Where all your possibilities come into view
California State University, East Bay is known for award winning programs, expert instruction, small classes, a highly personalized learning environment—and a choice of more than 100 career-focused fields of study. With two scenic campuses—one in the Hayward Hills overlooking San Francisco Bay and the other in the Concord foothills of Mt. Diablo—plus a professional center in dynamic downtown Oakland, Cal State East Bay is where all your possibilities come into view.
Mission and Strategic Planning
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.
The University’s strategic planning process is intended to support this mission – to lead to greater organizational effectiveness, better use of resources, and achievement of University goals and objectives. Through the use of evidence to inform decisions and assessment to evaluate the results of actions, Cal State East Bay is able to guide its future with confidence.
Cal State East Bay’s continuous strategic planning model involves the following essential elements initiated by its leadership: involvement of the University community, analysis of its current context and circumstances, articulation of aspirations for the future, development of action plans, allocation of resources, and over time, adjustment of programs and expectations to meeting changing conditions.
University Name 1957–present
The University has had five official names since it was chartered in 1957:
These changes reflected the University’s growth and evolution as part of The California State University system. The state legislature established the university in 1957, and its doors were first opened to 300 students in 1959 as the State College for Alameda County, informally referred to as Alameda State College. The name was officially changed two years later to Alameda County State College. The college moved to its current Hayward location in 1963 and was dedicated by Governor Edmund Brown on May 2, 1964, as California State College at Hayward. In 1972, the name of the state college system was changed and the campus became California State University, Hayward. On January 26, 2005, the Board of Trustees of The California State University changed the institution’s name to its current designation, California State University, East Bay to better reflect the University’s regional service to Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Visiting Cal State East Bay
Cal State East Bay’s locations in the heart of California’s beautiful San Francisco East Bay Area offer a surprisingly wide range of degree and career path options. Classes at our Hayward Hills campus, our Concord campus, or our Oakland Professional Development & Conference Center provide you with an exceptional opportunity to achieve your educational goals. All locations are easily accessible by major freeway arteries and public transportation systems including the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system.