California State University, Monterey Bay

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California State University,
Monterey Bay
CSU Monterey Bay Seal.jpg
Established 1994
Type Public
Endowment $18.3 million (2014)[1]
President Eduardo M. Ochoa
Academic staff
429 (Fall 2014)[2]
Students 7,102 (Fall 2015)[3]
Undergraduates 6,646 (Fall 2015)[4]
Postgraduates 284 (Fall 2015)[4]
Location Marina and Seaside,
Monterey County
, California, U.S.
36°39′12″N 121°47′47″W / 36.6533888889°N 121.796416667°W / 36.6533888889; -121.796416667Coordinates: 36°39′12″N 121°47′47″W / 36.6533888889°N 121.796416667°W / 36.6533888889; -121.796416667
Campus 1,350 acres (5% of the former Fort Ord)[5]
Colors Bay blue, valley green and golden sand[6]
Nickname Otters
Mascot Monte Rey Otter
Sporting affiliations
Cal State Monterey Bay logo.png

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a small public university in the 23-campus California State University system, located in Marina and Seaside, in Monterey County, California. It is on the site of the former U.S. Army base Fort Ord in the northern Central Coast of California region, and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


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 21st campus in the California State University System. The university offers 23 bachelor's degrees, 7 master's degrees, and teaching credentials.[7]

As of fall 2015, the university has 7,102 students and 163 full-time faculty members.[4][2] The university operates on the semester system. The institution seeks to distinguish itself through "outcomes-based education," with undergraduates required to conduct a 'capstone' research project and compile a portfolio demonstrating competency in their concentration, with a faculty member as adviser. [2] The current president Eduardo M. Ochoa was appointed in May 2012.[8]

Faculty and student demographics[edit]

Demographics of student body (Fall 2015)[4]
African American 7%
Asian American 6%
Hispanic American 37%
Pacific Islander 1%
Native American 1%
White American 35%
Two or more 7%
Ethnicity unreported/unknown 6%


Faculty demographics reflect those of the CSU system overall. Of 431 faculty members, 163 were employed full-time and 122 were tenured or tenure-tracked. Forty-six percent held doctorate degrees. Those with doctorate degrees were more likely to be employed full-time and tenured. The faculty includes an American Book Award winner, six Fulbright scholars, and numerous other grant and award winners [2]


The student body is made up of 63% females and 37% males. As of fall 2015, 40% of students enrolled were under 21 years of age, 43% between 21 and 24, 12% between 25 and 30, 6% over the age of 31. The most common majors were business administration (12%), psychology (12%), biology (10%), kinesiology (10%), human communication (6%) and liberal studies (6%). More than one third of students came from Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties (all California counties) while 61% came from other parts of California, 2% from other U.S. states and 3% from outside the U.S. Over a third (35%) of students were low-income and over half (55%) were first-generation college students. Students are distributed across class levels; 26% being freshmen, 12% sophomores, 25% juniors and 31% seniors as CSU Monterey Bay serves a large proportion of transfer students. Graduate students make up 4%, and 2% were seeking credentials.[4]


Fall Freshman Statistics[9]

  2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Freshman Applicants 14,684 13,803 12,562 11,607 10,263
Admits 10,185 6,161 5,577 5,455 5,364
 % Admitted 69.4 44.6 44.3 46.9 52.2
Enrolled 1,305 866 902 873 829
GPA 3.23 3.23 3.22 3.09 3.12
SAT Composite 969 980 973 1022 1001
ACT Avg 20.5 20.5 20.5 22 22
*SAT out of 1600

Language requirement[edit]

CSUMB requires students to take three semesters of a foreign language. The goal is that all graduates can "communicate with culturally appropriate manners at an intermediate level" in a language other than English. Further, students must demonstrate a basic knowledge of cultural products, practices and perspectives of the target culture.[10] The most common languages of study for students are Spanish and ASL.

Transfer students require only two semesters of language study. Transfer students entering into (and graduating from) biology, business administration, computer science and information technology, environmental sciences, technology and policy, liberal studies, marine science, mathematics majors who are either Area A-E complete, or who transfer into CSUMB with 60 or more units are exempted from the language requirement.

Students are given the option of taking an assessment in a foreign language of their choice. If the student shows adequate fluency in that language, they are exempt from the requirement.[10]

Service learning[edit]

Upper division students are required to complete two courses in service learning (SL). These courses consist of 30 hours of community service at a specific non-profit organization in the surrounding community and a series of written assignments about the student's involvement. Some of the organizations associated with the Service Learning Institute at CSUMB include the Boys and Girls Club of America, the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, the Museum of Monterey, and the Special Olympics.

The Service Learning Institute's stated goal is to help students become "Multicultural Community Builders: students who have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to work effectively in a diverse society to create more just and equitable workplaces,communities and social institutions."[11] Service learning is a component of CSUMB's academic program and is integrated into both the university's general education requirements and the graduation requirements of each major.[12]

CSUMB is the only university to have received the White House Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll President's Award twice.[13]


The university has a Cooperative Agreement with NASA Ames for remote sensing, ecosystems modeling, and geospatial research for earth systems science and health. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay team leads the earth science community in ecological forecasting.[14] CSUMB researchers work in 10 areas, including coral reef monitoring, land use, carbon modeling and disease transmission[15]

Student life[edit]

A residence hall in the Quad portion of the campus.
The fog for which Marina is famous can cover the entire campus.

Approximately fifty percent of CSUMB students live on campus.[16] Residence halls, suites and apartments are located within walking distance to all campus facilities. East campus housing – with shuttle access to and from campus – offers additional apartment life for students and families two miles from the main campus.

Students can walk or take the campus shuttle to classes and activities. The MST bus service, free to all CSUMB students in Monterey County, comes to the campus and housing communities as well. Students also enjoy going into downtown Monterey, which is a popular tourist destination, being home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row and Old Fisherman's Wharf. Additionally, students enjoy nearby Santa Cruz, with such attractions as the Boardwalk, the Mystery Spot, and downtown Santa Cruz. Other popular spots near CSUMB are Carmel-by-the-Sea, the 17-mile scenic drive, world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Resort, and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.[17]


Clubs are a popular activity at CSUMB. Some popular clubs and the Inter-Club Council are the Black Student United, Disc Golf Club, Accounting Club, Dance Club, Anime Club, Bass Club, Out and About, NORML, M.E.Ch.A, EMPOWER, Rotaract, Otter Christian Fellowship, and the Business Club. The Associated Students (Student Government) at CSUMB offers a variety of committees and organizations for students to take part in. Some current groups are the Academic Committee, Diversity Council, Environmental Committee, Lobby Corps, Public Relations Committee and the Technology Committee. The Residential Housing Association (RHA) serves as the government of housing for students on campus. RHA has a total of six executive board members: President, Executive Vice President, National Communications Chair, Vice President of Communication, Vice President of Administration and Finance, and Vice President of Programming. Within RHA, each residential housing area has a council These councils serve to make sure RHA has direct involvement and reports for how to better residential areas of the campus.[18]


Freeman Stadium filling up for CSUMB's 2006-2007 Graduation Ceremony.
A volleyball court within the North Quad, shown at night.

CSUMB athletes and sports teams are known as the Otters. A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, primarily competing in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for all sports except for water polo, which competes in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA). The Otters field 12 sports for men and women for the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Fall sports for men include cross country and soccer. Fall sports for women include cross country, soccer, and volleyball. The winter sport for men is basketball. The winter sport for women is basketball. Spring sports for men include baseball and golf. Spring sports for women include golf, softball, and water polo.

The Otter Sports Center is the home to the CSUMB Otters men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball teams. The Sports Center is affectionately known as "The Kelp Bed" referencing the floating home of the Sea Otter. The Otter Sports Complex is where the baseball, softball, and soccer teams compete.

The CSUMB golf team won the 2010-2011 NCAA DII National Championship with John Jackson taking the individual title.

CSUMB's baseball program, which was started by a dedicated group of Otter Pioneers, began with the start of the 2006 baseball season. The team was first coached by former minor league player and local born Rich Aldrete. The team is now coached by Walt White.

The men's cross country team has also shown huge growth placing their highest ever in the CCAA championships.


Programs at CSUMB are interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary. In the arts, students can major in Music and Performing Arts (MPA), Cinematic Arts and Technology (CART), and Visual and Public Art (VPA).

The World Theater is a performing arts venue that presents events such as guest lectures and screenings and student capstones. It also presents a professional performing arts season of music, dance, theatrical works and comedy.

The Cinematic Arts and Technology Department offers cross-disciplinary study and practice of media and live performance. The program integrates the disciplines of film, broadcast and interactive media.

The Visual & Public Art Department displays students' original artwork throughout the campus with public installations and murals.

The Music & Performing Arts Department offers choirs and activities to enrich the culture of CSUMB. They include a gospel choir, a chorale and many music performers and lecturers.

Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library[edit]

View from Divarty Street of library under construction, May, 2008.

The Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library opened in December 2008. The three-story building, with views of both Monterey Bay and the Salinas Valley from the upper floors, replaced a one-story library that, like many other buildings upon the opening of CSUMB in 1995, had been reworked from pre-existing buildings at Fort Ord.

Inside the library are 136,151 square feet (12,648.8 m2) of floor space,[19] with a towering central atrium drawing natural light deep into the building interior. It is located at Divarty and Fifth Street, and diagonally across from the Chapman Science Center. A roundabout sits between the library and the science building.

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.

In March 2008, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, headed by Clint Eastwood, donated $620,000 to the university, with $500,000 of the grant for the new library. The largest donation, $4 million of the $69 million total cost, came from the Tanimura and Antle families from the Salinas Valley.[20] Accordingly, the library was named after them.

Business and Information Technology building[edit]

The Business and Information Technology Building

The Business and Information Technology (BIT) building, which opened in Fall 2015, houses the College of Business and the School of Computing and Design. The BIT building has two and three levels tied together by an atrium and includes eight classrooms; 12 laboratories; offices for faculty members, departments and the dean of the College of Business; conference rooms; student study areas; and a graduate student lounge.[21]


CSUMB was one of the first universities to earn a gold STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.[22] 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]

All degrees offered at CSUMB have service learning outcomes that address sustainability directly.[24] Past senior capstone projects have included biodiesel, wind energy, fog collection and LEED certification.[25] 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] 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.[27]

CSUMB presidential history[edit]

Eduardo Ochoa, CSUMB president
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 N/A

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2013 to FY 2014" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Cal State Monterey Bay University Fact Book 2014-2015. Retrieved on 2015-11-13.
  3. ^ [1]. Enrollment Fast Facts for Fall 2015. Retrieved on 2015-11-10.
  4. ^ a b c d e "CSUMB Enrollment Fast Facts for Fall 2015" (PDF). 
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  6. ^ "Official Colors | Cal State Monterey Bay". 2010-07-20. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  7. ^ "About CSUMB". 1995-08-28. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  8. ^ "President Ochoa's appointment made permanent". Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  9. ^ header.php. "CSUMB Factbook: 2014-2015". Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  10. ^ a b Language Proficiency Requirement | CSUMB Catalog. Retrieved on 2015-11-13.
  11. ^ | CSUMB Service Learning. Retrieved on 2015-11-13.
  12. ^ | CSUMB Service Learning. Retrieved on 2015-11-13.
  13. ^ Statement: CSUMB Honored with Presidential Award of Service. Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  14. ^ University Corporation at Monterey Bay | NASA. (2011-08-29). Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  15. ^ CSUMB earns $32M NASA grant to aid study of irrigation, wildfires, crops, floods - San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  16. ^ | CSUMB Residential Housing Association. Retrieved on 2015-11-13.
  17. ^ | CSUMB Residential Housing Association. Retrieved on 2015-11-13.
  18. ^ | CSUMB Student Clubs. Retrieved on 2015-11-13.
  19. ^ Tanimura and Antle Family Memorial Library. Retrieved on 2015-11-13.
  20. ^ Tanimura and Antle - About - Community Relations. Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  21. ^ CSUMB Business and Information Technology building. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  22. ^ California State University, Monterey Bay: Sustainable Development
  23. ^ The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges
  24. ^ "ACUPCC Reports · Progress Report for California State University-Monterey Bay". Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  25. ^ "California State University, Monterey Bay 2009 Campus Sustainability Leadership Award Application". Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  26. ^ "Tanimura and Antle Family Memorial Library". EHDD. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  27. ^ "CSU Monterey Bay Dining Commons". Retrieved 2014-08-18. 

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