California State University Monterey Bay



Monterey Bay seen from space.

Monterey Bay is located on the central coast of California, just two hours south of San Francisco. The bay itself is one of the largest marine protected areas in the world and is home to whales, deep-sea anglerfish, and of course our mascot, the sea otters. The CSUMB campus is close to pristine beaches, redwood forests, tidal pools and the Fort Ord National Monument.

The campus sits midway between the Monterey Peninsula, which includes the coastal communities of Pacific Grove, Monterey, Seaside and Carmel, and the Salinas Valley, known as the “Salad Bowl of the World” for its production. abundant agricultural. The city of Salinas is the county seat and has served as the setting for many of John Steinbeck’s novels.

The campus straddles the towns of Seaside and Marina, which are small, diverse communities where many of our students live and work. We also offer online programs for those who do not live in the area.


One thing that makes Cal State Monterey Bay different from any other campus in the country is our location. Not only are we just a mile from the beach, we are on the site of a former military base.

Going to school on a former military base can be pretty cool. For example, the visual and public art department has created an amazing studio and gallery out of old motorpool buildings. You will find many pieces of this history all over campus – unique and surprising reminders of Monterey Bay’s military past.

In contrast, there are old unused military buildings along the roads just off campus that have yet to be demolished. Getting rid of these buildings is a top priority for us, but these things take time and money. Rest assured, the university management is working hard on it.


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