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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
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  7. Professors
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  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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Humboldt State is a public university located in Arcata, California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,270 undergraduate students. The Humboldt State acceptance rate is 82%. Popular majors include Psychology, Biology, and Business. Graduating 47% of students, Humboldt State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,200.
About Humboldt State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Address
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521
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Humboldt State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
82%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
960-1160
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$14,140/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,038/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
83%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
21:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.90 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.112 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.111 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,270Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
592
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
53%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 82 responses
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  • Laid back
    40%
  • Comfy but studious
    17%
  • Friendly and Relaxed
    16%
  • Friendly, chill, but still adventurous
    13%
  • Typical
    6%
  • Chill
    2%
  • angry bitter socialists
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
63%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.134 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.166 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 80 responses
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  • All of the above
    28%
  • Hippie
    23%
  • Unique
    19%
  • Diverse
    15%
  • Beautiful
    5%
  • Life-changing
    5%
  • Drug addicts
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
47%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.64 responses
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There's a lot to say about the naturistic, and scenic aspect of Humboldt State--it is covered with enormous trees, a diverse species of vivacious plants, and even animals such as deers and banana slugs. It almost feels as magical as taking the courses here at HSU. The campus is constantly transforming. Students and faculty would organize events and seminars during the weekend to raise awareness of the injustice of the world, learn to dismantle the systemic issues and how to take action to live in a compassionate, just-world. Additionally, one of the things I cherish and hold close to my heart is the relationship of the professors and students; they'll get to know you and guide you in any way that works for you. They'll also make the lectures engaging and very accessible. I've seen that visiting their office hours is very important but also worthwhile! It is a wonderful time to at least introduce yourself, learn more about your major and future trajectory.
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I fell in love with Humboldt the minute I stepped on campus. Fairly isolated but still only 1.5 hours from Oregon and surrounded by beautiful forests and right by the ocean, there really is just so much to love about Humboldt. Arcata is easily the best area around there with the local businesses and people having such a great vibe about them (eureka, Mckinleyville and others arent too shabby as well). The perspective of the professors is completely unique to anything I’ve ever experienced- even their business programs revolve around environmental ethics and sustainability in order to build a better future in all areas of expertise! I highly recommend Humboldt State University to anyone that loves being outdoors, wants to see change in the world, and can go long periods of time without chain restaurants (Chilis, Chipotle, etc.) since we only have various, popular fast food but BETTER local restaurants!
From Humboldt State University, it has a great outdoors experience. Our school is known for its high recommendations for any science majors and math majors. I am a Zoology major and my best part of the university is the class where I go out of school with my class to field trip and identify different invertebrate animals near our shores. It was fun and a good leg work out too! Also, the local areas for food is quite amazing. When needing to eat besides campus food, there is a wide variety of different ethnic food here. What I like to see a change in Humboldt is to give a more housing chances for students that are from far away. More housing in the campus for everyone to be. It is tough to find an apartment or house near the school and have the housing costs to be low, for future students coming from different parts of California or an out of state transfer, they should have the opportunity to have a low-cost housing and a secure home to be in.