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California State University-Monterey Bay

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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.


CSUMB offers 18 undergraduate degrees and eight graduate degrees across the disciplines of science, mathematics, business, and the social sciences. Students can also earn teaching credentials certified by the English Learner Authorization. The most popular degrees are business, biology, and liberal studies.

Business Administration

The Bachelor in Business Administration program prepares students to enter the competitive business workplace with a foundation in management, technology, business ethics, and entrepreneurship. School of Business students take a set of core classes that covers the basics of business education, but they then enhance their study with one of the eight concentrations offered, including accounting, hospitality management, and entrepreneurship.


The Biology program offers students a comprehensive foundational course of study in the theory and practice of modern biology. Students practice laboratory skills, technology skills, and presentation skills, each of which prepare them for a career in the wide spectrum of biology jobs or for further study at the graduate level. Students can also specialize their degrees by concentrating in either general biology, pre-medicine, or teacher preparation.

Liberal Studies

A Liberal Studies Degree prepares students for graduate study or the workplace through multidisciplinary coursework and an integrated approach to the arts and humanities, sciences, and service. Students who wish to teach can combine the Liberal Studies major with the Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and graduate with a teaching certification as well as a B.A. diploma. Many graduates have gone on to teach in local schools, work as school administrators, or pursue careers in counseling and support services. They have also continued their education at such graduate schools as The University of California, California State University, and Tufts.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Teaching Credentials

Students who are interested in education can pursue one of three different teaching credentials approved by the English Learner Authorization (ELA). The Single Subject Teaching Credential and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential certify students to teach at the elementary school level by training them through student teacher programs or internships. The Special Education Teaching Credential prepares students to meet the specific needs of students with disabilities.

Students can also combine the different teaching credentials with certain traditional degrees to expand their subject knowledge and be more competitive in the teaching marketplace. All the teaching programs focus on working in multi-cultural and multilingual schools, the learning environments that characterize California’s public school system.


Freshman applicants must be high school graduates with a GPA of at least 2.0 for California residents or 2.45 for non-California residents. Students should also provide SAT or ACT scores – these will be used to help determine admission in cases of a low GPA.

Prospective students can visit the campus for a regular campus tour or for the Open House, which is held in October.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid should begin by filling out the FAFSA, which is available for free online at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA should be completed as early as possible, but should not be completed later than March 2nd of each year. This form determines eligibility for many different forms of federal aid, including grants, loans, and work-study programs. It may also be required for applications to third-party aid programs and scholarship competitions.

The Financial Aid Office also offers over 45 academic scholarships each year. These scholarships range from $600 to $3,000, and are awarded on the basis of academic merit and student ability. Applications for these scholarships can be found on the CSUMB Scholarships website along with deadlines, supplementary materials, and links to additional scholarship resources.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4929th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in California.


The campus is home to over 4,500 students, both undergraduate and graduate. The school characterizes itself as “outdoorsy, energetic, [and] adventurous,” with many ways for students to get involved in sports and outdoor activities.

There are over 60 student organizations and clubs on campus. It’s easy to find a group that shares your interests: there are clubs for everything from disc golf and investment to Young Democrats and horror media. Students can also participate in Associated Students, which is the student government organization, or a number of Greek associations for both women and men.

The Outdoor Recreation Center is dedicated to helping students get involved in California outdoor activities. It connects with the local community and student groups to organize excursions to nearby landmarks and make resources available for group activities.


Over half of all students live on-campus. Residence halls and dorms make it easy for students to participate in campus life and college activities without even leaving their rooms. Residents also enjoy free laundry facilities, cable TV, four on-campus cafeterias, and wireless internet in every room. Security services run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure the safety of residents.

Those wishing to live on-campus should visit the housing website and fill out a housing application. Remember to mark your preferences for dorm-style, suite-style, or apartment-style living, and be sure to mention if you have a disability or other specific housing needs.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The athletics department competes in NCAA Division II with 13 men’s and women’s sports teams. Their teams are known as the Otters. The Otters compete in basketball, baseball, sailing, cross country, volleyball, and more.


The diverse faculty serve the campus through full-time, part time, tenured, and tenure-track work. Some professors work with students through special programs like the First Year Seminars, which help freshmen begin their university experience, and the Capstone advisor program, which helps students develop even further academically through challenging projects and mentoring.

Many faculty members have doctorate or terminal degrees in their respective fields. More than a third of the faculty are minority members.

Information Summary

Ranks 65th in California and 896th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 404th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.12
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.14
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 26 0.50

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 82 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 7 0.02
Robbery 23 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 149 0.45
Larceny 431 1.29
Vehicle theft 53 0.16

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Seaside, CA 93955-8001
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population38,232 (38,212 urban / 20 rural)
Households9,959 (3.20 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,386
Families7,463 (3.58 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate, arts & sciences dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District620

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1299th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,472 $5,472 $16,632
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $491 $491 $491
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $372
FT Graduate Tuition $6,738 $6,738 $17,898
FT Graduate Required Fees $491 $491 $491
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $372
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,210 $19,210 $30,370
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,229 $22,229 $33,389
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,057 $10,057 $21,217

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,963(N/C) $5,963(N/C) $17,123(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,386 $1,236
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,152 $9,498
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,332 $2,199
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,710 $10,156
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,672 $2,909
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,672 $3,055

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$55
Graduate Application Fee$55
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 12,562 (4,529 male / 8,033 female)
Admitted 5,577 (1,809 male / 3,768 female)
Admission rate 44%
First-time Enrollment 902 (313 male / 589 female)
FT Enrollment 900 (312 male / 588 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (1 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment5,732

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference California Collegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference California Collegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference California Collegiate Athletic Assoc

ACT Test Admission

881st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 40%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24

SAT Test Admission

934th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 93%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 860 / 1080

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,660
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,298
Board Fee$3,550

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 9 35 408 56 4 513 123 1,193
Art/Art Studies, General 8 12 7 30
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 22 3 30 3 63
Business Administration and Management, General 3 12 71 23 1 95 27 237
Computer and Information Sciences, Other 1 1 5 1 14 5 29
Design and Visual Communications, General 13 2 9 6 30
Education, General 3 2 6 6 17
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 1 17 2 21
Environmental Science 1 7 1 27 4 40
Environmental Studies 1 2 1 4
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 2 2
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 3 24 3 1 51 10 97
Human Services, General 2 41 3 10 5 62
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 5 41 3 45 8 107
International Relations and Affairs 2 4 1 14 2 24
Japanese Language and Literature 1 4 2 4 1 12
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 20 4 35 9 72
Marine Sciences 1 1 7 2 12
Mathematics, General 7 6 2 15
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 9 1 13
Music, General 4 7 2 13
Psychology, General 2 4 56 4 1 46 5 125
Public Administration 1 2 1 5
Radio and Television 1 1 8 1 20 4 37
Social Sciences, General 1 1 34 1 25 6 69
Social Work 17 6 2 26
Spanish Language and Literature 1 10 1 1 13
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management 2 13 1 18

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1495th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $67,961 ($73,278 male / $66,888 female)
Number of FT Faculty 170 (74 male / 96 female)
Number of PT Faculty 372
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $8,356,331

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