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California State University - Monterey Bay
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  • 4 Year
  • SEASIDE, CA

Report Card

grade B minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B minus
  2. Value
    grade B+
  3. Diversity
    grade A
  4. Campus
    grade C
  5. Athletics
    grade B minus
  6. Party Scene
    grade B minus
  7. Professors
    grade B
  8. Location
    grade A minus
  9. Dorms
    grade C+
  10. Campus Food
    grade C+
  11. Student Life
    grade B minus
  12. Safety
    grade B minus

About

100 CAMPUS CENTER
SEASIDE, CA 93955
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association
From California State University - Monterey Bay

One thing that makes Cal State Monterey Bay different from any other campus in the country is our location. Not only are we just one mile from the beach, we are on the site of a former Army base. Monterey Bay is on the central coast of California, just two hours south of San Francisco. The CSUMB campus is close to pristine beaches, redwood forests, tidepools, and the Fort Ord National Monument.

The bay itself is one of the largest marine protected areas in the world and home to whales, deep sea anglerfish, and of course our mascot, sea otters. CSUMB sits halfway between the Monterey Peninsula, which features the coastal communities of Pacific Grove, Monterey, Seaside and Carmel, and the Salinas Valley, known as the "Salad Bowl of the World" for its abundant agricultural production. The CSUMB campus is surrounded by amazing hiking trails, beaches, the Monterey Wharf, the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, and more!

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California State University - Monterey Bay Rankings

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Admissions

Application Deadline
December 15
Acceptance Rate
75%
SAT Range
960-1170
ACT Range
17-23
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

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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%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade 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
48%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 101 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 100 responses

Majors

Close-knit Campus

At CSUMB, we pride ourselves on our small class sizes and personal interactions between faculty and students. We think that is important to make sure that our students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, have the tools they need to thrive and to graduate. But we also have a remarkable academic culture that welcomes innovation and experimentation.

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
    66%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,055 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
734
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 74 responses
  • Friendly
    27%
  • Friendly, independent and studious
    23%
  • Friendly and independent
    22%
  • Independent
    12%
  • Friendly and community based
    9%
  • Everyone I talk to wants to transfer
    5%
  • Stressed
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
45%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene. 128 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 152 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 71 responses
  • Opportunities are endless
    24%
  • Sustainability and environmentally friendly
    24%
  • School is the cheapest out of all CSUs
    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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