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  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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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.
About California State University - Monterey Bay...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association
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
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
23:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.88 responses
46%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.90 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.89 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,226Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 66 responses
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  • Friendly
    29%
  • Friendly, independent and studious
    24%
  • Friendly and independent
    23%
  • Independent
    12%
  • Everyone I talk to wants to transfer
    6%
  • Friendly and community based
    5%
  • Stressed
    2%

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.117 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.141 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 60 responses
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  • Opportunities are endless
    28%
  • School is the cheapest out of all CSUs
    23%
  • Perfect for my situation and location.
    22%
  • Sustainability and environmentally friendly
    20%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Location, location, location
    2%
  • Only school that offers my program
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,200/ 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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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.