California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, Monterey Bay is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. It is part of the largest, most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. Founded in 1994, the Monterey Bay branch is one of the smaller CSUs, with about 5,000 students total. More than half of the students also live on campus, which is on a former Army base.

Programs Offered

There are more than 20 undergraduate majors to choose from, with the biggest majors being business, biology, and psychology. Cal State Monterey Bay awards both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in such areas as science, social science, math, and arts. Degree programs are designed to be interdisciplinary and integrate several traditional fields of study so that students can get a range of knowledge and skills. As a result, the university has such unique offerings as Teledramatic Arts and Technology – the study of film, video, and new media. At the graduate level, there are eight master’s degree programs, in areas including coastal and watershed science, education, marine science, public policy, and social work. Cal State Monterey Bay also awards teaching credentials.


Cal State Monterey Bay is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It’s been accredited since 2003. It also has a special accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for teacher education, which is has held since 2007.


Cal State Monterey Bay accepts applications in the fall. Applicants must have a qualifiable Eligibility Index (a California metric based on GPA and test scores), have completed state course requirements with grades of C or better, have a 2.0 GPA or higher for California residents, or a 2.45 GPA or higher for non-state residents, and have taken the SAT I or the ACT.

Admissions Contact

California State University, Monterey Bay
Office of Admissions
100 Campus Center, Building 47
Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 582-3738

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