California State University-East Bay Reviews

  • 69 Reviews
  • Hayward (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $18,880
90% of 69 students said this degree improved their career prospects
90% of 69 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 1/31/2017
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I felt that I had a lot of opportunities at my college to explore areas of my discipline. My university allowed me to get into research and expand my knowledge"
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"Very good. A lot use this to build their network for future job."
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"I feel that it is not smart for the school to spend so much money to change their name from California State University, Hayward to California State University, East Bay. Most people still don't know where is the school until I told them that it is in Hayward. The Business program is ok. I can tell that the professors did try their best to teach us what they know, but there are not enough case studies or group work to get to know your classmates."
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2017
  • Degree: Education
"The program I was in was very intensive. I had great professors that prepared me for the field. I also made some life long friends from those that I went through the program with . We bonded while studying and learning together. I would recommend this school for those pursuing degrees in education."
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"It was a good school that gave a great, well rounded education"
Mike Chon
  • Reviewed: 12/26/2016
  • Degree: MBA
"Graduate programs Scholarship HJ Mike Chon Introduction After completing my second quarter as a Business student at CSU Eastbay, I feel that I have gained enough insight into the program to share some meaningful information beyond the basic demographics and statistics you'll find by reading a rankings list. In my opinion, the school serves a variety of students, all with different reasons for choosing this school, and despite being a lower tiered Business School, the program is perfect for driven individuals who may not have the finances or time for a traditional program. Instructors I admit, the instructors here are not perfect; however, they are hard-working and dedicated. The instructors are approachable and accommodating. Maybe they aren't some of the most cited in their fields, but they are genuine people who will give you their time. In my opinion, most of the instructors have a very straightforward teaching style, basically covering the material in the book, and would benefit tremendously from taking a different approach. Student Body There is a large international student population and the rest of the students are commuters. From stay at home dads to managers, the range is very wide. If you are open-minded, you will meet interesting people and make some meaningful connections. Having said this, as the average GMAT score indicates, the average student would not be a qualified candidate for the top tier programs. To be blunt, some of the students are maxing out their abilities to keep pace, and with a lot of group projects, they can be a drag on the productivity. It really depends on your previous academic experience and your expectations. Maybe not all of the students are the best minds in the area, but if you can network effectively and identify people with similar interests, you will not be disappointed. In my opinion, its a great way to prove yourself and be a big fish in a small pond. Lets not forget, depending on your background, that can be the big step you need to set fire to your career. Networking Networking is proactive, so if you are the type to sit silently during lectures and then quickly abscond at the conclusion, then you will cheat yourself out of meeting some people that can help you through the program and find a job. Also, most people are friendly and quick to lend a helping hand. In other words, its not the most competitive environment which is actually great for a lot of people, because sometimes you want to be in a more supportive environment. The students with the best grades fall under 2 categories. There are the ones that dont say a single word in class but ace every exam. You also have the students who are B+/A students but demonstrate their capabilities in every class, and seem to not really stress about the exams or their grades. Personally, I have made many contacts and have strengthened my professional network, and feel that the experience has been well worth it. If you can prove yourself, its a place where you will be noticed. ROI Not everyone will step into a high paying job after getting their MBA from CSU Eastbay. Some are doing this to get the automatic raise for getting a graduate degree. Some already have a job in mind. There are many students with no idea what they will do afterwards, but that is the great thing about graduation it is a new beginning with new possibilities. I am satisfied with my potential job opportunities, and I still have 3 quarters to go. In my opinion, it depends on how you can leverage your skills and personality to improve your career opportunities. The top student from CSU Eastbay may not get a second look from Sachs, but I doubt anyone here even wants to work there in the first place. Like I said, there is a wide range of students and everyone has a unique reason for choosing CSU Eastbay."
  • Reviewed: 12/23/2016
  • Degree: Social Work
"CSU East Bay provides an excellent masters program in the field of social work. The curriculum is engaging, and informative. The way the two year program is set up, I am able to maintain my full time job while attending school full time. The professors are approachable, supportive and accommodating. I also absolutely love the diversity of the campus itself. It makes me feel welcome and accepted."
Kristi Stewart
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2016
  • Degree: Communications (Journalism & Media)
"Cal State East Bay offered more than just curriculum to prepare me for life after graduation. During my senior year, I had the opportunity to experience life abroad as well as assist in providing feedback for new systems That students will be able to benefit from in the future. The media program is booming and I'm so excited for the direction the communications department is moving in and even more excited to see how future students will utilize those skills to add to the ever-changing world."
Prince Sir Jackson
  • Reviewed: 9/12/2016
  • Degree: Multimedia Design
"California State University - East Bay is a very decent college, however, "decent" is not for everyone. Setting us up for success should be the main priority of all universities. Feeling this sense of security upon graduation would make it a true experience that I would enjoy to tell people. Although, I did end up eventually landing a good paying job, it felt as if my education did not have much to do with it. Do not get me wrong, I had a great time in college and would not have learned a lot of what I know today if it wasn't for my education."
  • Reviewed: 9/7/2016
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I am very satisfied with your Criminal Justice program. It is not impacted but it is growing in numbers both with students and staff. The professors are people that truly care and take the time to get to know you as a student if you pursue them. Our major advisors are always willing to listen and help our fellow criminal justice majors, it is very easy to contact them. I have had nothing but a great experience with my major department."
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"College did exactly what my AP teachers in high school told me college would do; college would teach me to be a critical thinker. With the major I chose this was true. Psychology sits in the middle of science and liberal arts."
Ashley DeGrano
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2016
  • Degree: Communications (Speech & Rhetorical Studies)
"Cal State East Bay allowed me to take courses that really helped support my future passions. All of the professors were continuously available for communication and support. I had fantastic mentors and they encouraged me to continue with my passions after graduation and enter the teaching credential program. I still keep in contact with some of my professors and peers, and this has provided me with a community that I still feel connected to post graduation. I was prepared for my career both educationally and mentally at Cal State East Bay, and I am grateful for the experience."
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"I commuted to campus, location is convenient to highway. My program had good professors, I feel like I learned alot and I had a good group of classmates. Application process was straight forward and staff to get right documents was very helpful. The main professors I enjoyed working with were Dr. Terry Soo-hoo. He really prepared me for my work and was a great role model in the counseling psychology field."
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2015
  • Degree: Computer Science
"Great school but make sure do extra studying, research, projects, and/or internships when you can."
Benjamin Rivers
  • Reviewed: 11/1/2015
  • Degree: Music
"Pros: - Supportive, accessible instructors - Good quality classroom lectures'' Cons: - Inadequate physical assistance/support for students with Parkinson's - Very poor transportation"
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"Very welcoming, supportive, and prepares you for your career."
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2015
  • Degree: Business
"This is not a school recognized for excellence. SJSU is a much better state school in the area. Many of the people at this school are not impressive and graduate lacking the demeanor of a college educated individual. I'm not proud that I went here."
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2015
  • Degree: Education
"I enjoyed my time there. I graduated with my BA, a teaching credential, the my MS Ed. It is what is referred to as a commuter school, so the campus life was not the total package, but the professors were knowledgeable and the tuition was affordable. They now offer more online classes, too. Make sure you research your education options. Do not think that paying more money will get you a better education. Do your research. If you want your units/credits to transfer to other places, make sure that you are attending a regionally accredited school (nationally accredited school may not have transferable units). Be smart... Owing 50k for a BA/BS will not be financially sound unless you are going in to a very high paying industry."
Ariel Juarez
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2015
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"This will be my first year in my program and so far I really like the campus and the staff at Cal State East Bay!"
Michael Akanji
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2015
  • Degree: Public Administration
"The faculty are extremely knowledgeable and adept at presenting materials to keep students engaged."