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As one of the 23 member campuses in the California State University system, CSUMB follows standardized admissions policies, procedures, and requirements adopted at the CSU system level.

Requirements for admission to CSUMB are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. Complete information is available at www.calstate.edu.

All CSU applications must be submitted online at www.calstate.edu/apply. An acknowledgment will be sent to the applicant when the online application has been submitted.

Applications

All CSU applications must be submitted online at www.calstate.edu/apply . An acknowledgment will be sent to the applicant when the online application has been submitted.

If you would like to enroll as a matriculated student, you must file an application for admission for either the fall or spring semester. If you have been in attendance at CSUMB during either of the two preceding semesters, you qualify as a continuing student and do not need to reapply or pay the $55 application fee. After an absence of two or more semesters, an application and fee are necessary when re-entering CSUMB, but applications are not required for students desiring to enroll only in extension or intersession.

Completeness

CSUMB advises you that you must supply complete and accurate information on the application for admission, residency questionnaire and financial aid forms. Further, you must, when requested, submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted. Failure to file complete, accurate, and authentic application documents may result in denial of admission, cancellation of registration or academic credit, suspension or expulsion (Section 41301, Article 1.1, Title 5, California Code of Regulations).

Social Security Number

You must include your correct social security number in designated places on applications for admission pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6109). The university uses the social security number to identify you and your records including identification for purposes of financial aid eligibility and disbursement and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. Also, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires the university to file information returns that include your social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses, and interest on educational loans. The IRS uses this information to help determine whether you, or a person claiming you as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes.

Undergraduate Application Procedures

Prospective students applying for part-time or full-time undergraduate programs of study must submit a completed undergraduate application. The $55 nonrefundable application fee must be paid on-line at the time of application via credit card, e-check, or PayPal, and may not be transferred or used to apply to another term. The applications of persons denied admission to an impacted campus may be redirected to another campus at no cost, but only if the applicant is CSU eligible.

Selection of Major

The majors offered at CSUMB are listed in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog. You should review these descriptions before filing an application. CSUMB accepts students who are undecided about their major. If undecided, use the undeclared category on the application form.

Impacted Programs

The CSU designates programs as impacted when more applications from regularly eligible applicants are received in the initial filing period (October and November for fall terms, June for winter terms, August for spring terms, February for summer terms) than can be accommodated. Some programs are impacted at every campus which they are offered; others are impacted only at a few campuses. Candidates for admission must meet all of the campus’ specified supplementary admission criteria if applying to an impacted program or campus.

The CSU will announce during the fall filing period those campuses or programs that are impacted. Detailed information on campus and programs impaction will be available at: www2.calstate.edu/attend/impaction-at-the-csu

Campuses will communicate its supplementary admission criteria for all impacted programs to high schools and community colleges in their application service area and will disseminate this information to the public through appropriate media. This information will also be published on the CSU campus website and made available at www.calstate.edu.

You must file your application for admission to an impacted program during the initial filing period. If you wish to be considered for impacted programs at more than one campus, you should file an application at each campus for which you seek admission consideration.

Supplementary Admission Criteria

Each campus with impacted programs or class-level admission categories uses supplementary admission criteria in screening applicants. Supplementary criteria may include rank-ordering of freshman applicants based on the CSU eligibility index or rank-ordering of transfer applicants based on the verification of Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) degrees, the overall transfer grade point average (GPA), completion of specified prerequisite courses, and a combination of campus-developed criteria. Applicants for freshman admission to impacted campuses or programs are required to submit scores on either the SAT or the ACT, regardless of GPA. For fall admission, you should take tests as early as possible, but no later than November or December of the preceding year.

The supplementary admission criteria used by individual campuses to screen applicants are made available by the campuses to all applicants seeking admission to an impacted program.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaurete Application Procedures

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (e.g. Ed.D., joint Ph.D. and Ed.D. applicants, master’s degree applicants, those seeking educational credentials or certificates, and where permitted, holders of baccalaureate degrees interested in taking courses for personal or professional growth), must file a complete graduate application as described in the graduate and post-baccalaureate admission materials at www.calstate.edu/apply.

If seeking a second bachelor’s degree, you should submit the undergraduate application for admission, unless specifically requested to do otherwise. If you completed undergraduate degree requirements in the preceding term, you are also required to complete and submit an application and the $55 nonrefundable application fee.

To be assured of initial consideration by more than one campus, it is necessary to submit separate applications (including fees) to each.

You should refer to individual graduate and credential program descriptions for information on specific admission requirements. Individual master’s and credential programs provide supplemental application materials to applicants. You must submit all application materials by the established deadline. You must also request that each post-secondary institution you have attended send two official copies of your transcripts directly to the CSUMB Office of Admissions. These transcripts must arrive by the application deadline. When required, you must also submit test scores by the application deadline.

All CSU applications must be submitted online at www.calstate.edu/apply. An acknowledgment will be sent to the applicant when the online application has been submitted.

If you have attended CSUMB in the past, either as a graduate or an undergraduate student, you do not need to submit your CSUMB transcript or additional copies of transcripts you have already submitted to CSUMB.

Application Filing Periods

Not all campuses/programs are open for admission to every term.

Terms Applications First Accepted Initial Filing Period
Fall Semester October 1 October 1-November 30
Winter Quarter June 1 June 1-30
Spring Semester August 1 August 1-31
Summer Semester or Quarter (Most campuses do not admit students to summer term) February 1 February 1-28

Filing Period Duration

Each non-impacted campus accepts applications until capacities are reached. Many campuses limit undergraduate admission in an enrollment category due to overall enrollment limits. If applying after the initial filing period, consult the campus admission office for current information.

Application Acknowledgment

If you apply on time, you may expect to receive an acknowledgment from the campuses to which you have applied within two to four weeks of filing the application. The notice may include a request that you submit additional records necessary to evaluate your academic qualifications. You may be assured of admission if the evaluation of your relevant qualifications indicates that you meet CSU admission requirements, and in the case of admission impaction, supplemental criteria for admission to an impacted program. Unless you receive specific written confirmation/approval, an offer of admission is not transferable to another term or to another campus.

Hardship Petitions

CSUMB has established procedures for consideration of qualified applicants who would be faced with extreme hardship if not admitted. To petition, you should write to CSUMB Office of Admissions regarding specific policies governing hardship admission. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

California State University, Monterey Bay
Office of Admissions
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA  93955
Phone: 831-582-3738

Admission Requirements

Freshman Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED), or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
  • Have a qualifiable eligibility index (see “Eligibility Index” below); and
  • Have completed with grades of C- or better, each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as the “a-g” pattern (see Subject Requirements)

Contact a high school or community college counselor, or CSUMB Office of Admissions if you have questions.

Eligibility Index

The eligibility index is the combination of the high school GPA and scores on either the ACT or the SAT. GPA is based on grades earned in courses taken during the final three years of high school. Included in the calculation of GPA are grades earned in all college preparatory “a-g” subject requirements, and bonus points for approved honors courses. Up to eight semesters of honors courses taken in the last three years of high school, including up to two approved courses taken in the tenth grade can be accepted. Each unit of A in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; and C, 3 points.

A CSU Eligibility Index can be calculated by multiplying your GPA by 800 and adding your total score on the SAT exam (mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing). For students who took the ACT, multiply the GPA by 200 and add 10 times the ACT composite score. Persons who are California high school graduates (or residents of California for tuition purposes) need a minimum index of 2950, or 694 using the ACT. The Eligibility Index Table illustrates several combinations of required test scores and averages. The University has no current plans to include the writing scores from either of the admission tests in the computation of the CSU Eligibility Index.

Persons who neither graduated from a California high school nor are a resident of California for tuition purposes, need a minimum index of 3570 on the SAT, or 842 using the ACT. Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries must be judged to have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section. An applicant with a grade point average of 3.00 or above (3.61 for nonresidents) is not required to submit test scores. However, all applicants for admission are urged to take the SAT or ACT and provide the scores of such tests to each CSU campus to which they seek admission. Campuses use these test results for advising and placement purposes and may require them for admission to impacted majors or programs. Impacted CSU campuses require SAT or ACT scores of all applicants for freshman admission. CSUMB is an impacted campus and therefore, SAT or ACT scores are required from all freshmen for admissions purposes.

SAT Eligibility Index Table of California High School Graduates or Residents of California

A GPA of 3.00 and above qualifies for any score in SAT.

GPA

New SAT Score

2.99

560

2.98

570

2.97

580

2.96

590

2.95

590

2.94

600

2.93

610

2.92

620

2.91

630

2.90

630

2.89

640

2.88

650

2.87

660

2.86

670

2.85

670

2.84

680

2.83

690

2.82

700

2.81

710

2.80

710

2.79

720

2.78

730

2.77

740

2.76

750

2.75

750

2.74

760

2.73

770

2.72

780

2.71

790

2.70

790

2.69

800

2.68

810

2.67

820

2.66

830

2.65

830

2.64

840

2.63

850

2.62

860

2.61

870

2.60

870

2.59

880

2.58

890

2.57

900

2.56

910

2.55

910

2.54

920

2.53

930

2.52

940

2.51

950

2.50

950

2.49

960

2.48

970

2.47

980

2.46

990

2.45

990

2.44

1000

2.43

1010

2.42

1020

2.41

1030

2.40

1030

2.39

1040

2.38

1050

2.37

1060

2.36

1070

2.35

1070

2.34

1080

2.33

1090

2.32

1100

2.31

1110

2.30

1110

2.29

1120

2.28

1130

2.27

1140

2.26

1150

2.25

1150

2.24

1160

2.23

1170

2.22

1180

2.21

1190

2.20

1190

2.19

1200

2.18

1210

2.17

1220

2.16

1230

2.15

1230

2.14

1240

2.13

1250

2.12

1260

2.11

1270

2.10

1270

2.09

1280

2.08

1290

2.07

1300

2.06

1310

2.05

1310

2.04

1320

2.03

1330

2.02

1340

2.01

1350

2.00

1350

GPA below 2.0 does not qualify for admission. For admission purposes, the CSU uses only the new SAT scores for mathematics and evidence based reading and writing.

SAT Eligibility Index Table for Non-resident or Non-graduates of California

(A GPA of 3.61 and above qualifies for any score in SAT)

GPA

New SAT Score

3.60

690

3.58

710

3.56

730

3.54

740

3.52

760

3.50

780

3.48

790

3.46

810

3.44

820

3.42

840

3.40

860

3.38

870

3.36

890

3.34

900

3.32

920

3.30

930

3.28

950

3.26

970

3.24

980

3.22

1000

3.21

1010

3.19

1020

3.17

1040

3.15

1050

3.13

1070

3.11

1090

3.09

1100

3.07

1120

3.05

1130

3.03

1150

3.01

1170

2.99

1180

2.97

1200

2.95

1210

2.93

1230

2.91

1250

2.89

1260

2.87

1280

2.85

1290

2.83

1310

2.82

1320

2.80

1330

2.78

1350

2.76

1370

2.74

1380

2.72

1400

2.70

1410

2.68

1430

2.66

1450

2.64

1460

2.62

1480

2.60

1490

2.58

1510

2.56

1530

2.54

1540

2.52

1530

2.50

1570

2.48

1590

GPA below 2.47 does not qualify for admission. For admissions purposes, the CSU uses only the new SAT scores for mathematics and evidence based reading and writing.

ACT Eligibility Index Table of California High School Graduates or Residents of California

A GPA of 3.00 and above qualifies for any score in the ACT

GPA

ACT Score

2.99

10

2.97

10

2.95

11

2.93

11

2.91

12

2.89

12

2.87

12

2.85

13

2.83

13

2.81

14

2.79

14

2.77

14

2.75

15

2.73

15

2.71

16

2.69

16

2.67

16

2.66

17

2.64

17

2.62

17

2.60

18

2.58

18

2.56

19

2.54

19

2.52

19

2.50

20

2.48

20

2.46

21

2.44

21

2.42

21

2.40

22

2.38

22

2.36

23

2.34

23

2.33

23

2.31

24

2.29

24

2.27

24

2.25

25

2.23

25

2.21

26

2.19

26

2.17

26

2.15

27

2.13

27

2.11

28

2.09

28

2.07

28

2.05

29

2.03

29

2.01

30

GPA below 2.0 does not qualify for admission.

ACT Eligibility Index for Non-resident or Non-graduates of California

A GPA of 3.61 and above qualifies for any score in ACT.

GPA

ACT Score

3.60

13

3.58

13

3.56

13

3.54

14

3.52

14

3.50

15

3.48

15

3.46

15

3.44

16

3.42

16

3.40

17

3.38

17

3.36

17

3.34

18

3.32

18

3.30

19

3.28

19

3.26

19

3.24

20

3.22

20

3.21

20

3.19

21

3.17

21

3.15

22

3.13

22

3.11

22

3.09

23

3.07

23

3.05

24

3.03

24

3.01

24

2.99

25

2.97

25

2.95

26

2.93

26

2.91

26

2.89

27

2.87

27

2.85

28

2.83

28

2.82

28

2.80

29

2.78

29

2.76

29

2.74

30

2.72

30

2.70

31

2.68

31

2.66

31

2.64

32

2.62

32

2.60

33

2.58

33

2.56

33

2.54

34

2.52

34

2.50

35

2.48

35

2.46

35

GPA below 2.45 does not qualify for admission.

Subject Requirements

The CSU requires that first-time freshman applicants complete, with grades of C- or better, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A unit is one year of study in high school.

  • 2 years of social science, including 1 year of U.S. history, or U.S. history and government
  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra; four years recommended)
  • 2 years of laboratory science (1 biological and 1 physical, both must have laboratory instruction)
  • 2 years in the same foreign language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
  • 1 year of visual and performing arts: art, dance, drama/theater, or music
  • 1 year of electives: selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science, history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts, or other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU “a-g” list.

Subject Requirement Substitution for Students with Disabilities

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to complete college preparatory course requirements. In certain circumstances, if you are judged unable to fulfill a specific course requirement because of a disability, alternate college preparatory courses may be substituted for specific subject requirements. Substitutions may be authorized on a case-by-case basis after review of disability documentation and academic records and recommendation by your academic advisor or guidance counselor in consultation with the director of a CSU disabled student services program. You should be aware that failure to complete the courses required for admission may limit later enrollment in certain majors, particularly those involving mathematics. For further information and substitution forms, please contact CSUMB Student Disability Resources.

Provisional Admissions

CSUMB may provisionally admit first-time freshman applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of high school and planned coursework for the senior year. The campus will monitor the final terms of study to ensure that admitted students complete their secondary school studies satisfactorily, including the required college preparatory subjects, and graduate from high school.

Students are required to submit an official transcript after graduation to certify that all course work has been satisfactorily completed. Official high school transcripts must be received prior to the deadline set by the University. In no case may documentation of high school graduation be received any later than the census date for a student’s first term of CSU enrollment.

The campus may rescind admission decisions, cancel financial aid awards, withdraw housing contracts, and cancel any University registration for students who are found to be ineligible after the final transcript has been evaluated.

Applicants will qualify for regular (non-provisional) admission when the University verifies that they have graduated and received a high school diploma, have a earned a qualifiable minimum eligibility index, have completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory “a-g” subjects, and, if applying to an impacted program or campus, have met all supplementary criteria.

The CSU uses only the ACT composite score, the mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores on the new SAT in its admission eligibility equation. The SAT or ACT writing scores are not currently used by CSU campuses.

The California Promise

The California Promise Program enables a specific number of CSU campuses to establish pledge programs for entering first-time students who are both interested and able to complete baccalaureate degrees in 4-years. All campuses have established programs for students with Associate Degrees for Transfer from any California Community College to complete their baccalaureate degrees in 2-years. The program is limited to students who are residents of California.

Students who commit to enter either the 4-year or 2-year pledge will be given a priority registration appointment for each state-supported enrollment period and will be provided with routine and thorough academic advisement. In order to remain in the program, students must meet with their advisors as prescribed, develop an enrollment plan, and complete 30 semester units or the quarter equivalent within each academic year, including summer. Participating campuses may stipulate other requirements as well. Interested students entering the CSU should contact campus offices or visit www2.calstate.edu/apply/freshman/getting_into_the_csu/pages/the-california-promise-program.aspx.

Placement Measures for First-Year GE Written Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses

Freshman skills assessment and placement for general education written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning shall be based on systemwide skills assessment standards that include Early Assessment Program/Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels, ACT scores and/or SAT scores, high school coursework, high school GPA and math GPA. Skills assessments are not a condition for admission to the CSU; they are a condition of enrollment.

These skills assessment are designed to inform entering freshman of placement in appropriate baccalaureate-level courses based on their skills and needs. First-time freshman in need of support as determined by the skills assessment will be placed in supported instruction. Supported instruction is designed to assist students in credit bearing courses. Students may also be required to participate in the Early Start Program. The Early Start Program gives students the opportunity to earn college credit in written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning in the summer before their first term, and may be completed at any CSU campus.

Assessments and Placement for GE Written Communications

Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea 2 English Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Test
    • A score of 3 or above on either the Language and Composition examination or the Composition and Literature examination
  • College Transfer Coursework
    • Completed approved college course that satisfies CSU GE Area A2 (written communication) with a grade of C- or better

Placement in a GE Subarea A2 English Course

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures - informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • English CAASPP/EAP Test:
    • Standard Exceeded
    • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with a grade of C- or better.
  • *English New SAT Test:
    • 550 or above
    • 510 - 540 and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with a grade of C- or better.
  • ACT Test:
    • 22 or higher
    • 19 - 21 and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with a grade of C- or better.
  • High School Courses and GPA:
    • Weighted GPA 3.3 or above
    • GPA 3.0 or above and completed approved 12th grade year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with a grade of C- or better.
    • GPA 3.0 or above and completed Honors English
    • GPA 3.0 or above and 5 or more years of high school English

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea A2 English Course

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures - informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • *English New SAT Test:
    • 510 -540 and 4 or more years of high school English
  • ACT Test:
    • 19 - 21 and 4 or more years of high school English
  • High School Courses and GPA:
    • Weighted GPA 3.0 or above and 4 or more years of high school English
    • *SAT score conversion for scores prior to March 2016 (old SAT): https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-scoring-beforemarch-2016

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea A2 English Course and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program. Visit the Early Start Page to learn about the Early Start Program.

Assessments and Placement for GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: Non-Math Intensive Majors (Algebra and Statistics Discipliones, Non-STEM and Undecided Majors)

Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Test:
    • 3 or above on the Calculus AB
    • 3 or above on the AP Calculus BC
    • 3 or above on the AP Statistics
    • 3 or above on the AP Computer Science Principles
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Test:
    • 4 or above on Math Higher Level (HL)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP):
    • 50 or above on: Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry
  • College Transfer Coursework:
    • Completed math/quantitative reasoning college course with a C- or better that satisfies CSU GE Area B4

Placement in a GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via one of the following criteria:

  • CAASPP/EAP Math Exam:
    • Standard Exceeded
    • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
    • Standard Met and 4 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
  • *New SAT Math Test:
    • 570 or above
    • 550 or above on Subject Test in Math Level 1 or 2
    • 520 - 560 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • ACT Math Test:
    • 23 or above
    • 20 - 22 and completed 12th grade year-long approved math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
    • *SAT score conversion for scores prior to March 2016 (old SAT): https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-scoring-beforemarch-2016
  • High School Courses and GPA:
    • Weighted math GPA 3.0 or above and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
    • Weighted math GPA 3.0 or above and 5 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
    • Weighted math GPA 3.7 or above
    • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or above and 4 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • High School GPA:
    • Weighted math GPA 3.3 or above
    • Weighted high school GPA 3.0 or above

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program. Visit the Early Start page to learn about the Early Start Program.

Assessments and Placement for GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: Pre-STEM/STEM and Other Math-Intensive Majors

Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of the one of the following:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Test:
    • 3 or above on AP Calculus AB
    • 3 or above on AP Calculus BC
    • 3 or above on AP Statistics
    • 3 or above on AP Computer Science Principles
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Test:
    • 4 or above on Math Higher Level (HL)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP):
    • 50 or above on: Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry
  • College Transfer Coursework:
    • Completed math/quantitative reasoning college course with a C- or better that satisfies CSU GE Area B4

Placement in a GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • CAASP/EAP Math Exam:
    • Standard Exceeded
    • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • *New SAT Math Test:
    • 570 or above
    • 550 or above on Subject Test in Math Level 1 or 2
    • 520 - 560 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • ACT Math Test:
    • 23 or above
    • 20 - 22 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • High School Courses and GPA:
    • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or above and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
    • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or above and 5 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
    • Weighted high school GPA 3.7 or above
    • *SAT score conversion for scores prior to March 2016 (old SAT): https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-scoring-beforemarch-2016

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via the criteria below:

  • High School Math GPA:
    • Weighted math GPA 3.3 of above

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program. Visit the Early Start page to learn about the Early Start Program.

Early Start Program

The goal of Early Start Program is to:

  • Better prepare students in written composition and mathematics/quantitative reasoning before the fall term of freshman year, improving students’ chances of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  • If required to participate in ESP, as determined by multiple measures, students will begin in the summer before the start of the freshman year.
  • For general information about ESP including fees and course listings, visit http://earlystart.csusuccess.org/. Students are encouraged to visit the campus website for ESP information once admitted.
  • Eligible financial aid applicants with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5000 or less will be eligible for waiver of the per unit ESP fee. For more information on assessments, placements, and the Early Start Program, please visit www.csustudentsuccess.org

Test Requirements

Freshman and transfer applicants who have fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units of transferable college credit are strongly encouraged to submit scores, unless exempt (see “Eligibility Index”), from either the ACT or the SAT of the College Board. Persons who apply to an impacted program may be required to submit test scores and should take the test no later than November or December. Test scores also are used for advising and placement purposes. Students may contact:

The College Board (SAT)
Registration Unit
Box 6200
Princeton, New Jersey  08541-6200
Phone: (609) 771-7588

ACT Registration Unit
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa  52240
Phone: (319) 337-1270

English Language Requirement

All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction must present a sufficient score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Some majors and some campuses may require a higher score.

A few campuses may also use alternative methods of assessing English fluency:

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP). Each campus will posts the tests it accepts on its website and will notify students after they apply about the tests it accepts and when to submit scores.

CSU minimum TOEFL standards are:

Internet: 61 for Undergraduate Students; 80 for Graduate Students

Paper: 500 for Undergraduate Students; 550 for Graduate Students

CSUMB TOEFL code is 1945

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

CSUMB requires a minimum score of 6 for Undergraduate Students. CSUMB requires a minimum score of 6.5 for Graduate Students.

See International Student Requirements for more information.

Transfer Policies of CSU Campuses

Most commonly, college level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency is accepted for transfer to campuses of the CSU; however, authority for decisions regarding the transfer of undergraduate credits is delegated to each CSU campus.

California Community Colleges and other authorized certifying institutions can certify up to 39 semester (58.5 quarter) units of General Education-Breadth (GE-Breadth) or 37 semester (55.5 quarter) units of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for transfer students to fulfill lower-division general education requirements for any CSU campus prior to transfer.

“Certification” is the official notification from a California Community College or authorized institution that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division general education requirements. The CSU GE-Breadth and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification course lists for particular community colleges can be accessed at www.assist.org.

CSU campuses may enter into course-to-course or program-to-program articulation agreements with other CSU campuses, any or all of the California community colleges, and other regionally accredited institutions. Established CSU and CCC articulations may be found on www.assist.org. Students may be permitted to transfer no more than 70 semester (105 quarter) units to a CSU campus from an institution which does not offer bachelor’s degrees or their equivalents, for example, community colleges. Given the university’s 30-semester (45-quarter) unit residency requirement, no more than a total of 90-semester (135-quarter) units may be transferred into the university from all sources.

Transfer Requirements

Applicants who have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester units (fewer than 90 quarter units) are considered lower-division transfer students. Applicants who have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 or more quarter units) are considered upper-division transfer students. Applicants who complete college units during high school or through the summer immediately following high school graduation are considered first-time freshmen and must meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements for first-time freshman admission.Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses and accepted as such by the campus to which the applicant seeks admission.

Lower-division Transfer Requirements

Due to increased enrollment demands, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfer applicants.

An applicant who completes fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) units of college credit is considered a lower-division transfer student. Due to enrollment pressures, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfers so that more upper-division transfers can be accommodated.

Having fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) units at the point of transfer may affect eligibility for registration priority at CSU campuses and may affect the student’s financial aid status.

California resident transfer applicants with fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units must:

  1. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better in all transferable units attempted;
  2. Have completed, with a grade of C- or better, a course in written communication and a course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning at a level satisfying CSU General Education Breadth Area A2 and B4 requirements, respectively’
  3. Be in good standing at the last institution attended; and,
  4. Meet any one of the following eligibility standards:

Applicants who graduated from high school prior to 1988 should contact the admission office to inquire about alternative admission programs.

Lower-division applicants who did not complete subject requirements while in high school may make up missing subjects in any of the following ways:

  1. Complete appropriate courses with a C- or better in adult school or high school summer sessions.
  2. Complete appropriate college courses with a C- or better. One college course of at least three semester or four quarter units will be considered equivalent to one year of high school study.
  3. Earn acceptable scores on specified examinations, e.g., SAT subject tests.

Please consult with the CSU campus admission office to which you are applying for further information about alternative ways to satisfy the subject requirements.

Upper-division Transfer Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for upper-division transfer admission if they meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all transferable units attempted;
  2. In good standing at the last college or university attended; and
  3. Completed at least sixty (60) transferable semester (90 quarter) units of college level coursework with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a grade of C- or better in each course used to meet CSU general education requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning, e.g., mathematics.

The 60 units of coursework must include at least 30 units of courses that meet CSU general education requirements, including all of the general education requirements for communication in the English language (both oral and written) as well as critical thinking and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester units) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements for English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.

CSUMB is an impacted campus. In the California State University system, a campus is designated as “impacted” when the number of applicants received from qualified students exceeds the number of available spaces. Those campuses are permitted to use supplementary admission criteria to screen applications.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T)

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees offered at the California Community Colleges (CCC) are designed to provide California Community College students the optimum transfer preparation and a clear admission pathway to the CSU degree majors.

CCC students who earn an associate degree for transfer (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission with junior standing to a CSU and given priority admission over other transfer applicants when applying to a local CSU campus, or non-impacted CSU program. AA-T or AS-T admission applicants are given limited priority consideration based on their eligibility ranking to an impacted campus/program or to campuses/programs that have been deemed similar to the degree completed at the community college. Students who have completed an AA-T/AS-T in a program deemed similar to a CSU major are able to complete remaining requirements for graduation within 60 semester (90 quarter) units. It is the responsibility of the student who has earned an AA-T/AS-T to provide documentation of the degree to the CSU campus.

Provisional Admission

CSUMB may provisionally or conditionally admit transfer applicants based on their academic preparation and courses planned for completion. The campus will monitor the final terms to ensure that those admitted complete all required courses satisfactorily. If applying to an impacted campus or program, supplemental criteria may also need to be completed. All accepted applicants are required to submit an official transcript of all college level work completed. Campuses may rescind admission for any student who is found to be ineligible after the final transcript has been evaluated. In no case may such documents be received and validated by the University any later than a student’s registration for their second term of CSU enrollment.

CSUMB is an impacted campus. In the California State University system, a campus is designated as “impacted” when the number of applicants received from qualified students exceeds the number of available spaces. Those campuses are permitted to use supplementary admission criteria to screen applications.

Articulation

CSUMB uses articulation as a general term referring to written agreements between CSUMB and other institutions within the California Community College (CCC), University of California (UC), and California State University (CSU) systems, as well as various accredited independent colleges and universities. This general term is also often used in reference to the preparation to enter a CSUMB major.

Lower-division course-to-course articulation is a formal, written, faculty-approved agreement that identifies courses (or sequences of courses) taught at other institutions that are equivalent to, or acceptable in lieu of, specific courses/outcomes/requirements at CSUMB.

Course-to-course articulation agreements are developed for the transfer of coursework toward general transfer to CSUMB, transfer to CSUMB at the upper-division level, and transfer to CSUMB which includes meeting some of the lower-division requirements of an academic major at CSUMB. These articulation agreements spell out how specific courses completed at another institution match up with specific courses taught at CSUMB, satisfy specific University Learning Requirements (ULRs), or meet specific Major Learning Outcomes (MLOs).

Course-to-course articulation agreements for primary institutions are located on the CSUMB.EDU/articulation webpage.

Transfer Student Major Preparation

The dynamic of preparation to enter a CSUMB major is similar in that it provides a transfer pathway for students who are interested in a particular major; however, it is much more detailed. The preparation recommended for each major is unique.

Transfer to CSUMB in the following majors requires satisfactory completion, at the primary institution, of a selection of required and recommended courses:

  • Biology B.S.
  • Business Administration B.S.
  • Collaborative Health and Human Services B.A.
  • Communication Design B.S.
  • Computer Science B.S.
  • Environmental Science, Technology & Policy B.S.
  • Global Studies B.A.
  • Humanities & Communication B.A.
  • Kinesiology B.S.
  • Liberal Studies B.A.
  • Mathematics B.S.
  • Music B.A.
  • Psychology B.A.
  • Cinematic Arts and Technology B.A.
  • Visual and Public Art B.A.

Major preparation and articulated courses from all California community colleges are listed on assist.org. It is strongly recommended that you review this information with the assistance of the academic advising counselors assigned to you at your primary institution.

CSUMB Articulation oversees the articulation and major preparation process described above. This office ensures that appropriate CSUMB academic program faculty members review all requests from other postsecondary institutions for course-to-course articulation, that they approve all agreements, and that they sign off on all major preparation formats which CSUMB offers as the means by which you can enter a CSUMB major as a transfer student.

Assist

ASSIST is an articulation and transfer planning system providing information about California public higher education institutions. ASSIST is designated as California’s official repository of articulation and transfer information. As such, ASSIST carries all of CSUMB’s course-to-course articulation information as well as major preparation information.

Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Requirements

Graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants may apply for a degree objective, a credential or certificate objective, or where approved, may have no program objective. Depending on the objective, the CSU will consider an application for admission as follows.

General Requirements - The minimum requirements for admission to graduate and post-baccalaureate studies at a CSU campus are in accordance with university regulations as well as Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations. Specifically, a student shall, at the time of enrollment:

  1. Have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities;
  2. Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  3. Have earned a grade point average of at least 2.5 on the last degree completed by the candidate or have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; and
  4. Satisfactorily met the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe. In unusual circumstances, a campus may make exceptions to these criteria.

If you meet the minimum requirements for graduate and post-baccalaureate studies, you may be considered for admission in one of the four following categories:

Graduate Classified - To pursue a graduate degree, applicants are required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus; or

Graduate Conditionally Classified - Applicants may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, deficiencies may be remedied by additional preparation; or

Post-Baccalaureate Classified (e.g. admission to an education credential program) - Persons wishing to enroll in a credential or certificate program, will be required to satisfy additional professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus; or

Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified - To enroll in undergraduate courses as preparation for advanced degree programs or to enroll in graduate courses for professional or personal growth, applicants must be admitted as post-baccalaureate unclassified students. By meeting the general requirements, applicants are eligible for admission as post-baccalaureate unclassified students. Admission in this status does not constitute admission to, or assurance of consideration for admission to, any graduate degree or credential program. (Most CSU campuses do not offer admission to unclassified post-baccalaureate students).

(These and other CSU admission requirements are subject to change as policies are revised and laws are amended. The CSU website www.calstate.edu and the CSU admissions portal calstate.edu/apply are good sources of the most up-to-date information.)

Programs Leading to Licensure & Credentialing

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from the Department of Education & Leadership.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English.

If you do not possess a bachelor’s degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction, you must meet the following minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

  • Internet: 80
  • Paper: 550

Our TOEFL code is 1945

Some programs may require a higher score. Several CSU campuses may use alternative methods for assessing fluency in English including Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP).

You must submit official test scores to Office of Admissions, 100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA 93955-8001.

See International Student Requirements for more information.

Post-Baccalaureate Students

Post-baccalaureate students (i.e. those already holding a bachelor’s degree) may pursue a program leading to an additional baccalaureate degree. You should consult with a faculty advisor within your selected academic program to determine whether a second baccalaureate or graduate program best meets your needs.

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education may be admitted to CSUMB as a post-baccalaureate student if they meet the same admission requirements as graduate applicants, and if they file a graduate application and pay the appropriate fee within the established filing period.

No credit may be applied to your second bachelor’s degree from courses taken for an earlier degree. If you previously took required major courses, you must substitute other appropriate coursework with the approval of the academic program. Also, you may not apply graduate-level (500 or 600) courses toward the requirements for a second bachelor’s degree.

Post-baccalaureate students may not earn minors, and are not considered for university honors. You cannot concurrently pursue a graduate degree objective and a second baccalaureate degree at CSUMB.

International Student Admission Requirements

The CSU must assess the academic preparation of foreign students. For this purpose, foreign students include those who hold U.S. temporary visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other non-immigrant classifications.

The CSU uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of foreign students. Verification of English proficiency (see undergraduate and graduate English language proficiency requirements), financial resources, and academic performance are each important considerations for admission. Academic records from foreign institutions must be on file at least twelve weeks before registration for the first term and, if not in English, must be accompanied by certified English translations.

If you have foreign academic work, you must submit official copies of academic records directly from your school, college, or university along with a certified English translation.

Your academic records should include all of the following:

  1. Secondary school records;
  2. Yearly records from each college or university attended, indicating the number of hours per semester or per year devoted to each course and the grades received;, and
  3. Official documents that confirm awarding of a degree or diploma, with the title and date, if a post-baccalaureate applicant.

All official documents submitted become the property of CSUMB. The university will determine the acceptability of any foreign work.

Health Insurance Requirement

Effective August 1, 1995, all F-1 and J-1 visa applicants must agree to obtain and maintain health insurance as a condition of registration and continued enrollment in the CSU. Such insurance must be in amounts as specified by the United States Information Agency (USIA) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Financial Verification

Evidence of sufficient financial support to complete a degree program is required for admission. The amount required is approximately $28,609 per academic year. Fees are subject to change. You must submit the required Affidavit of Financial Support form along with official bank, loan, or sponsor financial documentation.

Academic Major

To be eligible for an F-1 Student Visa, you must pursue a specific degree objective. Please refer to the descriptions of our majors and select a major that fits your educational objectives.

English Proficiency

As an international student applicant, you must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English. If you have attended a school where English was the primary language of instruction for at least three years immediately preceding admission to CSUMB or preceding completion of the A2 requirement at a Community College in the United States, you meet this proficiency requirement at CSUMB. For all other students, the following minimum scores on TOEFL or IELTS:

TOEFL Method Undergraduate Graduate
Paper 500 550
Computer 173 213
Internet 61 80

CSUMB’s TOEFL code is 1945.

OR

International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

CSUMB requires a minimum score of 6 on the IELTS for Undergraduate Students. CSUMB requires a minimum score of 6.5 for Graduate Students.

For more information, please visit the international admissions page on our CSUMB.EDU/admissions website.

Other Applicants

High School Students

If still enrolled in high school, you will be considered for enrollment in certain special programs if recommended by the principal and the appropriate campus department chair and if preparation is equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. Such admission is only for a given specific program and does not constitute the right to continued enrollment. For participating programs, contact CSUMB Office of Admissions.

High school students other than those accepted into the above programs may also enroll concurrently in college courses without fee reduction upon approval of parents, high school principal, appropriate CSUMB program directors, and Office of Admissions.

Adult Students

As an alternative to regular admission criteria, an applicant who is 25 years of age or older may be considered for admission as an adult student if he or she meets all of the following conditions:

  • Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the General Educational Development or California High School Proficiency examinations).
  • Has not been enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years.
  • If there has been any college attendance in the last five years, has earned a 2.00 GPA or better in all college work attempted.

Consideration will be based upon a judgment as to whether the applicant is as likely to succeed as a regularly admitted transfer student and will include an assessment of basic skills in the English language and mathematical computation.

Summer Session Applicants

Although CSUMB is not currently on year-round operation, the campus does offer distinctive summer programs, and housing and food services are available. You can get information regarding summer session from:

Extended Education
CSU Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA  93955-8001

extended@csumb.edu ~ CSUMB.EDU/extended

Over-60 Program

Effective Fall 2012, CSUMB is not open for students interested in applying to the Over 60 program.

The CSU has established a program which allows California residents 60 years of age or older to enroll in regular session courses without payment of certain specified fees and with reduction in the amounts of others. If interested in this program, you must be admissible as stipulated in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations and you shall, at time of enrollment, register after regular students. Students requesting participation in the Over-60 Program must initiate contact with the Office of Admissions office, prior to the start of the term they wish to be considered. Further information is available from:

Office of Admissions
CSU Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA  93955-8001

Phone: 831-582-5100 ~ Fax: 831-582-3783 ~ admissions@csumb.edu ~ CSUMB.EDU/admissions

Returning Students

If you are a former CSUMB student who has been absent for two or more semesters and you were not eligible for a Leave of Absence, you must apply for readmission and pay the application fee. You must submit official transcripts of all college work attempted during your absence from the university. Appropriate campus officials will base readmission decisions on a review of your academic status.

Former Students Who Were on Academic Probation

If you were on probation at the end of your last enrollment, you may be readmitted on academic probation provided any work you may have completed elsewhere in the interim is satisfactory. If readmitted on probation, you are subject to such conditions as appropriate university officials may prescribe.

Former Students Who Were Academically Disqualified

If you were a disqualified undergraduate or second baccalaureate degree candidate who has been absent for one or more years, you must apply for readmission and an application fee is charged. Contact Admissions & Records for procedures and documents that must be submitted. Appropriate campus officials will base readmission decisions on a review of your academic status and personal situation. Submit your application as early as possible.

Inter/Intrasystem Enrollment

Fully matriculated students enrolled at any CSU campus have access to courses at other CSU campuses on a space available basis unless those campuses/programs are impacted. This access is offered without students being required to be formally admitted to the host campus and in most cases without paying additional fees. Students should consult their home campus academic advisors to determine how such courses may apply to their specific degree programs before enrolling at the host campus.

There are two programs for enrollment within the CSU and one for enrollment between CSU and the University of California or California Community Colleges. Additional information about these programs is available from:

Office of the Registrar
Student Services Building
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA  93955-8001
Phone: 831-582-5100
Fax: 831-582-3783

CSU Fully Online Courses - Matriculated students in good standing may request enrollment in one course per term, offered by a CSU host campus. Enrollment requests will be granted based on available space, as well as completion of any stated prerequisites. Credit earned at the host campus is electronically reported to the student’s home campus to be included on the student’s transcript at the home campus.

CSU Visitor Enrollment - Matriculated students in good standing enrolled at one CSU campus may enroll at another CSU campus for one term. Credit earned at the host campus is reported at the student’s request to the home campus to be included on the student’s transcript at the home campus.

Intersystem Cross Enrollment - Matriculated CSU, UC, or community college students may enroll on a “space available” basis for one course per term at another CSU, UC, or community college and request that a transcript of record be sent to the home campus.

Residency & Immigration Requirements

Determination of Residency

University requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes are independent from requirements for establishing residency for other purposes, such as for tax purposes, or other state or institutional residency. These regulations were promulgated not to determine whether a student is a resident or nonresident of California, but rather to determine whether a student qualifies to pay university fees at the in-state or out-of-state rate. A resident for tuition purposes is someone who meets the requirements set forth in the Uniform Student Residency Requirements. These laws governing residency for tuition purposes at the California State University are California Education Code sections 68000-68086, 68120-68133, and 89705-89707.5, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41900- 41915. This material can be viewed by accessing the California State University’s website at www.calstate.edu/residency.

Each campus’ Admissions Office is responsible for determining the residency status of that campus’s new and returning students based, as applicable, on the student’s Application for Admission, Residency Questionnaire, Reclassification Request Form and, as necessary, other information the student furnishes. A student who fails to provide sufficient information to establish resident status will be classified a nonresident.

Generally, establishing California residency for tuition purposes requires a combination of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely in the State of California. An adult who, at least 366 days prior to the residency determination date for the term in which resident status is sought, can demonstrate that both physical presence in the state combined with evidence of intent to remain in California indefinitely, may establish California residency for tuition purposes. A student under the age of 19 by the residency determination date derives residency from the parent(s) with whom he/she resides or most recently resided.

Evidence demonstrating intent to remain in the State of California indefinitely may vary from case to case, but will include, and is not necessarily limited to, the absence of residential ties to any other state, California voter registration and history of actually voting in California elections, maintaining California vehicle registration and driver’s license, maintaining active California bank accounts, filing California income tax returns and listing a California address on federal tax returns, owning residential property or occupying or renting a residence where permanent belongings are kept, maintaining active memberships in California professional or social organizations, and maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California.

A nonresident student seeking reclassification is required to complete a Residency Questionnaire that includes questions concerning his/her financial independence. Financial independence is required, along with physical presence and intent to remain in California indefinitely, to be eligible for reclassification. Financial independence is established if in the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years preceding the reclassification application the student:

  • has not and will not be claimed as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes by his/her parent(s);
  • has not and will not receive more than $750 per year in financial assistance from his/her parent(s); and
  • has not lived and will not live longer than six (6) weeks in the home of his/her parent(s).

A nonresident student who has been appointed as a graduate student teaching assistant, a graduate student research assistant, or a graduate student teaching associate on any CSU campus and is employed on a 0.49 or more time basis is exempt from the financial independence requirement.

Noncitizens establish residency in the same manner as citizens, unless precluded by the Immigration and Nationality Act from establishing domicile in the United States.

Exceptions to the general residency requirements are contained in California Education Code sections 68070-68086 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41906-41906.6, 41910. Whether an exception applies to a particular student can only be determined after the submission of an application for admission and, as necessary, additional supporting documentation. Because neither the campus nor Chancellor’s Office staff may give legal advice, applicants are strongly urged to review the material for themselves and consult with a legal advisor.

Residency determination dates are set each term. They are:

Quarter term campuses   Semester term campuses
  • Fall ~ September 20
  • Winter ~ January 5
  • Spring ~ April 1
  • Summer ~ July 1
 
  • Fall ~ September 20
  • Winter* ~ January 5
  • Spring ~ January 25
  • Summer ~ June 1
    * Applies only to winter term at CSU Stanislaus

CalState TEACH operates on a trimester system. The residency determination dates for CalState TEACH are as follows:

  • Fall ~ September 20
  • Spring ~ January 5
  • Summer ~ June 1

Students classified as nonresidents may appeal a final campus decision within 30 days of notification by the campus. Information on the appeal process may be found at http://www.calstate.edu/sas/residency/appeals.shtml. A campus residency classification appeal must be submitted via the InfoReady online Residence Appeal Form to the California State University Chancellor’s Office at: https://calstate.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1760156

Appeals via email, fax, and U.S. mail will not be accepted. A student with a documented disability that prohibits the student from submitting an appeal through the InfoReady site should contact Student Academic Services for assistance.

California State University
Attn: Student Academic Services
401 Golden Shore, 6th Floor
Long Beach, CA  90802-4210

The Chancellor’s Office will either decide the appeal or send the matter back to the campus for further review.

A student incorrectly classified as a resident or incorrectly granted an exception from nonresident tuition is subject to reclassification as a nonresident pr withdrawal of the exception and subject to payment of nonresident tuition in arrears. If incorrect classification results from false or concealed facts, the student may also be subject to discipline pursuant to Section 41301 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. A student previously classified as a resident or previously granted an exception is required to immediately notify the Admissions Office if the student has reason to believe that the student no longer qualifies as a resident or no longer meets the criteria for an exception.

Changes may have been made in the rate of nonresident tuition and in the statutes and regulations governing residency for tuition purposes in California between the time this information is published and the relevant residency determination date. Students are urged to review the statutes and regulations stated above.

Programs Leading to Licensure and Credentialing

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number)or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs,to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.

Information concerning the regulation is available from:

Office of the Registrar
Student Services Building
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA  93955-8001
Phone: 831-582-5100

Transferring Credit

Transferring Undergraduate Credit

Once you have been admitted to the University, CSUMB Office of Admissions will analyze and record your advanced placement course credit, transfer credit, and other credit for which you may be eligible and will establish a permanent student record for you. This permanent record will eventually include your official transcript of all courses taken at CSUMB and their associated grades. Your student record may also include a recording of additional credit for which you may be eligible by virtue of specific tests and assessments, and a summary record of all transfer credit from previous colleges or universities you may have attended. Transfer credits may be recorded on your Degree Audit where appropriate. For information on how these credits may apply to your degree requirements, contact your specific program.

In accordance with Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 40409 a maximum of 70 semester credits earned at a community college may be applied toward your undergraduate degree, with the following limitations:

  • No upper-division credit may be allowed for courses taken at a community college.
  • No credit may be allowed for professional courses in education taken at a community college, other than an introduction to education course.

Advanced Placement Examinations

CSUMB grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. If you present scores of three or better, you will be granted up to six semester units of college credit. If you present scores of three or better in approved subjects, you may receive from three to six semester units of college credit for each examination. Submit your official test scores to CSUMB Office of Admissions.

International Baccalaureate Examinations

If you are an International Baccalaureate participant and plan to enroll at CSUMB, you should submit a copy of your official IB transcript when available. You may earn advanced standing credit for passing the International Baccalaureate’s Higher Level examinations with a score of 4, 5, 6, or 7. CSUMB does not award credit for Subsidiary Level passes.

Credit by Examination

You may challenge courses by taking examinations developed at CSUMB, when available. Credit shall be awarded to those who pass them successfully.

Credit for Non-collegiate Instruction

CSUMB grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of non-collegiate instruction, either military or civilian, appropriate to the baccalaureate degree, that has been recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education. The number of credits allowed are those recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services and the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.

Credit for Prior Learning

CSUMB grants units of credit for learning, knowledge, or skills-based experience that has been documented and evaluated according to campus policy. You should be aware, however, that policies for earning credit for prior learning vary from campus to campus in the CSU. Contact CSUMB Office of the Provost for additional information.

Transferring Graduate Credit

You should contact the specific academic program for transfer evaluation of graduate coursework completed prior to admission.

Consistent with policies of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, CSUMB does not award credit for prior experiential learning at the graduate level.

Transcripts

Your final official transcripts must be submitted prior to enrollment to verify that all required coursework has been completed successfully. CSUMB will either rescind provisional admissions, delay admission, or not permit registration or attendance until receipt of final transcripts and admission eligibility can be verified.

All transcripts submitted for admission and transfer credit purposes must be official and sent directly from the originating school or college to Office of Admissions. All records submitted become the property of CSUMB, part of your file, and will not be released. If you do not complete the admission application or enroll, the records will be kept on file for two years.

We suggest that you order a set of transcripts for yourself at the same time that you order transcripts for admission so that you will have them available for advising purposes. Office of Admissions will not provide copies of documents submitted.

If you are a transfer applicant with fewer than 60 transferable semester credits, you must file one complete set of official transcripts from your high school of graduation and ACT or SAT test score results in addition to official transcripts of all college work attempted.

If you are a transfer applicant with 60 or more semester credits of transferable courses, you do not need to file a high school transcript. However, we caution that, if during the evaluation process it is determined that you have earned fewer than 60 semester credits of transferable coursework, processing will stop. You will be notified that your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores are required, and admission consideration will again be given only at the time we receive these documents.

As an undergraduate transfer applicant, you must file one official transcript from each college in which you have enrolled. This includes special sessions, correspondence, and audited courses, as well as any college in which you enrolled and withdrew without earning credit.

As an applicant to a graduate, postbaccalaureate, or credential program, you must file two official transcripts from each college in which you have enrolled. All college work must be reported.

Health Screening

Entering CSU students are required to present proof of the following immunizations to the CSU campus they will be attending before the beginning of their first term of enrollment.

Please visit the Immunization Requirements webpage on the Campus Health Center website for complete guidelines on providing proof of immunity to CSU Monterey Bay. Immunization documentation should be mailed to:

Campus Health Center
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA  93955-8001
Phone: 831-582-3965
Fax: 831-582-3976

Email is NOT a secure form of communication, thus confidentiality cannot be assured. Please do NOT use email to send immunization/vaccination or any medical records. Thank you.

Measles and Rubella

All new and readmitted students must provide proof of full immunization against measles and rubella prior to enrollment.

Hepatitis B

All new students who will be 18 years of age or younger at the start of their first term at a CSU campus must provide proof of full immunization against Hepatitis B before enrolling. Full immunization against Hepatitis B consists of three timed doses of vaccine over a minimum of 4 to 6 months’ period. If you need further details or have special circumstances, please consult the Campus Health Center.

Meningococcal Disease

Each incoming freshman who will be residing in on-campus housing will be required to return a form indicating that they have received information about meningococcal disease and the availability of the vaccine to prevent contracting the disease and indicating whether or not the student has chosen to receive the vaccination.

Student Housing & Residential Life
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA  93955
Phone: 831-582-3378
TTY: 831-582-4656
Fax: 831-582-3523

Hours of Operation: Weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Weekends Noon to 3:00 p.m.

For information about the diseases mentioned above and/or the vaccinations, please call the Campus Health Center at 831-582-3965.

The above are not admission requirements, but are required of students as conditions of enrollment in CSU.

Denial & Appeals

Denied Admission

The University reserves the right to select its students and deny admission to the University or any of its programs as the University, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate based on an applicant’s suitability and the best interests of the University.

Appeals

Section 89030.7 of the California Education Code requires that the CSU establish specific requirements for appeal procedures for a denial of admission. Each CSU campus must publish appeal procedures for applicants denied admission to the University. The procedure is limited to addressing campus decisions to deny an applicant admission to the University.

Admissions appeal procedures must address the basis for appeals, provide 15 business days for an applicant to submit an appeal, stipulate a maximum of one appeal per academic term, provide specific contact information for the individual or office to which the appeal should be submitted, and indicate a time estimate for when the campus expects to respond to an appeal. The appeal procedures must be included in all denial of admission notifications to students and must also be published on the campus website.

Appeal forms can be found on this website.

Contact

California State University, Monterey Bay

Office of Admissions

Student Services Building

100 Campus Center

Seaside, CA 93955

Email: admissions@csumb.edu

Phone: 831-582-3738

Fax: 831-582-3783

CSUMB.EDU/admissions

Applications calstate.edu/apply

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