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Founded in 1994, California State University-Monterey Bay. is a Public college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 6,758 full time undergraduate students, and 516 full time graduate students.
The California State University-Monterey Bay Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 23:1. There are 225 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at California State University-Monterey Bay include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at CSUMB are considered More Selective, with ,19% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 5 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
85% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 45% were in the top quarter, and 11% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at California State University-Monterey Bay.
95 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.
83 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
100 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.
103 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
104 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.
103 Students rated school activities 3.5 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.
103 Students rated local services 3.5 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.
104 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
47 Students rated California State University-Monterey Bay
After being in this college for 2 years now, I did realize some key parts that stand out about this school but because I focus more on my academics than social events or activities, I haven't had much time to explore more of the school. As a student, I have a hard time engaging with people I may not know or large groups of people and there isn't much diversity as I hoped in this school.
CSU Monterey Bay is a great school. I wish it was more diverse and there was more to do but regardless, the academics are unlike any other school. Students here are truly dedicated to their education. This dedication is seen in and outside the classroom. At CSUMB I know I will graduate and have adequate skills to compete in the professional world.
I transferred into CSUMB as a junior in fall 2018. The accessibility of campus resources, office hours, and counseling makes this college welcoming. The student dashboard, OASIS makes for an easy transition for students, and offers alternative resources all at once. Class sizes are exceptional, and the overall safety of the campus is a huge priority, which makes me feel safe.
I really love the campus, the students, and faculty. We are all one big raft (a group of otters). The campus is right next to the ocean so if you don’t want to study in your room, you can go to the beach and study there. Everyday is like an adventure whether you have the day off or if you are headed to class. I love my Monterey Bay family.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for California State University-Monterey Bay is 35%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
If I could go back in time and give my senior-self advice about the transition into college, there are a few things I would warn myself about. First of all, I would tell myself to get into the habit of doing scholarships, because the more I do, the more likely I would be to win one and recieve some help in the financial area. I would also tell myself that even though college life might get hard sometimes with work, classes, etc, that I shouldn't give up, and that I need to continue to work hard so I don't get behind. Lastly, I would tell myself that I need to think seriously about what I want to do in life and, as soon as possible, go talk to an advisor to make my graduation plan. The sooner the better so that I can make a plan to graduate on time. Other than that, I would tell myself not too worry, that college shouldn't be too bad as long as I stay focused.
The most layed back but hard-working people I've ever met.
The best thing about my school would be the campus layout. The campus is spread out but it is still small. On the maps for tours, the buldings are supposed to be where they are just like how they are seen on the map. That is one thing that I liked about the campus the most.
I think that the worse thing is that there is not football team on this campus.
CSUMB is a small school that has a stong focus on the students and their sucess and is sometimes mistaken for a vocational school with a majority of the students entering the workforce after graduations and not attending a masters or PhD program..
The small classrooms and student average in the classrooms is a positive that i finf unique.
When bragging about my school I always say how much I love my teachers. The curriculum, content and passion that goes into each lesson is extraordinary. Aside from the interdisciplinary approach to college level course work, I really appreciate the small class size. and diveristy. The area that the school is located is so beautiful and the beach is only 5 minutes from my campus. Still, I think one of the greatest parts about my school is the malable majors, felxibility and freedom to choose your path. CSUMB has caring advisors who listen and encourage you along the way.
Someone who is fun and carefree, but also concerned about their academic career.
The people who shouldnt attend CSUMB are those who arent accepting to alternative lifestyles. There is a large art based population and a large group of those who enjoy nature; Monterey Bay is the perfect place for both of these "groups". One who is used to the "big city" and hustle and bustle of a metropolitan area wouldnt nejoy the slow and natural pace of this town.
There is too much bureaucracy and standards are not consistent with many other CSUs.
CSU Monterey Bay is best known for its small class sizes which benefits students by having more one on one time with each student in the class room. CSUMB also is known for having their students become involved in the community and gain different service learning skill.
The most frustrating thing about CSUMB is that finding tutors is a hassle. yes we have our fair share of tutors at a center called ASAP tutoring but when you get there all of the tutors are already helping students so you sit down and wait for a tutor to get free. after you wait for about 10 minutes you see the tutor walk by so you call him over and he says that the person sitting behind me was waiting longer. after 30 minutes of waiting you decide to leave very discouraged
The best thing about CSUMB is the location. It is located on old fort ord an old military base with amazing views of the ocean. If you love the outdoors you will love monterey. When I tell people I go to school at CSUMB their first reaction usually is how gorgeous monterey is. The campus is relatively small but seems to be expanding and getting bigger each year. Most of the time I hang out in the new otter center or the dorm buildings or at the BEACH on a nice day! Monterey is a college/military town. The administration at CSUMB has been great to me so far. I have had amazing teachers who are willing to put in extra time to watch you sussed. Since CSUMB is walking distance from the beach there are always lots of bonfires!! Overall CSUMB is a chill beach school with students who work hard and play harder!
Class are relatively small at csumb. Professors tend to know there students by name. My favorite class at CSUMB is the web/ graphic design course. Class participation is not only common but encouraged. It is a very hands on learning process at csumb. Who you hang out will usually determines if you are exposed to intellectual conversations. The education at csumb is geared towards getting a job.
In college you will quickly learn people tend not to stereotype like in high school!
All of my professors were great except for one. Definitely check out ratemyprofessor.com before you get your classes and listen to the reviews! I didn't and I got the worst teacher. The rest of them were great though. They were always helpful and actually new my name. I could contact them at any time and they were willing to stay after class to help me.
1. Some of the stereotypes at CSU Monterey Bay is that the majority of everyone is a stoner, hippy, or everyone is a Biology major. While there are a lot of free spirits this rumor is untrue about everyone because a stoner or a hippy. There is however a large amount of Biology majors because we are so close to the ocean and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
CSUMB is very spread out and has old buildings everywhere. It has a very modern look to it. It is right by the beach and a lot of the time it is very foggy. When it is sunny though it is so pretty that one day of sun is worth a week of fog.
Greek life is popular on campus but does not dominate the school. Students in dorms tend to alway leave the door open. I became very close with my hall the first year of college. Guest speakers are very popular we have been fortunate to have amazing people come talk at csumb for example Clint Eastwood has come numerous times to talk to film majors. Many people start to have serious relationships in college. I meet my closest friend and my currents boyfriend at one of the many famous csumb bonfires. Thursday and Saturday nights are party nights! There are also many things to do off campus such as go shopping, visit cannery row, surf, got to the beach, visit carmel, got hiking at big sur, visit the aquarium (once a month it is free for csumb students) and so much more!
Some of the stereotypes at CSU Monterey Bay is that the majority of everyone is a stoner, hippy, or everyone is a Biology major. While there are a lot of free spirits this rumor is untrue about everyone because a stoner or a hippy. There is however a large amount of Biology majors because we are so close to the ocean and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
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Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
80% of students
attending California State University-Monterey Bay receive some sort of financial aid.
49% were awarded federal grants.
While 51% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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