One of the newest schools in the California State University system, California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) now gives more than 5,600 students a high-quality education by the shores of stunning Monterey Bay. The school draws from the communities of the Tri-County region, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito.
The campus sits on the site of the former Fort Ord, once a proud U.S. Army installation. While the school serves students throughout the state, 35 percent of the student body are local residents. The school presently offers 23 undergrad, 4 teaching credential programs and 8 graduate majors.
Mission & Vision
The Cal State Monterey Bay vision seeks to provide service to its students and the community by providing a first-class education to each of its students. To accomplish this vision, the school establishes a learning community of those from a broad diversity of civilizations.
The school is founded on a solid foundation of academic excellence from all its educational partners to contribute to its local, nation and worldwide communities.
Cal State Monterey Bay is situated along the beautiful shores of Monterey Bay, California. Before it became a state university, the state was the site of the famous Fort Ord, a well-known U.S. Army facility.
When the fort was decommissioned, the buildings underwent a transformation. The airplane hangars became art studios. Barracks turned into classrooms. The new buildings, such as the new library became LEED-certified, a step into the future of energy sustainability. The World Theater is a first-class performing arts center.
Thither are 23 major degrees available in such diverse programs of study as Biology, Communication Design, Mathematics and Nursing. Minors which can be studied in tandem with major fields of study range from Computer Science to Environmental Health Policy and Hispanic Cultures.
There are a number of teaching credentials offered in single subjects and multiple subjects. There are also Associate Degrees in Arts and Associate Degrees in Sciences for Transfer to other universities and colleges.
The Cal State Monterey Bay “Otters” have a wide assortment of competitive athletic programs for men and women. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, golf, cross-country racing and track. Women’s teams include basketball, cross-country racing, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo.
The Athletic Department’s motto is “Building Champions, One Victory at a Time.” They ensure that the more than 250 student-athletes succeed both in their sport and in the classroom.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Cal State Monterey Bay charges the standard tuition and fees charged by other schools in the California State University system.
Along with tuition, including tuition charges for nonresidents, there are fees specific to each campus. In the 2010-2011 school year, resident tuition was $2,013 for 6.1 credits per semester. The maximum semester charge for nonresidents, including foreign students, was $11,160 per semester.
The Western Association of Schools & Colleges gave the school initial accreditation in 2003, and has recently extended the academic accreditation for UCSMB through 2019. Cal State Monterey Bay was nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in December 2009.
Cal State Monterey Bay admissions remains available to all prospective students. As well as on-campus programs, the school also offers online courses to work toward both graduate and undergraduate degrees and Teacher Credentialing programs.
Prospective students should contact CSUMentor.edu to get information and instructions regarding the use of your personal My.CSUMB applicant dashboard. This site will provide a list of necessary test scores, documents and other information which is needed to be included on an application for the next semester.