B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  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%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
870-1110
ACT 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
$13,216/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,282/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,395/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,438/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,985/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,955/ 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
7,713Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
52%
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
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
Report
  • All of the above
    32%
  • Hippie
    23%
  • Unique
    18%
  • Diverse
    15%
  • Beautiful
    5%
  • Life-changing
    3%
  • Laid-back
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
National
48%
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
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Humboldt State University Reviews

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Humboldt State is the place to go! I loved the experiences and people I met there. It is an open minded school with a student oriented atmosphere. Further, the school is locked between the beautiful ocean and vast, historical redwoods. I lived all over Arcata and was still only a 30 minute walk to campus. Fun facts: the town only has 4 bars, the center of town lacks electric stop lights, and on a summer night, one can literally lay in the streets and look up at the stars. This is a school to truly experience life at.
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Humboldt will always hold a special place in my heart. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and moving to a small town like Arcata California might as well been the middle of nowhere. I joined HSU's Women's Rowing team, was a walk-on athlete, and continue to row today. Joining a team gave me a supportive family, and a little bit of drama; It taught me discipline, and challenged me. I thank HSU, for running amazing programs, teams, and clubs just as such.
The surrounding radius of the campus is home to amazing redwood forests, cold beaches, farm acres, and happy local business/community. A 15 minute drive north or south will bring you to nearest Starbucks occupied town, but step out of the dorms and your already in the community forest.
Although some of the buildings could be considered out dated, HSU is home to some of the most amazing teachers and professors you'll ever meet. As an elementary education major I am so lucky to share my past experiences with my future students.
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.