California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, Monterey Bay students enjoy all of the possibilities provided by large universities in a small, personal environment. Students have the opportunity to develop intellectually while studying and socializing with American students. The trustworthy faculty get to know their students as individuals as well as emerging scholars. CSUMB is a small residential campus, focused on student learning. CSUMB is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, with over 1,300 acres of land (5,260,000 square meters) and about 8,000 students, there is plenty of space for both learning and leisure. Situated directly adjacent to the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, CSUMB is home to quality outdoor-recreation opportunities and close to some of the most beautiful beaches and ocean scenes in the world. With one of the best climates in the world, Monterey Bay offers great recreational opportunities in a diverse cultural setting.

Student demographics

Distinguished Majors

  • Marine Science
  • Sustainable Hospitality Management
  • Cinematic Arts & Technology
  • Global Studies
  • Environmental Science, Technology & Policy

Total enrollment: 8,000+

  • Female: 63%
  • Male: 37%


  • Latino: 41%
  • White: 31%
  • Two or More Races: 8%
  • Asian American: 7%
  • African American: 5%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Other/decline to state: 6%

ESL program

The American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) provides an opportunity to learn and/or enhance English from knowledgeable, friendly (ESL) experts. The program is for students who wish to improve their English skills for professional development or academic preparation. Students may study English as part of the ALCP program for 4 weeks, 8 weeks, a semester, or with the intent to pursue a degree at CSUMB after meeting English Proficiency admission requirements.

Support Services

The International Programs Office offers a full range of services for international students. Academic and career support is available from the Cooperative Learning Center and the Center for Advising, Career & Student Success. Students have access to Health & Wellness Services at the on-campus Health Center as well as the Personal Growth & Counseling Center. Student Housing & Residential Life helps students adjust to life on campus by organizing fun events. International students can also participate in cultural excursions to regional attractions such as Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Carmel, and the awe-inspiring Big Sur Coast.

Student Housing options

International students who apply by the priority deadline are guaranteed space in on-campus housing. Around half of all CSUMB students live on campus, creating a vibrant residential community atmosphere. Options are wide-ranging and include dorm-style rooms, suites, and apartments. Please visit for full details on amenities and rates.

Application deadlines

Fall Priority Date: April 1

Spring Priority Date: October 1

Applying by the priority application date increases your chances for preferred courses and housing. Applications may be accepted after the deadline on a case-by-case basis.

Admission requirements for first-year and transfer students: Please see all admission requirements at

International student visas issued: F1 and J1


Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Estimated fees:


Bachelor’s Degree – Estimated Costs PER ACADEMIC YEAR

Tuition & Fees $16,647 (at 12 units/semester)

Health Insurance (required) $1,200

Housing $6,210 – $13,372

Meal Plan (required for select housing) $3,300 – $5,424


Semester@CSUMB – Estimated Costs PER SEMESTER

Tuition & Fees $5,700

Campus Specific Fees $39

Health Insurance (required) $600

Housing $4,200 – $5,900

Meal Plan (required for select housing) $1,650 – $2,100

See all fees at


All international students are eligible for the Presidential Fee Waiver. Applications are due July 30 for the following year. Eligible is based on academic performance and campus involvement. Successful applicants have their international tuition is waived and pay only California tuition and fees. Limited scholarships are available on a year-to-year basis. Go to for more information.

Student activities and campus life

CSUMB offers 80+ clubs and organizations, catering to a diverse set of interests. CSUMB has an on-campus fitness center and pool, and fields 13 Division II athletic teams, as well as dozens of intramural and pick-up teams. Or, if you enjoy the arts, get involved with the campus’ two theaters, the film studio, music studio, or the visual & public art space. The university’s popular Outdoor Recreation program allows students to experience unforgettable outdoor adventures like surfing, kayaking, and even skiing in the greater California area. Students can explore Monterey on their own with free access to public transportation, or by inexpensive bike rentals at the on-campus Otter Cycle Center. Learn about all that CSUMB has to offer at