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Why students choose CSUMB


Minutes from the beach California State University, Monterey Bay is just one mile from the Pacific Ocean and its beautiful beaches, so you can have a beach day, every day with seaside study sessions and sunset bonfires. We’re also minutes away from amazing natural wonders such as Big Sur and Point Lobos, as well as world-famous destinations including Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


Professors know your name When it comes to class size, less is more. We have a 25:1 student-to-faculty ratio, which means more quality one-on-one time for you with your instructors. You’ll never get lost in a crowd.


Committed to diversity U.S. News & World Report has ranked CSUMB as one of the most diverse universities in the country. Our Office of Inclusive Excellence leads our efforts to create an equitable and inclusive community. We advocate for social justice by building bridges across communities and identities. Affinity graduation celebrations each year honor the accomplishments of historically underrepresented communities for graduating students, including: Asian & Pacific Islander, Black, Chicanx/Latinx, Native American, students with disabilities, Rainbow (LGBTQ+), Undocu-Otter (undocumented) and student veterans.


Best affordability and value We’re one of the most affordable CSUs. CSUMB ranked 8th for public universities and 5th for social mobility in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges in the Western United States. We also ranked in the Top 20 of Money Magazine’s Most Transformative Colleges 2019.*

* Placed 16th for “college value add,” defined as “how well students beat the odds and do better than would be expected from their academic and economic backgrounds.”


Unique degrees stand out We offer 25 unique and sought-after degree programs including Responsible Business, Sustainable Hospitality Management, Plant & Soil Science, Cinematic Arts & Technology and the Teacher Pathway Program.


One-of-a-kind opportunities Our Marine Science students have opportunities like none other because of our proximity to the extraordinary living laboratory of Monterey Bay and research facilities such as Moss Landing Marine Labs. We offer one of the only diving programs in the country with entry through leadership-level diving certifications, as well as scientific research operations.


Active student life There’s always something going on at CSUMB! We have so many unique clubs, organizations, and programs for you to get involved, explore your passions and meet new friends! Kayak, surf, mountain bike, play intramural sports and more through our recreation programs and facilities. Cheer the Otters on to victory! We have 13 men’s and women’s NCAA Division II sports teams.


Great campus community Maximize your college experience by living on campus in our residence halls, suites or apartments. You’ll be close to your classes, your friends, and all campus activities and amenities. Several dining venues and meal plans available to all students. The spectacular new $55 million Otter Student Union will house the campus bookstore, multiple retail and dining options, and great places to hang out and study.


Prepare to change the world Founded in 1994, CSUMB is one of the newest campuses in the California State University system. We’re innovators who strive to meet the needs of each new generation of students and prepare them to make a difference in the world. We’re one of the few universities nationwide that requires service learning to graduate. You’ll join fellow Otters who perform community service with our 250+ non-profit partners each year.


Your path to success We’re dedicated to student success. We work every day to help ensure your timely completion of a rigorous, quality degree that prepares you for a lifetime of achievement. CSUMB graduates are ready to excel. Our alumni are making blockbuster movies, conducting research at the South Pole, and serving as international diplomats. Others are filling the critical need for teachers and healthcare professionals in the Monterey Bay region. Where do you see yourself? CSUMB will help you get there.


Ready for the Otter experience? It’s an exciting time to be a CSUMB Otter! We are focused on helping you achieve your goals and dreams, no matter what. Everything you need to know to apply is available on our Admissions website, and our team of Admissions Counselors is always ready to guide and assist you.

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Financial Aid Our Financial Aid office is open year-round with counselors to help you meet the cost of attendance. For a quick estimate, try our cost calculator.

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Access Student Disability Resources For students with disabilities, we’re here to empower you and promote your wellness and full inclusion in the campus community.


Learn College Support Programs We’re dedicated to helping underrepresented undergraduate students achieve their academic goals through services, including: academic advising, cultural and social enrichment activities, financial assistance and peer mentoring.


Transfer Student Success Center If you’re a transfer student, we recognize you may face unique challenges. The center’s team provides the support and assistance you need to accomplish your academic and career goals.

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