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Although Hayward is basically a ghetto, it wasBrightCommunications
Although Hayward is basically a ghetto, it was great to be so close to SF. The BART station is only 1 mile from campus and the shuttle runs from campus to the BART pretty regularly- so that's a plus. The view over the city is fantastic.

Unfortunately, and probably due to budget cuts, the administration is disorganized and inept. Be sure to save copies of everything! I had to send my transcritps twice because they got 'lost.' You have to be on top of everything and keep careful records, or when charges pop up on your account they will be difficult to dispute. Everything takes so long, from getting accepted, to processing financial aid, having transcripts reviewed, and getting an advisor. The right hand does not know what the left is doing...I consider myself to be an understanding person, but I was frustrated with the red tape, hoops and gross incompetence I experienced almost on a daily basis. (I did learn to become more tenacious and assertive as a result- a plus.)

Do not live on campus unless you have to! The prices are ridiculous, and even if you are in an apt. you are required to get the 5 meal a week meal plan ($200. a month)- I would have been able to eat much healthuier meals if I had been able to use that money towards groceries. I checked the off-campus housing at the edge of campus and they are much less expensive and more spacious than on campus housing.

The classes I took felt like HS classes- lots of work in some, but unmotivating and disconnected to course outcomes and content.

One of the reasons I came here was for the ethnic and cultural diversity, but I found that people tend to hang out with others from their own ethnic group, and although I made connections within several 'groups,' I found many of the students to be closed minded and prejudiced. Very disappointing.

If you want an opportunity to go to a relatively inexpensive school that is located near SF, I suggest you go for a trimester or two for the experience. I loved the promimity to SF and took full advantage of it.Good Luck!

1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Collaboration/Competitive: B-, Campus Maintenance: F
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CAL STATE EAST BAY IS NOT FOR BABIESSuper BrilliantBusiness - Management and Administration
CAL STATE EAST BAY IS NOT FOR BABIES ! If you go to the SCHOOL OF BUSINESS HERE AND GET A B.S. - or M.B.A. you will be a lot smarter than when you walked in. This college is nationally ranked in Business, and has been for a long long time. Many many folks get out of here and run Bay Area companies. The education cost is a bargain, and the views are spectacular. If you can put away your aspirations to get drunk nightly & laid each night - then get real with yourself and consider CAL STATE EAST BAY ... if not go to Chico State, many options in CSU system. But ask yourself, am I better off learning of playing these years away ???
5th Year Male -- Class 2012
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Useful Schoolwork: C+
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I had other business schools in mind backNot so brightBusiness - Management and Administration
I had other business schools in mind back in high school and community college. But once in CSU East Bay, I understood that I was in the right place. Their School of Business is excellent. The department always picks the perfect textbooks and classes prepare students for the real world. The professors are very clever and honestly teach the tricks to getting jobs after graduation. Majority of the course materials always involve research papers, discussion, intense math, presentations and team work. In some classes, exam questions are concept based and if you don't understand what you are studying you are not going to do well on them. The school has problem in retaining professors. Every year, at least two or three of them are replaced by new ones. So style of teaching keeps varying from year to year. Depending on the personality of the professors, some classes which seemed easy in the past can turn difficult in coming quarters. So there are a lot of challenges involved. You will never know what you are going to get! But this is going to prepare you for the real world for sure. After graduation, it is not difficult to get jobs. Big companies like Bank of America and Verizon welcome CSU Eastbay's business students. I must also say that many professors are actually businessmen and they have connection with other companies. So if you network with them they will help you get jobs. Now there are some bad apples out there. Yes, they are professors by profession. The problem is that some of them cannot speak English properly. So they struggle while lecturing. They also prefer to copy and paste questions on the exam paper directly from test banks without reading them properly. In their classes, you will suffer. As for students, in the business building, they are very friendly.
4th Year Female -- Class 2015
Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B-
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