California State University – Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a small public university and is part of the California State University System. It was established in June 1994 at a location formerly occupied by Fort Ord, a decommissioned army base that traces its history back to 1917. Its present campus located in Seaside, California still bears traces of its military past.
Dubbing itself the “21st Campus for the 21st Century” for being the 21st campus in the 23 campus California State University System, CSUMB seeks to distinguish itself from the rest by aiming for an education that is outcome-based. Its educational programs integrate the sciences, the arts and humanities, liberal studies, and professional training. The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Humanities.
California State University – Monterey Bay is accredited to grant bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Offered bachelor degree programs include B.S. Biology, B.S. Business Administration, B.A. Collaborative Heath and Human Services, B.S. Communication Design, B.S. Computer Science and Information Technology, B.S. Environmental Science/Technology and Policy, B.A. Environmental Studies, B.A. Global Studies, B.A. Human Communications, B.A. Integrated Studies, B.A. Japanese, B.S. Kinesiology, B.A. Liberal Studies, B.S. Marine Science, B.S. Mathematics, B.A. Music, B.A. Psychology, B.A. Social and Behavioral Sciences, B.A. Spanish, B.A. Teledramatic Arts and Technology, B.A. Visual and Public Art, and B.A. World Languages and Cultures. Offered Minors include Business, Biology, Chicana/o Studies, Communication Design, Computer Science, Creative Writing/Action, Earth Systems Science, Environmental Health Policy, Globe Studies, Health and Wellness, Hispanic Cultures, Human Communication, Human Development, International Health Policy, Japanese Culture, Japanese Language, Journalism/Media, Latin American Studies, Mathematics, Music, Non-Profit Management, Outdoor Recreation, Place Studies, Pre-Law, Psychology, Service Learning, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish Language, Sport Management, Teledramatic Arts, and Writing and Rhetoric.
Graduate degree programs offered by California State University – Monterey Bay include the M.S. Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy, M.A. Education, Master of Business Administration, M.S. Instructional Science and Technology, M.S. Management and Information Technology, M.S. Marine Science, Master of Public Policy, and Master of Social Work. Teaching credential programs are likewise offered including Single Subject, Multiple Subjects, Special Education, and the CalState TEACH.
There are about 4,080 undergraduate and 140 graduate students currently enrolled with the university. Male students comprise 39.8% of the student population while the female students represent 60.2%. Full-time undergraduate students receiving need-based financial aid represent 57% of the student population. There are 334 members of the academic staff including full-time and tenure-tracked. As to ethnicity, the biggest percentage goes to White Americans, followed by Hispanic Americans. The rest of the student population is comprised of African Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.
California State University – Monterey Bay is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. Its teams are known as the Otters, compete in men’s cross-country, basketball, soccer, baseball, and golf, as well as women’s cross-country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, golf, softball, and water polo. A coed sailing team also competes during the fall and spring season.
Annual undergraduate tuition is estimated at $5,472.00 while graduate and other post-baccalaureate programs cost $6,738.00. Financial aid is provided through federal grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.