College Focus: CSU Monterey Bay

By Natasha Muller

Just two hours south of San Francisco is a beautiful place called Monterey Bay, which is on the central coast of California, home to California State University, Monterey Bay.  The California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) campus is close to pristine beaches, redwood forests, tidepools, and the Fort Ord National Monument.  CSU Monterey has an acceptance rate of about 75%. Cal State Monterey Bay provides over 7,000 students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus.  CSU Monterey Bay’s diverse student body receives personal attention in small classes while pursuing degrees in 25 undergraduate and 7 graduate majors.

At CSU Monterey, 38% of the undergraduates come from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.  53% of the students are among the first generation of their family to go to college. And with 52% of the students living on campus, it is one of the most residential universities in the CSU. The most popular majors at CSU Monterey Bay are Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Psychology; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies.  At CSU Monterey more than 22,000 people have graduated since the university was founded in 1994. Go Otters!