California State University-Monterey Bay

100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA 93955-8001
Tel: (831)582-3000
Public | 7,100 students
Vision Driven since being founded in 1994, CSUMB provides 7,000+ students with a unique combination of features that generate powerful learning. Our undergraduate majors cover nearly 100 academic fields as concentrations and incorporated areas of study. We also offer dozens of minors, master's degrees, and teaching credentials.

School Overview:

California State University-Monterey Bay
CountyMonterey County, CA
Title IV EligibleYes
Carnegie ClassificationOther
Institution Level4 or more years
Institution ControlPublic
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
210 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment7,100 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
7,100 students1,434 students
# Undergraduate Students
6,600 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
456 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Tuition Notestuition is a flat ra
Percent Admitted47%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)430-550450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)430-550460-573
ACT English (25-75%)17-2419-25
ACT Math (25-75%)17-2418-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)18-2320-25

School Notes:

  • Educating and serving the diverse population of California and its immediate Tri-County region with particular emphasis on higher education access for underserved populations, our campus community honors every individual through commitment to rich diversity, and we promote multicultural and global perspectives through our curriculum and campus life. Offering affordable residence halls and apartments, CSUMB residential life envelops all students in learning beyond the classroom. Academic and recreation programs create outdoor connections capitalizing on the region’s amazing natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Quality facilities and sophisticated technologies support effective learning, interaction, and operations.
  • CSUMB does academics differently, following an outcomes-based educational model that gives students an edge in the modern workplace. CSUMB academic programs integrate several traditional fields of study to provide the breadth of knowledge and depth of skills so highly valued by employers. On top of that, students get hands-on experience through service learning, internships, and action research before finally demonstrating their cumulative learning in comprehensive Capstone projects that showcase their abilities perfectly just as they enter the job market.
  • On-campus activities include intercollegiate athletics, intramural and club sports, boating and outdoor recreation, student organizations, performing arts, cultural events, lectures, live music, and much more. Outstanding facilities such as the World Theater, Otter Sports Center, pool, hiking and cycling trails, disc golf course, student center, Otter Bay Cafe, and Black Box Cabaret make participation a pleasure. Minutes away from campus, Carmel, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Salinas, and Seaside offer premiere dining, entertainment, and recreation that make this a world-renowned travel destination.
  • CSUMB is located one mile from the shores of Monterey Bay, a few miles north of the Monterey Peninsula and west of Salinas. The campus straddles two small coastal cities, with the central campus in Seaside and the East Campus Housing areas in Marina.
  • For the third consecutive year, the service learning program has been recognized by the editors of U.S. News and World Report in the magazine's 2007 edition of America's Best Colleges. CSUMB also earned a top ranking among liberal arts colleges it was second among public schools in the category of economic diversity, with 38 percent of students receiving federal Pell Grants.
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