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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Cal State Monterey Bay is a public university located in Seaside, California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,109 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State Monterey Bay acceptance rate is 53%. Popular majors include Psychology, Business, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 60% of students, Cal State Monterey Bay alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,200.
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

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
53%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
970-1170
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$11,233/ 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
$9,397/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
88%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
25:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.88 responses
47%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.96 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.95 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,109Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
655
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
57%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 72 responses
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  • Friendly
    26%
  • Friendly, independent and studious
    24%
  • Friendly and independent
    22%
  • Independent
    11%
  • Friendly and community based
    7%
  • Everyone I talk to wants to transfer
    6%
  • Diverse
    3%

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.123 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.147 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 66 responses
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  • Opportunities are endless
    26%
  • 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
    5%
  • Location, location, location
    2%
  • Only school that offers my program
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
60%
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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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.
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My college experience has been far better than I had ever expected, and much of it has to do with the college itself. The campus is small so the classes are typically tiny - even tinier than any of my high school classes ever were. The teachers are kind-hearted and have the best interest of the students in mind. My work load is enough to where I am learning but I still have time for leisure. The student body is really amazing, too! Everyone is super nice and easy going. Living on campus is awesome, too, because everything is within a 5 minute walk due to the small size of the developing campus. My only issue with this school is that the housing staff don't seem to be very great at communicating with each other or informing the rest of the student body about important things.
Great School! The professors here really care about their students, if they see you're struggling they will reach out to you and offer you their help or give you the resources you need. The classes have a great student to professor ratio so you really get the help you need from your professor and they all offer pretty flexible office hours and they are willing to work with you.The overall atmosphere of the school is very welcoming. The campus is pretty small so you don't feel overwhelmed.