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.
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.88 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.92 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.91 responses
Most Popular Majors
Liberal Arts and Humanities235 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching188 Graduates
Human Services117 Graduates
Environmental Science81 Graduates
Social Science Research Methods74 Graduates
Computer Science71 Graduates
Marine Science62 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.119 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.143 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.57 responses
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California State University - Monterey Bay Reviews
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.
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.