Admissions

Steps to Enrollment for Redirected Students

If you’re a first-time freshman, upper-division transfer student, or an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) student and have applied to a CSU campus, there is the chance that the campus(es) you applied to don’t have the capacity to admit more students. If this happens, your application will be redirected to an alternate CSU campus.

Redirection occurs after all campuses report their admission decisions for a given semester to Cal State Apply. For fall admission, this will be after April 1.

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Consider CSU Monterey Bay

California State University Monterey Bay currently has space available to accommodate redirected students on a first-come, first-served basis. If CSU Monterey Bay is new to you, we encourage you to schedule a meeting with one of our Admissions Counselors to review the enrollment process and learn more about us.

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider CSU Monterey Bay:

  • Low cost of tuition. CSUMB has the lowest combined tuition and fee structure of all CSUs. We also offer a wide range of scholarships and other financial aid options. Focus more on your studies, and less on paying for your education. See current tuition and fees.
  • Personalized education. CSUMB is proud to offer small class sizes and professors who know you by name. Our Service Learning program has been recognized nationally for its work in helping students examine issues of justice, diversity and social responsibility through service learning. Service Learning is required of all students, helping them become committed to public and community service. We also have a pristine Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center that matches undergrad students up with faculty mentors who guide them in original research. This experience makes our students very competitive candidates in graduate school applications and prestigious fellowships.
  • CSUMB's beautiful natural setting. Monterey Bay is on the central coast of California, just two hours south of San Francisco. The bay itself is one of the largest marine protected areas in the world and home to whales, deep sea anglerfish, and of course our mascot, sea otters. The CSUMB campus is close to pristine beaches, redwood forests, tidepools, and the Fort Ord National Monument. The campus sits halfway between the Monterey Peninsula, which features the coastal communities of Pacific Grove, Monterey, Seaside and Carmel, and the Salinas Valley, known as the "Salad Bowl of the World"for its abundant agricultural production. The city of Salinas is the county seat and served as the setting for many of John Steinbeck's novels. The campus straddles the cities of Seaside and Marina, which are small, diverse communities where many of our students live and work. We also offer online programs for those who don't live in the area.

Steps to Enrollment

If you decide that CSU Monterey Bay is the right place for you, here are some steps you'll need to take:

  1. Submit your Enrollment Confirmation deposit by May 15, 2022. This $100 deposit reserves your spot at CSUMB and is credited towards your first semester tuition.
  2. Send us your transcripts. Keep your eye out for an email telling you about how to access your CSUMB Dashboard, and then log in to check your checklist for missing items. 
  3. Apply for financial aid. If you haven't already done so, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible if you need help paying for college. Make sure your current FAFSA results are sent to CSU Monterey Bay (code 032603).
  4. Apply for housing. Living on campus is an exciting opportunity to be close to classes, friends, and everything CSUMB has to offer. From our various housing options, to our Living Learning Programs, we strive to provide you with a comfortable space to thrive in and out of the classroom!