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
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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
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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

Academics

Professors
B+
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
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.100 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.99 responses
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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 70 responses
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  • Laid back
    44%
  • Comfy but studious
    20%
  • Friendly and Relaxed
    19%
  • Friendly, chill, but still adventurous
    7%
  • Typical
    7%
  • 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.122 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.154 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 68 responses
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  • All of the above
    31%
  • Hippie
    22%
  • Unique
    19%
  • Diverse
    16%
  • Beautiful
    6%
  • Life-changing
    3%
  • Laid-back
    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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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!
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Humboldt is an amazing school! You are surrounded by beautiful redwood trees and a beautiful coastline! The professors here from my own experience are very genuine and kind hearted individuals! It's considered a some what small university which benefitted me because with a smaller student population the number of students in a classroom is much smaller. Which benefited me because I was able to make a solid personal connection with most of my professors!
I transferred to Humboldt State as a Junior in the Psychology and Early Childhood Development departments. During my five semesters there I participated in clubs, on and off campus events, and later graduated with a bachelors in Psychology. Humboldt state offered amazing professors with unique experience in the field and within the local community. Class sizes are so small that professors know all their students' names. The University offers both on campus and online courses. Taking classes in-person means you get to stroll beside the redwood forest, whose trails often get students across campus quicker than hallways. Humboldt State's campus is a magical place to be at sunset on game day for Lumberjack Football games. What feels like the entire town fills the stadium and the sound of chainsaws fill the air. There is no University in California quite like Humboldt State. This tiny school nestled in the redwoods is a refreshing break from the big bustling cities down south.