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California State University-Monterey Bay

Ocean-front views are plentiful at California State University-Monterey Bay, two hours south of San Francisco. More than half of the students at CSU Monterey Bay are first-generation college students. The university boasts interesting architecture, as it was built at the location of an old Army base -- some of the military buildings have been repurposed into art gallery spaces. The school has just under 7,000 undergraduate students who choose from among 25 majors, including sustainable hospitality management and Japanese language and culture. But the university offers more than just academics. The Monterey Bay Otters participate in NCAA Division II athletics, with 13 teams competing for both men and women throughout the year. Greek life is also a big part of CSUMB, with seven fraternities and nine sororities. The school's World Theater hosts student-run theater productions and concerts. The school has an environmental pedigree, too; it aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. A solar panel farm on campus produces enough energy to power up to 20% of the university's needs annually.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Most courses are virtual this fall, with very few exceptions. Dining commons are closed for the semester, and all campus events will take place virtually.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$24,500
% of students who get any grants
69%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,700
Average price for low-income students
$8,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
59%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1060/20
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
6,500
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
N/A
% of need met
N/A
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
60%
Average time to a degree
4.6 years
Average student debt
$13,520
Average salary within 5 years
$47,100
% earning more than $28,000
74%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Most courses are virtual this fall, with very few exceptions. Dining commons are closed for the semester, and all campus events will take place virtually.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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