Service learning is a direct expression of the CSUMB vision statement. As a university dedicated to "building partnerships...that cross institutional boundaries for innovative instruction and coordinated community service", The goal is to help students develop the "social responsibility and skills to be community builders". CSUMB is proud to be one of the only public universities in the country to have made this commitment to service learning for all students.
CSUMB is recognized as a national leader in service learning and civic engagement, as the only two-time recipient of the White House President's Award for Community Service in Higher Education (2006, 2010). In 2015, CSUMB received the Carnegie Foundation's Elective Classification in Community Engagement, reflective to its outstanding commitment to service, social responsibility and regional stewardship.