Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneC+
- Campus FoodC+
- Student LifeB-
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.
NCAA Division II (without football)
California Collegiate Athletic Association
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.
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action
Students also applied to ...
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
Students Receiving Financial Aid
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
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.100 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.99 responses
Most Popular Majors
Liberal Arts and Humanities260 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching192 Graduates
Human Services133 Graduates
Computer Science131 Graduates
Social Science Research Methods69 Graduates
Environmental Science66 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 73 responses
- Friendly, independent and studious23%
- Friendly and independent22%
- Friendly and community based10%
- Everyone I talk to wants to transfer5%
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.127 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.151 responses
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 70 responses
- Opportunities are endless24%
- School is the cheapest out of all CSUs23%
- Sustainability and environmentally friendly23%
- Perfect for my situation and location.20%
- Home away from home6%
- Location, location, location1%
- Only school that offers my program1%
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
Colleges like California State University - Monterey Bay
- B-California State University - East Bay
- 4 Year
- Hayward, CA
- 1,842 reviews
- B-Sonoma State University
- 4 Year
- Rohnert Park, CA
- 1,438 reviews
- BCalifornia State University - Fresno
- 4 Year
- Fresno, CA
- 2,627 reviews
- B-California State University - Channel Islands
- 4 Year
- Camarillo, CA
- 1,008 reviews
California State University - Monterey Bay Reviews
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!
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.