Our traditions

California State University, Monterey Bay's traditions are opportunities for students to participate in activities and create memories they will cherish long after graduation. 

Whether it's supporting one of our 13 sports teams during Otter Thursday or connecting with Otter alumni at RAFT Weekend, there's a way for every Otter to be involved. 

Showcase your Otter spirit

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Otter Thursday

Show your MB school spirit by wearing CSUMB gear or colors every Thursday! Even if you’re not on campus, share your pride on Instagram and use #OtterThursday.


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RAFT Weekend

Raft Weekend is our annual homecoming here at CSUMB! Every year we come together, as otters do, to form a raft as a campus community, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and family. Come join the RAFT and be part of a campus tradition!

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Welcome Back Week

Welcome Back Week is for all new and returning students, faculty, staff, alumni and families. Learn about CSUMB and get an energized start to the school year with this week of engaging activities across campus. 

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CSUMB Bucket List

Make your experience at CSUMB a memorable one by exploring all that CSUMB and the Monterey Peninsula has to offer! Complete all 30 items on the CSUMB Bucket List and receive a special prize. 

Get involved on campus

College is more than just the classes you take — with over 100 student organizations to join, there's no shortage of ways to get involved, express your interests and connect with fellow Otters. 

MyRaft is CSUMB's student engagement platform where you can register for events, join student organizations, connect with departmental resources and interact socially with other students.