Prospective Student FAQ

How can I speak to an admissions representative from CSUMB?

There are a variety of ways to get more information about the campus and what it has to offer you. The easiest is to call our office Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm at (831) 582-3738. You can speak to an admissions counselor on the phone, or make an appointment to meet with them in person. You can also send an email to with your questions. We read and respond to every email.

What is the best time to visit campus?

Aside from our regular campus tours, the absolute best time to visit us is during our annual CSUMB Open House. This is a one-day event held every October where CSUMB showcases the campus, academic programs, athletics, and living community. Our campus also holds campus tours during spring break and most of winter break. Visit our campus tours page for information and dates.

What is the most important factor in admissions?

Academics. CSUMB evaluates students primarily based on their academic GPA, coursework, and (for high school seniors), test scores.

If I meet all the minimum requirements, am I guaranteed admission?

No. Meeting the minimum requirements makes you eligible to be admitted. CSUMB cannot admit all eligible applicants. We encourage students to go above and beyond the minimum requirements to increase their likelihood of admission.

I already have a bachelor's degree, may I still apply?

Yes, however you must apply to a graduate program. You cannot apply for a second bachelor's degree.

I attended CSUMB before, do I need to fill out another application?

Yes. You should also view the requirements for returning students. They have additional admissions criteria.

If I have an associate's degree, am I eligible for admissions?

Students applying for impacted program, with an Associate Degrees for Transfers (AD-T) in a matching major, will be admitted. Please note that the AD-T is not the same as a regular Associates Degree, and requires an application through the Transfer Center at your community college.

I'm a transfer student, do I have to have all my major prerequisite classes complete to be admitted?

Yes, if you are applying to an impacted major. For all majors, it is recommended to shorten the time it takes you to graduate from your program. Students that come in missing key prereqs may have to take lower division courses at CSUMB before they can proceed with their major.

If you have completed an AA-T or AS-T degree, you are guaranteed to graduate within 60 units at CSUMB.