California State University-Monterey Bay
Seaside, CA 93955-8001


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Medium
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 7,274
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 5%
Student to faculty ratio 23:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 3,800 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

California State University-Monterey Bay is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 16,258 applications and only 5,729 students were granted admission. California State University-Monterey Bay is at the #33 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

California State University-Monterey Bay charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $16,632 and in-state students paid $5,472.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 80% of California State University-Monterey Bay's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 49% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,787 (which is 8% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at California State University-Monterey Bay in 2016-2017, was 536, which is 51% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $3,850 (which is 27.4% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, California State University-Monterey Bay has enrolled a total of 7,274 students (6,576 students full-time and 698 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 7,274 students, 905 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 37% men and 63% women and 6,758 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 516 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 68 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Hispanic: 44%

White: 28%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 7%

Two or more races: 6%

Asian: 5%

Black/African American: 5%

Non-resident alien: 5%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at California State University-Monterey Bay.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 31% 647 0
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 12% 247
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 8% 168 0
Natural Resources And Conservation 8% 166
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 5% 110
Education 5% 96 0
Health Professions And Related Programs 3% 66
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 0% 7
Mathematics And Statistics 0% 2
Psychology 0% 2

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of California State University-Monterey Bay full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of California State University-Monterey Bay graduates 6 years after enrollment is $40,500. Last year, out of the total 1,251 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,201 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,409 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,339 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $40,500 $48,900
Employment Rate 96% 95%
Total Graduates 1,251 1,409

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of California State University-Monterey Bay.

San Jose State University
47.4 mile away
Foothill College
52.1 mile away
Skyline College
76.8 mile away
Modesto Junior College
81.5 mile away