California State University-Monterey Bay (CSUMB), a part of the California State University System, is located on what used to be the Fort Ord army base. In 1994, after the base had been decommissioned and closed, the location grew into the new university site.
Classes began in 1995, with a dedication ceremony where the then-President Bill Clinton spoke on the values and mission of the new university. The campus was modern and state-of-the-art, but it preserved its history with memories and souvenirs from the old military base, including recycled wood, murals, and renovated buildings.
The campus is dedicated to serving the people of California, particularly low-income and undereducated populations. It seeks to provide services in a multi-ethnic, multilingual, and equitable environment that facilitates student learning.