I worked at Cal State East Bay part-time
You can be a big fish in a little pond, the student body is diverse, and the campus is beautiful.
The budget is often too low for many departments.
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Cal State East Bay (Hayward, CA) in April 2016.
Group Interview with 5 other graduate applicants that took 1.5 hours long. We went about in a round about way going clock wise then counter clockwise. Ultimately, it was a great opportunity to get to know the professor and members of your cohort. You got to converse with your professor, as well as brainstorm and talk strictly with the other applicants.