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Why Choose CSUMB?

One Mile from the Pacific Ocean

What does our proximity to the ocean mean for you? Well, besides the typical beach days, seaside study sessions, and sunset bonfires; we are also just minutes away from redwood forests, tide pools, and the Fort Ord National Monument!

Unique Academic Programs in an Intimate Classroom Setting

These are just a few of our unique academic offerings, which will help you stand out upon graduation: Collaborative Health & Human Services, Humanities & Communication, Human Development & Family Studies, Sustainable Hospitality Management. In addition to unique majors, our campus features a 25:1 student-to-faculty ratio, which means more quality one-on-one time for students with their instructors.

Diverse & Multicultural Campus

We have a commitment to create a community of diverse learners and scholars. This is evident through our Otter Cross Cultural Center and their cultural resources.


You can obtain a high quality degree, select from a multitude of hands-on opportunities, and build friendships to last a lifetime at CSUMB...all for an affordable pricetag!

Bustling Student Life

There is always something going on around campus to help nurture your experience here at CSUMB. We have so many unique clubs, organizations, and programs for you to get involved with to enhance your college experience.

Nationwide Recognition

CSUMB and our students' achievements continue to make waves. We have been ranked both regionally and nationally!

Still want to know more about our student experiences?

Read about our student successes in their own words and why they love CSUMB and the Otter experience!

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