California State University - Monterey Bay

California State University - Monterey Bay Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is California State University - Monterey Bay Ranked?

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

California State University - Monterey Bay was awarded 244 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is marine science.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2023 analysis, CSUMB is ranked #835 out of 2,241 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 170 colleges in California, CSUMB is ranked at #102.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CSUMB?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at California State University - Monterey Bay is 86%, which is higher than many other schools to which you may be applying. But don't think getting into CSUMB is a sure thing. The admissions staff is still going to review your application to see if you are a good fit for the school.

Average Test Scores

About 93% of students accepted to CSUMB submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 590. Math scores were between 480 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Monterey Bay  ( 480 to 590 )
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SAT Math Scores for California State University - Monterey Bay  ( 480 to 570 )
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CSUMB received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Monterey Bay  ( 17 to 23 )
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California State University - Monterey Bay Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At California State University - Monterey Bay, this rate is 23 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at California State University - Monterey Bay is 48%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  48 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Monterey Bay

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 81% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like California State University - Monterey Bay enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at CSUMB is 27%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  27 out of 100
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California State University - Monterey Bay Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,509 undergraduates at CSUMB with 5,703 being full-time and 806 being part-time.

How Much Does California State University - Monterey Bay Cost?

The overall average net price of CSUMB is $13,597. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CSUMB

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,192 $10,711 $14,319 $18,412 $21,728

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CSUMB, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At CSUMB, approximately 45% of students took out student loans averaging $5,070 a year. That adds up to $20,280 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSUMB is 2.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do CSUMB Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from CSUMB with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $53,190 in their early years. This is good news for future CSUMB graduates since it is 25% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.

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Location of California State University - Monterey Bay

California State University - Monterey Bay is a public institution located in Seaside, California. Seaside is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for CSUMB are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA 93955-8001
Phone: 831-582-3000
Website: www.csumb.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CSUMB
Twitter: https://twitter.com/csumb

California State University - Monterey Bay Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 33 majors graduated from California State University - Monterey Bay. Of these students, 1,805 received undergraduate degrees and 322 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 252 $28,861
Business Administration & Management 242 $45,999
Liberal Arts General Studies 227 $29,259
Computer Science 170 $59,412
Health & Physical Education 154 $26,320
Human Services 115 $35,158
General Biology 111 $31,700
General Social Sciences 87 $31,594
Nursing 74 $109,260
Natural Resources Conservation 73 $28,908

Learn more about the majors offered at California State University - Monterey Bay along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CSUMB

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 7,379 students took at least one online class at California State University - Monterey Bay. This is an increase from the 2,864 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 7,379 7,061
2018-2019 2,864 469
2017-2018 2,692 487
2016-2017 2,126 206
2015-2016 2,136 68

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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