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Vision Driven University

Committed to the success of every student, CSUMB takes advantage of its intimate overall enrollment, small class sizes, and talented teaching faculty to help students achieve big things. The faculty includes an American Book Award winner, three Fulbright Scholars, a MacArthur Fellow, and numerous other grant and award winners. More importantly, because CSUMB emphasizes excellence in instruction, faculty members dedicate themselves to mentoring students. As reported in USA Today, national researchers have recognized CSUMB for "an unshakable focus on student learning..." Given the university's commitment to creating access to quality higher education for underserved populations, many of its successful alumni represent the first generation in their families to graduate from college.

Living in the Otters Community

Connecting Diverse Communities

For the two-thirds of full time undergraduate students living on CSUMB's 1,388-acre campus, housing options include residence halls, suites, apartments, and family housing. Campus activities abound. NCAA Division II athletics, intramural and club sports, boating, outdoor recreation, hiking and cycling trails, and disc golf courses promote fitness. Student organizations offer a variety of political, musical, academic, special interest, social, and socially conscious activities. Musical groups, plays, and open mike events provide outlets for performers. And guest writers, entertainers, musicians, politicians, educators, and others fill evenings and minds. Minutes away, the Monterey Peninsula offers the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Carmel, Pebble Beach, 17-mile drive, and much more. The bay offers sailing, scuba, surfing, and kayaking, while the surrounding area invites cycling, hiking, and camping. The Center for Advising, Career & Student Success actively assists students with course selection based on the student's academic and career goals, university requirements and pathways from first semester's entrance to graduation.