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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: All students with disabilities are all welcome to attend all events.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: It's a small campus, approximately 6,000 last I checked, and half live on campus and half commute. My biggest word of advice is to get involved and be a part of something on campus. There are so many opportunities to be involved in a group of students and leaders, and that's what will make your time worthwhile. The people who aren't involved are usually the ones to say they dislike CSUMB and spend their weekends out partying. This school is unique because you make so many close connections by being on a smaller campus. Socially it's scattered because so many people commute to school, and the facilities are alright being that it's a lot of renovated military buildings.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Many people socialize and work at the library or student center, both close to the on-campus coffee shops. Athletics don't seem to have a big fan base at games, so that's lacking. Campus events are usually movie nights, carnivals, game competitions, or educational programs. I personally enjoy the variety of events hosted, there's almost something every week!

1 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: This school does not have a fun social life at all. There is not much to do and if there is the events can be boring and dont have a large amount of people participating. The dances are much either expect the very first school dance. There is nothing to off campus either. I dont really hear about unique opportunities on campus nor academic programs.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The social life is terrible on this campus. There is rarely anything to do, the events rarely have a good turn out. The student center is good for watching tv if someone isnt already watching something else and the library is actually very nice and the staff are helpful. The athletics are not an important part of the campus nor do they do well.


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Amidst the abandoned military buildings of California’s Fort Ord lies the campus of Cal State University Monterey Bay. A fairly new school, CSUMB’s general campus aesthetics are so-so and contain mix of both the new and the old. The current aesthetics are constantly improving, however, as the University ages and attempts to perfect itself over time. Although most of the facilities serve their purpose, many could stand to be updated. The school gym (or Otter Sports Center) is most in need of renovation and is slightly too small to be practical. The gym is indeed usable, yet the limited space and small quantity of machines and weights can definitely be aggravating during popular workout times. The Student Center, located in the main quad, has been recently been remodeled and redecorated. Unfortunately, despite the recent renovations, the Student Center is rarely used by most students and is frequently vacant. CSUMB’s Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library is by far the school’ nicest and most utilized facility. The three-story (and still in progress) library is home to a computer lab, several classrooms and study rooms, Peet’s coffee shop, a tutoring center, and much more. The library was opened in early 2009 and has become the school’s proudest facility since then.

As the University continues to grow, the campus is constantly making new renovations to buildings for school use. There is currently no talk about the next big project, but at the rate that the other buildings have upgraded, more big changes are soon to come. In the meantime, take advantage of CSUMB’s current facilities and all they have to offer.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,350 acres
Student Centers
Otter Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Black Box Cabaret
  • Dining Commons
  • East Campus
  • North Quad
  • Otter Express
  • Otter Student Center
  • Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library
Bar on Campus
There are no real "bars" on campus, but Otter Bay Restaurant serves alcohol.
Bowling on Campus
There is no bowling alley on campus, but you can check out the Monterey Lanes bowling alley at 2161 Fremont St. in Monterey.
Coffeehouse on Campus
There is a Peet's Coffee in the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library. They have an assortment of drinks, both hot and cold, including smoothies, frappuchinos, and various other drinks. It also has several vending machines and snacks for sale. You can use your meal plan and flex money for the transaction, which is very nice. Coffee and other drinks are also available in the Otter Express, though it does not retain the same "coffeeshop" vibe like Peet's does.
Movie Theater on Campus
CSUMB doesn't have a movie theater on campus, but several are just a drive away. Occasionally, free movies are shown at the World Theater, which can be quite fun. Most of the movies debuted are popular new releases, which haven't yet been released onto DVD.
"Green" Initiatives
Within the past couple of years, CSUMB has taken many significant steps toward becoming a much "greener" campus. Many of the campus bathrooms now run on low-flow water, and all residence hall rooms are now equipped with a recycling bin. The plastic utensils used for to-go items at the OE are now made from recycled potatoes. There is also a compost site on campus, but it is no longer in use. The school's environmental committee is working toward a greener campus, so those interested are encouraged to join their efforts.
School Slang
  • The AS: The Associated Students, the student government of CSUMB
  • The BBC: The Black Box Cabaret, a student-run on-campus venue where several dances, concerts, and other events are held.
  • The DC: The Dining Commons, where buffet food is served
  • The OBR: The Otter Bay Restaurant, a sit-down restaurant located in the University Center
  • The OE: The Otter Express, where express food is served
  • The OSC: The Otter Sports Center or Otter Student Center, the campus gym and student hang out location, respectively. This acronym can get confusing because it has two separate meanings.
  • The UC: The University Center, the "main" building of campus where the Otter Bay Restaurant, bookstore, and conference rooms are found
  • Beach Bonfires: With the beach just down the street from campus, it is a very common tradition for students to throw beach bonfires. Bonfires are at permitted public beaches and allow students to socialize and hang out with one another. Don't forget to dress warm!
  • East Campus Parties: All of the school's parties usually occur in East Campus, where all the upperclassmen live. During weekends, most students try to find a party in East Campus because that is where all the action is.
  • Intramural Bowling: As a school that doesn't pay too much attention to its sporting events, students often participate in Intramural sports teams. One of the most popular of these teams is the bowling league, which excites both participants and competitors. To many, the CSUMB's intramural bowling league is a very widespread campus tradition.
  • World Theater Movies: Every so often, the campus's World Theater shows mainstream films to students free of charge. Most of the films displayed have yet to reach DVD, which makes the event especially exciting for students. Keep your eyes open for posters around campus advertising the World Theater movie showings.
Urban Legends
  • CSUMB is surrounded by the inactive Fort Ord military base. Many of the base's buildings are still standing but have long been abandoned and are out of use. There are several urban legends floating around about the history of these buildings, but the stories tend to change amongst students.
  • The mysterious Piano Tree can be found near the Music Building. No one really knows where it came from.
  • There are several abandoned dormitories in different areas of campus. Many students claim that they are haunted.
Favorite Things To Do
There are several fun activities to do on campus. Many of the activities include hanging in dorms, playing disc golf, exploring the abandoned buildings, relaxing in the quad, socializing in Peet's or the OE, and walking to the beach.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Otter Realm
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 50 official clubs and organizations active at CSUMB. Most clubs hold weekly/bi-weekly meetings and host occasional special events. Some of the most popular campus clubs include the Outdoor Adventures Club, Psychology Society, Demottercrats, Black Students United, Otter College Republicans, Christian Fellowship, and many more. Each semester, the school hosts a club fair, where students can join clubs and learn more about the organizations functioning on campus. The process of forming a student club on campus is fairly easy and only requires the completion of a few online registration forms. If interested, feel free to visit the CSUMB website for more details.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
  • The best way to keep up with student life is through Facebook and the Otter Realm, the campus newspaper.
  • Some perks of forming an official campus club include CSUMB Web site publicity, room reservations, free venue access, school master calendar publicity, club startup funds, club webpage, club calendar, CSUMB account, access to Inter Club Council funds, and many more.
  • Your school ID gives you free admission to the gym, free rentals of laptops at the library, and much more!

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 85 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 33 responses

  • 30% Beach Bonfires
  • 19% Eggs After Dark
  • 14% World Theater Movies
  • 14% Midnight Madness
  • 10% East Campus Parties
  • 8% Basketball Games
  • 3% Girls basketball
  • 1% Intramural Bowling

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 28% Go/run to the beach.
  • 22% Study/relax in the library.
  • 18% Explore the woods
  • 16% Netflix.
  • 12% Hike/Bike the trails
  • 4% Going to campus clubs

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 39 responses

  • 44% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 46% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 8% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 3% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 78 responses

  • 17% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 19% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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