California State University-Monterey Bay

100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA

Questions and Answers about California State University-Monterey Bay

Phyllis H.
6 months ago
Is the school culture at CSUMB more competitive or communal?
Phyllis H.
6 months ago
What is the average test scores and GPA of admitted students for CSU Monterey Bay?
Cressida H.
8 months ago
Are student applicants automatically considered for CSUMB scholarships?
California State University-Monterey Bay
Students can apply to 60 CSUMB Scholarships. Here is the link where you can apply to scholarships from the CSUMB Financial Aid website. aid
Kayla J.
10 months ago
What programs and support does CSUMB have for first generation undergraduate students?
California State University-Monterey Bay
CSUMB Student Support Programs for First Generation Students: College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Guardian Scholars TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) Veteran Resource Center
Roman A.
10 months ago
How are roommates selected for first year students at CSUMB?
California State University-Monterey Bay
Fill out a survey to help match with a roommate Will I know whom my roommate is before I move into my room? You will be able to access your roommate's information via your MyHousing Dashboard once you are both assigned in the system. What happens if I have a problem with my roommate? If you are experiencing difficulties with your current roommate, your first step is to speak with your Resident Advisor (RA). Your RA will advise you on subsequent procedures if you are unable to resolve your differences with your current roommate. .
Roman A.
10 months ago
Does CSUMB allow transfer students to study abroad?
California State University-Monterey Bay
Yes, check out the following link to learn more about CSUMB Study Abroad
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Majors offered at California State University-Monterey Bay

Biggest majors
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Psychology, General
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness

Academics at California State University-Monterey Bay

SAT Score Range
Required with application
ACT Score Range
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
24 to 1
Somewhat Selective (59% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Public 4-year institution

Demographics for California State University-Monterey Bay Students

Ethnicity BreakdownAsianBlackCaucasianHispanicMiddle EasternNative AmericanPacific Islander
California State University-Monterey Bay Students12%8%33%55%1%4%3%
All College Students11%21%37%25%2%2%1%
Gender breakdown
California State University-Monterey Bay Students
< 4% Gender nonconforming
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Common careers for California State University-Monterey Bay students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Front End Developer / Engineer100k
Human Resources (HR) Manager92k
Software Engineer90k
Information Technology (IT) Manager87k
Technical Marketing Engineer73k
Collections Manager73k
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)64k
Based on 1,876 student responses
51.3kAvg. Early Career Pay
99.5kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
52%in High-Meaning careers
13%in STEM careers

Net price of attending California State University-Monterey Bay

California State University-Monterey Bay financial aid

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Student reviews of California State University-Monterey Bay

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

LGBTQ+ friendly
Safe campus
Lots of interesting clubs and activities
Fun orientation programs
Accessible and helpful professors
Catherine Quinones
Baking + 8 others



I like that the staff is always there to provide educational as well as emotional support if needed. We also have a learning center where students can get tutored or helped on any subject to increase their chance of success.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I did not like some of the professors. You just have to find the professor that works for you because everyone learns differently. I recommend checking the rate of my professor before enrolling in a certain class.

Natalie Haugen
Drawing And Illustration
Alpine Skiing
Cooking + 6 others



Coming out of Covid, it was hard to adapt to the lifestyle of going to in-person school. CSUMB helped change that feeling by offering a smaller campus with a more petite student body making the classes feel smaller, allowing me to have personal relationships with all my teachers and get that one-on-one help when needed.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The dining commons didn't have many food options, and when they did have good food options, it didn't have much flavor and was often overcooked, or there was never enough food to supply for all the student body.

Rosemary Ceja
Photography and Photo Editing
Criminal Justice
Sociology + 6 others



The faculty at CSUMB is great! Everyone at CSUMB is very open and welcoming to all backgrounds which makes it a great experience.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Food on campus is old and moldy unless you go to Starbucks or their other small restaurant.

Crystelle Vargas
Acting And Theater
Drag Racing
Surfing + 6 others



CSUMB is a friendly and diverse community that works hard to provide students with opportunities for their future. Most professors and students are very kind and create a safe learning environment. I have only had the chance to spend about a year on campus due to Covid-19 but I can safely say that CSUMB is a diverse school filled with fun extracurricular activities and clubs. The university takes the pandemic very seriously and works diligently to create a safe environment for students to learn.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

CSUMB is filled with clubs and partnerships that can give students the experience and resources they need to find a career after college. It is important to find these opportunities early and give yourself the experience you need for future career goals.

Sarai Soto



I like that there are many options to pay for classes, classes are more affordable. The staff is also friendly and very helpful.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Classes aren't easy, they are tougher than in a community college. Classes are more expensive.

Deja Kamara
African American Studies
Anime + 8 others



The things that I like about CSUMB is that it is a very close community to connect with others. Since there isn't a lot of students here, we are able to connect with our community. I also like the biology program as well because there is a lot of scholarships that you can get for this major and many others.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

What I didn't like about the CSUMB is definitely the food. I feel like they should improve on that to make sure that the students attending at CSUMB are eating healthy things and not get sick all the time at the DC.

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