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California State Univ.-Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Reviews

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  • 01/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 out of 24 people found this review useful. 1 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school has wonderful programs for many majors and/or minors. There will be a right school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will not be on your own just because your parents are not here. (That is if you plan to live in the dorms.) Many people will be willing to be friends and help you out. But, you should learn how to wash laundry!

    Bang for the buck

    The dorms are quite comfortable and are getting worked on more and more. Transportation is easy and there is even an open gym. Food is also homemade. There is a kitchen in every dorm for your own cooking.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a beautiful campus with many things to do on a free day. There are many people willing to help with any problem.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are not too large so the teachers have more one-on-one time with their students. The only problem are furlough days that take away more time to learn.

  • 01/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 2 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Attend if you love the out doors and are not into going to a schoolstuck in the middle of a busy city

    Bang for the buck

    As with most of the colleges, we are suffering with furloughs and the rise in tuition and less class time just dont make sense

    Am enjoying being here

    I Am having a great time adjusting to being awa from home. The dorms are great and so is the capus as a whole

    Am learning a lot

    My major has already got me doing hands on activities. I am not always sitting in a classroom.

  • 01/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 3 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college is very laid back, so I recommend this campus to easy going people and people that are easily able to adjust to new environments. It's a fairly small place that's easily adaptable. So if you're looking for a school that's not too big or small this could be what you're looking for.

    Tips for prospective students

    ORGANIZE and PRIORITIZE!!!!! This is very important. The college experience may be very overwhelming the first year and you will for sure slack off in one of these two things. Take some time and make sure you have all your papers in order and you have enough time to get everything done.

    Bang for the buck

    I definitely think that you're getting what you paid for. The scenery is wonderful, the classes are fun and interesting, there's a whole bunch of things to do, and everyone is super nice. Overall, this is a great university to go to.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is absolutely beatuiful. The students, teachers, and other campus workers are very friendly and easy to get along with. The school beach is about 20 minutes away walking and it serves as a great escape when you're having a rough day or just a great way to hang out with friends.

    Am learning a lot

    In every class you take you learn something new. The classes are, for the most part, small and easy to focus and pay attention in. The professors are very approachable and are willing to help you in any way possible.

  • 04/20/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like a quite campus, away from the cities. If you like the outdoors or living close to the Bay. If you like small classrooms.

    Am enjoying being here

    Nice campus, can walk to your classes easily.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the classrooms are small/average size about 40 students usually, depending on the students enrolled in that class. It is great because is the same few people and you can get the teacher's attention quick. You can socialize with the professors and the students and feel comfortable right away. Thus, focusing and enjoying the learning experience rather than worrying about fitting in.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The school has a police force that routinely makes sure everything is going well around the campus. Emergency buttons are located around the school, with a response time of around 60 seconds when activated.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs are offered at CSUMB. The school also has a small venue called the Black Box Cabaret (BBC), which is basically a small club. The school also has a theater, sports center, and an aquatics center.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to meet easy going people, live in a suburban area, and experience college in a setting that is unlike any other.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CSUMB is located on what used to be Fort Ord, a now decommissioned army base. Some abandoned building are still on campus, but are off limits to students.

    Bang for the buck

    CSUMB has a low tuition compared to most UCs or other CSUs. You will definitely save a great deal of money by coming to CSUMB, all without sacrificing anything or receiving a low quality education.

    What to do for fun

    CSUMB is only a short bus ride away from the nearby town of Monterey, and even closer are the towns Seaside, Sand City, Marina, and Salinas. Getting to these locations by bus is free for students, as long as they show their student ID.

    Food and Dining

    The main places to eat on campus are the dining commons, and the otter express, with most people going to the dining commons for their meals. The DC serves good food, but it starts to get repetitive after a while. If coming to CSUMB, think about getting a mini fridge and buying your own food to change up your meals.

    Dorm Life

    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 others are renovated from old officer's quarters (as this school is on what used to be an old army base).

    Academic Rigor

    Most class sizes are small, with about 30 students per class. There is only one lecture hall on campus, but it is still small compared to some other universities. Many teachers are extremely helpful, and want their students to succeed in their classes. However, expect to put in effort to pass your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    The weather can range from occasionally sunny to a dreary fog that covers the entire campus. Usually cloudy, the temperature is around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Be prepared for the cold weather! Also, try to avoid the raccoons that come out at night.

    In three sentences

    CSUMB is located just north of Monterey, California. The school is about 5 minutes away from the ocean, and offers a laid back setting. CSUMB has a small campus, with around 5,000 students in attendance.

  • 01/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 6 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I really like how cheap the tuition is compared to other universities in California.

    Am enjoying being here

    The weather here is perfect all year round and the campus is located right by the beach. I also love how friendly everyone is and how much the teachers seem to care about you as an individual.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning so much at CSUMB. I have learned a lot from my classes, but I think I have learned even more from living on my own and living with my room mate.

  • 11/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    laid back, but still want to have a good time!

    Tips for prospective students

    MEET THE DEADLINES! fill out the fafsa, go to on a tour, go to open house, talk to people that go here!

    Bang for the buck

    csumb is one of the cheapest CSU's in the state... who can argue with that? :)

    Am enjoying being here

    The social life is great as well, this school has a small town feel where even if you don't know someone, its okay to just strike up a conversation. every one is laid back and friendly, and there is always something to do whether it be a movie on Tuesday night at the world theater (it's free for students! and they play new movies that are still in the cinema!) or taking a walk down to the beach! I love love love it here :)

    Am learning a lot

    I am in my first semester at California State University of Monterey Bay... And I am LOVING it! I am taking 15 units this semester. All my classes are general education classes right now. I am pursuing my degree in SBS (social and behavioral sciences) with emphasis on Social Sciences. My dream is to eventually become a history teacher. CSUMB is really great at being able to help you target your goals, and they are with you every step of the way trying to reach those goals. The teachers make themselves super available, and are more than willing to give you one on one time.The class size is small so you will always be taught by the teacher, not a TA. most of the time the teacher wants you to call them by their first name which is AWESOME! They make ample time to meet with you one on one if you need to, which makes it super easy if you have any kind of question. some teachers even give you their cell number!

  • 05/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    For being the least-expensive CSU, it has spacious rooming, a good meal plan, a personal bathroom in each room on main campus, and modern buildings.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. It's small but for its size, there is a lot to do; Especially, on campus. There are a lot of on-campus activities that are fun.

    Am learning a lot

    There is a big one-on-one approach to the classes due to the small class size. It makes the class go smoother because you are able to get to know your professors on a personal level.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    CSUMB is a relatively safe university, NightWalk services are available through campus security if you have late night classes and have to walk to and from your dorm. There are also blue emergency kiosks placed throughout the campus in case of emergencies. Students usually don't here about crime on campus. Students and faculty on campus are generally really friendly, with my experience you can leave your cell phone at the school gym and come back to find it was returned to the front desk.

    Greek Life

    There is a lot of Greek life on campus. Kappa Sigma and Sigma Theta Psi are just two of the many sororities and fraternities students can become a part of.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities on campus that you can be involved in. There are clubs for virtually any student with a specific interest. And if you cannot find the club or activity that you are interested in, you can make one!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who don't want to go to a huge school, who like a small campus community, and who like innovative learning!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The abandoned barracks are locations for students to go ording or ghost hunting around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I think over-all, this university does a lot for what you pay for. You will get a quality education and a well-rounded one at that.

    What to do for fun

    Going to the beach, CSU Monterey Bay is right on the shore so there are a lot of fun activities to do there. Downtown Monterey is also a fun attraction, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row are very popular hang out spots for students.

    Food and Dining

    The dining on campus is run through Sodexo. Sodexo is not very popular on our campus due to over-priced foods, and under-paid workers. All students that live on campus are required to have a meal plan, which is a waste of money in my opinion, because most students don't like to eat on campus, but are forced to by the hefty meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    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, cable, kitchen, and laundry services.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of classes at CSU Monterey Bay have either hands on or experimental curriculum. Each class has a set of learning outcomes that each student is expected to fulfill. The course difficulty really depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are clubs on campus, but it is still a small CSU, so you must get involved as much as possible if you are a very social person.

    In three sentences

    California State University is a young university with a lot of potential. The small class sizes and comfortable on campus living arrangements make up for the under-developed area that is previously known as Fort Ord. The dining facilities and parking are extremely over-priced in many students eyes, and also the lack of foreign language options are key issues regarding this school.

  • 09/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are police everywhere (so don't have a party on campus). Not only are there campus police, but CSUMB is partly in Seaside, and partly in Marina. This means both city's police are patrolling campus. This is great however, for feeling safe. I have never felt concerned walking alone, even at night. If you do, we have a night-walk service that you can call and they will walk you to wherever you are headed.

    Greek Life

    Basically non-existent, unless you are hispanic.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are some on-campus clubs, but nothing compared to a larger school. A lot of them also don't regularly meet, or actually do much even if they do meet.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want a college education for a comparatively small price, people who are laid back, like the beach, skateboarding, small town feel, or marine science.

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of the cheapest Cal States, which are cheap in general. And for that price you get small class sizes and spacious dorms. Even though I don't love the school, it is a value that is hard to beat.

    What to do for fun

    Well, the beach is like a mile away, and then you can always go into downtown Monterey which is about 15 minutes away in a car. Downtown has some great little coffee shops and parks and stuff. My favorite place is the East Village Coffee Lounge. There's also the Wharf, and Cannery Row, which are the tourist places, but still beautiful. Taking the 17 mile drive is fun once or twice in Carmel, as well as if you like high-end shopping downtown Carmel can make for a nice afternoon. If you are looking for a campus that has a lot of on-campus events, or parties, then I would suggest choosing a different school. I was shocked at how sleepy the campus is.

    Food and Dining

    There are three actual campus eateries, and then two coffee shops. The all-you-can-eat buffet style eating is at the Dining Commons. It gets old reeeaaallly fast. Then there is the Otter Express, which is more grab-and-go style. This is pretty good. Then there is the Otter Bay Resteraunt, which is a sit-down place that still accepts your dining plan. Overall, the food gets old quickly and lacks many healthy options. Watch out for that Freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    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 other campuses. The social life? It is what you make it, I suppose. If you like to smoke weed or hookah, you will definitely find a large group of friends that are willing to do that stuff with you. If you want to sit in your dorm all day and enjoy peace and quiet, you can do that too (for the most part). If you don't fit into those two categories (like myself) it can be a lot harder to adjust to life in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    While I am a freshman so I have not taken any upper division courses, this school is very simple. Due to AP tests, I am almost at sophomore standing, so I am in several 200-level courses this year, and they have not been hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your school work, because it takes a lot of self motivation to stay on track when those around you aren't. This is a great place to strive to be at the top of your class. If you got above 1800 on the SAT, that is a definite possibility if you are willing to work just a little bit harder than the other students. Also, respond to professors emails, and go to their office hours. These things will set you apart. Also, bring a car. The campus is set away from everything, which makes public transportation a hassle.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school for some, but not for all. It is slow-paced, and not many people are that driven academically. If you want small class sizes, bonfires on the beach, and C students everywhere that like to smoke, this is the place for you.

  • 06/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want the small-town vibe from their college. The campus is very close-knit. Also great for outdoor-sy, there are great bike and hiking trails and the beach is in our backyard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with a lot of things, or you will find yourself bored.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is cheap here, but classes fill up quickly.

    Am enjoying being here

    The area is small, so you know everyone really quickly.

    Am learning a lot

    The class sizes are small, and the professors know you by name. All my professors have gone out of their way to get to know each student personally.

  • 08/28/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Research before you come. Definitely take a campus tour!

    Bang for the buck

    Due to furlough days, the tuition has gone up a bit, but if you've got the money, hey why not?

    Will enjoy being here

    If you're like me, a small town girl at heart, you'll definitely enjoy being here. A lot of people that I've talked to have described the campus as beautiful and friendly. The university resides in Seaside, a not-so-big city, in Central California.

    Will learn a lot

    From the reviews that I've read, it seems like students learn a lot because the student to teacher ratio is larger than that of other schools; meaning that there are less students per teacher than a typical university would allot.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want from a school. If you want a secluded, quiet area then this is for you. But if you like a lot of action and city life...this may not be the best choice for you!

    Bang for the buck

    This is just a personal experience, but my grants were taken away from me when I started to go here and so I would not say that this has been positive budget-wise.

    Am enjoying being here

    The area is beautiful, but there isn't much to do. The school is secluded from anything but itself and things close early because mainly older people occupy the area.

    Am learning a lot

    They encourage you to take less classes your first semester, but I feel like this semester has been a waste because of the lack of classes in my schedule. My classes are easy and don't challenge me at all.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    This university had a lower overall cost than some of the others that I was considering. Even though some of the costs are lower, I don't think that the quality of education or living spaces suffers. The school features well kept fascilities and grounds. The quality of education is wonderful and is a bargain for the price paid.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere at CSUMB. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Part of the benefit of a smaller school is that you see the same people a lot making it easier to get to know new people. We are a fairly tight knit community. The surrounding area has many cultural events, wonderful beaches and lots of fun things to do.

    Am learning a lot

    My goal in college was to learn as much as I could even though I've only been here for a semester I know a great deal more than I did when I got here. I am able to take very interesting and engaging classes with knowledgable and fun teachers.

  • 12/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who don’t mind a tight-knit community; its perfect for students who want a community and student driven campus. If you like the beach you will love it here, lets face it, who doesn’t want to be 10 minutes walking distance from the great Pacific? If you want to learn how to apply what you learn in the classroom to your community, there are plenty of opportunities to do that here!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do well in high school, but don’t kill yourself over it. Ask people who’ve been there and done that about hard questions you have about life. Your mind is capable of more than you know. Shoot for a school that’s in your price range, but don’t be afraid to be in debt, in 2010 students that graduated a four year university who took out loans owed on average $25,250 (New York Times, College Graduates’ Debt Burden Grew, Yet Again, in 2010) just know it’s going to carry into your life after college. Try and learn something from your G.E.’s even if they seem boring or unrelated to anything you will be doing in the future. One more thing. Be nice to everybody! You never know who you’re friends will be once you get there. Be willing to go hang with different types of people until you find that right ‘fit’ of people you really enjoy spending time with.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as I know, THIS California State university is one of the cheaper universities on the list. The university is rather new compared to some of the others and there are a lot less students than most University of California schools. Along with every other state school budget cuts continue to increase creating fewer classes, and restricting students from learning to their full potential. At this point I have so many thoughts and opinions about where my money is going. However, I think being here goes beyond the money, the teachers here really enjoy their jobs (most of them anyways) and integrity in teaching is what has helped me get the most out of my education.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am a college student at CSUMB and I am so happy here. I’m originally from southern California and I do think there is a difference in the cultures represented in each part of our state, so I won’t say it was a piece of cake adapting to some of the little differences I’ve picked up on over the past two and a half years, but in the end I’ve grown to love it. The student life is very active and it is very easy to get involved in activities on campus. The small community is the biggest reason I chose to attend this school—everybody does know everybody but to me that’s okay. The significance of a smaller community means more time with teachers and group projects—you’re forced to challenge yourself in each class you take.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a college student at CSUMB. I learn a little on my own, a lot through my teachers, and even more through my peers. I start almost every class very eager to learn, and I know I’m lucky to have such an interest in my education. In my experience learning at this school became something special—something I would have otherwise missed going to a different university. If I could describe that “something special” I’d say it comes from having a chance my freshman year to take classes in very different subjects bases. I fell in love with my Human Communication classes; choosing a major that you truly love really matters. Building relationships with the teachers and making friends who are hard workers and creative thinkers has also allowed me to learn to my full potential. I have enjoyed my upper division classes more than the ones I first started off with but I think I will say I’ve seen some students sit back and take the easy classes just trying to get through the day, but the opportunity is there. I’ve found one common theme: community. CSUMB became my home when I took what I learned in the classroom and applied it to other communities. I now have had my hand in various volunteer opportunities and have engaged myself in challenging experiences. I won’t stop asking questions and I hope I remember to reflect on these experiences that have given me a new identity.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    we have a police station.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    dia de los muertos

    What to do for fun

    design logotypes and websites.

    In three sentences

    csumb is a great institution that offers many majors to choose from. i recommend this institution to students around the world. campus offers many free programs that helps in our academic needs.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus safety is really good with a lot of lights around the campus and they also have these emergency buttons on the lights where someone will come as soon as possible if you're in trouble.

    What to do for fun

    when i do get free time from all the school work i either go to the movies which is only like 5 minutes away, go to concerts on campus, or other events like comedy night. we have dances like every other week too which can be fun or go to the student center where they have rock band, pool, ddr, ping-pong, air hockey, and t.v.s.

    Food and Dining

    the food can be really good, but can sometimes get a little expensive. i know when i first came to campus i was so excited that they had a huge buffet at the cafeteria serving pizza and burgers everyday along with a taqueria stand and an awesome salad bar. they serve a lot of other stuff on different days that is really good and even have a vegetarian stand:) we also have pete's, starbucks, and even our own restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    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 is a great study place and has a gorgeous view of the ocean. other than that it's a lot of fun meeting new people and you find yourself making a lot of friends running into the same people in the building.

    Academic Rigor

    just like i said no class will be hard if you not only attend class, but actually put time into what you're learning outside of class. this really makes classes so much easier and you actually enjoy it when you start doing well.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you have very good time management skills because otherwise it's easy to get behind. no class can be too hard just as long as you put time into your classes and really study what you're learning. go to class being optimistic about it even if it's a subject you don't favor too well. if you keep telling yourself you're excited to go to class, you actually do become excited and do better in it. trust me:)

    In three sentences

    this school is great if you like a small student to teacher ratio and love the beach:) the beach by here is gorgeous and only about 3 miles away where the weather is around the temperatures of 65 degrees. everyone here is really nice and the staff is always willing to help you if you need it because they really care about your success.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 83

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    As I stated before, CSUMB is right next to the ocean. The college is also next to the retired Fort Ord, and there are a few hiking trials in the area. There is a yearly mud run held right next to the college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just because this is a smaller Cal State, don't expect it to be to easy to get into. Like many other California State colleges, CSUMB currently has financial issues, which means less people are excepted.

    In three sentences

    In my opinion, the best reason to attend this college is definitely the area. In particular, the college is just down the road from the ocean. As such, the college has an excellent ocean biology program.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UPD (University Police Department) is always close and officers are posted around campus regularly. There are also Blue help towers located around campus that students may use if they are in need of immediate help. In addition, UPD also offers a walk-home service in which they will accompany or give a ride to a student who must walk back to their dorms late at night or alone.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like a quieter, more affordable campus (comparatively) will like CSUMB.

    What to do for fun

    There are regular fairs held on campus for the different clubs and groups that students may become a part of. It is also very easy to create your own club on campus. There are a number of trails on and around campus, as well as walking paths that lead directly to the beach which is about a fifteen minute walk away. A short bus ride away is Cannery Row, Downtown Monterey, and Fisherman's Wharf which offer a number of activities as well.

    Food and Dining

    Like any other cafeteria-style venue, at times the food at CSUMB can be both good and bad. However, the way in which students pay for their food on campus via meal plans (blocks and flex) is easy to understand and goes a long way. There are a number of different dining options open at varying hours of the day and night.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms at CSUMB are considerably larger than those at other Universities, and the rules and regulations of the dorms are easy to abide by.

    Academic Rigor

    The course catalog for CSUMB is vast and the classes offered for GE (General Education) and ULR's (University Learning Requirments) fit the needs of individual students very well. While some classes, namely those that pertain to your major, may be difficult at times, the semester-wide system allows students enough time (if they organize correctly) to work on and understand the criteria. A benefit of small class sizes is that professors normally have easily accessible office hours and students can talk with them about their grades or work. Teachers show a genuine interest in the success of their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    CSUMB is not a very big school, however, because the classes are often spread far apart, I would advise future students to invest in some form of transportation other than a car, for example, a scooter or bike. Also, taking advantage of orientation for CSUMB is wise; pay attention to details instructing you on how to use ilearn (campus-wide online homework/ project/ essay submission site) and also how to properly spend your flex dollars and blocks (campus money).

    In three sentences

    CSUMB is a very comfortable school that suits people like myself who prefer a smaller campus with more personalized relationships and interactions with teachers. Due to the smaller class sizes, students are given ample opportunity to discuss their strengths and weaknesses with their professors without difficulty. Student life around campus is active with numerous clubs and organizations that students can easily become a part of.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and ask current students if they like it.

    In three sentences

    Monterey Bay is not the nicest campus you will visit, but it is definitely safe and many students there love it.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors, community based, and environmentally based students should highly consider.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Raccoons are our animal you could say because there everywhere. Everyone always tells you beware of the racoons.

    Bang for the buck

    Not as expensive as most colleges and the education and small class sizes make it all the more reason to attend.

    What to do for fun

    If you love the outdoors, this is the location. Its all about location. Hiking, sailing, motor sports, camping, diving, snorkeling, bonfires, etc.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Apply for all scholarships. Work hard. Those three go with every college you pursue.

    In three sentences

    This establishment is located in one of the most beautiful scenic areas around. If your into marine science or environmental justice, this is the perfect school for you. I am proud to say I attend CSUMB.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    great for laid back students and those who are serious about their future.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will easily make plenty of friends in the resident halls your first year. Remember to take your education seriously, there is no one up there to babysit you so if you do not pass classes than you end up paying for school just to fail, its not smart. remember to be safe and have fun, college is a great experience.

    Bang for the buck

    The only problem are the furlough days which all CSU schools are unfortunately currently dealing with as well as raised prices. but there are scholarships and loans available for those who seek them.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are activities on campus as well as some off. The community is nice and there are buses and other free means of transportation available for csumb students. The only down side is that in order to go do things you have to drive a bit because nothing is really walking distance from the campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are a good size. Professors here are willing to help and work with students who are struggling. There are also free tutoring programs that are extremely helpful.

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    Though it has unpredictable weather, the school seems calm and on a plus note the beach is not far at all from the school

    Will learn a lot

    I have heard that the classes are not large so the teachers will know your name

  • 07/20/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you go to the campus before you apply, they have a lot of neat aspects such as art classes in the old hangers, though it is a very warm place, and the campus is very spread out.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost for colleges are always on the rise, though for the small class sizes, the free transportation, computer lab, and a hundred and fifty pages of free printing it seems very reasonable amount for a school.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is spread out nicely, they offer services such as transportation around the campus, as well as late night buses, and they have a student game room with free DDR until midnight. Focuses not only on school but making sure students have a way to have fun with no cost to them or very little, free movies in the park, jumpy houses after finals, water fights, sports in the quad, all fun events to help with daily stress.

    Will learn a lot

    The class sizes are not very large, they tend to run twenty six to thirty students at most. This allows the teacher to have more one on one time with the students as well as tweak their teaching style to fix most of the students learning styles.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    As a CSUMB student, I get regular emails on my CSUMB account about any type of safety issue.

    Food and Dining

    CSUMB has a good selection of food and dining, and I recently heard that a Starbucks will be opening up on campus!

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, so I can't answer the Dorm Life, but I've heard from other students that they are very happy living on campus because it is so close to Monterey.

    Academic Rigor

    I am majoring in Psychology and so far I have had no problem getting into my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Student dashboard is the best because it is filled with everything that you need from transferrable units from other colleges to class schedule, and a to do list to be sure you are on task with areas such as payment, financial aid, emails, etc.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy the small class sizes, and the staff. In particular, my counselor is the best and gets back within a few hours. In addition to my counselor, the financial staff has replied to my emails on any of my questions. Overall, I have had a great experience at CSUMB.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe things lock up and the police are very close to the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    probably really fun and closely knit organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    students who like to explore and restart life away from a city.

    Bang for the buck

    very pricey for out of state when they take you off wue probably. i think the priceing is fair because this university needs to get rid of the military baracks because they are really ugly.

    What to do for fun

    go to the beach,find things to do on campus and to go down to downtown monterey.

    Dorm Life

    seemed to have very nice dorms i liked how they were close to dineing and to all the lecture halls.

    Academic Rigor

    not suure... probably not too challenging.

    In three sentences

    beautiful, secluded and is a small town community.i think i might go here however i am not sure i will like going to a not so busy place. i need to go to a small school where the teachers care to help me with math if i am required to take it.

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Is pretty safe. there is a police department on campus and the cumpus is pretty well light.

    Greek Life

    That I'm not aware because I need to pick up my daughter, so I don't have a time to

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many activities and clubs to be part of.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are motivated and like to walk to the beach, and visit two of the most tourist places in the US: Carmel and Monterrey CA

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is located right off Highway 1, close to the beach. The campus itself used to be The Army's home of Monterrey, but it's being remodel to meet the requirements of a University and the demographic of its students.

    Bang for the buck

    If we talking about the food. A dinner for 7 bucks is not expensive at all.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities and clubs to choose from and join.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is great. There are a variety of food for the taste and preference of each student. That is what is great about the University that meets each student's uniqueness.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in dorms because I live close by, but I've seen the dorms and they are a variety of dorms to chose from according to your needs.

    Academic Rigor

    Is pretty good. Each students strive to get into the best schools, and that's where the competition of academic achievement is obtain.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make an interview with a academic carrier counselor to make a educational plan prior to attending the University.

    In three sentences

    This is a perfect University to attend and get a degree of your choice, because they have highly qualified instructors. There are many workshops throughout the semester for student to obtain the highest academic achievement possible. Excellent counselors and programs to meet the students needs.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    For the most part of the year, I felt safe while staying at CSUMB.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who enjoy different outdoor scenery and exploring.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The disk golf course on campus was a totally new experience for me that I enjoyed playing on since the first time I went out there.

    What to do for fun

    In Monterrey, there are many thing to do like whale watching, going to the beach, which is about a 20-30 minute walk from the school, and there are lots of cultural shops that are fun to learn about.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay but gets dull after you keep eating there the whole year. However, there are many awesome places to eat in the surrounding communities.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the freshman dorms was pretty fun. It was a great experience for me.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy while others are bit more difficult. Simply staying on track with school work and using the tutor services should be enough to keep you on the right track for your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the library tutor help and your professors' office hours! They will help you out so much.

    In three sentences

    Most class sizes are small. The weather is nice and the teachers love to help you. Overall a good school.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    It does have lots of clubs and activities

    Food and Dining

    Food is a buffet that serves meals from breakfast until dinner. After a while it get's not that good since it is the same food given every time.

    Dorm Life

    Has dorms close to campus their is for new coming freshmen and juniors and seniors have the option to get a dorm in the suites dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    In academics it is good it offers a variety of majors like Psychology, Business, Biology, Teledramatic, Credential for future teachers, Social Work etc.

    In three sentences

    I would rate California State University-Monterey Bay with a 7 out of 10. Since it has small amount of students in classes and good for tuition costs since it is a CSU not a UC.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe, well-lit, and friendly. The only thing I've been afraid of while on campus was a sneaky raccoon!

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, creative, and adventurous students. Students that like to make their own fun, and explore new ways to have a good time.

    What to do for fun

    Cannery Row, coffee shops, music festivals, and the beautiful beaches are just a few of the wonderful things Monterey has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    The food at CSUMB is exceptional, with many different choices and options for all students, even those with special dietary needs. As with anything, students are bound to get tired of eating the same things everyday, but CSUMB offers a large variety of food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are incredible, especially when compared to other college dorms. They are spacious, have their own bathrooms, and common rooms are typically clean and well taken care of. Dorm life allows for freshman and transfer students to feel more apart of campus life, and they are guaranteed to meet many new friends while living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The class sizes are extremely small, making it much harder to get lost in a lecture hall full of students. Professors take the time to actually get to know their students, and to show that they truly do care about their academic success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for gloomy, rainy weather, especially if it is not what you are used to. It's a big adjustment, but once you become acclimated to it, the area is extremely beautiful and peaceful.

    In three sentences

    CSUMB is a great school for the student that doesn't need a huge party scene to have a good time. Students that need a more hands-on approach will succeed here, because class sizes are small and personal. Monterey is a beautiful area that stimulates both the body and mind of the students residing there.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    CSUMB is a relatively new campus, so there aren't too many sororities or frats. The few that are one campus are very social and always having exclusive and campus wide events.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state tuition, I think CSUMB is an awesome school for an affordable price. I'm paying out of state tutition, and it's even more affordable than private schools in my home state.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is always an option when the sun's out. There are also cool stores to checkout in Monterey and Cannery Row. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is interesting too. Also, CSUMB is near Big Sur so hiking is an option.

    Food and Dining

    There are three different dining options. The Otter Express is like a grill and deli that is open until midnight, which is convenient for late night studying. The Dining Commons is like an all you can eat buffet, and the food options are usually pretty good. Sometimes it gets a little repetitive, but the food isn't bad. The Otter Bay Restaurant is more of a sit down dinner type place. The food is good, but it's a little pricey. There is also a Peet's in the library and a Starbucks in the student center. Additionally, there are a ton of cool restaurants in Monterey, both downtown and on Cannery Row.

    Dorm Life

    The RA's and RHA are super nice and try really hard to get everyone in the res halls involved. I lived in a triple room this past year and absolutely loved my roommates, hallmates, and RA.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the classes you choose to take. You can take easy peasey classes and get by with little work, or you can take interesting, challenging classes and actually work. I know people who seek the easiest classes and professors and I know people who are in the library constantly keeping up with all their class work. It most certainly is what you make of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Give it time. I have heard of so many freshman transferring because they are homesick or unhappy. I promise, getting involved will change your view of CSUMB, so take the time to actually do that.

    In three sentences

    The campus is convenient, the area is beautiful, and the weather is wonderful. The classes offered are diverse and interesting, and the professors are wonderful. The party scene isn't outrageous, but there are a ton of social clubs and activities.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety everywhere on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They do a Dia de los Muertos dance which i found original.

    Bang for the buck

    Events are pretty awesome.

    What to do for fun

    I go swimming down to ford ord beach!

    Dorm Life

    It is amazing!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be shy to interact with others. Go to your professors office hours.

    In three sentences

    A small university where you are able to interact with other students. The professors are amazing. Resources are easy to find and helpful.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    CSUMB enjoys a fair amount of distance from the surrounding towns, offering a safe, isolated environment for students.

    Greek Life

    CSUMB is a host to seven sororities & five fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    CSUMB boasts 65 diverse student organizations that offer students countless ways to get involved. The campus also enjoys a variety of intramural sports and an outdoor recreation program.

    Great for these types of students

    CSUMB is an ideal university for students desiring to be part of a community. The campus is small and largely residential, fostering a strong sense of connection between students and their peers, professors and academic advisers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    California State University, Monterey Bay was built on the Fort Ord Army Base, which closed in 1994. Beautiful abandoned buildings surround the campus, and several of the buildings previously utilized in the Fort Ord Army Base have been refurbished into the campus as we know it today.

    Bang for the buck

    Like the other California State Universities, CSUMB offers an excellent education at a comparatively low price.

    What to do for fun

    The Black Box Cabaret is a facility on campus that hosts concerts, dances, and other exciting events. Several bands come to The BBC throughout the year, and there is typically no entrance fee for students. There is a transit system which is free of charge to students that serves as an excellent connection between the campus and the surrounding cities of Monterey, Marina, and Salinas.

    Food and Dining

    One set-back to living in the residence halls or suites is that students are required to purchase meal plans that can be rather expensive. Still, the food provided for students is of high quality and a great deal of variety. Available to students is a buffet-style dining commons, a fast-food restaurant, a sit-down restaurant, a Starbucks Coffee shop, and a library cafe.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life on the CSUMB campus is absolutely recommended. Freshman students living on-campus are required to live in the residence halls, and upperclassmen are given the choice of living in the residence halls, the suites, or the apartments. There are also apartments and houses available to families or students who are 21 years old and over. Because CSUMB was established only 17 years ago, all of the living facilities are modern and in excellent condition. Resident Assistants do an outstanding job of promoting a sense of community in the dorms. Students of all backgrounds will feel welcome and included within CSUMB's very open-minded student body.

    Academic Rigor

    CSUMB provides an excellent balance between academic difficulty and lasting knowledge that will be applicable in students' prospective fields of work. My experience in the Teledramatic Arts and Technology department there has been wonderfully hands-on. Students are not only given a great deal of education in theory, but are also given an outstanding amount of opportunities to apply their education in practical ways.

    Tips for prospective students

    CSUMB is a largely residential campus with over 50% of students living in on-campus housing. I would encourage any incoming students to live on campus at least one year to enjoy the feeling of community there. The campus is small enough for students to walk to all of their classes from their residence halls, and the dining provided is ideal for a student's first year away from home.

    In three sentences

    California State University, Monterey Bay is an excellent school in both academics and campus life. There you will find encouraging staff and faculty who foster an acceptance for students of all backgrounds. The strong sense of community on campus provides students with a very welcoming home away from home.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    On campus police station.

    Greek Life

    Awesome and outgoing. Greeks try to have everyone participate, even if your not in a sorority or fraternity

    Clubs and Activities

    Club rush week is fun. There are clubs for every type of person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Free bus throughout Monterey area with school id.

    Bang for the buck

    Off campus food is cheap.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is always fun!

    Food and Dining

    The longer you are there, the better the food taste.

    Dorm Life

    It's easy to meet people, but the dorms can get loud because some people like to party more than others.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers are hard, but they are willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a car.

    In three sentences

    I am currently attending Monterey Bay, and I believe it to be awesome. This school is small, but if you know what you want this school will be easy to get know people. Classes are small, and the teachers actually care about your success.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Monterey is a lovely city to live in. You may visit the monterey bay aquarium, the beach, the mall, or the wharf.

    Food and Dining

    Great food!

    Dorm Life

    I can imagine it is amazing to live with a roommate. You will never be alone.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is amazing. You will succeed if you do your best and never give up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework and do not procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    CSUMB is an amazing campus. I love the beautiful weather, the people in the school and the classes. This school really wants the students to succeed.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    CSUMB has an orientation program that informs the students of what to expect their first year of college. They have a clean and safe campus. Orientation group leaders are friendly and willing to answer all questions.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    some places have great deals for students , the noodle bar in seaside and papa chevos, look for happy hour deals

    What to do for fun

    Hike, Big SUR, Bonfires, wine tasting, and other things in other ciites not too far away

    Food and Dining

    I live with my sister so we cook, we live in the salad bowl.

    Dorm Life

    Live with my siste, rent is not cheap here.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in nursing school so I dont know.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a group with the same interests as you. Bonfires are great around here and we have the most beautiful location in the whole world.

    In three sentences

    An outdoor somewhat quiet community for the outdoorsy type. If you love the city life then dont move here. I grew up in this small community and keep myself busy, with work and school.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    the location is idealic!

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who like peace and quiet!

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the wharf and look at the ocean or just walk down the street and take in the community.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent. There is a lot of veggies to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty big. Most of them come with personal bathrooms. There are no community showers!

    Academic Rigor

    You are expected to do the best you can, and overcome your challenges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring extra warm clothing!

    In three sentences

    California State University-Monterey Bay is a wonderful school. The class sizes are small and you have an opportunity to actually talk to your professors!

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security all the time but not overwhelming

    Greek Life

    There's a couple of houses

    Great for these types of students

    Surfers, skaters, laid back,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Dunes, they're everywhere!

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Monterey, the beach, exploring Fort Ord, Carmel, Santa Cruz.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the tour, take the orientation, do housing on campus, put yourself out there and get to know the area.

    In three sentences

    It is, for the most part a new school that still needs some work, but an amazing school that wants you to learn.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very important at CSUMB, we have a police station at school and there is always security patrolling the campus. We also have emergency posts that are spread across the campus that when pressed will connect you to 911, in case on an emergency.

    Greek Life

    To be honest I'm not to familiar with the greek life, since so much of it is so top secret (one of my roommates was pledging). But we do have various fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have all different types of school activities and clubs from sports to horse back riding and sailing! We have a list on the CSUMB website that lists the many clubs and organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love the outdoors! If you love hiking, or bike riding ect. you will have a blast at CSUMB. This school is also great for those who like small class sizes and cold weather. Also, the Monterey Aquarium is near and students who love the ocean can volunteer there, which I did last year, it was an amazing experience!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school was built on an old military base, Fort Ord, there are still many buildings that were used in WWII for the military. People call it ording which is when they go into the building at night and look at all the things inside. Don't get caught by the police though!

    Bang for the buck

    One of the lower priced CSU's.

    What to do for fun

    Hmm, let me count the ways: hiking, kayaking, exploring the wilderness in the great state parks, walking to the beach, play sports, and join all the activities that the school does.

    Food and Dining

    All you can eat buffet, a restaurant, a fast food place and Starbucks!!

    Dorm Life

    A quad is always best!

    Academic Rigor

    I've had some pretty amazing professors last year!

    Tips for prospective students

    A car is a great advantage because the school is separate from the city, but the bus is free too!

    In three sentences

    This is an outdoorsy type of school, especially since it's on the beach and hiking areas. Many great people and outdoor recreations. Small class sizes and cold weather!

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very close knit community. Everyone looks out for one another.

    Greek Life

    So far I have enjoyed the parties, not sure if Greek life is for me!

    Clubs and Activities

    The campus promotes a lot of activities, it brings the students together.

    Great for these types of students

    I think all the students here are well rounded, from all walks of life, which I like. It's not hard to fit in at all.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is huge, the biggest campus in California, it used to be an old military base, so you get to see the old barracks, which is really cool.

    Bang for the buck

    The prices are great, everything is reasonable, not sky high prices. Parking permit for the day, when you have visitors come up is $2.00, some schools charge $10 for just a few hours. The meal plan choices are great, very flexible. They also has a service that will fill up your fridge for you, for a price of course, but well worth it!

    What to do for fun

    Fun is endless. They are constantly having get togethers / socials for everyone. Which is great, especially if you have a hard time meeting new people. We go the beach for fun, ording. , which is when we go sneak around the old barracks.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. I eat at the DC ( dining commons) they have an omelet station, which is my favorite) and quite a few other choices to break up the monotony. They even have a Starbucks on campus, which I LOVE!

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm, they give you options. Your choice of a single, double or triple room. I have a room with 3 roommates, and surprisingly I love it. The other plus is all of them come qith bathroom and shower, you cant beat that. Your room can have a mini fridge microwave, but there is also a kitchen on the floor too.The RA's are cool too.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes are tough, but I find that with the smaller class sizes I'm able to get more help, and they also offer free tutoring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait to apply, the school is becoming more popular. I waited and was put on the waiting list for a dorm, luckily one became available

    In three sentences

    Smaller university, which allows for more one on one time with teachers. Great location, by the beach, who could ask for anything more Tuition is reasonable, that's always a plus

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is endless opportunities for fun in the Monterey area. The beach is about a fifteen minute walk from campus and Tuesday nights bring dollar tacos on Cannery Row. There is an eighteen and over club roughly ten minutes from campus and a twenty four hour Denny's conveniently located across from it. The Monterey Bay aquarium is an amazing and fun place to take family or friends and offers a free week for the college students during fall semester.

    Food and Dining

    Cal State Monterey Bay offers a variety of healthy and organic foods that are not available on other campuses.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is amazing. Different halls often get together and play sports in the quad or make a trip to the dining commons as a group.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Monterey Bay are more interactive, which makes the learning processes much smoother.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise prospective students to join clubs and be involved with the university community. This enhances the opportunities that will come your way as well as a stress free way to meet people.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Monterey Bay is a small interactive university. Small class sizes make the learning experience very personal. I am attending Monterey Bay for the third year and have had nothing but caring professors and outstanding opportunities.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Not the best, but not the worst.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty quite. Starting to get impacted.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty easy. There is just a lot of classes or each major which usually pushes your graduation date back.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 83

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i never feel in danger

    Greek Life

    a joke they dont even have houses

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs, there is a club for everyone but most aren't very active.

    Great for these types of students

    students who are use to small towns and small high schools.

    Bang for the buck

    it is one of the cheapest CSU's.

    What to do for fun

    go to the beach, have bon fires, go to concerts at the BBC

    Food and Dining

    by far the best dinning commons i have ever been to

    Dorm Life

    no longer giver warnings if being too loud you are just automatically written up.

    Academic Rigor

    very easy classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come and visit for a weekend during the winters to see if you like the cold weather and the chillness of campus.

    In three sentences

    the campus is small which offers certain bonuses like small classes sizes and less impacted majors. The classes here in general are not that challenging. Also if your looking for a party this is not the place to go.

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety isn't even an issue on campus, I have yet to hear of a story that would make me look over my shoulder more often, and I'm a third year student.

    Greek Life

    Kappa Alpha Si, Kappa Sigma, and a few others, our school is still in development stages for requiring traditional Greek rituals like a frat row.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many clubs to label, but intramural sports are a fun way of getting to know people and stay in shape

    Great for these types of students

    Students that don't mind a small college campus. with roughly 4000 students, it's the size of a major high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ording is big on campus, technically the students aren't allowed, but that's what makes it fun

    Bang for the buck

    Hole in the wall places like the restaurant Tommy's is literally 2 eggs 2 bacon strips and toast for 99 cents! But because Monterey County is a generally expensive town, those same Hole in the wall places are easy to miss

    What to do for fun

    The beach is literally within walking distance from the campus. But activity clubs, the student center, the gym, and intramural sport are all on campus, while the Fisherman's Wharf, shopping malls, and scenic areas are cool off campus spots

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, the food here is a bit limited. Not too much of a variety when it comes to on campus dining, which leads to off campus fast-food at least once every two weeks

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was hilarious. I made some great friends simply by living with them. Because this is going to be your foundation, enjoy it. After all, what you get is what you put into it.

    Academic Rigor

    The work here isn't too hard, it's just seems easy to fall behind. A great deal of it is participation and because the classroom sizes are smaller then most colleges, the professors will know if you are participating or not.

    Tips for prospective students

    Simply stay focused. It seems almost too easy to get caught up with having too much fun. Just try and keep your head on straight, make good decisions, and set aside a little extra time for work and studying.

    In three sentences

    CSU Monterey Bay is located in a beautiful area. It never gets too hot, and you can always find a scenic route within the city. With plenty of places to eat, explore, and enjoy, Monterey is never a dull city.

  • 12/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSUMB is super safe, we only have 5,000 students and have our own police station on campus. Also, we have a service where you can call a security guard from anywhere on campus and have them escort you to your destination. And we have safety kiosks with emergency buttons on them just in case you don't have your phone and can not contact anyone.

    Greek Life

    Our greek life at CSUMB is pretty lame. We do not have a greek row/frat houses/sorority houses and since we do not have many students its hard to generate enough money to have big events. Most of the events take place in someones garage in student housing which occasionally get rolled by the police.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have been to a few club meetings but they have never been organized and people usually catch on to this and stop showing up. This makes it hard for any club to be respected or get anywhere.

    Great for these types of students

    Its great for students that know how to have fun but can know how to handle down time. Most of the fun stuff is off campus and for some it helps them focus on their studies, for others it just makes them restless.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A popular tradition at CSUMB is called ording. We have many old military buildings like hospitals and churches that havent been renovated and when the fog settles at night they can look pretty creepy. Freshmen usually run through them drunk and try to scare each other.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe it is one of the cheapest Cal States to go to which is perfect for those who don't want to be stuck in a community college but do not want to pay crazy prices.

    What to do for fun

    For fun: Branch out to find fun activities because you will not find them on campus. Most schools have big fraternity events or sorority events, this school DOES NOT. Any school sponsored event is usually pretty un-organized and not that fun at all. If your stuck on campus with no car you can go to the gym which has a nice basketball court but terrible weight lifting area, you can ride your bike or skateboard to the campus beach about a mile away, or you can play disc golf with your friends on campus. We also have a pool that students have access too as well as sand volleyball courts by the North Quad student housing.

    Food and Dining

    Our dining commons is terrible. I know everyone says that but, our school has a contract with Sodexo meaning we can only serve Sodexo food. We legally cant have a Subway or Chipotle or anything cool like that. We have a total of 3 places to eat but 2 of them serve the same fried fatty foods and 1 of them is supposed to be a nice sit down restaurant for students but too pricey if you ask me. These restaurants: the DC(Dining Commons-all you can eat buffet) OE (Otter Express-one stop cafe) or OBR (Otter Bay Restaurant-sit down restaurant) serve terrible food and have limited hours of operation. And like I said earlier the campus is isolated meaning you have to travel or hitch a ride with your roommate if you get the late night munchies.

    Dorm Life

    Our dorms are made out of old army barracks that are made out of concrete and cinder blocks. The dorms have fluorescent lighting which reminds me of a dentist office. However since they are made from concrete the building is sturdy( you can hang on the towel racks) also keeps the sound in the room so you can play loud music! There is an Residential Advisor on each floor and they all report to the community director (the people in charge of disciplinary punishment). The residential Advisors are usually senior students trying to get done with school and are pretty cool. But the dorms are more so for freshmen and trasnfers that do not know any better. If you are a sophmore or transfer student you want to be placed in North Quad housing which are really nice modern apartments some of which have kitchenettes.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a business major and can say that the major is not that demanding. Since there aren't many students the classes are small and the teachers have more time to get their point across and more time to focus on questions or concerns of the students. Also, getting advising appointments and information about where you stand academically and where you want to go is easy! At least for business.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider all of the out door activities and nearby attractions! Big Sur is an hour south Santa Cruz is 45 minutes north and San Fransisco is 1 and a 1/2 hours North. You can get into an adventure club on campus where you can go kayaking, sailing, hiking, and camping. Also they offer scuba diving classes which are really cool even as an elective! Even though the school itself is not in an attractive city it is right between anything you want to do.

    In three sentences

    CSUMB is a big campus based on an old military base with small population that is isolated from all of the tourist attractions and fun stuff. The campus is actually in Seaside which isn't the nicest city in the area but that just makes it more affordable for students. It has the potential to be a huge school and has already made strides in being a green campus by having a solar panel field that produces over 12% of campuses electricity every day! Bring a car!

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Student California Teachers Association

    Great for these types of students

    Marine biology, liberal studies, film

    Bang for the buck

    Low cost.

    What to do for fun

    Seaside isn't really made to be a college town... Not a lot to do.

    Food and Dining

    Petes coffee in the library is really nice.

    Dorm Life

    Lived off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    If you try, or good at BSing, you will do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is usually cold here! Don't let the beach fool you.

    In three sentences

    Small class sizes are great. You get to know your professors and other students well, and give you great support.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    hella safe but dont mess with the raccoons.

    Greek Life

    there are about ten frats/ sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rugby!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the... ocean....

    Bang for the buck

    This will probably be the cheapest college for a while but it is a great school because it gives you a good education for a lower price than most places.

    What to do for fun

    For fun i clearly go to the beach, go to the movies, go sight seeing, or ride bikes.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is pretty good but it just gets old sometimes.

    Dorm Life

    we have our own bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes are hard but just like anything, if you apply yourself enough, it will eventually become a tad bit easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Only come here for biology, Marine science, or Marine Biology

    In three sentences

    Csu monterey Bay is a small school that is moderately increasing in population. This is a great school for people who do not like to be around a lot of people all the time but it is a great school for biology because the teachers know you by name.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs you can join.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like outdoor activities and going to the beach.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, go hiking, go kayaking

    Dorm Life

    Lots of students think its ok to run around and shout in the middle of the night, some even pull the fire alarm at 3 am for no reason other than to be annoying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Activities and fun events might get in the way of studying and doing hw so make and follow a realistic schedule.

    In three sentences

    This school offers many programs to choose from. This is one of the smallest CSU's so you get to know the faculty and other students very well. The library is huge (3 floors) and theres a peets coffee along with a starbucks both conveniently located on campus.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is our number one priority at this point. We are in the midst of becoming carbon neutral through sustainability.

    Greek Life

    Numerous of fraternities and sororities with many that do not believe in hazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many great activities and clubs. Check out csumb.edu for further information.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition or perhaps usual but something I never heard of from any college, is that during the beginning of finals, CSUMB offers a great breakfast social gathering between 9pm-12am. The gathering inspires students to study and do well. It is like a destressor to the pressures of finishing the semester as best as one can.

    Dorm Life

    Unsure

    Tips for prospective students

    Although CSUMB is very resourceful, one must be willing to find of helping programs. Being that the country or globe thereof, is experiencing an economic hardship as a whole, do not be intimidated by the cost of education; however, seek for resources to fulfill one's educational goal. Please do not waste fundings by going to college to horse around.

    In three sentences

    California State University of Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is excellent for student support and being resourceful. As a fairly new university, it has grown to meet needs of the majority, with minorities being the majority. CSUMB is very diverse and welcoming to cultures around the globe.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Super safe! University Police are never far away and blue emergency poles are located all over campus. There are very low bicycle theft rates and sidewalks and parking lots are well lit.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Row or frat/sorority houses to live in, but the Greeks are still prominent on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CSUMB is located on an old army base called Fort Ord, meaning there are lots of cool, old buildings! .........but don't think about going in them, that would be highly illegal........( we call it Ording ;] )

    Bang for the buck

    It's cheaper than the UC system and private schools! There are so many things offered to students that tuition covers (career counseling, health center, student government run activities, etc), use them!

    What to do for fun

    Obviously, CSUMB students love the beach. Lots of students can scuba dive and surf but if you aren't into that there is plenty more to do. The city of Monterey is close by and has nice beaches to swim at. The mall is a bus ride away, there are weekly farmer's markets, amazing restaurants, prime spots to watch otters, seals, and sea lions, hiking, bike riding, and there is always some school organization that has an event on.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons is buffet style and always has something yummy to eat and the Otter Express serves yummy cheeseburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches until midnight.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are fun to experience. You get 1-2 roommates and you share a bathroom with them. The whole dorm hall shares a kitchen and half of the residence halls have a common room with a TV and some couches. Floormates are prospective friends and once they are it's so much fun to live next door to your friends!

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is average. If you take easy classes, its going to be easy. If you take more difficult classes, you will have more work to do and more will be expected of you.

    Tips for prospective students

    To do well, you must be self motivated and not afraid to try new things. Although, CSUMB is relatively small, it is easy to get left behind and think that the area is boring. Go to school functions, learn to use the bus system, and go on adventures!

    In three sentences

    CSUMB has a small, friendly campus and classes. It is set in gorgeous Monterey county and it's a ten minute walk to the beach! It's a bit more rural here but shopping centers and more populated areas are only a short bus ride away.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is the biggest thing here mainly due to the fact that we not only have the Campus police on campus but also the Seaside police headquarters is on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't as big as in the movies here, but we do have various fraternities and sororities here which are like a big family. I am not in a sororities so I am not able to tell you what it's like to be in one but my friend is and says she loves it because they help each other out and are pretty much just like sisters.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There used to be a very cool secret tree that was growing through a piano which was called the Piano Tree. There's also this moss tree but instead of having regular green moss, it's made up of pink moss.

    Bang for the buck

    All in all, you get more than what you pay for. You get better dorms than other people, classes that are small for those who like small classes, and all the fun you would have anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    What to do for fun? What isn't there to do for fun more like it. We have the beach right down the street from us. Theres movie theaters, hiking trails, biking trails, kayaking, whale watching. Theres just so much to do around here, but if you get tired of going out around here, we have Santa Cruz, San Jose, and other bigger cities close by as well.

    Food and Dining

    I love the fact that we have a Starbucks and a Peete's Coffee here on campus. Not only that, but we are able to use our meal plan to pay for this! You may be saying to yourself big whoop. Well sorry to burst your bubble, but not many schools let you do that. Most school make you pay for it with your own money if you want Starbuck's or Pete's. We also have the Dining Commons which has decent food, and Otter Express which has many options to choose from such as burgers, chicken strips, subs, and many others.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms in this campus are one of the best due to the fact that you have your own BATHROOM! This, and well the fact that the room is gigantic compared to many other dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at the school aren't too hard. As long as you do every single assignment that is assigned, you will most likely get an A in the class. Finals stress everyone out but just make sure that you evenly distribute your studies so that you don't cram everything at the last moment.

    Tips for prospective students

    One major tip that might come in handy for some is, when applying to the dorms, make sure that you don't make your parent's do your applications. Grow up and start doing things on your own because many people who applied for the dorms, made their parents do the paper work and got stuck in a hall that is substance free which most of the people in that hall didn't want.

    In three sentences

    Although many people believe that CSUMB is a crappy school because it is new, small, and not that well known; it is one of the best CSU's in California. Not only is the school great because of the location, being close to the beach and all, but the people who attend this school are just very friendly and outgoing which makes it an even better part of coming to this school. Although it is a small school, it is expanding and many others would agree that this school has a little bit of everything for everyone.

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There are plenty of sororities and fraternities for student to join on campus

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are really friendly and would like to attend a school with a small campus and class size.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of things to do for fun. there is always something happening on campus and the beach is walking distance from the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip i would give to prospective students is to get involved in campus activity!

    In three sentences

    CSUMB is a really great school and the campus is beautiful. the student and faculty are really friendly, and the transistion from home to here was really easy.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The school is pretty safe for the most part. It does get pretty dark though especially in the parking lots.

    Greek Life

    The school is fairly new so the Greek systems are just starting up.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and things to do here on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who enjoy small class sizes, the outdoors, the cold, and the friendly students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tire swing hidden in a wooded area by the library.

    Bang for the buck

    You really get a good education here.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun around. Not only do we have a lot of events on campus, the Monterrey area is full of things to do like the aquarium and many other fun things.

    Food and Dining

    The only thing I didn't like very much are the dining commons. The food isn't the best but I've had worse.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is fun! Everyone gets pretty close. There are events that happen every month for you to get to know your dorm mates.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the class. Some classes are harder than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students is to make sure you really like the area around the school too and the weather.

    In three sentences

    This school is amazing and I really mean that. It has a small class size and the professors really care about each student. I am enjoying my experience at this school and the area around this school.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    we have some they focuse on education and commuity service

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The movie theather is a good place to go and watch a free movie every once a month.

    What to do for fun

    I go to the beach or go to downtown Monterey

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but it starts getting tried of eating but in addition its good

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are nice, peaceful, and some of them are substance free. In addition they are near the dinning hall, library, and the studnt center.

    Academic Rigor

    undergradutate

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a car when you attend here you will need it a lot .

    In three sentences

    its a nice,peacfully,and nature school

  • 02/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a police department close to campus. So it is very safe right here.

    Greek Life

    You will have so much fun here because there will always be something new to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs that you can choose from as well as activities. We have soccer team, a dance team, and volleyball.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are athletic,outgoing, and responsible.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a nice library that has a coffee store. We also have a theater.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a world theater close to campus. People here at the university are really nice and helpful.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there is a lot to do go to the beach, go to Starbucks, walk around campus, and hang out at the dinning commons.

    Food and Dining

    The food that they have in California State University- Monterey Bay are good. There is pizza, hamburgers, burritos, and many much more food.

    Dorm Life

    You will love living at the dorms. You will have everything already bed, desk, and closet.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many fun classes where you can choose of. For example, Kin.

    Tips for prospective students

    The main tip that I give you is to never give up, no matter how complicated the situation is.

    In three sentences

    I give this university a rate of 8 because the classes are really nice, instructors are willing to help you. An advantage that California State University of Monterey Bay is that is close to the beach; where you can go to relax.

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's a police department right on campus. We are free to walk around at 2am and we are not harassed or asked where we are going. of course, as long as we follow the rules. I feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    They are so many clubs to choose from and if you want to start a new club, by all means do. No one is discriminated against.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for introvert students. You learn how to become independent and be a responsible young adult. You are welcomed here and you make friends fast.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a package program, where your parents can send you treats and food. Very cool.

    Bang for the buck

    Starbucks and the student store is great. Prices are reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, you can go to the student website and there's always something fun going on. The beach is across the street and there's always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    CSUMB has great food plans. We have a Starbucks and Pete's coffee. Food is great, it's available to you at any time and you're welcome to eat as much as you want.

    Dorm Life

    We are free to do what we have to do. There are rules that we must follow but we dont feel like we are on lock down. It's a great place to live and they make you feel welcomed.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers and counselors really care! With so many students here, it would be understandable that they are busy but my experience has been a great one!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't look for another school. CSUMB is a great place to go to school. The dorm life is great, we have to be responsible young adults and you always have someone to talk to and assist you with any questions you might have.

    In three sentences

    I am very happy attending CSUMB. It's a multi cultural school and everyone is accepted and treated equal. Teachers really care and they help you and guide you in making my college experience the most rewarding experience ever.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a full fledged police station on campus that responds quickly to any possible instances. There are also emergency call buttons that allow responders to know where you are. Police and security are also willing to walk people to their cars at night if they feel it necessary. However, the campus and the parking lots are exceedingly dark due to the fact that the campus is away from the neighboring cities.

    Greek Life

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

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs on campus with topics ranging from democrat/republican supporters to anime lovers. There is something for every interest, and if not, it is an easy process to create your own club. There are always events on campus and due to the fact that we have a working stage theater, there are live performances as well as current movies shown. We also have a club called the Black Box Cabaret (BBC) where live music is held as well as any dances that might be taking place.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who go with the flow and would like to enjoy their college experience. This is not a strictly academic environment and due to the relaxing community and neighboring areas, it is a nice place for those who like to be outdoors and be athletic.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our campus used to be an operational Army base decades ago, so there are many locations throughout campus that showcases that history. The woods surrounding the campus also contain oddly shapped trees, like a dancing woman and a flowing piano. These are two sites that first year students tend to seek out while they are exploring the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, the food at the eateries and apparel in the bookstore are rather pricey. However, there are many farmer's markets throughout the county that offer great fresh produce at a reduced price.

    What to do for fun

    The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a hot spot for tourists and students alike. It is located on Cannery Row, which houses many restaurants, shops, and fun venues. There are many trails on campus that are great for biking and hiking. The beach is also a mile away with direct access from the campus. San Fransisco, Santa Barbara, and San Jose are all within driving distance. Kayaking and surfing are also extremely popular activities. If you do not have a car, it is ok because the bus system takes you to many of these places and it is free if you are a student.

    Food and Dining

    There are 5 places on campus that offer food and dining: a stop-and-go, a dining commons with buffet style eating, a full restaurant (only place on campus that serves alcohol if you are 21+), a Starbucks, and a Peets Coffee and Tea. Unfortunately, these places are not particularly cheap, especially the restaurant. However, all of these locations take meal plan payments and the dining commons offers many vegetarian friendly options.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are always putting on events that encourage socializing and acclimatization for the first year students. As the student stays on campus longer, the housing improves to where they can even choose to live in an apartment on the back side of campus. Kitchens are also available for third year students.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor seems to be more dependent on the type of major chosen by the student. As the student increases in grade level, the classes will of course get more challenging, just like any other school. However, in my opinion, this school does not offer enough rigorous courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great place if you like small schools. If you want the party school atmosphere, you will not find it here, although there are always activities and parties thrown. This seems to be a relaxing location for many people and a good place to go for a college experience. Cars are not necessary, but do help out a great deal.

    In three sentences

    CSUMB is a small, new CSU that offers a variety of majors in a great location of California. There are activities available for any person with any interest. If you want a small, fun, peaceful college, this is the place for you!

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    CSUMB has one of the highest sexual assault (rape) to student population ratios of any CSU. This is attributed to the campuses' more progressive collective consciousness (more are reported because of constant work to raise awareness and diminish stigma) and the poor lighting on campus and East Campus along with rampant binge drinking. All in all- bring a flashlight with you, serve your own drinks.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    The campus has innumerable clubs from TOMS shoes to Purposeful Service to the usual frats and sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic, Independent, Social Justice Oriented, Community Oriented, Interested in Working in Social Services, Working Students, Returning Students, Eco-Conscious Students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ording is a favorite pastime of students. The campus is located on an old, abandoned military base so students frequently delve into the woods or back lots of explore, set up art projects and play disc golf.

    Bang for the buck

    Students who come out of CSUMB are prepared to get a job in the real world. The service learning and community orientation of the school assure you make connections with future employers long before you graduate. While traditional liberal arts (writing/reading) aspects are weak, the inability to accurately name several Romantic area writers has never hindered anyone's ability to obtain employment (that I know of) thus far.

    What to do for fun

    The school makes a concentrated effort to have events, lectures, guest performers, movie nights, and social justice events. They are all high quality and lots of fun. East Campus also puts on regular events which students can attend via shuttle.

    Food and Dining

    Average campus fare, with varying selections from made-to-order sandwiches to pizza, Mexican cuisine or Chinese. A Starbucks and a Peet's Coffee are also on campus and Monterey offers numerous culinary options for students with transportation.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are crowded, loud and drinking and drug use is somewhat prolific. If you can get into North Quad, do so as soon as possible. Otherwise make a strong plan to do all your studying outside of your room in the library or on the grass.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on which department you join, academic rigor varies. Human Communication and Collaborative Health and Human Services notably make significant demands on their students, as does Biology, Earth Sciences and Systems Policy and Kinesiology.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not assume that just because a significant number of freshman are drinking and partying means they'll be there next semester. They won't. Also, if you are from a sunny climate, don't be fooled by the photos online. Fog is the weather du jour 70% of the time. If a transfer, attempt to obtain housing in East Campus which will afford you an apartment with full kitchen, living, backyard or balcony and garage.

    In three sentences

    Multicultural, service learning and human services oriented university with a strong marine and earth sciences department. Not for the conservative at heart, the school seeks to mold students into individuals who will make a significant positive impact in their community. Assignments are both emotionally and intellectually challenging, so prepare to grow as you learn.

  • 05/19/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    My brother goes to the school and he loves it. I've been to the campus many times and it's beautiful. Definitely one of my top choices.

  • 05/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is campus security and a sheriffs station on campus. This campus is very well kept under safety. Students look out for each other and you can safely walk around campus without a worry.

    Greek Life

    There are Greek houses students can join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and campus activities going on all the time at CSUMB. At the beginning and sometimes in the middle of each semester there is a club and activity fair that allows students to come out to the main quad and check out all the different clubs the campus has to offer.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a smaller campus and have a teacher know you by name and not a number would be great for CSUMB. I went to private school my whole life and CSUMB was a huge success for my transition into college because the small college feel made me feel at home and important than being lost in a huge campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During finals since all the students are studying hard, the campus puts on an event called Eggs After Dark. It's a chance for all the hungry students who are up later studying can come get a good breakfast and take a break from studying. It's a very fun and exciting night.

    Bang for the buck

    Monterey is a beautiful environment to live in. Students and residents are all very friendly and environmentally sound. Its nice to live in an area where people care about ocean conversation and keeping the earth clean. The campus has so many clubs students can join to get more involved with their campus and major. Such as myself, I am involved with the Marine Science club while I am a SCUBA diver and a Marine Science major with a Biology Minor. Having that club to network and familiarize myself with others who relate to my major is a great way to advance in becoming the person you are working toward after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    The ocean is a huge bonus for fun. SCUBA, kayaking, surfing, sailing, and just relaxing around a bonfire. The campus is located on Fort Ord and students are walking distance from the ocean. Also there is movie theaters, shopping, tourist spots, amazing hiking trails, Big Sur camping is only an hour south and more all throughout Monterey. Also San Jose and San Francisco are not much of a drive either to enjoy central California lifestyle. It's a small town but the possibilities for fun are endless here.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options on campus such as the Dinning Commons, Otter Express, and even a restaurant called Otter Bay. All are delicious and have a menu to serve all type of diets including vegetarian which I was very pleased about. If students do not wish to eat on campus, there are many food places near campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life from my experience was great! You can have a shared room or a single room. The student housing department is very good with accommodations and helping you chose the right roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at CSUMB are up to par and can be challenging at times but the professors and tutoring are always there to help get students to fully understand the curriculum at hand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Monterey Bay is a beautiful area to live in and if students are interested in a Marine Science major, I highly recommend the program here along with SCUBA diving. This is a great place for anyone who is interested in the ocean.

    In three sentences

    Monterey Bay has been a blessing to my advancement in my undergrad studies under my Marine Science Major. The professors and staff are dedicated to helping students achieve their goals and to move on to higher education. I'm extremely pleased with the college life and academics at California State University Monterey Bay.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I strong recommend going to a bond fire with a large group of friends and with someone with a guitar.

    Food and Dining

    They serve good food. They always have pizzas and burgers but they mixed it around in the other stations.

    Dorm Life

    You get to know mostly everyone in the dorm ( if you are in the Project Higher Ground) and go on events together.

    Academic Rigor

    You can get one on one with your professor without trouble and the teachers are there to help you

    Tips for prospective students

    To get stuck in the chill, kick-back mode.

    In three sentences

    It's the school to go to if you want to study and enjoy life along the way.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is incredible and since its fairly new the buildings are nice and clean. The dorms are awesome ,they have private bathrooms which I love. Lastly the energy on the campus is super friendly.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Very cheap compared to other schools.

    What to do for fun

    There are many places to visit. The beach is about a 15 minute walk from campus and there are tourist places such as Cannery Row, Big Sur and Carmel.

    Food and Dining

    It gets old really fast, but dining food will always be like that.

    Dorm Life

    It is better to live on the dorms then off campus. Even if you're an upperclassman and the dorm life is very strong and vibrant.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are easy for the most part. You'll have to do service learning classes and it might be hard to get to without a car and it takes up a lot of your time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always look for opportunities within the school, do not stay in your dorm all the time. There are a lot of student government position to get involved with the school. Stay connected with everyone and you'll have a good time.

    In three sentences

    CSU Monterey Bay is always growing and innovating itself. It is small and doesn't have a lot of student pride. Young university with a lot of character.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Beach!

    Food and Dining

    food is okay.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life seems like an important part of attending.

    Academic Rigor

    I have heard the classes are not too difficult.

    In three sentences

    I loved the Campus! This is my top choice school, and I will be attending if I make it in. It was beautiful!

  • 08/02/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I heard there were lounging areas in all the dorm buildings, games to go to, teams to join for fun. I heard there was an anime class and a horror film class which is pretty cool.

    Food and Dining

    From what I heard the food was awesome there are Starbucks everywhere, pretty sweet but I don't know too much yet.

    Dorm Life

    The only problem I had at orientation was that they never gave us a tour of the dorms, so I don't know what my room is really going to look like until I get there. But I have heard some pretty bad stories about the dorms such as water leaks and laundry room flooding.

    Academic Rigor

    They are serious about academics here, you have to get a C or better in your classes at Monterey because you will get kicked out. Take advantage of the on campus tutoring programs, they are there to make sure you keep those grades up just a piece of advice. But I noticed they really want you to succeed especially with the early start program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to ask questions! I have not started attending this school yet but at orientation this is one piece of advice they gave incoming freshmen. Also check your online student portal on a daily basis otherwise you will miss important information. In the student portal you will find a link to a student google account, check it all the time, this is how you find out about your roommates.

    In three sentences

    It is an awesome campus, I have lived in Southern California my whole life and I hate the hot weather. I'm glad this school is in Northern California where the weather is nice and cool. Another positive is the hospitality, everyone from upper classmen to the staff were all very friendly.

  • 08/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Has a little shack with Starbucks and snacks.

    Dorm Life

    Do not live in dorms, but I'll 5 it.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty straight forward. Depending on your major, but all seems like a normal schooling program.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay in school.

    In three sentences

    CSUMB has a nice Campus. Great programs like, CSITn3. Growing and becoming a more universal campus for students.

  • 09/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is really safe. I feel safe walking around at night, there are many lights all around main campus. There are also emergency boxes all around campus in case there every was an incident. The campus also has its own police force and they provide officers who will escort any student to their dorm.

    Clubs and Activities

    There seems to be a really large number of clubs on this campus, which is really cool. Another really great thing is that if there is no club for a specific subject, any student can create a club for that topic.

    Great for these types of students

    This school really is great for all students. There is something for everyone here.

    Bang for the buck

    For the price of this school compared to other institutions, you get a great education that will set you up for a career in our society today.

    What to do for fun

    There are events on campus that are fun, and a great way to meet people. It does seem though that there isn't much going on- on any given day. There are other things to do though outside of the campus. Each student gets free bus fair with their ID cards, so you could basically go any where in the area. I'd say the biggest destination spot is Cannery Row in Monterey. There is lots of food and shops, and the Aquarium! Students also have free access to the gym and aquatic center which is also great if you're bored! Great way to keep off the freshman 15!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good for the most part. However, it does seem to be getting a bit old as time goes on. It all depends on what you like. But overall it is quite acceptable and usually tastes pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is very nice and welcoming. The RA's are also really great, they are very helpful. It is a great way to meet people and make friends. Specifically on the rooms though, each one has their own bathroom which is really nice! The room sizes aren't too bad either if you use the space efficiently.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are pretty good. They compare to that of a difficult high school. Some courses are more challenging than others. As you climb the academic ladder things do tend to get more challenging. However, there isn't much difference between a high school class and a beginning college class here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay determined and on top of everything you do. Organization is key for college. Also, remember that not everything is about school, so take a little time to yourself each day to keep you strong and focused on your goals.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school for beginning college students. The campus is very welcoming and everyone is kind. There is a place for every type of person!

  • 09/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I'd say probably the biggest hazard at CSUMB are the people driving around, because some of them don't really pay attention to what they're doing. The college police force seems to be more than enough to keep the campus safe. I've never seen any sort of foul play happen there or ever heard about it happening, so I assume it's pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm not really involved in any clubs, but there are plenty of guest speakers that come to the school. There are also fairly regularly career fairs and that kind of stuff happening on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    CSUMB is a great school for anybody who is working, has a family, or wants to get an education without breaking the bank. The school of business at CSUMB really emphasizes post college stuff like finding a job/career.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school is built on the site of the old Fort Ord military base, so the campus is literally surrounded by derelict buildings. None of them are close to the actual campus, but they do provide a kind of eerie backdrop.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm a Monterey Bay local, so I was in public school when CSUMB was just starting up. To be honest, I didn't expect much from the school when I applied, and I'm going to it for purely financial reasons, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's nothing that's going to knock you off your feet, but the quality of the instructors, facilities, and student services is overall good. CSUMB offers this at a tuition rate significantly lower than a lot of other schools.

    What to do for fun

    I couldn't say, because I don't live on campus, and I don't really stay on campus. I treat the place kind of like an extension of community college, so I don't really know anything about campus life. From what I've heard there are fairly regular late-night parties in the dorms with 30 racks aplenty.

    Food and Dining

    I've never eaten at the dining commons, so I can't comment on the food other than that it smells like old fry oil. There are a Peet's and a Starbucks on campus, but no food places anywhere nearby.

    Dorm Life

    I can't comment much, because I live off campus, but from I've seen the dorms are pretty nice. The major downside is that space is limited, and a lot of people have to commute to the main campus of CSUMB from their dorms in East Campus, which is definitely not within walking distance. This isn't so bad, because there is a free bus line that goes back and forth between the two places.

    Academic Rigor

    Some instructors are definitely more challenging than others, but overall it is fairly easy. If a 5 would be schools like UC Berkeley and UCLA, CSUMB would definitely be a 3.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to take a lower division service learning course like microeconomics or macroeconomics at your community college if you are planning on transferring to CSUMB. If you take the equivalent of either of those courses at CSUMB, you have to do community service.

    In three sentences

    CSUMB isn't the most exciting school, but it's affordable, and provides a good value for the tuition. The school has a decent foreign exchange program, and the student population is pretty diverse. The instructors are all good, but some are better than others, and some are harder than others.

  • 10/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Love the laid back environment!

  • 10/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we have an on campus police department, and you can call someone to escort you at night if you have to leave your dorm.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are some.

    Great for these types of students

    lovers of nature and the outdoors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    some of the classes are held in former bomb shelters.

    Bang for the buck

    a great deal to be one of the cheapest CSU's out there, lacks nothing that the more expensive ones have.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of on campus activities, dances, and fairs

    Food and Dining

    Au can eat dining, but the selection could be better. you can use your meal plan to shop at an on campus farmers market.

    Dorm Life

    I have my own room, with plenty of space, and the dorms have free cable.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are challenging but the teachers are approachable.

    Tips for prospective students

    please visit first.

    In three sentences

    The college is in a beautiful location, with a lot of opportunities. I an see the ocean from my dorm room. classes are small and inclusive.

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    2 real food options, 2 real snack options;starbucks, peets. other snack options=vending machines(chips n candy).

    Dorm Life

    2.5 didn't really live in dorms but what I saw was acceptable, the R.A.'s are great though and are what make it a 4.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficulty of classes can grow exponentially from one level to the next, be prepared to be a full time student if enrolled in full time courses( don't get overconfident on your time management skills.)

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early on, getting involved later can be more difficult because of the higher level of classes.

    In three sentences

    There is high opportunity for growth. There are many resources that don't come at extra charge. There are not many distractions.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, biking, hiking, and shopping

    Food and Dining

    The food is always fresh and very tasteful.

    Dorm Life

    It is wonderful

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are always trying to get the best out of you and make you do the best you can do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of everything that is offered

    In three sentences

    CSUMB is a very friendly and familiar school setting. The staff actually cares about you and what you need. College is particularly in a great beautiful setting.

  • 11/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are 3 systems of police on campus. Enough said, you're safe.

    Greek Life

    Only a couple, but don't count on a Frat/Greek Row because there isn't one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There really only a couple of clubs on campus and you barely hear about them. If you want to join, make sure you go to the Otter Open House near the beginning of the year or you'll never really hear of them after that. There are BARELY any activities on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    First generation college students, students who did not try hard or have an easy time in high school, people who aren't looking for a busy lifestyle.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There really isn't much at all.

    Bang for the buck

    As one of or even THE cheapest Cal State University, you get what you pay for. Not the best academics, a sleepy campus, and mediocre lifestyle.

    What to do for fun

    Probably just sit in your room and watch a movie with some friends. There's not much to do on campus or around town. You could go to Downtown Monterey, the Wharf or the Aquarium/Cannery Row, but you either need to follow the bus systems (which stop running at certain times) or have a car. Other than that, life here is very quiet.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons is great a couple of times, but you begin to tire of the repetitive food and fatty oils that they use to cook the different meal options. The Otter Express (fast-food type) is alright but like the dining commons, there isn't much of a variety and it gets tiring and boring. Also, there have been complaints about the food at the Otter Express being insect-infected or inducing food poisoning.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms are huge and each room has a personal bathroom to share with your roommates. It's a great place to live as a student. However, I only give it 4 stars because the RAs are strict and the quite hours and enforced greatly. It's a little boring as the campus and buildings will feel and be empty most of the time.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not that hard if you come from a high-standard, high-competition high school. But if you don't, this school is perfect as it gives the right amount of work and responsibility. However, the teachers baby their students and don't really let students find their responsibilities for themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a sleepy school, so be prepared for a quiet, lax kind of life. There are tons of police on campus, so make sure you're on top of what you need to do and read parking and road signs carefully. People here smoke a lot, so be careful if that isn't your vibe.

    In three sentences

    California State University Monterey Bay is a small, close-knit college that is good for students who are from smaller towns or from larger cities that need a break from the busy life. It does not have much to offer other than caring professors. There is not much to do at any given time of the day, afternoon or night, so if you're okay with a slow pace of life or a chill atmosphere, Monterey Bay is the place for you.

  • 11/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The student committees at CSUMB have tons of activities going through the week. Often times, there will be a concert of a movie playing at a small club-like building called the Black Box Cabaret, as well as the many themed events and dances going on all over the school. For example, at Avocet Hall, there was a Harry Potter party, where you could make your own wand, be sorted into your Wizarding House, and enjoy some themed snacks. For off campus entertainment, there are a couple movie theaters to go to, one in Salinas and one in Monterey. You can go to Cannery Row in Monterey or the Downtown area to browse around tourist-trap-ey stores, or you can even go to Carmel if you prefer more expensive restaurants and stores, or to see the beautiful white sand beaches located down main street. But, at the risk of repeating myself, you *will* need a car or a good feel for the bus system to actually get anywhere without getting lost.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    Maybe this is just my dorm, but there is not much of a dorm life to speak of. I met all of my neighbours once at this get-to-know-everyone event in the second or third week of school, but have not said any more to any of them other than a passing hello in the hallway since then. I do hear about a lot of other halls hosting more events, which leads me to believe that perhaps the people in my dorm hall just aren't very filled with school spirit. I suppose it just depends on who your neighbours are.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at CSUMB aren't very intense (although I am currrently a first semester freshman, so maybe that's just the general ed classes), but homework can often sneak up on you if you don't keep on top of it. At the moment, one of my classes has assigned me three different projects, all of them due at the same time at the end of the year. Some students, however, have rather bad work ethics, and that can wear on your enthusiasm to be in class. But again, if you can keep yourself on top of your work, then you should not have any problems.

    Tips for prospective students

    For new students to CSUMB, I would suggest that you learn to adjust to the weather, first and foremost. It can be bright, sunny, and freezing cold outside, or cloudy, overcast, and sweltering, or anything in between, so wearing layers is a good idea. For actual school life, I would suggest to put yourself out into the community and attend as many events as you can. It's the fastest way to get to meet new people, and you'll be surprised to find that most everyone at the college, student and faculty alike, are very welcoming and friendly. Finally, if you don't have a car, I would suggest you seriously consider acquiring one. The bus system is (pun not intended) a train wreck: you can almost count on the buses being three to fifteen minutes late, and there is not a single store that is close enough to seriously consider walking to.

    In three sentences

    CSUMB is, on the whole, a lovely school, if a bit isolated. Contrary to what one might expect, the college is not actually in Monterey; it is located on the outskirts of Seaside, in the old US Army base Fort Ord. The students and faculty are very friendly, and because of the distance from the surrounding towns and cities, the school has developed into a very close-knit community.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe and the Police are helpful if you have an emergency! (12/29/2013)

    Greek Life

    There are like 12 fraternities and sororities, but they do not have houses

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of different clubs to join. However, some of the clubs are run by people who do not really put a lot of effort into them. There is much room for improvement in this area, from what I have seen.

    Great for these types of students

    Physically active, kind, and happy

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Come visit

    What to do for fun

    Go outside and be active. Monterey has a fun bar scene. Join clubs and meet new people

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of friendly people, clubs to join, and several really fun events throughout the year. A lot of people go to the gym, exercise on the grassy areas in groups, cook meals in the kitchens, and hang out at the Starbucks or Peets.

    Academic Rigor

    The business department of this school really makes the students work. I have heard that also about the Biology departments.

    Tips for prospective students

    join clubs!!! Take advantage of the resources available, there are a good amount of them!! Make sure you have a good pair of jogging shoes, the area is beautiful. There are several beaches nearby that are short bus rides away.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of natural beauty surrounding CSUMB. There are many hikes students can go on including Garrapata, Point Lobos, and Big Sur. Lovers Point is also a popular place for nature lovers as well as the 17mile drive. There is a beach that is about 20min. walking distance from main campus and many others if you are willing to drive. There are also plenty of restaurants in the area including Fishermans Warf which is a collection of sea food restaurants on a deck. This place is well known because almost every restaurant gives free tasters of delicious clam chowder tot he visitors. There are also bars in the downtown for those over 21. If you are willing to drive some ways San Fransisco is about 2 hours away and Santa Cruz is about 45 mins away.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life depends on where you live and it is really what you make of it. If you are the type of person that likes to stay in your room all day and not socialize dorm life will not be good no matter where you go. In CSUMB there are three different residential areas and one residential area off campus that is also operated by the university. On campus you have Area1, Area2, and North Quad. East campus is the off campus housing which is about 2 or 3 miles from the school. Area1 is reserved for freshmen and is at the center of everything a student needs. Food, the library, campus services and classes will all be at very close distance. For many students a bike is not even necessary. The living areas of Area1 were once bunkers for a military base that was once where CSUMB is today. As a result the rooms in Area 1 are small. Each room houses three student and each of the three buildings has one laundry room and one kitchen. The laundry room has just three washers and three dryers and it can be difficult to find a machine that is open. Area2 is the same way except it also houses some sophomores and juniors. North Quad also consists of three buildings. Two are mainly for Sophomores and the third is reserved for people over the age of 20. In the mainly sophomore buildings students are usually housed six to a suite (each having four rooms (two double rooms and two single rooms)). Each floor (four total) also offers three rooms for students that would prefer to have only one roommate. The 3rd building in North Quad, which is for students over 20, has apartments, each housing four students. Each apartment has four single rooms. Overall NorthQuad is much nicer than Area1 and Area2 living arangements. In my opinion it is best place to live for students attending CSUMB. East Campus is composed of what are basically small houses in small neighborhoods. There are many families living here most of which are students. Students that live in main campus often go to east campus to party.

    Academic Rigor

    I give CSUMB four stars out of five because I am a science major which is the most difficult pathway at this university. It is VERY important to know that the level of academic rigor at this school is completely dependent upon your major. Science majors typically have it the hardest at this school, followed by Computer Science, Mathematics and perphaps business. The other careers are typically not nearly as rigorous as science careers but they can still offer a real challenge for some. Some of the majors that are considered less rigorous among CSUMB students are more difficult Junior or Senior year. If you are thinking about being a science major you should know that you will have little time for yourself. If you are not a very hard working and committed person science is not for you. For those that accept the challenge you will find that it can be rewarding and you will learn a great deal and meet amazing people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember that life is all about making connections. While at CSUMB be sure to make friend with everyone wherever you go. You will find that strong connections is what will get you through the toughest times while you attend CSUMB. Select your university first based on academics. I do not recommend choosing CSUMB because it is near the beach. You will find that the beach is usually cold or foggy and you will hardly ever have time to go to the beach. Although living on campus and having a meal plan can be more expensive than living off campus here keep in mind that not everything can be measured with money. The convenience that comes will living on campus and not having to worry about cooking gives you more time to study, take care of what you have to do and allows you to stay better connected.

    In three sentences

    CSU Monterey Bay is a good school and offers a lot to its students, especially considering it is the least expensive CSU. CSUMB has a great deal of students that are science majors (Environmental Science Technology and Policy, Marine Science, Biology(including pre-med), but also has plenty of students majoring in Business, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Visual Performing Arts, Human Communications, and Liberal Studies to name a few. CSUMB is a small school is is perfect for students that think it is important to personally known his/her professors.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of events on campus at all times. The local cities nearby also offer a lot. Not to mention that the beach is only five minutes away.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go up your professors from day one and get to know them. They really care about your success.

    In three sentences

    The best investment a student can make. The entire university is behind you from day one. They want you to succeed.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police located in the heart of the campus. Always available.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs galore and lots of planned activities such as hiking, comedians, sports, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a more intimate, low teacher to student ratio will love this campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of free activities and entertainment for CSUMB students. Tuition is on the lower end of the Cal State Universities.

    What to do for fun

    Monterey is a tourist town so there are beautiful sights including Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf, 17-mile Drive, Camping, Pebble Beach, Carmel and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    Food not bad, easily accessible. Monterey's Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf close by

    Dorm Life

    Perfect setting for the person that is living away from home for the first time. Resourceful Resident Assistants available to help with issues. Many different living areas from three resident dorms to apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors challenge you to do your best. There are many resources available on campus to help you be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come focused and ready to learn.

    In three sentences

    Great intimate campus with professors that know you by name. Classes are available for all you requirements allowing students complete their degree. Beautiful location, eco-friendly campus.

  • 01/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSUMB campus security is always around keeping and eye on everyone. I feel save at the school and don't feel that something bad may happen to me or my car.

    Greek Life

    I don't know to much about the greek life. I'm just learning about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    CSUMB has different type of clubs you can probably find a least one thing that interest you.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for any student that wants to get a great education. Student that have a great work ethic would do great at this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I right I don't have any unusual traditions or locations on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    CSUMB is a great school you really get a great education for the cost. I think is one of the less expensive school I ever been to.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of different things to do in campus or off campus. The beach is really close to the school. there's a lot of parks were you can go exercise or if you like dancing theirs some ballrooms and clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The food is OK is not something that I like to eat everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms so I can talk about it.

    Academic Rigor

    academically speaking the classes are hard sometimes. But the instructors do such a good work on explaining the subject and also helping you understand if you don't get it the first time.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for a prospect would be to get to know the school. Get to know your counselor and your teachers. So you know who to go for help Depending on the help you need.

    In three sentences

    CSUMB is a great school. Everyone that works there the staff and the teachers are so helpful and nice. Is an amazing school for whatever your thinking in majoring.

  • 03/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A Campus Police Department is located conveniently towards the middle of campus. Officers are present on a daily/nightly basis. Many emergency phones and lights are located throughout campus, ensuring optimal safety conditions for those walking alone. CSUMB may or may not have seemingly higher crime rates than other universities, but often this is simply a result of skewed statistics due to the relatively small student population. After 4 years at CSUMB, I have not once ever felt unsafe in any way. Campus is a very friendly place.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a large selection of activities for students to engage in on campus. A weekly installment e-mail titled Otter Be Involved is sent out with a list of the week's activities that are available to students. These activities are incredibly diverse and offer multiple ways to get involved on campus, whether through one of many clubs or simply a one-time involvement activity.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who are laid back. People who appreciate nature. Those who can go without going to ragers every weekend. People who love science!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    So there's this thing that CSUMB students call ording. Ording is when students go exploring through the old military facilities still located around the outskirts of campus. As a reformed military base, the presence of military history is still prevalent in the area surrounding CSUMB. Students will often go exploring in these old buildings for a sense of first-hand history. (This is against the rules though so keep that in mind!)

    Bang for the buck

    Lets face it. Universities in the US are expensive. Why? Its hard to say. CSUMB is one of the least expensive universities in the California State University system. In exchange for lower tuition price, you may not have amenities such as a greek row, massive sports teams and stadiums, or amazing parties. However, you still have a dedicated staff, multiple resources for self-improvement and a beautiful experience with nature on the coast of California.

    What to do for fun

    Nature enthusiasts, rejoice! CSUMB is located a mere half an hour away from the breathtaking Big Sur State Park and the world-famous Highway 1 scenic route. Those who love hiking, exploring nature, magnificent displays of marine life, or simply beautiful sunsets, this would be a great place for you. Those looking for raging parties on greek row may be looking at the wrong university. CSUMB has a much more relaxed, laid back pace compared to other urban universities. There is an incredible amount of history to see in Monterey as well as beautiful scenery. For the student who can enjoy a little peace and quiet on a foggy day, CSUMB is right up your alley!

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    All dorm rooms have their own bathroom in the freshmen dorms (no communal bathrooms!) Dorms are structured around a central campus quad, assuring that you will be meeting plenty of new people upon arrival. Freshmen dorms have little privacy (as expected in dorm life), but the housing is centrally located on campus, requiring very little walking time to get to the library, student center, dining commons, and classrooms. Upper-classmen dorms (named North Quad) are very nice, miniature-apartment styled housing with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Living in North Quad was a fun experience and a much higher sense of independence compared to freshmen dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    Courses can be quite challenging depending on the major that you choose. Most courses are able to be completed with a relative amount of studying and dedication. Upper division classes place more emphasis on single assignments, whereas lower division courses can be much easier. The university has a very well established program called ASAP, which is a tutoring center for all students for any subjects, as well as a generally dedicated staff working for optimal student success.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is very quiet and has a small student population. There are not nearly as many students or recreational facilities compared to other universities. Life at CSUMB provides a unique college experience rather than the classic image of what one considers to be a college experience. As a prospective student, it is recommended that you pursue a degree in science (environmental science, environmental studies, biology, marine biology) as this university has a renowned program for these majors. While small and intimate, this university is great for those who love moments of silence to themselves within a beautiful natural area. A key bit of advice is that it can be difficult to transfer from CSUMB to other universities due to a unique academic structure.

    In three sentences

    CSUMB is a small university located in a beautiful area. Surrounded by beautiful terrestrial and marine ecosystems with unpredictable weather. The renovation of the Fort Ord Military Base into a university is sure to provide a unique perception of college campus.

  • 03/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lots of great outdoor activities. Hikes, swimming, surfing, skating, visiting all the tourist spots, butterfly sanctuary, aquarium, santa cruz boardwalk, whale watching, on campus frisbee golf ropes course, paddle boarding, bonfires, dances, concerts, so much to do.

    Food and Dining

    Healthy and yummy options, always available. Plus you can use your meal plans at Starbucks!

    Dorm Life

    My floormates and I became bestfriends within the first couple nights. Everyone hangs out with the people in their dorms. You can be as loud as you want. Everyone is so friendly

    Academic Rigor

    Manageable, but if you want all A's, you need to put a lot of time in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to have an open mind. Don't just sit and watch Netflix all day.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love it here. You learn so much more than you would ever expect and can still have a great time as long as you are open to learning. If you want to drink all day and be fratty or take selfies... PLEASE DONT COME HERE.