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Humboldt State is a public university located in Arcata, California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,501 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Humboldt State acceptance rate is 77%. Popular majors include Psychology, Biology, and Business Administration and Management. Graduating 46% of students, Humboldt State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $24,200.
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
77%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
870-1090
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,147/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,069/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,248/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,352/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,130/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,687/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
22:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.90 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.106 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.105 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,501Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
54%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 76 responses
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  • Laid back
    43%
  • Comfy but studious
    18%
  • Friendly and Relaxed
    17%
  • Friendly, chill, but still adventurous
    11%
  • Typical
    7%
  • Chill
    3%
  • 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.128 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.160 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 74 responses
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  • All of the above
    30%
  • Hippie
    22%
  • Unique
    19%
  • Diverse
    15%
  • Beautiful
    5%
  • Life-changing
    4%
  • Drug addicts
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
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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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.
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Well I am not a student attending, however being a high school senior I felt obligated to go and see colleges. Immediately Humboldt seemed like a wise choice, many of the older friends attended. Also, it is a CSU. When visiting the college I was in complete awe. The temperature was perfect, the scenery was beautiful, and the college is a nice size. Honestly the only reason I didn't give it five stars is because the town- Acadia. I is 1000% hippie town, and it has such a weird old fashion 70's vibe to it. But if you like that then GO HEAD!
I love the area in which the college is located in! There is so much nature around us. It is almost a completely new world compared to my previous hometown. The people here are also amazing! A vast majority of the people here are really kind to one another. It is no surprise to me anymore when someone simply walking by smiles and says "Hello!" The educators and staff members are very involved in student's education. They care about them and help them succeed throughout their experience at Humboldt State. This is definitely a one of a kind college that I would recommend to anyone, especially those from Southern California!