California State University-Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

CSUMB Library
CSUMB Library. CSU Monterey Bay / Flickr

California State University-Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is selective, with 35% of applicants accepted last year. The school is accessible to many interested students, especially those with grades and test scores well above average. Students should have at least a 2.0 high school GPA to be considered for admission. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus and to check out the school's website for more information regarding applications and the admissions process.

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Admissions Data (2016)

CSUMB Description

Founded in 1994, CSUMB, the California State University at Monterey Bay, is the second youngest school in the Cal State system. The school's stunning coastal setting is a big draw. CSUMB emphasizes hands-on, outcome-based learning and interaction between faculty and students. The CSUMB experience begins with a first-year seminar and concludes with a senior capstone project. The university owns two research boats for studying Monterey Bay, and service learning and undergraduate research projects are common. In Athletics, the CSUMB Otters compete in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 7,274 (6,758 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38% Male / 62% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,379 (in-state); $17,539 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,339 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,930
  • Other Expenses: $2,030
  • Total Cost: $21,678 (in-state); $32,838 (out-of-state)

CSUMB Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 80%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 74%
    • Loans: 52%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,623
    • Loans: $4,532

Academic Programs

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 7%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 21%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 55%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Water Polo, Volleyball, Basketball, Golf, Basketball

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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