1,703 reviews
  1. Arcata, CA
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
Humboldt State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Address
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521

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
77%
SAT Scores Range
870-1100
ACT Scores Range
18-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Humboldt State University

Cost

Net Price
$11,836/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,785/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,243/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,945/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,156/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,773/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
23:1
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.97 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.96 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,447Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
53%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 67 responses
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  • Laid back
    46%
  • Comfy but studious
    19%
  • Friendly and Relaxed
    18%
  • Typical
    7%
  • Friendly, chill, but still adventurous
    6%
  • Chill
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
66%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.119 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.151 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 65 responses
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  • All of the above
    32%
  • Hippie
    23%
  • Unique
    18%
  • Diverse
    15%
  • Beautiful
    5%
  • Life-changing
    3%
  • Laid-back
    2%

After Humboldt State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
84%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.64 responses

Humboldt State University Reviews

1,703 reviews
All Categories
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.
  • Dec 31 2015
  • Value
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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.