California State University, Monterey Bay

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California State University,
Monterey Bay
CSU Monterey Bay seal.svg
TypePublic university
Established1994; 29 years ago (1994)
Parent institution
California State University
Endowment$27.5 million (2020)[1]
PresidentVanya Quiñones
Academic staff
482 (Fall 2020)[2]
Students6,871 (Fall 2020)[3]
Undergraduates6,276 (Fall 2020)[3]
Postgraduates595 (Fall 2020)[3]
Location, ,
United States

36°39′12″N 121°47′47″W / 36.6534°N 121.7964°W / 36.6534; -121.7964Coordinates: 36°39′12″N 121°47′47″W / 36.6534°N 121.7964°W / 36.6534; -121.7964
Campus1,350 acres (550 ha) (5% of the former Fort Ord)[4]
Colors    Blue, green & sand[5]
Sporting affiliations
MascotMonte Rey Otter
CSU Monterey Bay logo.svg

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB or Cal State Monterey Bay) is a public university in Monterey County, California. Its main campus is located on the site of the former military base Fort Ord, straddling the cities of Seaside and Marina, about one mile inland from Monterey Bay along the Central Coast of California. CSUMB also has locations in the cities of Monterey and Salinas. Founded in 1994, CSUMB is part of the California State University system and is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. The university is a Hispanic-serving institution.


CSUMB was founded in 1994 with a student enrollment of 654 students. Classes began August 28, 1995. The founding president was Peter Plympton Smith. It was the 22nd campus in the California State University system. The university offers 23 bachelor's degrees, 7 master's degrees, and teaching credentials.[6]

As of the fall 2020 semester, the university had 6,276 undergraduate students, 595 graduate students and 186 full-time faculty members.[3][2] The university operates on the semester system. The president is Eduardo M. Ochoa, who was appointed in May 2012.[7]

CSUMB, in conjunction with Hartnell College, developed CS-in-3, a three-year computer science program funded in part by grants from the Foundation established by Matsui Nursery.[8] A donation of 210 acres of prime agricultural land to the Hartnell College Foundation, valued at US$20 million was granted thereafter.[9]


Name Commenced term Ended term
1. Peter Plympton Smith 1994 2005
2. Diane Cordero de Noriega (Interim) 2005 2006
3. Dianne F. Harrison 2006 2012
4. Eduardo M. Ochoa 2012 2022
5. Vanya Quiñones 2022 N/A


Undergraduate demographics as of Fall 2020
Race and ethnicity[10] Total
Hispanic 51% 51
White 25% 25
Other[a] 9% 9
Asian 6% 6
Foreign national 5% 5
Black 3% 3
Economic diversity
Low-income[b] 47% 47
Affluent[c] 53% 53


In the fall of 2020, of 482 teaching faculty, 262 held doctorates or another terminal degree, and 96 were members of minority groups.[2] The faculty includes an American Book Award winner and six Fulbright scholars.


As of spring 2020, the student body was 62% female and 38% male. 33% of students enrolled were under 21 years of age, 45% between 21 and 24, 14% between 25 and 30, 8% were 31 or older. The most common majors were business administration (13%), psychology (11%), computer science (9%), kinesiology (8%), and biology (8%). 43% of students came from Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties (all California counties) while 53% came from other parts of California, 2% from other U.S. states and 3% from outside the U.S. Nearly one third (32%) of students were low-income and just over half (53%) were first-generation college students. Distributed across class levels, 14% of students are freshmen, 12% sophomores, 27% juniors and 35% seniors; CSU Monterey Bay has a large proportion of transfer students. Graduate students make up 9%; 2% were seeking credentials and 1% were post-baccalaureate students.[11]

As of fall 2018 Cal State Monterey Bay has the second largest enrollment percentage of Americans of unknown race or ethnicity in the California State University system.[12] Approximately 50% of CSUMB students live on campus.[13]


Library under construction from Divarty St, May 2008

The five most popular majors for 2019 graduates[14]


The 2022-2023 USNWR Best Regional Colleges West Rankings ranks Monterey 4 on top performers on social mobility, 7 on top public schools and 247 in Nursing (tie). In 2021 Monterey ranked 17 on best undergraduate Teaching.[14]


Under a cooperative agreement with the NASA Ames Research Center, the university performs remote sensing, ecosystem modeling, and geospatial research for earth system science and health.[17] CSUMB researchers work in 10 areas, including coral reef monitoring, land use, carbon modeling and disease transmission.[18]


Freeman Stadium filling up for CSUMB's 2006–2007 Graduation Ceremony.

The Cal State–Monterey Bay (CSUMB) athletic teams are called the Otters. The university is a member of the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for most of its sports since the 2004–05 academic year;[19] while its women's water polo teams compete in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA). The Otters previously competed in the California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1996–97 to 2003–04.

CSUMB competes in 14 intercollegiate varsity sports:[20] Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball and water polo.

CSUMB also has a coed sailing team which competes in the fall and spring (although the spring season is more important). The sailing team competes in the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference (PCCSC).

Water polo[edit]

The NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship of Effective Division I sport is open to members of all three NCAA divisions. Only CSU Monterey Bay and CSU East Bay from the CCAA participate in the Western Water Polo Association.[21]


The Otters of CSU Monterey Bay earned 1 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships in 2011.[22]

Student life[edit]

The fog for which Marina is famous can cover the entire campus.

Greek life[edit]

Fraternities and sororities in the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) include:


The university's goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030, with a solar array, installed in 2010, currently meeting 16 percent of the university's needs.[23]

Additionally, the university's Dining Commons were awarded LEED Silver certification in 2011. The Dining Commons were designed to include water efficiency and natural and energy-efficient lighting.[24]

Residence Halls[edit]

A residence hall in the Quad portion of the campus.

CSUMB offers housing in many areas around campus. On the main campus there are eight residence halls each renovated Army barracks. Willet, Cypress, Manzanita, Asilomar, Yarrow, Avocet, Tortuga, and Sanderling Halls surround the main quad on campus. Pinnacles and Vineyard Suites as well as Strawberry Apartments make up North Quad on the north end of campus. In fall of 2015, the university opened three new residence halls, called Promontory, all of which offering apartment size dormitories.[25]

Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library[edit]

The Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library has 136,151 square feet (12,648.8 m2) of floor space.[26] It is located at Divarty and Fifth streets, and diagonally across from the Chapman Science Center. A roundabout sits between the library and the science building. The Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library is certified LEED Silver and has been cited for a range of sustainable design strategies from daylighting and low-energy use to healthy carpets, water conservation, and high-recycled content materials.[26]

Aside from being the largest building on the CSUMB campus, it is the greenest in terms of energy usage. Up to 30% less electricity is needed, for example, because of floor-to-ceiling glass walls that let in natural light. Additionally, ventilation techniques operate through the floor instead of the ceiling, allowing cooler air to travel a lesser distance. The light let in from the atrium is indirect rather than direct sunlight.

Other locations[edit]

CSUMB has other locations within Monterey County, including CSUMB at Ryan Ranch (in Monterey), CSUMB at North Salinas, and CSUMB at Salinas City Center.[27] The National Steinbeck Center is located at CSUMB at Salinas City Center.[citation needed]

CSUMB relies on Monterey–Salinas Transit for transportation among its various locations.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Other consists of Multiracial Americans & those who prefer to not say.
  2. ^ The percentage of students who received an income-based federal Pell grant intended for low-income students.
  3. ^ The percentage of students who are a part of the American middle class at the bare minimum.


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Common Data Set 2020-2021, California State University, Monterey Bay" (PDF).
  3. ^ a b c d "Fall Term Student Enrollment". The California State University Institutional Research and Analyses. Archived from the original on December 2, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "The California State University Capital Outlay Program 2013/2014; Five-Year Capital Improvement Program" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 23, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Color Palette; California State University Monterey Bay". Retrieved 2022-02-15.
  6. ^ "About CSUMB". Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  7. ^ "President Ochoa's appointment made permanent". Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  8. ^ "CSin3".
  9. ^ "News and donations". 2008-07-13.
  10. ^ "College Scorecard: California State University-Monterey Bay". United States Department of Education. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  11. ^ "Enrollment Fast Facts (Headcounts) for 2020 Spring". Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  12. ^ "Ethnicity Enrollment Profile". Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  13. ^ CSUMB Residential Housing Association. Retrieved 2017-07-15
  14. ^ a b "California State University - Monterey Bay Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  15. ^ "Best Colleges 2021: Regional Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  16. ^ "California State University–Monterey Bay - U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  17. ^ University Corporation at Monterey Bay NASA. (2011-08-29). Retrieved on 2017-07-15.
  18. ^ Salinas, Claudia Meléndez (March 15, 2012). "CSUMB earns $32M NASA grant to aid study of irrigation, wildfires, crops, floods". The Monterey County Herald. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  19. ^ [1] Archived March 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ "The Official Site of California State University Monterey Bay Otters Athletics". Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  21. ^ "The WWPA". Western Water Polo Association. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  22. ^ "Championships Summary" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  23. ^ The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges
  24. ^ "CSU Monterey Bay Dining Commons". Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  25. ^ Schmalz, David (April 30, 2015). "New student housing at CSUMB replaces blight, and makes a dent in school's housing shortage". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  26. ^ a b "Tanimura and Antle Family Memorial Library". Archived from the original on July 30, 2017. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  27. ^ Robledo, Roberto M. "CSUMB broadens reach in Salinas". Retrieved December 12, 2019.

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