California State University Monterey Bay Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (6)
California State University Monterey Bay is the best school on the coast. When you attend CSUMB you go to school on the beach! Literally, you can take courses like marine science and explore the Monterey waters as well as take one of our fine diving courses and become a certified diver. It does not get any better than that. We have a great athletic department that includes Cross-Coutnry and track, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and much more. We are ranked one of the best schools for low tuition cost and have housing on campus as well as off campus. When you are in need of a study session just hit the beach! It is so close you can walk from campus. Having a beautiful environment to study in makes it all the more worth while to attend. We also are a very diverse school and are accepting of everyone who attends. We have multiple clubs and activities on campus that provide an outlet for all students. You will never be alone here at CSUMB. We are Otters! You wont regret your choice.
After attending California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), I feel prepared for the next step of higher education. I studied Psychology with a minor in Health & Wellness, giving me some background in both mental and physical health! I liked CSUMB's psychology program because the curriculum touched on different areas of psychology, such as social, developmental, clinical/counseling, etc. Because the courses give a broad education, it's a great major pathway for students who are still trying to figure out their career goals!
CSU Monterey Bay was a beautiful area. It is next to the Monterey Bay, Carmel, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, and a quick drive to Santa Cruz. There are plenty of gorgeous areas of the coastline to explore. However, as a college student with very little funds, it was difficult to experience it all. However, in one word, I would describe the school as frustrating. Every kind of student services and counseling question was not easy. There was chaos within the departments and no one seemed to be on the same page. I was often redirected to a number of people before my question was answered. Coming from a college prep school, the classes were not as challenging as I was expecting. I was not in the most difficult of degrees, Communications with a concentration in journalism and media studies, but I was hoping to be more challenged. It felt like I did not advance my knowledge while I was there for 4 and a half years. I will say that I did gain some communication skills. I volunteered in the Monterey community while working with English Language Learners and I worked in the community to achieve social justice. However, my experience and degree did not help my find a job. If you from Monterey and plan on staying there, then the school has many networking opportunities. But since I was from Southern California, it did not benefit me. I moved home and I worked as a nanny and was not able to use my degree. With that said, I was forced to go back to school. A decision I am happy about now, and where I will put my communications skills to use. CSU Monterey Bay was a wonderful experience and I have many memories, but in my opinion, I would not suggest it.
Going to CSUMB was the best decision in my life. I was able to get a great education that prepared me for my professional career. The professors are no less than incredible. They genuinely care and will go above and beyond to help students grasp information. I would encourage anyone who is looking at different colleges to consider studying at CSU Monterey Bay. This college made such a huge impact on my life that I am currently applying for their MBA program.
CSUMB is a fantastic college. The instructors were fantastic and more than helpful in guiding my career goals. The classes were not only educational but inspirational. The library and business building I believe are two beautiful building that helped me with my studies, working on my Capstone day and night, and most importantly with my graduation.
The Kin department is great- Dr A ( Department chair) he is great and really loves to teach students who want to learn. Make sure you get into a degree program that you have a passion for or it will be very hard to graduate on time. They school is smaller although since I started there the class sizes has doubled. The campus is growing they have a phenomenal library to study in- and are always building new buildings to expand the campus. If you like the smaller schools- little bit more on the quiet side you will like Monterey. If you are looking for a big campus with lots of activities and such, you may not enjoy Monterey State as much. Again, the quality of the education is there and it isnt too hard to get classes.