Campus Life

We believe your experience at CSUMB is about the time you spend in the classroom, the people you interact with, and the involvement opportunities you take advantage of. All of these will transform yourself, others, and the world around you. 

We call ourselves The Raft — a group of Otters who support and strengthen each other, just as sea otters do when they hold together and stay connected in the ocean. Whatever your journey or goals, we are thrilled to have you join us and commit to your success!

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Campus Traditions

Don't miss out on your opportunities to rep your Otter Pride and join the RAFT in our favorite CSUMB traditions. From Otter Days to Commencement, your memories at CSUMB will last a lifetime.

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Fitness and Recreation

Students, staff, and faculty can stay active and fit through our recreational programs and facilities. We have a challenge course, gym and pool, plus organized group activities such as surfing, kayaking, mountain biking, and intramural sports.

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Health and Wellness Services

Our Health & Wellness Services include the Campus Health Center, the Personal Growth & Counseling Center, Campus Chaplaincy, and Student Disability and Accessibility Center (SDAC)


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Students can live on campus in our residence halls, suites, and apartments. There are several dining venues on campus and meal plans are available for campus residents and commuters.

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Otter Student Union

OSU includes the Otter Cross Cultural Center, A/V Technical Services, our beautiful facility, and so much more!

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Student Engagement and Organizations

Student engagement has a critical role in ensuring the education & development of the whole student and achieving the academic mission of our campus. We provide a wide array of programs, campus events, leadership initiatives, and civic engagement opportunities to support students’ collegiate endeavors from orientation to graduation!

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Campus safety is a high priority. Our Student Affairs staff and campus police work closely with the community to ensure a safe and secure campus.

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Getting around campus and into town is easy and you have a variety of transportation options. Learn more about cars, bikes, and buses on campus here.

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World Theater

Enjoy captivating lectures, dance, jazz, theater, and film performances at the World Theater. These professional presentations celebrate different cultures with the campus and surrounding community.

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There are many campus traditions associated with being a CSUMB Otter! Check out this page to get started and make sure you complete all the items on the bucket list during your time at CSUMB!