California State University, Monterey, is one of the smallest Universities in the California State system with approximately 4, 790 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked as number two by the 2011 Best Colleges in National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Much of the student body is comprised of California residents from Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. The University strives to be accessible to lower income students in these counties as part of their mission. Over seventy-percent of the student population receives some type of financial aid. Close to fifty-percent of the students are the first generation in their families to attend college at all.
The Monterey Bay area is a cultural mecca, with many places to appreciate visual and literary arts, music and the theatre. The Monterey Jazz Festival was founded there in 1958 and featured artists such as Louie Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Dizzy Gillespie. It is the world’s longest running jazz festival, according to town residents. It also hosted the Monterey International Pop Music Festival with headliners previously including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding. Demographically speaking, it is not as diverse as some of the more metropolitan areas of California, however it is on the Pacific Coast, and for a smaller beach town, it is certainly has a plethora of things to do for students attending University.
CSUM has eighteen undergraduate degree programs, eight graduate degrees, and teaching credential certificates and continuing education. The three largest majors at the University are Business, Biology and Liberal Studies. There are distance learning opportunities for students, with the majority of the certifications being in pre-professional training areas. Students can pursue Paralegal Certificate coursework, Advanced Paralegal, Legal Nurse Consultant Training, Legal Investigation Certification, Legal Secretary Certification, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Environmental Education and Services, Administrative Professional coursework, and a Certificate in Emergency Preparedness: Public Health and Hospitals (EEOH) Certificate for Emergency Medical Service providers. CSUM has one Master’s Program, an Executive Master’s in Business Administration for working professionals provided through distance learning.
Computer certifications are offered through online learning technologies and include E-Biz Tech Developer, various levels of Java programming, C#, Crystal Reports, most areas of Microsoft and Windows training such as Excel, Powerpoint and Passport, and Visual Basic. Educational Technology programs are available in Technology Tools, Visual Arts Education for Teachers, and the Elementary Mathematics From An Advanced Viewpoint A. Intermediate Spanish I, Survey of World Music, Child Development, Infancy and Early Childhood, Advanced Composition, and Multicultural Children’s Services are other online courses for developing professionals.
California residents pay approximately $4,512 to attend Cal State Monterey, while out-of-state students pay $15,672. Most students receive aid in the form of California State Grants, Federal Grants, Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, Federal Loans, work-study on campus job funding, and scholarships. Scholarships unique to Cal State Monterey are the Alan Church Environmental Steward Scholarship for Marine, Coastal, and Watershed Systems, the Assemblyman Salinas Scholarship, and the Central Coast Federal Credit Union Scholarship for business administration students, and the E. Richard Brown scholarship for students demonstrating outstanding financial need.