California State University--Monterey Bay

2014 Quick Stats
100 Campus Center

Seaside, CA 93955-8001

Phone: (831) 582-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Nov. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#66 Overall Score: 31 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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California State University--Monterey Bay is a public institution that was founded in 1994. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,194, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,387 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. California State University--Monterey Bay's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 66. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,963 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,123 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Established in 1994, California State University, Monterey Bay is part of the 23-campus California State University system. It has a spectacular setting between a stunning stretch of the Pacific Ocean, coastal mountains and the rich agriculture of the Salinas Valley. CSU Monterey Bay's 1,387-acre campus is on the former Fort Ord U.S. Army base, six miles north of the Monterey Peninsula and 100 miles south of San Francisco. Its growing and diverse enrollment of over 5,000 students is large enough to support a wide range of academic and extracurricular programs but small enough for individualized instruction. The university actively reaches out to serve California's full breadth of ethnic and socioeconomic diversity, and more than half of its students are the first in their family to attend college. CSU Monterey Bay is a comprehensive university with 23 undergraduate majors and 7 master's degrees, providing affordable, high-quality education to students from diverse communities and across all socioeconomic levels. Its mission is to build a multicultural learning community and graduate students who are prepared to contribute productively, responsibly, and ethically to the needs of its region, California, and the world. The university is nationally recognized for its emphasis on service learning, as well as for outstanding academic programs such as marine and environmental science, digital film and media production, business administration, kinesiology and computer technology. CSU Monterey Bay also provides extensive opportunities for undergraduate research, and its faculty are widely recognized for their scholarship. The broad curriculum, geared for the 21st century, emphasizes hands-on learning, real-world application, student research and cutting-edge technology to prepare graduates who make the most of their opportunities. As a culminating experience, all students complete a "capstone" project that demonstrates achievement of important learning outcomes. Since 1994, CSU Monterey Bay has steadily transformed what was part of Fort Ord, a sprawling and historic U.S. Army base, into a "green" and technologically advanced campus. The state-of-the-art LEED certified library that opened in December 2008, is the center of student life at Cal State Monterey bay. The striking building is interspersed among existing structures that have been upgraded and re-purposed for education. It is also home to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center and the Student Success Center, among others. An early signatory to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, the campus has undertaken a full range of initiatives to work toward its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. These include a free campus shuttle and free access to the regional bus system for students and employees, a 1-megawatt solar energy plant that meets 17 percent of university electricity needs, a food service commitment to organic foods and compostable serving products, and campus-wide recycling that has achieved a 50 percent waste diversion rate. Concepts of sustainability are also incorporated throughout the curriculum. CSUMB is one of the few truly residential campuses in the CSU system: 60 percent of its undergraduate students live on campus in affordable, spacious residence halls and student apartments. Extracurricular opportunities include an array of student organizations and 12 sports in NCAA Division II. Both the women's basketball and men's golf teams won championships in the California Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2011, and the men's golf team won the NCAA Division II National Championship. The university is also home to the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, established to help the nation meet the challenges of the twenty-first century by providing study opportunities in government, politics and public policy.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1994
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $14,018,968


When applying to California State University--Monterey Bay, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at California State University--Monterey Bay is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 44.4 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 44.4%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California State University--Monterey Bay is 26:1, and the school has 16.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California State University--Monterey Bay include: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 26:1
4-year graduation rate 9%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 17%
Social Sciences 10%
Psychology 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%

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Student Life

California State University--Monterey Bay has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,194, with a gender distribution of 37.9 percent male students and 62.1 percent female students. At this school, 60 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 40 percent of students live off campus. California State University--Monterey Bay is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,609
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

California State University--Monterey Bay offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, and health service. California State University--Monterey Bay also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at California State University--Monterey Bay, 54 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at California State University--Monterey Bay.

Students who have cars on campus 54%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At California State University--Monterey Bay, 63 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,922.

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In-state tuition and fees $5,963 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,123 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,498 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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