Universities in California

CSU Monterey Bay


University Information

Location: Monterey County, California
Founded: 1994
Undergraduate Students: 7 200
Campus Type: Suburban
Institution Type: Public state university
Website: www.csumb.edu

About the University

Cal State Monterey Bay provides nearly 7,200 students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus just one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. Our diverse student body receives personal attention in small classes while pursuing degrees in 25 undergraduate and seven graduate majors.

Founded in 1994 on the former site of Fort Ord by educators and community leaders, Cal State Monterey Bay faculty and staff build on that legacy as we explore innovative ways to meet the needs of a new generation of students while simultaneously powering the Monterey County economy.

While we serve students from the entire state of California, 33 percent of our undergraduates come from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. We pride ourselves on making higher education accessible to traditionally underserved and low-income populations. Seventy-two percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. Fifty-six percent of our students are among the first generation of their family to go to college. And with 45 percent of our students living on campus, we are one of the most residential universities in the CSU.

Excerpt from CSU Monterey Bay’s website.

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

The CSU requires all international students to obtain and maintain adequate insurance coverage (health, medical evacuation, and repatriation) during their period of enrollment. Health insurance protects you from having to pay, by yourself, large medical bills that can arise even from simple medical procedures. For more information visit the Relation Insurance website.  

Cost: $600.00 per semester

Living on-campus: The International Programs Office coordinates campus housing for all Exchange, Semester@ CSUMB, National Student Exchange (NSE), and first-time Degree-Seeking international students in coordination with the Office of Student Housing & Residential Life.

  • International Exchange, Semester@ CSUMB and NSE students will work directly with the International Programs office for room assignments. 

Housing assignments are completed on a first come, first served basis. Students who apply early have a greater chance to be placed according to their preferences listed on the application. You will still be able to apply after the priority deadline.

Cost: $3,734 – $5,393 per semester*
*Students that reside in the Residence Halls are required to purchase a meal plan. Meal Plans are not included in the housing rates.

Off-campus housing: students may choose to live off-campus, contact your international student advisor for ressources.  

Students on exchange have their tuition waived but are required to pay campus fees of $250.00 per semester.

The average budget per month is: $1,400 – $1,600

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $9,450.00 per semester.