California State University - East Bay Reviews

  • 71 Reviews
  • Hayward (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $18,875
90% of 71 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 71 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 3/15/2024
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I'm a two time alum of the university so I'm a bit biased. But I truly enjoyed my time at CSUEB. For the reasons of seeing how the campus has grown from demolishing Warren Hall over 11 years ago, to now, where there is still continued growth. You will not get the Berkeley or Stanford experience but that's to be assumed for the price you pay. If your objective is to get in and get out with your degree in hand, then it's definitely the place for you. I do agree that some of the professors are only there for a paycheck, but again, Cal State doesn't have the budget that Berkeley or Stanford offers, so, expect a different experience. I was a commuter student and I was able to get what I needed to get done, even with a professor forcing me to repeat a class delaying my graduation a few quarters, so hence, the 5 star review."
  • Reviewed: 5/8/2023
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"I transferred from Southwestern community college where I had professors who had retired from UCLA , such as my economics professor and my History professor. Both very good teachers and knowledgeable. I applied at U.C. Santa Cruz and was accepted there, but could not accept because my wife's employment was in Oakland. I entered CSU Hayward but after 3 years of study there I began to see the college in a true light. The Departments have a yearly budget and the Geography /Earth Science Department was under funded in order to give more $$ to Music Department and the MBA program. I personally suffered because of this game playing with the budget. The computers that I used to learn Geographical information systems on would always crash erasing the Data and sometimes even eating my floppy disc. I was getting student loans to complete my degree and my grades began to suffer due to professors having their "favorite" students whose GPA remained high while mine hoovered at "C" level . I complained to the professors about the crappy computers, but their hands were tied by the people on top the ladder. I interviewed at several places for an internship, but there was a lot of competition, so I ended up at the Fish and Game Department over on the Delta, driving 67 miles to get there, fronting the gas expense myself. That internship got me nowhere because Gray Davis was recalled by voters and I was interning under people connected to Gray Davis. So I got an education that prepared me to work in some State Department that would be downsized due to politics. The university did not care if I was employable or not ! I had too many units to transfer to any accredited university, I would loose over 150 units if I did that, adding another 2 years to my student loan program. So this university did a number onto me that I never recovered from. The professors? some of them were good, a few were RATS and in the Science Department they let graduate students actually teach part of the course, who have zero teaching experience. I left this rat hole university without a degree then went to foreign countries and taught English. I don't recommend CSU Hayward. My experience there was stressful and doesn't the place look just like a state prison ? Same architecture."
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2021
  • Degree: Statistics
"In my discussions with graduates from other universities and those in industry, I've come to learn that CSUEB's Statistics graduate program is more like an associate's degree. An easy masters can be earned here but you won't be impressing employers. The professors mean well but they have tailored the program to Data Science, which they have no experience in, at the expense of rigor and depth."
Regina Fong
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
"The business administration program at CSUEB is challenging but rewarding as it covers a wide variety of classes, many of which may be selected at the students discretion depending on the chosen option. The struggle is getting all your requirements done in a timely manner in order to graduate. Seniors usually get priority in class registration, and classes tend to fill up quickly since there are so many students enrolled in the program. Choosing a good professor is also crucial in order to maximize your education and not waste money. There are some really great professors that are dedicated to helping their students succeed, and unfortunately some that are only there for a paycheck and cannot be dismissed due to tenure. During my last quarter at the school, I was shy one class to complete my second option and the dean refused to let me take any of the classes offered since they were packed. I ended up having to drop that option and graduate with one major option and a minor. Had he let me take the course, I wouldve graduated with two options and a minor, lIke I had originally planned. The school administration is also a bit slow and sometimes messes up the information, so be diligent with all your documents. They lost my transcripts and put me on hold twice."
Matthew Salinas
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2019
  • Degree: Spanish
"Cal State University East Bay was a great school overall. Majority of the professors were supportive. The customer service at the Registration office was good. The campus is clean and there are signs to help guide you to your destination. They are constantly working to improve their programs."
randall krieger
  • Reviewed: 5/2/2019
  • Degree: Music
"The music department at CSUEB is supportive and encouraging I studied classical guitar performance and composition, my focus leaned more towards composition my last year there, I also transfered there for a community college so I went there from 2016 - 2018. Most of the faculty there is great I studied privately with J.M. for composition and M.T. for classical guitar. M. has retired but I have met the new composition teacher I.T., and she is quite good as well. M.T. is very knowledgable and is a good teacher if you are very self motivated, if you slack off he will not take you seriously or try to motivate you. The only real downside I had going to this school was that there was/still is low enrollment of music students, so there is not a full section in many of the performance groups. there is no orchestra or any performance group if your a guitarist they make you do choir. this can also be a good thing because it means there is less competition, but again you must be very self motivated in this environment. The music building has been reseeding and they are moving more and more english classes and others things in there. however there is some very good equipment and resources hidden away there because no one has been using it for so long, so if you go seek it out and find the resources there you could have almost unlimited access to them because no one else uses them, like instruments, a recording studio, other sound video recording equipment."
Maryanne Wilson
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2019
  • Degree: Fitness Trainer
"I will break my review into separate assessments of the Kinesiology program and of California State University East Bay (CSUEB). Kinesiology program Pros: The instructors are phenomenal. They will challenge you to think more critically, and lectures are engaging and full of interesting discussion. They also make themselves available to help students, and are attentive towards your concerns. They truly want you to succeed. The classes are well-rounded with a mix of science, psychology, sociology and philosophy. I believe that the program has well prepared me to take on exciting and rewarding roles. Since graduating, Ive taken on amazing opportunities. Ive been a strength coach for professional athletes, community wellness coordinator, and am pursuing my doctorate in physical therapy. The program and wonderful professors who lead it have pushed me father than I could have imagined. There is also a student-led research group that meets weekly on Fridays. This is a great way to get involved in research, and to get connected to other professionals in health care. Cons: Due to popular demand, classes fill up quickly and unless youre an athlete or a senior, you may not be able to enroll in all of your classes right away. I had to wait a whole year for a single class to be offered, thus pushing my graduation date back. The school has since changed their policy, so it should be easier to finish your courses in a timely manner. CSUEB Pros: The campus has a gorgeous view of the Bay Area, and many of the building have been updated. The gym and recreation center have a lot of amenities to offer, including courts and a relaxation lounge. There are many programs and extracurricular activities to get involved in. Class sizes are small and your professors know who you are. The library and study lounges stay open later during midterms and finals, and there are plenty of tutoring services. The school is also more proactive in student outreach and services. CSUEB Cons: Some classes are in older buildings, and the equipment is a bit old. However, there are plenty of outside learning resources, so nearly anything can be mastered nowadays. Though some may not consider it a con, the school is more of a commuter school. Greek life is present, but not as strongly as bigger universities."
  • Reviewed: 6/22/2018
  • Degree: Human Services
"California State University East Bay helped shape me into the individual I am today. Dr.X. specifically really helped me see and reach my full potential. There were so many classes I absolutely loved and would take again without complaint. Having classes offered both online and in person allowed me to work and get an education."
Parker Rugeley
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2018
  • Degree: Political Science
"The university is one of the most diverse universities in the country and aims at transparency and inclusion for all students. The university administration continues to advocate and lobby on the behalf of the students at the state and federal levels for the safety and financial support of all persons enrolled."
S. R. S.
  • Reviewed: 12/12/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
"While attending school I was able to apply my education, for example, by generating revenue in a sales capacity and earning a new sales agent fast track bonus during my tenure at California State Automobile Association. Additionally, I've been qualified for promotions, with responsibilities of outlining strategic marketing and business ventures to promote products and services during my tenure at Alameda County. My undergraduate degree and coursework have given me the ability to provide analytical support. I am now well versed in computer applications and have heightened my critical thinking, organizational, and communication skills, along with maximizing my earning potential in the workforce. Additionally, the online component offered a lot of support from both the staff and counselors. Without it, I do not think I would have been able to complete my degree within the timeframe I desired. I would highly recommend this institution to anyone."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"College is a great environment to learn and explore in. Students that attend college should take full advantage of the opportunities that are available to them and appreciate the support they receive. College will help prepare them for the workforce and those that utilize as many aspects of college life as they can will find the best career paths outside of college."
Johanna Monterrosa
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2017
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"CSUEB gave me all the preparation I needed to succeed in my degree. The assistance and support I received helped me land a job. They have so many services to help seniors with internships,workshops, and job fairs. I am very satisfied with my B.S. in health administration."
Kristy cunha
  • Reviewed: 6/8/2017
  • Degree: Art & Design
"Human interaction is imperative for undergrads and a mix of courses for a masters is advised. When you stop growing you die so keeping abreast of current trends in your field is invigorating and rejuvenating. You meet interesting people and form network friendships. Stay in school!"
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"I think the school itself is good. There are some really good professors who have working experience in real world. But some don't. So they can only teach you the business theory and you just have to try it out to see if it works for you or not. Besides, I think there is lack of diversity in the school"
Cindy Lang
  • Reviewed: 4/11/2017
  • Degree: English
"Cal State East Bay (CSUEB) is an affordable alternative to private colleges for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. In fact, I was allowed to enroll in graduate courses while in the final semester of my BA. I highly recommend this college for those on a budget, and who enjoy a diverse student body. As an older student, there was also a greater presence of mature students as well. Not only that, but I obtained a job at the CSUEB Writing Center, which prepared me for my eventual profession as a Concordia University English Professor. Furthermore, some of my CSUEB mentors' remain my good friends today. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with my collegiate experience at CSUEB, which led to a satisfying career.."
Carly Standley
  • Reviewed: 3/18/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Overall a great experience. Most students are commuting to campus so there are a lot of students who are working while going to school. This was great because it allowed great discussion in classes as people brought their different perspectives. Most of my professors were great and available for questions!"
Cindy Lang
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2017
  • Degree: English
"I attended Cal State University, East Bay (CSUEB) for the following degrees: a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies, an Adult Ed Teaching Credential, and a Master of Arts in English. CSUEB provided me an excellent education for far less expense than at a private university. In fact, the total price of all three degrees at CSUEB is less than one undergraduate degree at a private college. Not only that, but I am now working as a college instructor due to the wonderful, cost-effective education I received at CSUEB."
Megan O'Kane
  • Reviewed: 3/5/2017
  • Degree: Counseling
"This program was excellent for a working student. The faculty were knowledgeable and developed strong relationships with all students in the program. Although the course work was not too demanding, the program provided adequate knowledge for the field. The practicum was the best part of the program, as students are able to work as trainees and get first-hand experience and excellent supervision. My only wish is that we were required to record counseling sessions and get more direct feedback, however I felt prepared to work in the field when I graduated the program and now am a licensed MFT and clinical supervisor."
Felicia Ismail
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2017
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I had a positive experience at CSUEB. The campus is extremely big, plenty of parking, and filled with diversity. I met such a great group of life long friends in my graduating class. Although this university is considered to be a commuter school, I still keep in touch with my friends! The professors are extremely helpful, they want all of the students to succeed. I graduated in Health Sciences emphasis Pre-Clinical Preparation. The curriculum is designed for students to become a new face in healthcare with innovated ideas and creativity. I enjoyed taking a wide range of courses because health care is extremely broad. Overall, my experience at CSUEB had been outstanding and I am forever grateful with the opportunities and knowledge I have gained."
Sophina Jones
  • Reviewed: 2/26/2017
  • Degree: Counseling Psychology
"I entered into the Masters program with no previous experience and the counseling program took me in nurtured me and prepared me for a career in counseling. The faculty members are supportive and accommodating, flexible and nurturing. The classroom work was fulfilling and enriching. Understanding the concepts were easy because of the clear concrete models and principals. I am a better counselor because of my education and training through CSU"