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California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a thriving residential campus home to 7,200 students. Located in the center of the California coastline, Monterey is an ideal spot for travel enthusiasts. Close to stunning beaches, redwood forests, and mountain ranges, CSUMB is perfectly situated for learning and leisure. It’s also the perfect starting point for weekend trips to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Yosemite National Park.

CSUMB is a comprehensive university offering 24 bachelor’s degrees, 6 master’s degrees, and multiple certificate and credential programs across a wide variety of academic interests. Classes are small, averaging just 20-30 students, and are taught by internationally distinguished professors known for their high level of student engagement.

Around half of all students live on campus, creating a vibrant, safe, and close-knit community. International students who apply by priority deadlines are guaranteed a space in on-campus housing, eliminating the hassle of securing your own accommodation.

CSUMB has 80+ student organizations and 12 athletic teams to get involved with, ensuring endless opportunities to make friends upon arrival. Organizations are open to all students, whether you will be with us for a semester, a gap year, or your whole degree! The most popular student organization is Outdoor Recreation, which organizes trips for students to experience the amazing outdoor activities Monterey has to offer, like surfing, rock-climbing, hiking, and even skiing! CSUMB is home to a thriving International Club, and there are even excursions designed exclusively to help international students explore California and bond with classmates from all over the world.

One feature that sets CSUMB apart is a commitment to community and social service. Organized by the nationally recognized Service Learning Institute, all degree students are required to participate in at least two semesters of service learning, often at an organization related to their field of study. This is an excellent opportunity to get out of the classroom, make friends and professional contacts in the community, put your academic (and English) skills into practice, and to feel good about giving back. As part of the curriculum, students receive academic credit for service learning courses. Visiting and gap year students are welcome, but not required, to participate in service learning courses.

As part of the California State University, the largest 4-year public university in the U.S., CSUMB is able to keep tuition affordable while maintaining high standards of academic excellence. Tuition and all other fees for international students can be found at

Applying to CSUMB is easy, straightforward, and totally online. Complete admissions requirements can be found at and application instructions are available at

With an ideal location, a wide array of academic programs, guaranteed on-campus housing, endless opportunities to get involved, a university-wide culture of service, and affordable tuition, CSUMB is the smart choice for any international student.

School Information

100 Campus Center
Gavilan Hall Suite 207
Seaside, California 93955-8001
P: (831) 582-4778
Calendar: Semester
Locale: Rural: Fringe
Open Admissions: Yes
Sector: Public, 4-year or above
Carnegie Basic: Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
Religious Affiliation: Not applicable
Accrediting Agency: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Common name(s): CSUMB

Students & Faculty

Total Students
Male Students
Female Students
Total Intl Students
Intl Male Students
Intl Female Students
Total Faculty
Male Faculty
Female Faculty
Student/Fac Ratio
*All data is provided by the school or compiled from IPEDS as of May 2013

Total Tuition $34,698.00

IELTS test scores are accepted at California State University, Monterey Bay


SAT Scores:
25th-75th percentile
420-530 420-530 410-520
ACT Scores:
25th-75th percentile

Note: 25th-75th percentile ranges show the range of scores achieved by the middle 50% of students who were admitted to the school.

Other Requirements:
Admissions Test Scores?
Neither required nor recommended
Other Test?
Neither required nor recommended
College Prep?
Not applicable

Degrees & Programs

Certificate Associate Bachelor Master Doctorate
Applied Behavior Analysis
Art/Art Studies, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Design and Visual Communications, General
Education, General
Educational/Instructional Technology
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Human Services, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Marine Sciences
Mathematics, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music, General
Psychology, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Work
Spanish Language and Literature
Sustainability Studies
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management

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