Cal State University East Bay: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Cal State University East Bay

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Cal State East Bay is a public university with an acceptance rate of 69%. Located in Hayward, California with views of San Francisco Bay, CSUEB is one of the 23 institutions that make up the California State University system. The university also has campuses in Concord and Oakland. CSUEB offers 49 bachelor’s degree and 34 master’s degree programs. Among undergraduates, business, psychology, health science, kinesiology, and criminal justice are some of the most popular majors. In athletics, the CSUEB Pioneers compete primarily in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Considering applying to Cal State University East Bay? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Cal State University East Bay had an acceptance rate of 69%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 69 students were admitted, making CSUEB's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 16,199
Percent Admitted 69%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 13%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Cal State University East Bay requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 91% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 460 567
Math 463 567
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of CSUEB's admitted students fall within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Cal State East Bay scored between 460 and 567, while 25% scored below 460 and 25% scored above 567. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 463 and 567, while 25% scored below 463 and 25% scored above 567. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1130 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Cal State University East Bay.

Requirements

Cal State East Bay does not require the SAT writing section. Note that CSUEB will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. SAT Subject test scores are not required, but if the score meets a benchmark it may be used to fulfill certain core course requirements.

ACT Scores and Requirements

CSUEB requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 36% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 16 21

This admissions data tells us that most of Cal State University East Bay's admitted students fall within the bottom 27% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Cal State East Bay received a composite ACT score between 16 and 21, while 25% scored above 21 and 25% scored below 16.

Requirements

Cal State East Bay does not require the ACT writing section. Note that CSUEB superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA for incoming Cal State East Bay freshmen was 3.29. This data suggests that most successful applicants to CSUEB have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Cal State University East Bay Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Cal State University East Bay Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to California State University East Bay. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Cal State University East Bay, which accepts fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. Unlike the University of California System, the California State University admission process is not holistic. Except for EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) students, applicants do not need to submit letters of recommendation or an application essay, and extracurricular involvement is not part of the standard application. Instead, admissions are based primarily on an eligibility index that combines GPA and test scores. Minimum high school course requirements (A-G college preparatory requirements) include four years of English; three years of math; two years of history and social science; two years of laboratory science; two years of a foreign language other than English; one year of visual or performing arts; and one year of a college preparatory elective. The reasons why an applicant with adequate scores and grades would be rejected tends to come down to factors such as insufficient college preparatory classes, high school classes that weren't challenging, or an incomplete application.

In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent students who were accepted. As you can see, most students who were admitted to CSUEB had grades in the "B-" range or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) of 850 or higher, and ACT scores of 16 or higher. However, note that there are a few red data points (rejected students) scattered throughout the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that seem to be on target for CSUEB were not admitted.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and California State University East Bay Undergraduate Admissions Office.