Diversity in action
There is no such thing as a typical CSUMB student. Our students come from all sorts of backgrounds and head in even more directions.
CSU Monterey Bay is one of the most racially diverse schools in the country, according to the 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges produced by U.S. News & World Report. The publication ranks Cal State Monterey Bay 11th in the nation, and fourth in the state among liberal arts colleges in the United States.
We also ranked high in the magazine's category of economic diversity, with 39 percent of students receiving Pell grants – federal financial aid that usually goes to students with family incomes under $20,000.
And we're diverse beyond the categories U.S. News looks at for their rankings. We offer degrees in the arts and humanities, math and science, and professional fields like business and education. Outside of class, students engage in a range of activities, including Greek organizations and NCAA division II athletics, outdoor recreation, political activism, and arts and cultural groups.
Despite all the variety, we're a welcoming and inclusive community. We all share our Otter Pride and celebrate our unity as well as our differences.