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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
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Cal State Monterey Bay is an above-average public university located in Seaside, California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,048 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State Monterey Bay acceptance rate is 59%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 63% of students, Cal State Monterey Bay alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,200.
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 93955
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association

California State University - Monterey Bay Rankings

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CSUMB Admissions

Acceptance Rate
59%
Application Deadline
December 4
SAT Range
960-1170
ACT Range
17-23
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$12,468/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,429/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
81%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
24:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.88 responses
48%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.100 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.99 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    31%
  • On Campus
    67%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,048Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
661
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 73 responses
  • Friendly
    26%
  • Friendly, independent and studious
    23%
  • Friendly and independent
    22%
  • Independent
    12%
  • Friendly and community based
    10%
  • Everyone I talk to wants to transfer
    5%
  • Stressed
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
46%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.127 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.151 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 70 responses
  • Opportunities are endless
    24%
  • School is the cheapest out of all CSUs
    23%
  • Sustainability and environmentally friendly
    23%
  • Perfect for my situation and location.
    20%
  • Home away from home
    6%
  • Location, location, location
    1%
  • Only school that offers my program
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
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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Class of 2019! I absolutely loved my experience at CSUMB. As a first-generation Mexican-American, CSUMB offered the support I needed to overcome adversity and prepare me for future success. The HCOM department transformed my mentality and prepared me for my graduate program. CSUMB is diverse, the academics are stellar, the campus is gorgeous, the community is close-knit and growing each year. If you're looking for small class sizes, beautiful scenery, or liberal learning you will love CSUMB! The social scene is growing and if you get involved and meet other students you're bound to have a great time. Nothing will beat experiencing the central coast if you have the opportunity to attend do it!
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Overall, very good! This school has my exact major I needed (not really offered at other CSUs) and great professors that teach for it! Campus is great for me Slight issue with the Advising office, bounced around from a few different advisors, who have different opinions and ways to create an ILP. Parking and residence halls are not great here. I was crammed into a small room my first year with two other girls. My room was clearly a double person room at most, but you know how it goes. Party scene is alright, just need to know who and where to go.
CSUMB is a small but up and coming university! In every class I had the ability to get one on one time with my professors which was so incredibly valuable to my learning experience. There are some fantastic undergraduate research opportunities and some fun clubs to check out. The price you pay for tuition is relatively cheap compared to a lot of other universities and overall I would say it is definitely worth it for the education you get! Definitely take note that Monterey is a quiet area so there isn't much partying, but the beautiful beaches and overall chill vibes of the campus make up for it. One more thing is that the housing is great for freshman year because the dorms are relatively spacious, but I would recommend trying to live off campus after that so you don't have to pay for the meal plan! The food there is not too amazing.