California State University-Monterey Bay


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Public

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: California


We serve students from the entire state of California, but 31 percent of our undergraduate students come from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. We pride ourselves on making higher education accessible to traditionally underserved (34%) and low-income (30%) populations. Nearly seventy percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. Forty-seven percent of our students are among the first generation of their family to go to college. A few more things set us apart from other CSUs. We're smaller than most, with about 4,800 students. Of those, 52 percent live on campus. Our campus is on the former Fort Ord Army base, which closed in 1994, and so it has a different feel.

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Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 4340
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Faculty: 134

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 32:1
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Contact Information

100 Campus Center
Seaside California 93955


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Main Phone: 831-582-3330

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Applying to Transfer

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Minimum GPA for Applying:
There is a minimum GPA requirement of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for transfer admission consideration, a 2.40 for nonresidents.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
The lowest grade earned for any course that may be transferred for credit is a D-.

Credits (Min/Max):
The max credits accepted from a 2-year is 70 semester, and no max limits from a 4-year. You must earn 30 semester credits at Monterey Bay to earn a bachelor's degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
Official SAT/ACT test scores are required if you have fewer than 60 transferable semester units.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Monterey Bay does not publish a requirement for letters of recommendation.

Essay(s) required:
An essay or personal statement is not required for transfer admission consideration.

Application Fee:
There is a $55 nonrefundable application fee.

Other Requirements:
Within the 30 general education credits, complete with a C or better the four-course sequence most commonly approved as English composition, speech, critical thinking, and a mathematics course with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite.

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Transfers Applied: 2777

Transfers Accepted: 1399

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Aid Counselors are available to assist with questions regarding student loans, scholarships, and grants. For priority consideration, we highly encourage all students to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between 1/1 - 3/2 every year.

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