California State University Monterey Bay, fondly referred to as Cal State Monterey Bay, is part of the California State University System but is different from its other 22 sister campuses in that it is rather small with only a little over 5,000 students currently enrolled. Of the 5,000 only 52% live on-campus with the rest opting to live off-campus or distance learners. In addition to the small student body, what makes Cal State Monterey Bay unique is that it is located on the site of the former U.S. Army base Fort Ord in Seaside, California. The Ord, which is what students there call the former Army base, makes for a picturesque and pretty cool campus with some of the building such as the airplane hangar used as a studio and gallery space, and most of the residence halls and dorm rooms much bigger than the average rooms you’ll find in other universities.
Campus life is also very vibrant at Cal State Monterey Bay with its very active vibe. In fact, the university has 13 NCAA Division II Athletic teams. Men’s sports teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, sailing, and soccer. Women’s sports teams include basketball, cross country, golf, sailing, soccer, softball, volleyball, and water polo. If you are not into playing sports but very much into the spirit, you can also just opt to join the Blue Crue, which is the official name for the university’s sports fans.
The university, which operates on the semester system, currently offers the undergraduate degree programs in Biology, Business Administration, Collaborative Health and Human Services, Communication Design, Computer Science and Information Technology, Environmental Science Technology and Policy, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Human Communication, Integrated Studies, Japanese, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Marine Science, Mathematics, Music, Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Spanish, Teledramatic Arts and Technology, Visual and Public Art, and World Languages and Cultures. Graduate degree programs are also available with the current Master’s degree program list including Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy, Education, Business Administration (MBA), Instructional Science and Technology, Management and Information Technology, Marine Science, Public Policy, and Social Work.
Cal State Monterey Bay only offers one completely online degree program – their Executive MBA track, which is only offered for those with previous business experience and a traditional MBA track. However, most of their courses post course-related materials online so that students can easily access them through their online portal. There are also select courses that meet only online and some that blend online and face-to-face classes.
Tuition for Cal State Monterey Bay is $4,884 per academic year for California residents. Non-California residents have to pay an additional $372 per credit. These tuition rates do not cover books and supplies. Financial assistance is available at this public university primarily in the form of Federal Student Aid. Types of aid available at the university include grants, loans, work study programs, and scholarships. Currently there are 45 prestigious scholarship programs ranging from $600 to $3,000 per academic year being administered by the Financial Aid office.