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We're one of the 23 campuses that make up the California State University system. Like the other CSUs, our name comes from our location. Our 1,387-acre campus is one mile from the shores of Monterey Bay, between the Salinas Valley and Monterey Peninsula. We're affordable, like our sister CSUs, and we have a diverse and talented teaching faculty that provides the high quality level of education you expect from the California State University system.
We serve students from the entire state of California, but 31 percent of our undergraduate students come from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. We pride ourselves on making higher education accessible to traditionally underserved (34%) and low-income (30%) populations. Nearly seventy percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. Forty-seven percent of our students are among the first generation of their family to go to college.