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California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a public university in Marina and Seaside in Monterey County, California. A member of the 23-campus California State University system, it is located 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.

California State University,
Monterey Bay
CSU Monterey Bay seal.svg
Endowment$23.9 million (2018)[1]
PresidentEduardo M. Ochoa
Academic staff
510 (Fall 2016)[2]
Students7,545 (Fall 2018)[3]
Undergraduates6,867 (Fall 2018)[3]
Postgraduates678 (Fall 2018)[3]
Location, ,

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
Campus1,350 acres (5% of the former Fort Ord)[4]
ColorsBay blue, valley green and golden sand[5]
AthleticsNCAA Division IICCAA
AffiliationsCalifornia State University system
MascotMonte Rey Otter
CSU Monterey Bay logo.svg



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.[6]

As of fall 2016, the university has 6,883 undergraduate students, 544 graduate students and 163 full-time faculty members.[7][2] The university operates on the semester system. The current president Eduardo M. Ochoa was appointed in May 2012.[8]

CSUMB, in conjunction with Hartnell College, developed CSin3, a 3-year computer science program funded in part by grants from the Foundation established by Matsui Nursery.[9] A donation of 210 acres of prime agricultural land to the Hartnell College Foundation, valued at $20 million USD was granted thereafter. [10]


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


Fall 2018 Demographics of student body[11]
* All levels, freshman through graduate
African American 3.7%
Asian American 2.9%
Filipino American 2.1%
Pacific Islander 0.4%
White European Americans 24.8%
Native American/American Indian 0.2%
Mexican American/Chicano 41.1%
Other Latino America 6.0%
Multiracial Americans 5.4%
Non-resident alien 5.9%
Unknown 7.5%


In the Fall of 2018, of 510 teaching faculty, 244 hold doctorates or another terminal degree, and 145 are members of minority groups.[2]"The faculty includes an American Book Award winner and six Fulbright scholars.[2]


The student body is made up of 63% females and 37% males. As of fall 2018, 35% of students enrolled were under 21 years of age, 44% between 21 and 24, 14% between 25 and 30, 7% over the age of 31. The most common majors were business administration (13%), psychology (12%), kinesiology (9%), biology (8%) and human communication (7%). 40% of students came from Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties (all California counties) while 58% came from other parts of California, 2% from other U.S. states and 3% from outside the U.S. One third of students were low-income and a little over half (51%) were first-generation college students. Students are distributed across class levels; 20% being freshmen, 11% sophomores, 24% juniors and 34% seniors as CSU Monterey Bay serves a large proportion of transfer students. Graduate students make up 9%, 2% were seeking credentials and 1% were post-baccalaureate students.[7]

As of fall 2018 Cal State Monterey Bay has the second larges enrollment percentage of Unknown Americans in the California State University system.[12]

Demographics of student body (Fall 2018)[7]
African American 4.94%
Asian American 7.14%
Hispanic American 41.7%
Pacific Islander 1.04%
Native American 0.64%
White American 29%
Two or more 7.75%
Ethnicity unreported/unknown 7.82%


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.[13] CSUMB researchers work in 10 areas, including coral reef monitoring, land use, carbon modeling and disease transmission.[14]

Student lifeEdit

A residence hall in the Quad portion of the campus.

Approximately fifty percent of CSUMB students live on campus.[15]


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

CSUMB's athletic mascot is the Otter. Its athletic teams compete in NCAA Division II, primarily in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The Otters field 12 sports for men and women for the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Fall sports for men include soccer and cross country. Fall sports for women include soccer, volleyball and cross country. The winter sport for men and women is basketball. Spring sports for men include baseball and golf. Spring sports for women include softball, golf, and water polo.

The Otters of CSU Monterey Bay earned 1 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships in 2011.[16]

  • Men's (1)
    • Golf (1): 2011


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

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.[17]

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.[18]

Residence HallsEdit

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.[19]

Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial LibraryEdit

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

The Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library has 136,151 square feet (12,648.8 m2) of floor space.[20] 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. 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.[20]

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.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2018. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2017 to FY 2018" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2018. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  2. ^ a b c d "Common Data Set 2016-2017, California State University, Monterey Bay" (PDF).
  3. ^ a b c "Enrollment Fast Facts (Most Recent Term)". California State University, Monterey Bay. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "The California State University Capital Outlay Program 2013/2014; Five-Year Capital Improvement Program" (PDF). Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Color Palette; California State University Monterey Bay". Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  6. ^ "About CSUMB". Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  7. ^ a b c "Enrollment Fast Facts (Headcounts) for Fall 2016" (PDF).
  8. ^ "President Ochoa's appointment made permanent". Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  9. ^ "CSin3".
  10. ^ "News and donations". 2008-07-13.
  11. ^ "Ethnicity Enrollment Profile". Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  12. ^ "Ethnicity Enrollment Profile". Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  13. ^ University Corporation at Monterey Bay NASA. (2011-08-29). Retrieved on 2017-07-15.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ CSUMB Residential Housing Association. Retrieved 2017-07-15
  16. ^ "Championships Summary" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  17. ^ The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges
  18. ^ "CSU Monterey Bay Dining Commons". Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ a b "Tanimura and Antle Family Memorial Library". Retrieved July 15, 2017.

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