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California State University - Monterey Bay Overview

California State University - Monterey Bay is a public institution located in Seaside, California. Seaside is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is California State University - Monterey Bay Known For?

6,109 Full-Time Undergraduates
$12,739 Avg Cost After Aid
53% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest one a student can attain at California State University - Monterey Bay.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 50% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from California State University - Monterey Bay makes roughly $44,800 a year. This is 10% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

California State University - Monterey Bay Rankings

California State University - Monterey Bay landed the #792 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. California State University - Monterey Bay also holds the #65 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that California State University - Monterey Bay has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for California State University - Monterey Bay

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 175
Best Colleges for Veterans 312
Best Colleges for the Money 500
Best Colleges for International Students 567
Best Colleges 792
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,233

Where Is California State University - Monterey Bay?

Location of California State University - Monterey Bay

Contact details for California State University - Monterey Bay are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA 93955-8001
Phone: 831-582-3000
Website: www.csumb.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CSUMB
Twitter: https://twitter.com/csumb

How Do I Get Into California State University - Monterey Bay?

You can apply to California State University - Monterey Bay online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for California State University - Monterey Bay

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into California State University - Monterey Bay?

53% Acceptance Rate
69% Of Accepted Are Women
92% Submit SAT Scores
California State University - Monterey Bay has an acceptance rate of 53%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 31% of accepted students are men and 69% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 48%, and the acceptance rate for women is 56%.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to California State University - Monterey Bay submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 590. Math scores were between 480 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Monterey Bay  ( 490 to 590 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Monterey Bay  ( 480 to 580 )
200
800
California State University - Monterey Bay received ACT scores from 40% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 24. Composite scores were between 18 and 24.

ACT English Scores for California State University - Monterey Bay  ( 17 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for California State University - Monterey Bay  ( 17 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Monterey Bay  ( 18 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford California State University - Monterey Bay?

$12,739 Net Price
50% Take Out Loans
5.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of California State University - Monterey Bay is $12,739. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for California State University - Monterey Bay

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,292 $9,818 $13,895 $17,269 $20,979

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At California State University - Monterey Bay, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $4,658 a year. That adds up to $18,632 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at California State University - Monterey Bay is 5.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

California State University - Monterey Bay Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,109 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,764 undergraduate students at California State University - Monterey Bay, with 6,109 being full-time and 655 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  California State University - Monterey Bay

There are also 820 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,109 full-time undergraduates at California State University - Monterey Bay, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  California State University - Monterey Bay

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California State University - Monterey Bay students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of California State University - Monterey Bay Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 331
Black or African American 265
Hispanic or Latino 2,879
White 1,530
International Students 331
Other Races/Ethnicities 773

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at California State University - Monterey Bay. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 56 countries are represented at California State University - Monterey Bay. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Japan, China, and Germany.

Online Learning at California State University - Monterey Bay

487 Took All Classes Online
2,692 Took At Least One Class Online
87.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at California State University - Monterey Bay. In 2017-2018, 2,692 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at California State University - Monterey Bay has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 53rd most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of California State University - Monterey Bay

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California State University - Monterey Bay was 87.2%. This is the #374 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at California State University - Monterey Bay regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of California State University - Monterey Bay majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 6%
Business, Management & Marketing 6%
Computer & Information Sciences 11%
Computer Science 19%
Education 29%
Instructional Media Design 35%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at California State University - Monterey Bay ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at California State University - Monterey Bay.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computer Science #6
Instructional Media Design #7
Computer Information Systems #14
Computer & Information Sciences #30
Education #65
Business Administration & Management #89
Business, Management & Marketing #113

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California State University - Monterey Bay Majors

In 2017-2018, California State University - Monterey Bay awarded 3,906 undergraduate degrees and 558 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Business Administration & Management 0 265 115 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 12 0
Computer Information Systems 0 14 0 0
Computer Science 0 162 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 36 0 0
East Asian Languages 0 12 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 19 0 0
General Biology 0 131 0 0
General Education 0 0 44 0
General Psychology 0 243 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 95 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 184 0 0
Hospitality Management 0 21 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 37 0 0
Human Services 0 134 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 43 0
International Studies 0 33 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 236 0 0
Marine Science 0 65 5 0
Mathematics 0 28 0 0
Music 0 16 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 12 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 82 4 0
Nursing 0 65 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 52 0 0
Romance Languages 0 22 0 0
Social Work 0 0 44 0
Total 0 3,906 558 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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