After You're Accepted - Transfer

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!

Log onto your account 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: Confirm Your Enrollment

Confirming your enrollment reserves your place at CSUMB. 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 and pay your enrollment confirmation fee. (Make sure to select Undergrad Enrollment Confirmation Fee.)

Enrollment confirmation deposit due (not postmarked) by:

Fall 2015 admitted students - May 1, 2015 at 5:00pm
Spring 2016 admitted students - December 1, 2015 at 5:00pm

To verify that we have received your enrollment deposit:

  • Log in to your 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 3: 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 to confirm tour dates and times.

Step 4: Submit Official Transcripts

Transcripts should be sent directly from the originating institution to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts submitted by the student are acceptable if submitted in the original sealed envelope.

Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended or are attending now, as well as AP, IB, and/or CLEP scores by March 1, 2015 (Fall 2015). Some transcripts may have coursework in progress. Admissions will verify all of the coursework you reported on your application.

All coursework must be completed by the final transcript deadline of:

Fall 2015 admitted students - July 8, 2015
Spring 2016 admitted students - January 16, 2015

Transcripts can be submitted electronically or mailed to:
Office of Admissions
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA93955-8001

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

Step 5: 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 Certain students who are not eligible for the FAFSA may be eligible for the California DREAM Actt. The priority deadline for financial aid is March 2, 2015.

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

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

Step 6: 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 complete listing of prices, visit our tuition and fees web site at 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 7: Apply for Housing 

Housing applications are now open.

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 for more information. If you plan on living on campus, please apply as soon as possible, the priority deadline to apply for housing is May 8, 2015 for Fall 2015 admitted students.

Main Campus housing is expecting a wait list for incoming transfer students, as it typically fills up with returning students during Reservation Days. We encourage all those that qualify for East Campus (20+ years of age or Junior status) to apply to East Campus.

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 for more specifics on applying.

Step 8: Register for New Student Otter Orientation

Orientation is the best way to see all that CSUMB has to offer students. At Orientation, you will have the opportunity to speak with an advisor and register for courses. You can register for orientation once you have paid your enrollment confirmation deposit and your orientation fees. Orientation registration opens on March 16, 2015 for Fall 2015 admitted students.

Orientation will be held on the following days for transfer students:

  • Friday, June 12, 2015
  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
  • Friday, June 19, 2015

For information regarding partial fee waivers for Orientation, please visit for more information.

* Please note: Nursing program students, check with your program for orientation dates and details.

Step 9: Language Proficiency Requirement

Cal State Monterey Bay prides itself on its commitment to multilingual diversity. As part of the commitment, we require students to take three semesters of the General Education language requirement (Area C3: World Languages & Cultures). To help you satisfy the language requirement we offer courses in American Sign Language (ASL), Japanese and Spanish.

Community college transfer students should review the articulation agreements at to find recommended course levels. Majors exempt from the requirement*:

  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Sciences & Information Technology
  • Environmental Sciences, Technology & Policy
  • Liberal Studies Multiple Subject Integrated Program
  • Marine Sciences
  • Mathematics

*Entering students must be either Area a-e General Education complete or transfer with 60 or more units.

Heritage/native speakers and students with an intermediate or higher proficiency in a language other than English may be able to meet the language requirement through assessment of prior learning. AP course work, CLEP and community college coursework may be able to meet the language proficiency requirement. Please visit the Language Proficiency section of the CSUMB Catalog for more information. For additional information about AP and CLEP credit by exam read how to earn credit by exam.

Step 10: 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.

Step 11: Community and Campus Life

Are you planning on commuting to campus?

We have great places to eat on campus. Grab a coffee at the Library Café or Starbucks, a sandwich at the Otter Express, or sit down for a healthy meal at the Dining Commons or Otter Bay Restaurant. With five places to choose on campus, we’ll satisfy your hunger and thirst. Did you know that commuting students can purchase a meal plan, too? We have meal plan options designed to fit your needs. Visit for all of the options.

Transportation and Parking

Everyone needs to park their car, right? Well, some of us take the bus or ride a bike, but if you must park your car, you can buy a permit for the entire semester or a daily permit. Visit for additional info.

Activities and Events

We've got athletics, clubs, concerts, karaoke, camping trips, speakers, and plays. Or maybe you just want to chill with some friends in their apartment. Or ride your bikes to the beach. It’s up to you and you’ll find no shortage of options. Visit us at

Hanging Out

Study in the library, enjoy a game of pool in the Student Center or chill out on the quad. We’ve got places for you to put your feet up and relax as well as study. Our library has all the resources available for your connection needs. Before we forget, the Academic & Career Advising Services offices are in the library, too. The library is the hub of academic life on campus. Our Student Center has a game room, Starbucks, lounge areas, Otter Cross-Cultural Center, intramurals, student clubs and organization info, car pool/ridesharing info, the Otter Cycle Center, and much more!

Get Connected

College isn’t just an education – it’s an experience. And all the things that happen outside the classroom are as important as what happens inside it. How you spend your free time. What you eat. Where you sleep. Getting from point A to point B. Cal State Monterey Bay has its own vibe: it’s outdoorsy, energetic, adventurous, caring and connected. It’s a small yet very diverse community. Some folks are more athletic, some are more artistic, some both, and we all get along really well. And we’re all making the most out of life! Visit us at