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California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, CA


About This Campus

Located one mile from the beaches of Monterey Bay, the largest marine sanctuary on the West Coast, CSUMB boasts an expansive 1365-acre campus on the former Fort Ord Military Base. The campus is two miles from the city of Marina (to the north) and four miles from the city of Monterey (to the south), which offer shopping, restaurants, golf courses, and much more. Monterey, known around the world as the home of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, is a popular place for students, local, and tourists alike. The golf courses of Pebble Beach, white sand beaches and shopping in Carmel, and the rugged Big Sur coastline are just a hop, skip and jump away as well. Fifteen minutes to the east, you'll find great restaurants, mall shopping, and the Steinbeck Center in Salinas. And just 45 minutes to the north, just past the wildlife of the Elkhorn Slough, you'll find the wild life of Santa Cruz along with its busy Boardwalk.

Location Information

CSUMB rests of sand dunes, landscaped with native plants, including acres of scrub oaks and open space. Great for biking, hiking, and getting away from it all. The climate is temperate-foggy, cool. and never extreme. We are two hours by car to San Francisco and over five hours by car to Los Angeles - but just a blink of an eye from spectacular hiking, biking, kayaking, surfing, and people watching.

Helpful Information

Science classes can be difficult to secure because of the strict requirements and rigorous courses. Come with a flexible academic needs and please do not "require" a specific class in order to do the exchange. We'll do everything we can to help you get your classes but at times, it's simply not possible to get every class needed. Our faculty are very friendly, love what they do and very student-focused. Most are on a first name basis with their students and happy to help when asked.

Chance of Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Fast Facts

Location | Seaside
Population | 30,000
Enrollment | 7,488
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/22-12/16
Spring | 01/22-05/20

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%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs

Notable Academic Programs

  • Marine Biology - CSUMB is on the Monterey Bay, a protected Marine Sanctuary and classes may be held on the Bay.

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, Human Development, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Mathematics, Music, Preschool Education, Science, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education

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, 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

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant 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: Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Ethics, Philosophy, 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, 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
  • 2.50 GPA
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
  • Prefer students who will live on campus
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500 paper, N/A computer or 61 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
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 06/12/17.
  • Estimated cost: $3521.5.
  • 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 06/12/17.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $250 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Recreation Fee $127 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee $57 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $126 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Materials, services, and facilities Fee $82.50 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Student mental/health services Fee $93.00 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Other Fee $48.00 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Other Fee $300.00 Semester Plan A 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. ($410.00 per Term)

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 06/12/17

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 45% living on campus
  • Double: $7250.00 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $800
  • 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. Married students over 20 may live in East Campus, if space allows. The application for housing is required for all living communities on campus. 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.
  • $1800.00 per semester for 8 meals per week.
  • $1875.00 per semester for 12 meals per week.
  • $2025.00 per semester for 19 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Please check the website below for up to date costs and a sample menu. All students who live on campus, except those in the Strawberry Apartments and Promontory and East Campus apartments must purchase the meal plan. There are no exceptions.The prices stated include meal "blocks" as well as "Flex dollars" and are estimates. 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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