B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    C+
California State University - Monterey Bay is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Assoc
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
35%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
860-1080
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No
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Cost

Net Price
$11,390/ 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
    $6,673/ year
  • $30-48k
    $8,358/ year
  • $49-75k
    $11,691/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,257/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,993/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
22:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.88 responses
44%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.85 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.84 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,171Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 61 responses
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  • Friendly
    30%
  • Friendly, independent and studious
    25%
  • Friendly and independent
    21%
  • Independent
    13%
  • Everyone I talk to wants to transfer
    7%
  • Friendly and community based
    5%

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.112 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.136 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 55 responses
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  • Opportunities are endless
    29%
  • School is the cheapest out of all CSUs
    25%
  • Sustainability and environmentally friendly
    22%
  • Perfect for my situation and location.
    20%
  • Location, location, location
    2%
  • Only school that offers my program
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
55%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
65%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.57 responses
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I am transferring there in the Spring, and so far the process has been easy! I was a bit worried because I was doing the process of applying on my own, but their website had step-by-step instructions which which were very helpful. The school has also kept me updated by sending me important deadlines and information via email. I have visited the campus a few times. Although, the location is beautiful and has history the actual campus is a bit dual. There are a few new buildings and parking lots, but I think the school needs improvement.
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California State University Monterey Bay is turning into a very good business school. From day one, the school’s incoming freshman are taught how the world of business writes. From the beginning till you graduate, these standards are reinforce in every class. The school listens to the business community and tailor the academics to meet these demands. Upon graduation, the student enters the business way ahead of their peers from other universities. The school is ready to expand and building new buildings across the campus to meet these demands. The instructors are great, plus the setting of Monterey Bay makes learning at the university more enjoyable.
In the 3 semesters that I have been at CSUMB, I have really enjoyed it! I have found that this campus is the perfect fit for me, I have found clubs that are in my interest, and I am very appreciative of the professors on campus. They really value understanding and participation and are devoted to helping you in their course. It can be frustrating trying to get in connection with Financial Aid and get things all in order for the semester, but other than that, the school is a great place, and it is just a walk from the beach.