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CSU Monterey Bay: Admissions

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:Paula W. Carter,
Director of Admissions
Contacting the office:831 582-3738
831 582-3783 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?yes
Final filing date for fall:November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:yes
Application Fee:$55
Can the application fee be waived?yes
Are refunds available on the application fee?no
Is the Common Application form accepted?no
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:0
High school graduation is:required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:required
Campus visit is:recommended
Interview is:required of some
Standardized test requirements:SAT or ACT required, SAT Subject Test not used
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:placement
Dates test scores should be received:January 30 for SAT/ACT
High School units required or recommended: English:​​4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign Language:2 required, 2 recommended
History:1 required, 1 recommended
Lab:2 required, 2 recommended
Math:3 required, 3 recommended
Science:2 required, 2 recommended
Social Studies:1 required, 1 recommended
Academic Electives:1 required, 1 recommended
Other:1 required, 1 recommended
Total:15 required, 15 recommended
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:EOP, conditional admission
School has formalized early decision program:no
School has early action program:no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:no

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations considered
  • standardized test scores important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability not considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Average secondary school GPA:3.32
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:99%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank:66%
Average SAT:490 verbal, 487 math, 475 writing
Average ACT:20 English, 21 math, 20 composite
ACT writing middle 50% range:18 - 23
Combined ACT middle 50% range:17 - 23
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores:93%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score:39%

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission:Notification of admission is sent January through April.
Acceptance of admission:must accept by May 1

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received:15,561
Number of applicants offered admission:7,576 (49%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:1,052 (14%)
School has a waiting list policy:yes
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state:2%
Tuition deposit amount:$100, partially refundable
Room deposit amount:$250, refundable until May 31.
Admission may be deferred:no

Additional Information

  • You must be a high school graduate. (Apply during your senior year.)
  • You must be eligibile for admission to the CSU. (Use the Eligibility Index.)​
  • Have completed the A-G requirements with grades of C or better. See admission requirements​ for more information.
  • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher to qualify for regular admissions (for California Residents). Nonresidents must have a 2.45 GPA or higher to qualify for regular admission. The high school grade point average (GPA) is based on the final three years (six semesters) of only high school college preparatory courses. Honors points may be awarded for up to eight grades of C or better in approved honors courses taken in grades 11 and 12, including no more than two approved honors courses in grade 10.
  • Have taken the SAT I or the ACT. Applicants must send test scores to CSUMB via the college board or ACT websites.

All admissions requirements must be met by the end of the term/semester prior to enrollment. No summer coursework is allowed for eligibility purposes for Fall terms.

Please note: Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to CSU Monterey Bay.