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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    C+
Cal State Monterey Bay is an above-average public university located in Seaside, California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,109 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State Monterey Bay acceptance rate is 53%. Popular majors include Psychology, Business, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 60% of students, Cal State Monterey Bay alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,200.
About California State University - Monterey Bay...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association
Address
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 93955
Website
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California State University - Monterey Bay Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
53%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
970-1170
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$11,233/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,296/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,249/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,957/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,044/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,574/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
25:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.88 responses
47%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.92 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.91 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,109Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
57%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 68 responses
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  • Friendly
    28%
  • Friendly, independent and studious
    24%
  • Friendly and independent
    22%
  • Independent
    12%
  • Everyone I talk to wants to transfer
    6%
  • Friendly and community based
    4%
  • Diverse
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
48%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.119 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.143 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 62 responses
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  • Opportunities are endless
    27%
  • School is the cheapest out of all CSUs
    23%
  • Perfect for my situation and location.
    21%
  • Sustainability and environmentally friendly
    21%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Location, location, location
    2%
  • Only school that offers my program
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
60%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
65%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.57 responses
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I'm currently attending Monterey Bay and so far, I enjoy it! The beach is very close and the professors are so understanding. There are many opportunities the school gives its students like internships or extra-curriculars. The only complaints I have is I wish there were more food options, especially for late nights. I also wish we had more around us in general, so definitely bringing a car is an advantage if you want to explore the cities nearby.
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They classes were easy to manage and psychology professors were super understanding. This made it easy for me to actually graduate in 3 years (with the help of community college online courses to get extra units). That being said the campus itself is small and far away from everything. Most of the dorms are converted barracks but they’re still welcoming. There are tons of opportunities on campus you just have to be willing to find them. Check rate my professors for classes before you sign up though!
My experience so far at CSUMB has been great. The amount of resources provide for each student is great. They have tutors that are always willing to help students out in any subject that the student is struggling in. Professors are always willing to help each student out in anything that they need because they always emphasize how they want to see all of us succeed. Professors have office hours that students can attend for extra tutoring. The school always promotes the importance of mental health and the resources that they have for students. This was very helpful for me because I was in need of the counseling center that is provided. The campus, although it is pretty small, is extremely beautiful. One thing that I would change about this school is maybe the dining commons. Even though they have a variety of healthy options, I think I would want to see more fresh fruits provided for students.