East Bay’s remarkable diversity mirrors the region it serves.
While more than 85 percent of its students are residents
of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties—and the vast majority
of its 90,000 alumni reside and work in the region—the university
also attracts students from across the county and more than
80 countries. Named a “Best in the West” college by The
Princeton Review, the university received national attention
for its innovative freshman year experience and learning
communities. The university’s commitment to meeting the
region’s workforce needs is reflected in its recent designation
as the site of the East Bay Biotechnology Center.
CSU East Bay’s annual impact on the Bay Area region is enormous.
Annual spending related to CSU East Bay in the Bay Area
region ($194 million) generates a total impact of $341 million
on the regional economy. This impact sustains more than
4,600 jobs in the region, and generates $19 million per
year in tax revenue. Even greater—$1 billion of the earnings
by alumni from CSU East Bay are attributable to their CSU
East Bay improves California’s economy with research, education,
and an entrepreneurial spirit.
CSU campuses have long played an important role in helping
communities and regions understand their economies, population
trends, industries, and social and community issues. To
respond to these needs, CSU East Bay has established the
Smith Center for Private Enterprise Studies and the Center
for Educational Leadership.