California State University-Monterey Bay (CSUMB)

Your Opinion: Is this School Hard to Get Into?
You already voted!

CSUMB, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Seaside, CA, a predominately suburban area. CSUMB has an enrollment of about eight thousand students.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores within the range of 955 (25th percentile) to 1170 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and between 17 (25th percentile) to 23 (75th percentile) on the ACT is common among applicants that get into California State University-Monterey Bay. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the CSUMB average GPA ranges from 2.80 to 3.18 for accepted students. About 80 percent of all students which applied were admitted at CSUMB, and from those that were granted acceptance about 11 percent continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall CSUMB Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for California State University-Monterey Bay was reported as 75.3% in Fall 2020 with over 12,300 applications submitted to CSUMB. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CSUMB ACT Scores: 17 - 23
  • CSUMB Average GPA: 2.80 - 3.18

How Hard Is It to Get into California State University-Monterey Bay?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of California State University-Monterey Bay is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for CSUMB has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 35.2%
  • 2017-2018: 53.2%
  • 2018-2019: 58.5%
  • 2019-2020: 75.3%
  • Projected CSUMB Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 56.9%

How Does CSUMB Compare?

This School
National Avg

The acceptance rate for CSUMB is thirty-three percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Santa Clara University48.8%
Notre Dame de Namur University99.9%
Mills College75.9%
Saint Marys College of California81.0%
California College of the Arts85.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to CSUMB (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading485 - 600
Math470 - 570
Total Score955 - 1170
ACT®Score Range
English15 - 23
Math16 - 22
Composite Score17 - 23
To learn more about the data and calculations that power this site, please visit our data discussion page.