California State University Monterey Bay was founded in 1994. It is a public institution which offers 23 bachelor's degrees, 7 master's degrees, and teaching credentials. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,657. It operates on semester-based academic calendar. It is on the site of the former U.S. Army base Fort Ord in the northern Central Coast of California region, and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Cal State Monterey Bay provides nearly 7,200 students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus just one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. It provides higher education to traditionally underserved and low-income populations. Seventy-two percent of university 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, w California State University Monterey Bay is one of the most residential universities in the CSU. 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.