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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
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Humboldt State is a public university located in Arcata, California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,735 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Humboldt State acceptance rate is 77%. Popular majors include Biology, Business, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 52% of students, Humboldt State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,200.
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Humboldt State University Rankings

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Humboldt State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
77%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
970-1170
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,506/ 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
$9,478/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

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
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.115 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.114 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    24%
  • On Campus
    74%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,735Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
584
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 84 responses
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  • Laid back
    39%
  • Comfy but studious
    19%
  • Friendly and Relaxed
    15%
  • Friendly, chill, but still adventurous
    13%
  • Typical
    6%
  • Chill
    4%
  • 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.137 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.169 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 83 responses
Report
  • All of the above
    27%
  • Hippie
    23%
  • Unique
    19%
  • Diverse
    14%
  • Beautiful
    6%
  • Life-changing
    5%
  • Drug addicts
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
52%
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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Being a Wildlife Conservation and Management student at HSU was a wonderful experience for me. I graduated in 2016 so there may have been changes in the program since then, but I felt the program to in-depth and engaging! All of the faculty was amazing, classes were fun and challenging, the science community on campus was supportive and welcoming. I especially loved the lab portion of class and spending times in the beautiful natural landscapes Arcata and Humboldt County have to offer. I really like going to a smaller university and being able to form lasting connections with my professors and peers. Nothing beats being able to study what you are passionate about while being surrounded by gorgeous Redwood Forests and The Arcata Marsh. Smaller campus, small university and smaller town than many of the big UC's and other Cal State's but it makes for a cozy, charming town where you see someone you know around every corner.
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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.
Love the area and weather. It is usually raining or cloudy!
There are a lot of clubs and activities to join. The food isn't great in the J, I recommend eating at the smaller diner, but they do close early and are not open on the weekend. Price for meal points is pricy for the food we receive. Lots of walking even if you live on campus! If you live on the northern side of campus there is a nice trail in the back that winds around the campus and brings you to the south side. There is a creek called Jolly Giant! Overall I really loved the campus. For Chem and Bio they need an update on equipment!