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 fewer than 6,000 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 (2012-2013)

Three biggest majors:

  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Biology

Total enrollment: 5,609

  • Female: 63%
  • Male: 37%


  • White: 42%
  • Latino: 33%
  • Asian American: 5%
  • African American: 6%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more: 7%
  • Other/decline to state: 6%

ESL program

Two 8-weeks sessions are offered during each academic semester and a  4-week session during the summer are offered for students with Beginning, low intermediate, intermediate and advanced English skills. Each level of instruction offers courses and Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing and Grammar. Additionally, students elect to take one of the following courses: American Culture, Conversation, or American Studies.

Support Services

The Office of International Programs offers a full-range of services for international students. In addition, support is available from the university’s Writing Center, the academic Skills Achievement Program, individualized faculty attention, technology support, residential advisers on each floor of the housing, and the personal growth and counseling center. International students can also participate in excursions to regional and California attractions such as Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Carmel, and the awe-inspiring Big Sur Coast.

Student Housing options

International students have the option of living in North Quad Suites, Strawberry apartments, or East Campus apartments. Go to for more information.

Application deadlines

International undergraduate students seeking a degree from CSUMB should apply no later than July 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester. ESL students will receive priority consideration if the application is received at least 45-days in advance of the start of the session. Master’s students should check the website for the most up-to-date deadline information.

Admission requirements for first year and transfer students: Nothing specific

International student visas issued: F1, J1 application is pending and will likely be available by 10/1/2013

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

2013-2014 Estimated Fees:

Bachelor’s Degree (per academic year)

Tuition and Fees, $16.377
Housing and Meals, $9,806
Personal Expenses and Books, $2,051
Health Insurance, $1,300

Intensive English Program (per session)

Tuition and Fees, $2,250
Housing and meals, $2,500
Personal Expenses and Books, $550
Health Insurance, $650

Semester@CSUMB (per semester, 12-units)

Tuition and Fees, $4,500
Housing and Meals, $4903
Personal Expenses and Books, $1,250
Health Insurance, $650

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

When not studying, students can participate in one or more than 80 clubs or participate in several intramural sports.  The university’s outdoor recreation program allows students to experience unforgettable outdoor adventures in the Monterey Bay area and the surrounding Fort Ord National Monument.