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California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, CA

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About This Campus

CSUMB is residential campus with 8000 students. As a comprehensive university, academic programs range from popular to truly unique. Either way, you will be challenged in small, engaging classes taught by world-class professors. CSUMB offers a practical, employment-based education with an emphasis on service learning. Through our famous Service Learning Institute, you can make a meaningful impact while establishing industry connections and gaining hands-on real-world experience.

Location Information

Monterey Bay is a small, friendly area with breathtaking vistas. The pristine beaches are perfect for relaxation, and marine wildlife can be seen during any stroll along the coast. Locals enjoy hiking mountains, biking beside the ocean, or sipping local wine. The town is home to a famous aquarium and dazzling golf courses. Located in the center of the California shoreline, CSUMB students have easy access to great destinations like LA, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Yosemite National Park.

Helpful Information

Unlike other California universities, CSUMB allows exchange students to request classes before coming to campus, as long as they have applied by priority deadlines. While we cannot guarantee that you will get into every class you request, this increases the likelihood that you will be happy with your schedule. Please use the current class schedule (csumb.edu/schedule), not the catalog, when choosing courses, and be sure to check that you meet all pre-requisites.

2019/2020 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Seaside
Population | 30,000
Enrollment | 8,500
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/22-12/21
Spring | 01/22-05/17

Campus Diversity

White | 35%
Black | 7%
Hispanic/Latino | 37%
Asian | 6%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Two or more | 7%
Other | 6%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs

Psychology and Computer Science

Notable Academic Programs

  • Marine Biology - CSUMB is on the Monterey Bay, a protected Marine Sanctuary and classes may be held on the Bay.
  • Hospitality Management - We have a wonderful Sustainable Hospitality Management program that helps students to get hands on experience working for local eco-friendly resorts, spas, recreation locations, etc.
  • Environmental Technology - We offer Environmental Science as well as Environmental Science, Technology and Policy which focuses not only on the science aspects but the policy aspects as well.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Agriculture: Agricultural Business, Water Management

Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies

Area Studies: African Studies, American Multicultural Studies, Art Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Cinema and Cultural Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, International Studies, Japanese Studies, Japanse Studies (minor), Mexican American Studies, Popular Culture

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Computer Graphics, Design Technology, Digital Arts, Drawing, Graphic Design, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Studio Art, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Adapted Physical Education, Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Fitness Management, Physical Education, Sports Management/Administration, Sports Medicine

Biological Sciences: Applied Biology, Aquatic Biology, Biology/Life Science, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Business Education, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, International Business, Law and Public Policy, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Public Administration

Chemistry: Chemistry

Communications: American Sign Language, Communication, Communication Technology Management, Electronic Media, Film, Graphic Communication, Journalism, Journalism and Contemporary Media, Print Media, Telecommunications, Television Arts, Visual Communication Technology, Visual Design/Web Media, Writing/Editing

Computer Science: Computer Game Design, System Administration

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geology, Physical Sciences, Science

Economics: Economics, International Economics

Education: Child Development, Communications, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Human Development, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Mathematics, Music, Preschool Education, Science, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education

Engineering: Software Engineering

English: Business Writing, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Poetry, Rhetoric, Writing

Environmental Studies: Coastal Environmental Studies, Ecology, Economic Policy, Energy/Environmental Policy, Environmental Biology, Environmental Education, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Ecology

Food Science: Nutrition

Foreign Language: American Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Language and Culture, Spanish

General Studies: Arts and Science, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, Liberal Studies, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Spanish Literature

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography

Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health, Health Education, Health Science, Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management, Kinesiology, Public Health, Wellness

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Data Processing, Information Technology, Systems Programming

Interdisciplinary Studies: New Media, Non-Profit Programs

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology, Marine Sciences, Marine Studies

Mathematics: Computation Science, Mathematics, Pure Math, Statistics

Museum Studies: Museum Studies

Performing Arts: Dance, Directing, Music, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Ethics, Philosophy, Religion, Religious Studies

Physics: Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, International Affairs/Relations, International Studies, Peace Studies, Political Economy, Political Science

Psychology: Behavioral Science, Child Psychology, Counseling, Human Development, Psychology

Recreation: Non-Profit Programs Management, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation Management, Sports Management

Sociology/Social Work: Applied Sociology, Community Services, Human Services, Social Science, Social Service, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Technology: Computer Technology, Graphic Communications Technology, Information Technology, Technology Studies

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, N/A computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 07/30/19.
  • Estimated cost: $3571.5.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 17 ($280 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 17 ($280 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/30/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $300 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Recreation Fee $127 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Service Fee $93 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $126 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Materials, services, and facilities Fee $82.50 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Student Union Fee $350 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Other Fee $48 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: Some classes,such as photography, surfing, and kayaking, have activities fees attached to the class. Usually, these fees are under $75, sometimes as low as $5. The health insurance is required of incoming international students only ($500 per term). If a student plans to live in on campus housing there is a $40 non-refundable housing application fee.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $550 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 032603

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/30/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 60% living on campus
  • Double: $7000 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $900
  • Proximity to campus: 4 - 10
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
NSE students may live on campus. Students must complete their housing application before arrival. On campus spaces are available on a first come first served basis. The sooner the student applies for housing the more likely they are to receive one of their top choices. Off campus housing is becoming more common but is still quite expensive and hard to come by. Public transportation from off campus housing is quite limited and requires a great deal of pre-planning.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1600.00 per semester for 8 meals per week.
  • $1650.00 per semester for 10 meals per week.
  • $1675.00 per semester for 12 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Please check the website below for up to date costs and a sample menu. Students living in Northquad (Vineyard and Pinnacles apartments) or residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan. Studnets living in Strawberry Apartments, Promontory and East Campus are not required to purchase a meal plan. The prices stated include meal "blocks" as well as "Flex dollars" and are estimates. For more detailed information and additional meal plan options please visit https://csumb.sodexomyway.com/dining-plans/index.html.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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