When Congress decided to shut down Fort Ord, the local community proposed the base be converted into a university. In June 1994, that plan was approved and Cal State Monterey Bay began. Hank Hendrickson, then Executive Dean of CSUMB, signed the deed on August 29, 1994.
California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is envisioned as a comprehensive state university which values service through high quality education. The campus will be distinctive in serving the diverse people of California, especially the working class and historically undereducated and low-income populations. It will feature an enriched living and learning environment and year-round operation. The identity of the university will be framed by substantive commitment to multilingual, multicultural, gender-equitable learning.
Under a cooperative agreement with the NASA Ames Research Center, the university performs remote sensing, ecosystem modeling, and geospatial research for earth system science and health. CSUMB researchers work in 10 areas, including coral reef monitoring, land use, carbon modeling and disease transmission.
Our graduates will have an understanding of interdependence and global competence, distinctive technical and educational skills, the experience and abilities to contribute to California's high quality work force, the critical thinking abilities to be productive citizens, and the social responsibility and skills to be community builders. CSUMB will dynamically link the past, present, and future by responding to historical and changing conditions, experimenting with strategies which increase access, improve quality, and lower costs through education in a distinctive CSU environment.
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Today, you'll still find pieces of Fort Ord's military past across campus -- in murals, in renovated buildings, and even in new buildings like the Alumni & Visitors Center (the lobby ceiling is made of wood recycled from demolished Army barracks). You'll also find the wisdom and creativity of the founders in the faculty (yes, some of them still teach here) and in the curriculum. You'll enjoy traditional events such as Earth Week and hangouts like the BBC, started up by pioneer alumni. And you'll have a chance to weave your own story into ours, and become a part of our history as it unfolds.
The CSUMB Library provides information resources, user-centered services, and an inviting, collaborative environment to foster intellectual curiosity, sustain scholarship and creativity, and inspire lifelong learning for the diverse community we serve.
The Campus Health Center (CHC) provides urgent, primary, and diagnostic care, as well as referral services to students, faculty, staff, their dependents, and guests of the CSUMB community. The CHC's staff of medical professionals is dedicated to meeting patient needs and promoting wellness and independence.
The university's goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030, with a solar array, installed in 2010, currently meeting 16 percent of the university's needs.
Additionally, the university's Dining Commons were awarded LEED Silver certification in 2011. The Dining Commons were designed to include water efficiency and natural and energy-efficient lighting.
CSUMB recognizes over 100 student organizations! Being recognized means you have access to reserve classrooms, conference rooms, and other venues on campus. You also have multiple funding options if your club wants to run an event or activity. In addition to financial support, you have student and staff resources to help to run events on campus.