Photo: Students strolling through the Fort Ord dunes by the beach

Do What Matters

At CSUMB, our Otters study their passions and graduate ready to do what matters.

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Cal State Monterey Bay provides over 7,500 students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus just one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. Our diverse student body receives personal attention in small classes while pursuing degrees in 25 undergraduate and nine graduate majors.

Founded in 1994 on the former site of Fort Ord by educators and community leaders, CSU Monterey Bay faculty and staff build on that legacy as we explore innovative ways to meet the needs of a new generation of students while simultaneously powering the Monterey County economy.

While we serve students from the entire state of California, 38 percent of our undergraduates come from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. We pride ourselves on making higher education accessible to traditionally underserved and low-income populations. Seventy-two percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. Fifty-three percent of our students are among the first generation of their family to go to college. And with 52 percent of our students living on campus, we are one of the most residential universities in the CSU.

Monterey Bay, CA: A thriving coastal community

Located along the central coast of California, Monterey Bay is a vibrant and dynamic community that offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural attractions. 

With its stunning coastline, rolling hills, and lush forests, this area provides students with a peaceful and relaxing environment that is perfect for study and recreation.

Whether you're looking for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life or a dynamic and vibrant community in which to pursue your education and career, Monterey Bay has it all.

Natural beauty
With miles of pristine coastline and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Monterey Bay offers endless opportunities for hiking, surfing, beachcombing and more.

Cultural attractions
Close to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, students have art, farmers' markets and festivals at their fingertips. 

Central location
Located just a short drive from major cities such as San Francisco and San Jose, Monterey Bay makes it easy to explore everything California has to offer.