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California State University-Monterey Bay Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 316 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 6 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

61% Women
39% Men


NCAA Division II (without football)

California Collegiate Athletic Assoc

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $60,164)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $58,597)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 41 - - -
Basketball 16 17 - Yes
Golf 10 11 - -
Soccer 34 31 - Yes
Softball - 24 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 5 11 Yes -
Volleyball - 16 - Yes
Water Polo - 21 - -
Bowling - - - Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5.5%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.5%
Hispanic 27.9%
Non-resident alien 0.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 15.2%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 46.4%
Percent of students with disability 4%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Music Ensemble
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 4
Drug Law Violation 41
Liquor Law Violation 25
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 7
Property Crime 18
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Ken from Beverly Hills, CA
  • 5
  • Dorms can range from one to four people per room. Some dorms have their own bathrooms, while other dorms share bathrooms with neighboring rooms. Some building are recently constructed, while…

  • Sep-03-2012 Read More
  • Isabelle from Brea, CA
  • 3
  • I would say the dorms are probably the biggest draw of this campus. Being renovated army barracks, they all have individual bathrooms, and are significantly bigger than freshman dorms at…

  • Sep-20-2013 Read More
  • Hailey from Surprise, AZ
  • 3
  • Dorm life is pretty good on campus. There are more housing options than other CSU's and the dorms are quite spacious and have a lot of free amenities. Free wi-fi,…

  • Apr-23-2012 Read More
  • Shannon from Seaside, CA
  • 4
  • depending on your roommate it can be really hard to study or not. if you do get a noisy roommate or noisy neighbors our school has a great library that…

  • Feb-23-2012 Read More
  • Shelby from Marina, CA
  • 4
  • Dorms at CSUMB are considerably larger than those at other Universities, and the rules and regulations of the dorms are easy to abide by. …

  • May-24-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Aliyah Schiesz
  • May-05-2014 I am a current student here

    Food is good at first, but you will get tired of it eventually. There's also Starbucks and Peet's, so that'll help you with all of your finals.

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  • 5
  • Mitchell from Salinas, CA
  • Apr-21-2014 I am a current student here

    The school has it's own dining area, with random chefs that come around and cook particular foods-only open during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also have a little snack shack that you can go to, that's open throughout the day.

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  • 2
  • John from Arroyo Grande, CA
  • Mar-06-2014 I am a current student here

    Food options are minimal at CSUMB. Most students at this university laugh when they think of other universities that have multiple restaurants, pubs, sushi bars etc. There are minimal places to receive food at CSUMB, and often people complain about the low quality of food that is offered. The options may seem plentiful upon first arriving, but most students quickly grow a distaste for the main dining hall (nicknamed the DC). There is a student restaurant that provides higher quality food for a higher price, as well as the Otter Express which provides quick, on-the-go items.

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  • 4
  • Gina from Seaside, CA
  • Feb-27-2014 I am a current student here

    Some who say our food is the best around. Some would say our food is ok. But its never been bad. We even have a bar on campus.

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  • 3
  • Joshua from Seaside, CA
  • Jan-10-2014 I am a current student here

    Food and dining is something students often complain about. There are three food options in CSUMB. Dinning Campus (Buffet style), Otter Express(mainly for fast food and sandwhiches) and Otter Bay restaurant. The dinning commons is the cheapest option but it is crowded. Over all the food that they serve is passable. There are some sections that change everyday and there are others that stay the same. The otter express is tastier but generally less healthy and more expensive. The otter express also looks nicer because it was just remodeled. The otterbay restaurant has the best food but they offer food at restaurant prices obviously. Although people complain about the food places they are great places to socialize and meet people. For me personally, the only time I socialize (being that I have so little time) is when I go to the Dinning Commons to eat. In conclusion the food is passable but the experience is good.

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  • 5
  • Kayla from Salinas, CA
  • Dec-29-2013 I am a current student here

    Good food quality. Several places to choose from. There is always a delicious vegetarian option. Marina, a short bus ride away, has several fast food restaurants and several great ethnic spots. The school offers organic produce every Tuesday that is available for purchase right outside the library and with the meal plan dollars.

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  • 3
  • Alexander from San Leandro, CA
  • Nov-29-2013 I am a current student here

    The food at CSUMB is not very good. However, it is not bad, either. The Dining Commons at the north end of the quad is your main option for food at the school, and it offers several different styles of meh-level food, ranging from meh mexican food to meh omelettes, from meh sandwiches to meh burgers and meh pizza. None of the food is really any good, but none of it, again, is particularly bad, either. The only other on-campus option is the Otter Express, which is a building with two restaurants (one styled after Wing Stop, and the other after Subway), and several shelves with snack foods like M&M's and assorted chips. There are also a couple of refrigerated shelves with Safeway-grade sushi, and things like pre-made salads and sandwiches. The Otter Express is definitely the better of the two options, but it costs more money, so you have to decide how to spend. For off campus food options, there are plenty of good restaurants, but you'd have to be agreeable to taking a bus to get to them.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • John from Arroyo Grande, CA
  • Mar-06-2014 I am a current student here

    As mentioned above, there is no greek row and greek life seems pale in comparison to larger universities such as Fresno State. However, sororities and fraternities are still present on campus and often affiliated members are eager to get involved in community organizations.

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  • 0
  • Stephen from Marina, CA
  • Sep-14-2013 I am a current student here

    I don't really know. I'm sure most people at CSUMB aren't there to get drunk and party, because there are better schools to go to for that.

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  • 0
  • Alexandra from Monterey, CA
  • Mar-07-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek Life was almost non-existent on campus up until about 5 years ago - since then it has exploded. However, it is not so prevalent that students who are NOT interested in Greek Life will feel excluded.

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  • 0
  • Shannon from Seaside, CA
  • Feb-17-2013 I am a current student here

    There are multiple sororities and fraternities on campus and many of the students are a part of the greek life.

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