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California State University, East Bay is a public university located in Hayward, California. The university is part of the 23-campus California State University system and offers 136 undergraduate and 60 post-baccalaureate study areas. Founded in 1957, California State University, East Bay has a student body of nearly 15,000. In the fall of 2018, there were 877 faculties, of which 339 (or 39%) were on the tenure track.The university’s largest and oldest college campus is located in Hayward, with additional campus sites in the nearby cities of Oakland and Concord.
CAL STATE EAST BAY MISSION STATEMENT
Cal State East Bay welcomes and supports a diverse student body with academically rich, culturally relevant learning experiences which prepare students to apply their education to meaningful lifework, and to be socially responsible contributors to society. Through its educational programs and activities, the university strives to meet the educational needs and to contribute to the vitality of the East Bay, the state, the nation, and global communities.
Cal State East Bay has come a long way in the last 60 years — five presidents, five different names, and thousands of graduates who have joined the region’s workforce.
The university was originally named State College in Alameda County when it was officially established by the California State Assembly in 1957. The first academic year began in 1959 with 25 faculty and 293 students at Sunset High School in Cherryland. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the current Hayward Campus took place in February 1961 and the college moved to its permanent location in the fall of 1963.
In the idealistic months before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, a pioneering spirit pervaded the campus, born of identification with Kennedy’s New Frontier programs. As a result, the student body chose to call itself Pioneers, and the first Pioneer mascot was NASA ‘s Pioneer Space Program astronaut.
The 1960s campus expansion began in the early 1970s with the opening of several new buildings, including the Library and Administration Buildings, the University Theater and Robinson Hall in 1971, and the Student Health Center in 1973. Pioneer Heights, the first university-owned student residence on campus, opened its doors in 1987. Accommodating 400 students, Pioneer Heights would challenge our university’s reputation as a “commuter school” and provide a new nucleus of student life on campus.
The university extended its reach to Contra Costa County in 1992, opening a satellite campus in Concord. The University changed its name to California State University, East Bay, in 2005 to reflect its new regional position. The three university campuses — the Hayward campus, the Concord campus, and the Oakland Center — increased the regional influence of the university.
In the mid-2000s, new construction bloomed on Hayward campus for the first time since the late 1960s and early 1970s. Due to seismic vulnerability, Warren Hall, which had been the hallmark of the university for decades, was demolished on 17 August 2013.
As the university continues to grow, it is particularly known for its diversity. From 2015 to 2017, Almanac’s Chronicle of Higher Education has identified Cal State East Bay as the most diverse student body in the mainland of the United States.
The university is best known for its College of Business and Economics; a strong education department, with a large percentage of California teachers being certified; and a thriving music department, where the California State University, East Bay Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dave Eshelman (retired in June 2007), holds annual performances at Yoshi ‘s Jack London Square in Oakland and Fr. The Biotechnology Program developed at California State University, East Bay, gives the university the status of center of research and development in life sciences, bioinformatics and technology for the Eastern San Francisco Bay Area.
This amazing university near Concord, California is located near some other must-see places of higher-education:
- Diablo Valley College
- Contra Costa College San Pablo, CA
- Saint Mary’s College of California
- Holy Names University Oakland
- University of California, Berkeley
- Laney College Oakland
- Los Medanos College
- California College of the Arts Oakland, CA
- Lincoln University
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1091 Shary Circle in Concord, California! Stop by for a visit anytime!