Humboldt State University is ...
NCAA Division II (with football)
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Humboldt State University Rankings
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.90 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.97 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.96 responses
Most Popular Majors
Liberal Arts and Humanities173 Graduates
Business Administration and Management124 Graduates
Wildlife and Fisheries Management111 Graduates
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies72 Graduates
Environmental Sciences65 Graduates
Environmental Engineering56 Graduates
Social Work and Youth Services56 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.119 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.151 responses
After Humboldt State University
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.64 responses
Humboldt State University Reviews
Review Humboldt State University
To be honest, Humboldt State University has somewhat of a negative stigmatization; marijuana school. However, I'd completely disagree with that. Yes, of course, students will be smoking cannabis but it happens at most universities/colleges. I came here for my academics and the amount of opportunities I've gotten is incredible. My first semester, I asked for research opportunities and I was set up with a research job with one of my professors and got paid for it! THE FIRST SEMESTER! It is a matter of taking advantage of the opportunities presented and HSU has plenty of them. I love this campus, my peers, and the institution as a whole. HSU does a tremendous job at boosting the social mobility of the students and of their faculty. Yes, it may not be prestigious as Yale or Harvard might be but it isn't about the quantity of the education, it is rather the quality and what the individual makes out of the institution. HSU is great.
Very liberal and inclusive campus. It is very eco-friendly and vegetarian-friendly. The science department is very well established, as this university is known for having a very good environmental science program. Students are almost all very friendly, courteous, and easy to get along with. The campus overlaps with the Arcata community forest which students can use for recreation or research. The university is located in a very small town with only local businesses, but is not far from Eureka which is the nearest big city.
Humboldt State University is apart of the suburban community of Arcata. The city itself is nestled in nature; surrounded by redwoods that reach nearly 500 feet, the air is cool and and the weather is brisk. Expect moisture and rain. The people of Arcata and Humboldt County are pretty welcoming and friendly. The school itself, though is very progressive, specifically in the realm of environmentalism. Almost everyone carries a reusable water bottle or canteen or even recycled mason jars! With all this being said, there is a large culture shock for students coming from big cities like LA or San Francisco. And to be frank, it can truly make or break you.