California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB)
Cal State Monterey Bay provides more than 7,000 students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus just one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. Our diverse student body receives personal attention in small classes while pursuing degrees in 25 undergraduate and seven graduate majors.
Founded in 1994 on the former site of Fort Ord by educators and community leaders, Cal State Monterey Bay faculty and staff build on that legacy as we explore innovative ways to meet the needs of a new generation of students while simultaneously powering the Monterey County economy.
While we serve students from the entire state of California, 33 percent of our undergraduates come from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. We pride ourselves on making higher education accessible to traditionally underserved and low-income populations. Seventy-two percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. Fifty-six percent of our students are among the first generation of their family to go to college. And with 45 percent of our students living on campus, we are one of the most residential universities in the CSU.
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
The University of California, Santa Cruz, is a public research university and one of 10 campuses in the University of California system. Located 75 miles (120 km) south of San Francisco at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz, the campus lies on 2,001 acres (810 ha) of rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay.
Founded in 1965, UC Santa Cruz began as a showcase for progressive, cross-disciplinary undergraduate education, innovative teaching methods and contemporary architecture. Since then, it has evolved into a modern research university with a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs, while retaining its reputation for strong undergraduate support and student political activism. The residential college system, which consists of ten small colleges, is intended to combine the student support of a small college with the resources of a major university.
Monterey Peninsula College (MPC)
Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) is a fully accredited California public community college. With an open admissions policy, the college is known for the excellence of its academic programs and student support services. The college has been recognized as a top military friendly school.
The college offers over 100 degree and certificate programs to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions, provide career and technical training or to update work skills, and to improve basic skills in mathematics, writing, reading, and English as a Second Language. As part of the Associate Degree for Transfer program with California State University (CSU), MPC currently offers 14 transfer degrees with guaranteed admission to the CSU in Administration of Justice, Anthropology, Art History, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Studio Arts. The college has a growing distance education program, MPC Online. MPC is also a community resource for lifelong learning opportunities.
MPC serves the communities of Big Sur, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Sand City, and Seaside. Classes are offered at the Monterey campus, at the MPC Education Center at Marina, at the Public Safety Training Center in Seaside, and at various off-campus locations.
Monterey College of Law (MCL)
Monterey College of Law’s mission is to provide a quality legal education in a community law school setting with graduates who are dedicated to professional excellence, integrity, and community service.
Monterey College of Law is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California to offer three law degree programs: the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.); the LL.M. in International Law; and the Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.).
Monterey College of Law offers serious, highly motivated students the opportunity to seek a career change, re-enter the workforce, or advance their current professional career by obtaining a legal education. Most of the students at Monterey College of Law work while attending law school in the evenings. Courses are taught by practicing lawyers and judges who emphasize training in legal skills and professional responsibility. Professors are knowledgeable in legal theory and practice. Small classes allow students the opportunity to get to know our faculty and to build long-lasting professional networks with their fellow students.