the US Education System, submitted either the SAT scores or ACT scores, which were distributed in the following manner- 91% students submitted SAT and 32% submitted ACT. The total undergraduate transfer-in enrollment is 2,359.

California State University offers several programs that include more than 49 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs and 60 graduate certificate programs in Art and Design, Marketing, Education, Nursing, Business and Healthcare. Public Administration, Management, Healthcare, Social Sciences, Psychology and Public Administration are a few of the popular programs at CSU EB.

To apply to California State University, students must keep the following points in mind-

  • The applications for admission are available for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms.
  • International freshmen, transfer and graduate students can all apply through the online portal – Calstate Online Application Portal.
  • Students must upload all documents through the MyCUSEB Online Platform or posted through courier to the International Admissions Office.
  • International students are eligible for the Pioneer Scholarships, whose application duration is from October 1 to Jan 31. This is a merit based program where more than 100 institutional scholarship opportunities are available to students. Students will have to write an essay titled My Story.

COVID-19 Admission Updates

  • The University has extended its fall semester deadline to June in place of May because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • All classes of Summer and Fall Semesters will be taken in online mode due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • The summer session deadlines are not available as the classes have begun from June 1 2020. Transfer students have deadlines from October to May as well for the Fall Semester
  • All exams for now shall be conducted online until situation seems to be under control.


Application PortalCalstate Apply Online Application Portal
Application Fee (non-refundable)70 USD
Acceptance Rate72%
Average SAT Score890-1090
Average ACT Score16-20
Mode of PaymentAmerican Express/MasterCard/Discover/Visa
Academic CalendarTerm based
Intake SeasonsSpring, Fall, Winter, and Summer(for limited programs)
Work ExperienceRequired for MBA, Art and Design
Financial AidMerit Based Scholarships

Application deadlines

California State University has a rolling admissions policy and enrolls for the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter sessions. To apply, students must make an application at the earliest. The deadlines for each semester have been given in the table below:

Undergraduate applicants
SpringAugust 1 -August 31
FallOctober 1 –November 30
WinterJune 1 – June 30
Graduate applicants
SpringAugust 1 - August 31
FallOctober 1 -May 1
WinterOctober 1- November 1

Some deadlines for graduate programs may vary, such as the MS Computer Science has its deadline on May 1 and MSW Social Work has its deadline on December 16.

International Student Admissions

California State University accepts international students who apply in time and have the prescribed TOEFL/IELTS scores and a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 or above on 4.0 scale and undergraduate GPA of 2.5 for graduate programs. Submission of SAT and ACT is needed. International undergraduate and graduate students must apply online and can submit unofficial scanned documents to the International Office of Admission of California State University, directly. Official documents must be submitted to the International Office of Admissions later after admission.

The application portals and deadline duration is the same for international undergraduate and graduate students due to the rolling admissions format, except for a few graduate programs. International students must fulfill the admission criteria by submitting official transcripts, English Proficiency test score, F-1 visa, I-20 form, financial sustenance proof and application fee. Students must apply in the following way:

Application portal: All applications must be made through the Calstate Apply Online Application Portal.

Application fee: Students have to pay a non-refundable fee of 70 USD.

Basic Admission Requirements: California University admissions require international students to fulfill the following criteria-

  • Completed application form
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts in English
  • TOEFL/IELTS English Proficiency Score
  • SAT/ACT score
  • Health Insurance Compliance Form
  • I-20 Consent form
  • Certified Copy of Financial Support
  • Students must make an application for the F-1 visa after receiving I-20.
  • Copy of the biographical page of the Passport.

Additional graduate requirements are as follows-

  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • GRE/MAT/GMAT scores
  • Essays or Personal Statements
  • F-1 student visa

International students can send documents to the International Admissions Office on the following address-

International Admissions Office, SF-102

Cal State East Bay

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.

Hayward, CA 94542

English Proficiency Test Scores

International students from countries whose native language is not English are advised to submit proof of English proficiency by taking either the IELTS or TOEFL test. The accepted scores are given in the table below-

Test UndergraduateMinimum Required Score for UndergraduatesMinimum Required Score for Graduates*

* Students applying to Masters of Science degree in Economics need a 7 on IELTS and 92 on TOEFL.

Students can get a waiver of this requirement if they fulfill any of the following conditions:

1) Students with an official letter from their institutions stating that English was the language of instruction can get TOEFL and IELTS waiver.

2) Students belong to a country where the native language is English.

3) Student has transferred from a U.S. college with 60 or more units with GPA of 2.0 or completed a course in general education with grade ‘C’ or better in English composition, speech, critical thinking, and mathematics.

Visa Process for International Students

Students who wish to join California State University must have an F-1 student visa to study in the USA. The visa application must be made at a local consulate or embassy of the U.S. situated in the home country of a student, after admission has been confirmed by the university and the I-20 has been granted. Before going to make an application, students must pay the SEVIS fee of 350 USD, for the F-1 visa that is mandatory for studying in the U.S. Students must then fill and submit the I-20 form to access the visa. The documents to be submitted are as follows:

  • DS-160 non-immigration form and barcode page
  • Valid passport with 6 months validity
  • Signed I-20 form
  • CSU EB Admission Letter
  • SEVIS fee receipt
  • Receipt of visa application fee
  • Financial sustenance proof
  • Academic transcripts
  • Standardized exams score required to study in U.S.
  • Proof of enrollment
  • Transcripts
  • Immunization form
  • Health insurance plan
  • Proof to show intention to leave U.S. after completion of studies.

An interview appointment with the nearest embassy/ consulate must be scheduled as the final step for acquiring a visa.

California State University East Bay Undergraduate Admissions

California State University East Bay offers more than 49 undergraduate degrees in Hospitality and Tourism, Science, Languages, Business, Social Science, Nursing and Healthcare. Some of the popular undergraduate programs are Business Administration, Healthcare, Psychology, Social Services etc. To apply, students must note the following-

Where to apply: Application must be made through the Calstate Apply Online Application Portal.

Application fee: 70 USD

Admission Requirements: The general requirements for the program is as follows-

  • High School Transcript (To make application students must have at least a 3.0 GPA)
  • English Proficiency Scores
  • SAT/ACT scores

California State University East Bay Graduate Admissions

California State University offers over 30 graduate degrees and more than 60 graduate certificate programs in MBA, Public Administration, Social Work, Arts and Science for applicants seeking to study in the USA. MBA, MSW Social Work, Art are a few of the most popular graduate programs at the California State University. Graduate program applicants must demonstrate minimum 2.5 GPA on 4.0 in the undergraduate degree.

To apply, students must take note of the following:

Admission Requirements: The general requirements for the graduate programs are as follows-

  • Original Bachelor's degree
  • English Proficiency Score
  • Official Academic transcripts
  • GMAT/GRE scores

The table below highlights a few of the master's programs and the requirements-

RequirementsMBA Global Innovators ConcentrationMSW Social Work with Children , Youth and Families ConcentrationMS Computer Science with Computer Networks ConcentrationMPA Public Administration in Public Management and Policy Analysis ConcentrationMS in Accounting
Application fee70 USD70 USD70 USD70 USD70 USD
GMAT/GREGMAT/ GRE (waived with work experience)*Maybe requiredGRE RequiredMaybe RequiredRequired
Essay/ Statement of PurposeRequiredRequired(3 pages)Not RequiredRequiredNot require
Work experienceRequired for waiver (5 years)RequiredNot requiredNot RequiredRequired, business experience
Professional CV/ResumeRequiredRequiredNot RequiredRequiredRequired
RecommendationsRequiredRequired(3 letters)Not RequiredRequired (2 letters)Not required
Admission InterviewRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired

* Students with an experience of 5 years or more will get GRE waiver, when shown in place of GMAT.

Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for admission, here-

International Admissions Office, SF-102

Cal State East Bay

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.

Hayward, CA 94542

Students can courier the documents to the International Office of Admissions as well on the aforementioned address.

After submitting the application, it takes 8 to 12 weeks for reviewing and processing the application before a decision is taken. Until then students can keep a track of their applications using the University’s portal. All newly admitted students must pay a pre-enrollment deposit of 110 USD. They must also accept the admission offer to reserve a seat in the University.

Following the confirmation of admission, students must proceed with the process of visa. Upon arrival, all new and transfer students will have to attend a New Student Orientation which will help them to become familiar with the place. Several procedures such as applying for financial aid, campus housing, submission of immunization records, and paying for the University are pending after admission is confirmed. Students must make a checklist of all necessary documents that are required for travelling to U.S.


Ques. Is there an application fee for applying to the California State University?

Ans. Yes, all applicants for undergraduate and graduate programs must pay an application fee of 70 USD to California State University.

Ques. How can I apply for admission to the California State University?

Ans. Interested applicants can apply to the California State University by completing an online application through the Calstate Apply Online Application Portal.

Ques. How is the admission decision announced by California State University?

Ans. Students will receive all information regarding the admission decision from California State University within 8-12 weeks on their student portal, i.e. the MyCUSEB Online Platform.

Ques. What is the GPA required to get into California State University East Bay?

Ans. Students need to have a high school GPA of 3.0 minimum on 4.0 as an undergraduate fresher to be eligible for California State University. Graduate students need 2.5 GPA and transfer students require 2.0 GPA minimum.

Ques. Is it essential to submit a letter of recommendation for applying to the California State University?

Ans. Graduate Students at California State University have to submit a letter of recommendation for most graduate programs like MBA, MSN Nursing etc. But undergraduate applicants might not have to do so.

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