After You're Accepted - Freshmen

Have you received an offer of admission? If you have, then there are a number of things you need to complete before you can join our Otter family.

Step 1: Log in to get started!

Login to CSUMB.edu/dashboard and review your "to do" items. Please pay attention to all deadlines and complete items on your dashboard checklist. This website is also a helpful resource you can use to see what else you need to complete.

Step 2: Visit campus

The single best way to determine whether we're the right place for you is to come see us for yourself. We offer campus tours daily.

Visit csumb.edu/tour to confirm tour dates and times.

Step 3: Confirm your enrollment

Confirming your enrollment reserves your place at Cal State Monterey Bay. It's easy and only takes a few minutes. To confirm your enrollment, you must pay the $100 enrollment deposit. The deposit is non-refundable and is applied toward your first semester tuition. You won't be able to sign up for Orientation or apply for housing until you confirm your enrollment.

Login to your dashboard and pay your enrollment confirmation fee. (Make sure to select Undergrad Enrollment Confirmation Fee.)

Enrollment confirmation deposit due (not postmarked) by:

Fall admitted students - May 1 at 5:00pm

To confirm your enrollment deposit:

  • Click the link from your CSUMB.edu Dashboard
  • Choose the Undergraduate Enrollment Confirmation Fee. The fee is $100
  • Click Add to Basket
  • Review your choice and verify the information is correct
  • Choose Checkout
  • Choose either Credit Card or Electronic Check information click Continue checkout
  • Enter Credit Card or Electronic Check information
  • Choose Continue checkout
  • Review the Items Selected and Payment Information
  • Choose Submit Payment

Please note: You can also pay by check. Make check payable to CSU Monterey Bay and include applicant's full name and student ID number on the check.

Cal State Monterey Bay will send you an email message that we've received your confirmation and the required $100 enrollment deposit.

NOTE: If you would like to decline your offer of Admissions, send an email to admissions@csumb.edu with your name and student ID letting us know you are no longer interested in attending.

To verify that we have received your enrollment deposit:

  • Login toCSUMB.edu/dashboard
  • Then select "CMS"
  • Click on "Student Center"
  • Scroll to the "Finances" section
  • Choose from the drop-down box "Account Activity"
  • This will show what payments you've made to the University

Step 4: Apply for financial aid

The first step to federal and state financial aid is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can apply online at fafsa.ed.gov. Certain students who are not eligible for the FAFSA may be eligible for the California DREAM Act. The priority deadline for financial aid is March 2.

Did you know that regardless of financial status or GPA, you may still be eligible for different scholarships? Use free websites such as Fastweb.com to search listings of scholarships you can apply for.

For more information on financial aid, visit the Financial Aid Office website.

Step 5: Consider the costs

Cal State Monterey Bay offers an excellent education at a very reasonable price. Basic expenses for someone living on campus include tuition and registration fees (classes and usage fees), books and supplies, and room (where you live) and board (what you eat).

For a listing of tuition and fees visit csumb.edu/cost. All fees are subject to change and approval by the State Legislature. Other potential fees may be theft, fire and accident insurance or health insurance.

Students that live at home and commute to Cal State Monterey Bay will pay a similar amount of tuition and fees as students that live on campus. Commuter students pay less per semester because housing costs and meal plans are not included in the totals.

Step 6: Apply for housing

On-campus housing offers students a unique opportunity to make connections within the university community and be steps away from classrooms. Once you have paid your enrollment confirmation deposit you can apply for housing. To learn more about living on campus visit csumb.edu/housing for more information. If you plan on living on campus, please apply as soon as possible.

Housing applications are considered complete once the online application has been submitted and a $250.00 Security Deposit payment has posted. Students will not be assigned a room assignment if you don't have both an online application and $250.00 Security Deposit on file. Please visit csumb.edu/housing for more specifics on applying.

Step 7: Sign up for orientation

Orientation is the best way to see all that CSUMB has to offer students. You can register for Orientation once you have paid your enrollment confirmation deposit and your orientation fees.

For information regarding Orientation, please visit csumb.edu/orientation.

Step 8: Early Start - English and math success

Early Start is required for incoming students who have not fulfilled the Entry Level Math and/or English proficiency requirements. The program takes place the summer before freshmen year. All admitted and confirmed students will be allowed to make a Smart Page selection in their Student Service Center. early Start math and English courses are available at every CSU campus. To see if you need to participate in Early Start, login to CSUMB.edu/dashboard.

Fall admitted students, if you are required to participate, you must select a campus by June 1 and you must register for classes by July 1. Visit the Early Start website for more information about the program.

Step 9: Language proficiency requirement

Cal State Monterey Bay prides itself on its commitment to multilingual diversity. As part of that commitment, students must demonstrate proficiency through the 201 or equivalent (intermediate) level. To help you satisfy the language requirement we offer courses in American Sign Language (ASL), Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

Students with heritage proficiency in Spanish may elect to take SPAN 212: Spanish For Spanish Speakers I (4 units) or WLC 212: Language and Culture for Heritage Speakers (4 units).

Community college transfer students should review the articulation agreements for CSUMB to find recommended course levels.

Students who studied Spanish in High School must complete the online Spanish Language Placement Exam. The online exam is designed to help place you in a course appropriate to your level. The test takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. Your score is sent to your email address ( bring this score with you to Orientation.)

AP course work, CLEP and community college coursework may be able to meet the language proficiency requirement. Please visit the Language Proficiency in the CSUMB Catalog for more information. For additional information about AP and CLEP credit by exam visit how to earn credit by exam.

Students with heritage proficiency in the following languages may elect to take WLC 212: Language and Culture for Heritage Speakers (4 units): Language and Culture for Heritage Speakers:

Arabic, American Sign Language, Cantonese, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese

Other languages will depend on the local availability of a qualified assessor

Students should be advised that registration in these courses requires permission numbers; contact wlc@csumb.edu, (831) 582-3863 or visit Language Proficiency for more information.

Step 10: Submit official transcripts & test scores

Transcripts should be sent directly from the originating institution to the Office of Admissions. To check to see which transcript(s) or other items you still need to submit, log into your CSUMB.edu/dashboard to see your checklist. For more information regarding transcripts please read Transcripts and Test Scores.

Fall admitted students must submit final, official transcripts if requested by the Office of Admissions by July 8. Final High School transcripts must have a graduation date.

Credit by Exam: Submit official scores if you wish to receive college credit. Not all AP, CLEP or IB scores receive college credit. Read how to earn credit exam for more information.

Submit transcripts electronically or mail to:

Office of Admissions

100 Campus Center

Seaside, CA 93955

To check which transcript(s) or other items you need to submit, log into your csumb.edu/dashboard and the list of required items is on your dashboard.

Step 11: Submit immunization records

In the college environment, you will have close contact with other students in classrooms, residence and dining halls and common spaces. Because of this you must protect yourself and others from the most common communicable disease on college campuses: measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and hepatitis B (HEP B). This is so important to your health that the State of California and Cal State Monterey Bay requires proof of immunization to maintain your enrollment.

  • Students are required to proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) prior to enrollment, AND
  • All first-time enrollees who are 18 years or younger as of September 1 in the same year they begin fall classes (or for spring and summer sessions - 18 years or younger as of September 1 of the previous year) must also present proof of immunity to hepatitis B.
  • The hepatitis B three-shot series must be completed prior to enrolling in the second year.

For information on ways to prove immunity and where to submit your immunization records visit the Campus Health Center.