Cal State Monterey Bay is an above-average public university located in Seaside, California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,226 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State Monterey Bay acceptance rate is 35%. Popular majors include Psychology, Business, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 55% of students, Cal State Monterey Bay alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,800.
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- 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.90 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.89 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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- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.117 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.141 responses
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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 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.
While being in the process of majoring in psychology at CSUMB, I have been fortunate enough to meet some of the most educated and supportive psychology professors. Most of them have earned PhDs and their class lectures demonstrate that they know what they are talking about. If I would have to give a constructive criticism, it would be for the school's counselors to offer more information about scholarship opportunities. I have struggled to find scholarships that fit with me and when I have asked my counselor for further assistance she has simply told me to search for scholarships on the CSUMB website. I wish that the non-teaching staff members at CSUMB could be more supportive while understanding that ending up with high debts post graduation is remarkably essential for us students to intend to prevent.
California State University, Monterey Bay is a newer university that is growing rapidly. If you are looking for a cheap school with quality education, teachers, and opportunities, I highly recommend CSUMB. If you are interested in social justice, there are many opportunities surrounding this area of interest. If you are interested in partying with a popular local area and downtown, I don'r recommend CSUMB. As the school grows, it will continually improve.