Best Colleges in America 2022
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Overall Score: 75.44

California State University, East Bay

California State University, East Bay's more than 14,000 students have options: They can take their pick of three IRL campuses, take classes online, or set up a hybrid schedule. Cal State East Bay has been recognized as one of the more ethnically diverse schools in the country, with large Hispanic and Asian student populations. Located minutes away from San Francisco, the campus gives students access to the arts and culture available in the East Bay and the city, as well as to the surrounding northern California outdoors. The school offers nearly 50 majors; the most popular ones include business administration and health science. New students might want to explore Cal State East Bay's full roster of clubs, which has groups centered around urban dance, anime, slam poetry and more. Greek life plays a significant role in campus culture, as students can choose from more than two dozen fraternities and sororities. If that's not your scene, you might want check out the Center for Community Engagement, where the mission is to "enhance learning, inspire engagement, and improve community well-being." That's one way to give back and graduate.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$28,200
% of students who get any grants
68%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$14,000
Average price for low-income students
$9,980

Admissions

Acceptance rate
76%
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
13,100

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
94%
% of need met
55%
% of students who get merit grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A

Student Success

Graduation rate
48%
Average time to a degree
4.9 years
Median student debt
$15,500
Early career earnings
$60,920
% earning more than a high school grad
76%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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