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  • 08/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    54 out of 55 people found this review useful. 1 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Down to earth, creative, friendly, open-minded individuals. You will not win the rat race by coming to Humboldt. If you care for culture, the environment, and about having a deeper meaning in life, Humboldt may be what you're looking for. Challenge yourself in the classes, very important to be self-motivated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect a superficial crowd. Humboldt is very relaxed and down to earth. Sometimes the mellowness makes you forget that you're still going to school and you have to do homework sometimes! If you're a person who gets stressed out easily and needs lots of relaxation, this school is great!

    Bang for the buck

    Coming from Washington, I was a little nervous about going to school out-of-state. However the WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) program makes school very affordable. Now I am able to go to a great school without hurting my wallet too much.

    Am enjoying being here

    I made tons of friends within days of coming to Humboldt, everyone is very friendly! The small campus makes it easy to be involved, there are clubs and activities for everyone!

    Am learning a lot

    My classes are all diverse, but you have to challenge yourself.

  • 08/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 out of 30 people found this review useful. 2 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who like the outdoors and nature, people who are looking for a smaller to medium sized school with small classes and hands on experience, people who are on a budget.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wear comfortable shoes! Depending on where your classes are, there can be a lot of hills and stairs to climb!

    Bang for the buck

    There's quite a few classes to pick from and they're all small in size, which I think helps students learn a little bit better. It doesn't cost too much, although the fees just got increased and a few classes are getting cut or made bigger in size. Other than that, I would say it's a really great price for what you're getting from Humboldt!

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is gorgeous and if you like nature and the outdoors, then it would be a good place for you. It also gives you a lot of hands on experience when you're in classes that deal with nature and the outdoors. The atmosphere at Humboldt is pretty laid back. The students and teachers are really friendly for the most part.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are really great at Humboldt. The classes are usually pretty small and the teachers are fun and will spend extra time with you during office hours if you need it. Every class I've taken so far has been good!

  • 08/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 out of 27 people found this review useful. 3 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for those who love the outdoors. We are near the beaches and basically surrounded by the woods. There is always something to do if you like being outdoors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't think you're off the hook because you're finally on your own. We make sure the campus is clear of substance issues and clean. Be smart and learn because you are now paying for your education.

    Bang for the buck

    Well it seems that even with the rise of cost to attend and dorm its worth it. I mean the professors and staff here make it worth your buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere here is amazing! There are things I do dislike but overall it's stuff that you'll find at most colleges, the substance use. The people here are pretty helpful and very kind which makes loving the school much more easier.

    Am learning a lot

    I'll make it simple it basically seems that I'm learning. I mean I do pay for my education so I make sure I learn. The school gives you the tools needed to learn whatever you wish, I know because I use all the resources available to me.

  • 11/24/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 4 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All types - the beauty of HSU lies in it's diversity (and the surrounding redwoods, of course!) Outdoorsy, indoorsy, there is something for everyone. You must, however, have an open mind and tolerate about 40 inches of rain a year!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus, it will make a world of difference! When you come, take a tour and ask questions about anything and everything HSU-related! Also, schedule your appointment in advance, and take advantage of your opportunities while you're there - sit in on a class, meet with a professor or the dean of your department! You will find that Humboldt's staff and faculty is very accessible, so don't be shy to ask them questions, too!

    Bang for the buck

    HSU is one of the most affordable universities nationwide for a number of reasons. Maybe it’s the small size – just around 7800 students – that allows them to keep the price low. Or maybe it’s the Western Undergraduate Exchange program that lets out of state students study for about the same price as California residents. But those are just the financial reasons. Humboldt has more than meets the eye; it's a secretly awesome university! Are you interested in the sciences? Try studying on our 90 foot research vessel, the Coral Sea, or stop by our marine laboratory. Do you love stars and nebulas? If you do, you’d be very pleased to work alongside professors in our observatory – and with a lot of hard work and a bit of luck, you may end up like two HSU students who recently discovered a new galaxy! But don’t let our science-nerd reputation fool you – HSU is well known for its Arts and Social Sciences as well. We have art galleries reserved just for student work throughout the university, a community counseling clinic for Psychology majors, and one of the largest art foundries on the West Coast! I could go on and on about HSU, but you get the picture. It’s a big box in a small package!

    Am enjoying being here

    As an outdoor enthusiast, I am more than enjoying my time at HSU. 60 minutes or less to backpacking, 15 minutes to rock climbing, 10 minutes to the beach, and 0 minutes to the forest, it’s easy to see that I’m in an adventurer’s paradise. But aside from the outdoors, I could list a million and one other reasons why I love it here. The campus community is wonderful – very unique and welcoming to students from all walks of life. The surrounding community also has so much to offer – why not check out a new movie at The Minor (the country’s longest running theater) or play laser tag with some friends after some delicious fresh sushi! If you're coming from the big city, don't fret! We do have a mall and an airport, too! ;-)

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a tremendous amount here at HSU - I've become a better student and a more educated scientist. The classes are challenging, some in ways I hadn't expected, but they have greatly expanded my critical thinking and observation skills. I am a kinesthetic learner, so HSU's focus on hands-on learning has been invaluable to me. The small class sizes (my smallest so far has been around 15 students) have made a huge difference in my education and have enabled me to interact with my professors beyond the classroom. Teachers from previous semesters still recognize me around campus and stop to see how I'm doing. Overall, I know my degree will be practical and will serve me well in the future. I cannot recommend HSU highly enough.

  • 03/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 13 people found this review useful. 5 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school appeals most to the outdoorsy type of person becasue there is so much to do out in the beautiful wilderness but if you haven't been camping since you were 13 like me, don't let that stop you. And let's be honest, HSU obviously attracts students who enjoy dealing in the illegal usage of marijuana, and if you so choose to smoke weed this is a good match for you but do not by any means make that your only reason. I've seen many people drop out becasue they focused on drugs and not classes. Bottom line: I believe anyone can fit in at HSU if they are accepting laid back people

    Tips for prospective students

    I'd say know why you're going here but that's a lie becasue I just stumbled upon HSU, it was my third choice school. My tip would be to open your mind to all that HSU offers, you could fall in love with rock climbing, fishing, dance, tai chi, or maybe the pizza at Arcata Pizza Deli (APD). Also, pack clothing for all types of weather becasue everyone receives an honorary BS in weather here. You'll wake up and it's raining but by noon it will we 56 and sunny.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive and it's something every person has to deal with. Is Humboldt state worth it? Yes. Like I've said before, the classes are diverse and hands on and if you put fourth the effort you will excel. The community here is a buzzing college town filled with life. I couldn't have choose a better school if I had tried.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm from the San Francisco Bay area so coming to a small town like Arcata was something to adjust to, but I adjusted very quickly. I'm not a hippy, I wear make up and don't like spiders but Humboldt county has a beauty that cannot be denied. The school is situated on the beautiful Redwood forest and further west into town you can feel the wind of the Pacific ocean. Besides the beauty there are plenty of things to do in school and in the community for many different types of people. The Student Recreation Center can provide you with all the outdoor activities anyone could ask for. Bulletin boards around campus are swarmed with adds for classes in African drumming, aerial silk, etc, not to mention all the live shows! And for those of us who like to party, as my father told me college is a party school. There's something for everyone!

    Am learning a lot

    Like any university, Humboldt State will provide you plenty of new and diverse areas of learning. However, something special that HSU does is to create a great student and faculty connection. These classes wont have you stuck in a 200 person lecture hall (although Founder Hall 118 can feel that way some days), instead you will get to know your teachers. With this kind of approach to a smaller learning community you have the ability to get hands on learning that spans beyond the classroom.

  • 12/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 11 people found this review useful. 6 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Nature loving, open-minded, friendly, animal loving, green, peaceful, artsy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring an open mind, love for nature, and rain gear.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's beautiful, but a bit quite sometimes.

    Am learning a lot

    Learned a lot of social justice inside and outside of classes.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 7 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Artistic, individual, athletic, outdoors-y, musical, environmental, science-oriented, hippy, open minded, cool people. :) it's a very well rounded university and regardless of who you are, you will find your niche.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to be fit and active, cause there's a lot of walking there and there is a great bounty of slopes, stairs and hills there. make sure you do all of the work assigned, especially if it's important. i know not all classes are great, but try to stick through it and make it to the end. it'll be worth it in the end.

    Bang for the buck

    HSU is a CSU, so it's ~$3K a semester but it is well worth it and in then end, if things go as planned, you'll earn that money right back from getting to use the education that you got there.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is amazing,though it has earned the nickname Hills and Stairs University for good reason. the campus, the CenterActivities, the consistent music playing and everything else makes for a wonderful experience.

    Am learning a lot

    HSU is a great school. there's an amazing faculty, all of whom are extremely knowledgeable and willing to help make sure that you learn what you aim to learn.

  • 01/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 8 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Definitely a great match the outdoors type of students. And its also a great stepping stone for undergrad science majors. People who like close-knit communities would fit in perfectly here. Definitely not a conservative school, a pretty liberal-thinking school focused on green-energy and working with the environment, which some students will probably find appealing.

    Tips for prospective students

    As everyone knows Humboldt is the weed capital, but truly HSU is not that bad. There aren't really any more pot-smokers there than anywhere else. Also, because Humboldt is so small it is pretty easy to survive without a car, especially since parking at HSU is absolutely horrendous. We get the entire bus system free so its easier to just ride the bus around. One thing that does suck about Humboldt is the weather. Its pretty cold and foggy most of the time.

    Bang for the buck

    Because HSU is a smaller university we get much smaller class sizes and are able to participate on a much more intimate level with the material and the professor. We can directly ask questions from our professors, and there are even times when we will run into our professors at the grocery store or at lunch and they will remember our names. I just find the education a lot more satisfying, because one learns alongside the masters instead of just from a book. It is not rare for a student to be asked to help with a faculty's research project, so the opportunity for hands-on work is greatly increased.

    Am enjoying being here

    Humboldt is a community, and when you go to HSU you join that community. I enjoy the close feeling we have the with the locals, and the scenery here is amazing. The beach is 5 minutes away, the redwoods right behind campus, and hiking, biking, rock-climbing, and much more not far away. One downside is that Humboldt has virtually nothing shopping-wise. Mostly mom and pop stores, the biggest superstore being Target in Eureka. But I like it, it feels more relaxed and slow-paced than the city.

    Am learning a lot

    Humboldt State is an excellent university for the science majors. Their science programs are very impressive, even more so for the natural sciences. As a Botany major I am well challenged at the classes, some of which I would say are at the same level as some UC classes.

  • 05/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 9 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Artists (the art department is incredible, and Arcata can be an unlikely muse); Biological Sciences: the science classes up here are HARD, but amazing. Take Botany, you'll hold an undying love for plants afterward, and for your bed because of the sleep you may or may not sacrifice. Fisheries, Forestry, Environmental Majors are perfect for HSU as well. If you love planet earth, come see what it was like before capitalism destroyed most of the rest of the USA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit HSU before you decide to come. It is the campus of Hills, Stairs, and Umbrellas. So me friendly with all three. Take Vitamin D pills because the sun peeks out only occasionally during the year (vitamin D is the vitamin we receive from the sun, helps with overall mood and other things). You've got to love the rain, and small towns. Do not come up solely here to smoke the weed, you'll fail out. And make regular meditational trips to the Forest, it is breathtaking. Oh, and get involved in campus activities. The fire shows, circus shows, and dance concerts are really spectacular.

    Bang for the buck

    Yeah, it isn't really expensive compare to Ivy league or UC schools, and the undergraduate education is really good, IF you have the willingness to learn (key factor). I did run into a US Government class that I really thought was a waste of my time (the teacher didn't put in a whole lot of effort), but otherwise my classes have been superb. There are a lot of challenging classes offered here, where you really have to prove that you WANT to learn the material. I think regular brain gymnastics are fun, and healthy.

    Am enjoying being here

    Arcata is a one of a kind town, and the wind, cascading redwoods, and the sea, all have a very unique character to them. If you don't mind small towns, and a little bit of a lot of rain, then Arcata and HSU are worth checking out. Personally, I am an avid Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Star Wars fan, and the forest here out does every fantasy land I've ever digested in a book. It is a magical place, and honestly, I think only a select few can really thrive up here. Those that can: you will entwine yourself with red wood roots and grow tall.

    Am learning a lot

    My belief is that the capacity to learn is related to one's willingness to learn. I came to Humboldt State to learn as much as I can, while respecting and caring for myself in such a transitional phase in my life. Most HSU classes are small, and this gives me this feeling that my role as a zealous student is respected and encouraged. I am a Political Science double major with Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality studies, and I have a 3.889 cumulative GPA. I love to learn. And at HSU my major classes have been in intimate settings where I developed healthy relationships with my fellow students and teachers. Very cool.

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 10 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Don't mind having class outside of the classroom -Free Spirited

    Tips for prospective students

    -If you purchase a green meal plan, avoid going to the Giant's Cupboard on a regular basis. -Be careful about those night walks to the forest -HSU stands for Hills and Stairs University. While HSU is handicapped accessible, you still will find yourself climbing LOTS of stairs.

    Bang for the buck

    Humboldt is so much fun, and the prices are very reasonable.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something happening here, or something to do, which is surprising considering how small the town is. There are over 150 clubs on campus, including a circus!

    Am learning a lot

    I'm taking some amazing classes! The teachers are very approachable and fun, which makes learning so much easier, and you WANT to go to class. This past weekend, my Oceanography class went on a cruise in Humboldt Bay to experiment, and it was an eye-opening experience!

  • 06/07/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 11 people found this review useful. 11 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    nature lovers, and country lovers

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love nature and do not have alot of cash, this is the place to go.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 12 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    During this past year at Humboldt there were a few incidents, and the campus police were on the scene almost immediately. While the surrounding community has a problem with homelessness (don't go walking by yourself at night with dollar bills sticking out of your pocket), I feel that the campus itself is pretty safe. But you still have to be careful, of course. I had my locked bike stolen from right in front of the library.

    Greek Life

    Minimal on campus. Occasionally you'll see the Greeks tabling, but I think that the entire Greek population of the school numbers only a few dozen.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs on campus, but interestingly there is no club specific for my major (environmental science). There are however many clubs and intramural clubs on campus, and if you looked I'm sure you'd be able to find something that interested you. Club day is a few weeks after the start of each semester. If you don't see a club you like you can start your own. Also, if you live on campus you can participate in the living area councils and plan events/things to do for your living area.

    Great for these types of students

    The school's strength seems to be on the natural sciences. The school boasts the nation's only undergraduate research vessel (I went on it for my intro Oceanography class), and as well people know the school for it's forestry department. Apart from the natural sciences the school also apparently does well in the art department. However, I have nothing to do with the art department and so can't really comment on that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing really to say here, except that don't be surprised by a hippie vibe. There are handful of students (definitely not the majority) of people who dress up like hippies and may even walk around campus barefoot. Some people say that Arcata is a place that's like the 1960s just stopped in time. Arcata/Eureka is very secluded from pretty much everything, so there is certainly a niche community here. People here put an emphasis on being green, buying organic and local, and the farmer's market is a big deal. I didn't know really where to put this, but be aware that it rains a LOT up here during the rainy season. Bring a nice umbrella or raincoat- you'll use it a lot. Also (due to the rainy weather) there are times when you don't see the sun for prolonged periods of time. When I was there the longest period of no sun was maybe a week or so. Some people who have been there longer then me say (non-jokingly) that drinking milk is important because the lack of sun makes people depressed. A few years ago in August the sun didn't show for nearly the entire month. Just be aware. The nicest weather is in the summer and fall when school starts, with the rainy season beginning I would say in mid to late November and going on through to April or so.

    Bang for the buck

    For me, who is an environmental science major, Humboldt State is a great campus and offers just what I need. The school has a strong focus on what I'm majoring in, and the natural environment up there is unbeatable.

    What to do for fun

    A lot of people here complain that there is a lack of things to do, and given that Arcata is not a big city (smallish town with Victorian houses), that's somewhat true. But if you go out and look for things you'll find them. There are various clubs on campus, and you're sure to find one the piques your interest. Right behind campus is a 600 acre redwood forest, and Redwoods National Park is only about half an hour north of campus. The hub of activity is definitely on the Arcata plaza, which is reminiscent of the plaza from Back to the Future and is about a 15 minute walk from campus. On it are various stores, restaurants, bars, and the oldest operating movie theater in the United States. The nearest mall is the Bayshore Mall, which is a 15 minute drive to the next city south (Eureka). Every Saturday during the non-rainy season there is a farmer's market on the plaza. Given the area on the North Coast and the natural beauty available, it is a good place to do outdoor events. The school's rec department offers backpacking, kayaking, and other trips year round. I've gone to the local beaches for bonfires with friends, and also hiking with friends is fun to do. Also, there are various acts booked year round in the campus Van Duzer Theater.

    Food and Dining

    There is one dining hall on campus, the J, which primarily serves the Canyon and Hill dorms. The food here isn't bad and is the cheapest place on campus to eat. In the middle of campus you'll find the Depot. While the food here is good and is generally busy, it is probably the most expensive place on campus to eat. At the bottom of campus there is the College Creek marketplace and there is another marketplace at the very far end of campus by the BSS building.

    Dorm Life

    The people are friendly and the facilities are nice. Avoid the Hill unless you are a freshman. Upperclassmen usually gravitate towards the Campus Apartments or the College Creek Apartments. From my experience of living on campus for a year, there are few to no events put on for the dorm community itself, although there are various councils you can join if you so desire. The main thing with living on campus is the convenience of being close so close to classes, and that everyone who you live with is of course a student at the school.

    Academic Rigor

    The focus of this school is on the natural sciences, and the offerings in this department shine. If you want to take a class in Forestry or in Botany, this is the place to do it. Not all of the teacher's I've had were equally academically rigorous, but I did feel that I learned something from all of my classes. I went to community college before transferring to Humboldt, and the academics here are certainly greater than at the community college level. However, I'm also sure that the academics aren't up to par to a school like UCLA or something like that. I'd say that the academics are probably comparable to all the other cal states, with the school's emphasis being on the natural sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely suggest visiting the campus before deciding to come here. The school's website seems very enticing, but the area up here is simply not like the area where most students come from (big cities). It's remote and secluded among the redwood trees. Arcata is a relatively small city. The campus itself isn't huge (takes maybe 15 minutes from end to end), but the campus is built on a mountainsisde and so is also known as Hills and Stairs University. However, I strongly recommend a visit before coming here. There's a good percentage of people who come here for a semester or two and then don't come back. I like the area, but due to the seclusion and all it's definitely not for everyone. I recommend visiting during the Spring Preview each spring, although you can of course visit anytime you want to.

    In three sentences

    The natural beauty up here with the redwood forest is really unsurpassed. I feel the school is a good choice academically for those in the natural sciences (which is what I am doing and is a major reason I chose to go there). Finally, the community itself is lively, and there are almost always people on the plaza doing something or other.

  • 03/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Dont ever give up. The teachers here are here for you and will get you through whatever you need help with.

    Bang for the buck

    ughh.. bang for the buck? I dont think school should be as expensive as it is but i guess humboldt is worth it all.

    Am enjoying being here

    i love it here, its an amazing place its just not that diverse as you would think it is.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot, once I got here i noticed that I am more focused since I am so far away.

  • 10/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want answers to their questions, not just lectures with 200 people sitting around them. People who like to be friendly and welcoming. They like at least seeing the natural world, and don't mind the rain. The land is truly magical here; don't ignore it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want when you come here. Because the campus is really like its own little town, it's easy to get drawn into what everyone else is doing. You need to have goals, as you should no matter where you go, or it will be easy to fall off of the path you need to be on. And join clubs! They help kill the time and you really feel like your part of something worthwhile.

    Bang for the buck

    Your getting a great setting and great classes at a pretty reasonable cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is my first year and I am 8 hours away from my family, dealing with a roommate that I don't really fit with, and having moved down here not knowing a soul. The friends I have made are very nice and I'm not having a bad time, I am just ready to visit my family and best friends.

    Am learning a lot

    Humboldt offers a wide variety of classes and programs to choose from and the professors are all well-versed in their areas of expertise. The smaller class sizes also make it easier to have your questions clarified.

  • 06/14/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are really outdoorsy, like recycling , meeting new people, and are accepting of all types of people, this university is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, and make sure you pay attention to the posted deadlines. If you miss even one deadline, your in big trouble.

    Bang for the buck

    Im an out of state student and I was entered into the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program which took care of most of my costs.

    Will enjoy being here

    Apparently it rains alot which I am going to love because Ive been living in a desert for the last six years. The ocean is ridiculously close to campus, theres plenty of places for hiking, mountain biking, or anything else you could possibly want to do.

    Will learn a lot

    Humboldt has one of the largest biology programs in California. Most of the people I have talked to love the program and learn tons.

  • 08/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who love the beach to surf, boogie board, body board, play in the sand, etc. The beach is only about 15 to 20 minutes away, its within walking distance, biking distance and of course driving distance. If you love to hike, there are many different places around the area and even on campus to hike, so grab a group of friends your first week there and go out on a hike! The football field just got re-turfed so football games are going to be a blast, basketball games are so much fun to go to and softball is exciting to watch, because their field is right next to the redwoods and its a beautiful backdrop to an exciting softball game. Humboldt is so versatile, it has something for everyone and I recommend that you seriously consider attending!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Humboldt with an open mind, because if you come in with a predetermined opinion about the school, you will miss out on so much that it has to offer and that is truly unfortunate.

    Bang for the buck

    Humboldt State is still on of the cheapest places to go to college. It is really a steal going there because I went to private school for high school and HSU is actually cheaper than my private school was and it is in no way inferior to my high school. In fact, the science labs have so many cool visuals and displays to use to help you understand a certain concept and the teachers are so amazing in helping you learn something new each class.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is so pretty, even in the winter! It's so green and every time you walk around, you notice something new, whether its a tree you haven't seen before, or a beautiful flower that blossomed just the other day, there is always something new in nature to admire on campus. In the quad, there are always tables about some exciting club or ski trip to go on, there are the sororities and fraternities recruiting if you are into those things, and there are just genuinely nice people walking around. The Depot has the best breakfast burritos that I have ever had, and the J is a really fun place to eat all your meals at, because all the freshman are there and it is a good opportunity to meet new people and socialize with someone new every day! The dorms are another place that you can't avoid making new friends, you get to spend every day and night hanging out with your best friends! It is really hard to get lost on campus, and the buildings are within 10 minutes walking distance so you will also have a hard time being late to classes that are 10 minutes apart from each other. I love walking around campus and watching campus life happening, its really exciting to observe.

    Am learning a lot

    I am going into my Junior year and I have almost completed my General Education classes. I am excited to get past this milestone, but at the same time I am really going to miss taking classes that are not applicable to my major, but where I learn so much about the real world and things that I can apply to my everyday life. I took the required communications class and I absolutely loved it even though I have never been a huge fan of public speaking, there was so much interesting history about the art of rhetoric and my classmates all had such intriguing speech topics that I learned a lot from as well. I took a couple history classes, one about the United States from 1877 to the present and one on Rock and Roll as an American Music and I did not think that I would love them as much as I did. I have always just gotten by history in school before, but in these classes I could not wait for the next class period so that I could soak up even more information than the class before. The teachers are so amazing at the way they present the information; it's not a boring lecture, its a fun, interactive way of learning and even if you try not to learn anything from them, they will surprise you and you'll walk away in shock from how much information you soaked up without even trying!

  • 08/02/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    If you like small schools, one on one time with the teachers and the environment, the this is the school for you

    Bang for the buck

    This school is very inexpensive and you get a lot more one on one action with the teachers.

    Will enjoy being here

    The environment is great, people are friendly and a lot to be done whenever.

    Will learn a lot

    The classes there are very diverse and even some of the classes are held outside.

  • 08/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you grew up in Santa Cruz and just want to get out of the house for college, this is a perfect place. If you want a slower pace at life and want a more chill setting, this is your place. If you are outdoorsy, love hiking, rock climbing, fishing, kayaking, this is definitely your new home.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to go outside, even though its cloudy doesn't mean you have to be a home body.

    Bang for the buck

    Due to the budget crisis and all of that yucky economic crap, the school tuition has gone up. We even had a rally in protest to all of this, but the rent and food prices around here aren't that bad for a small town. You should do some research on the actual numbers.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. Since the campus is smaller, you have an easier time asking the teachers for help or asking the kids in your class to start a study group, trust me I'm pretty shy when it comes to those things, but I still feel comfortable. The town that the school is in is cute and there are things to do, you just have to go on an adventure.

    Am learning a lot

    Like any school there is a hit or miss when it comes to teachers, but for the most part I will have 1 bad teacher for the semester but have 3 great ones. The teachers here really love the topic they are working with.

  • 08/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you want to experience something new, into the outdoors, GO GREEN (into recycling), and, oh.... love cold weather then this place is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember to manage your time wisely. Create study groups. & check in with your professors about your performance in class.

    Bang for the buck

    Living off-campus has saved me a lot of money. Renting textbooks has helped a lot. Loans are never fun when paying back, so, if you need it take the loan if not then return or save it for next semester because you'll know how much financial aid will be cut back.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being surrounded in a small active community. I feel that there is a lot of opportunities for college students to in get involve within the community.

    Am learning a lot

    I learned a lot more enrolled in a small diverse class.

  • 10/21/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 20 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that like cold weather (especially the rain), like being around nature, don't mind it being quiet and students who don't mind being a little far from the city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused on your school work, Dont get side tracked with the college party life.

    Bang for the buck

    of course!

    Will enjoy being here

    Yes! great student body. Very welcoming and their is always something to do on campus so you'll never be bored

    Will learn a lot

    Yes, staff is very helpful

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    upd is great and always available for assistance when needed. there are strategically placed blue lights available around campus that provide direct contact with an officer who will know exactly where you are when the light is pushed to help from an emergency to providing you a ride to your car if you feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    greek life is available with about 4-5 sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are tons of clubs available for anyone to join and if you don't feel like any of them are for you, you can start your own if you have enough people to join you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    our mascot is the lumberjack, however we do not have a real lumberjack at games and what not. we do have the marching lumberjacks, a type of school marching band, who provide awesome school spirit as they march around and play fun and exciting songs.

    What to do for fun

    the forest is our backyard here at humboldt, so there are plenty of beautiful walks and hikes in your future. the beaches are less than a 20 minute drive from campus or an hour bike ride if you wish. our gym along with other places in town has a climbing rock-wall that many students enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    the main dining hall has a variety of food available daily, a salad bar and cereal bar that is always available. sandwiches made to your order during lunch along with hot food. also, there are a variety of vegan and vegetarian options that are made available for those that want it. other dining areas include more of a fast food type available and also a grocery store type.

    Dorm Life

    most freshmen enjoy the dorms because they can connect with other first year students and begin making friends there. there are dorms specified for those that like outdoor activities, those that like the quiet, newer dorms that are set up like small apartments, then the traditional dorms where everyone knows everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    the professors want students to excel and because it is a smaller campus, they are able to provide help when needed. general ed classes can get big, but does not limit the teachers ability to teach effectively. major classes challenge you and as long as you stay on top of homework the information is stimulating.

    Tips for prospective students

    this school is located in a small community, so if you are accustomed to big city lights and huge shopping malls and don't think you can go without it, i suggest visiting the school before canceling it out because it may just surprise you. it rains a lot, but that's what rain gear is for. if you love trees, the forest is our backyard!

    In three sentences

    this school is a great place where you feel welcomed, accepted, and important. the professors care and want you to succeed in your classes and in life. overall, this school and town allow for the opportunity to grow as a student and as an adult, but it is up to us to take it.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are police call boxes all over the campus where you can call a University Police Officer for assistance. They are always on campus if you feel threatened in any way.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that are chill and looking for some adventure in the world! Humboldt is its own little sanctuary that is locked away from the world. It can only be truly appreciated by the right people. People who genuinely love and respect nature.

    What to do for fun

    There were plently of bonfires, beach trips, hikes, kayaking, white water rafting, and ski trips that CenterActivities puts on. All you have do is sign up. Theres also the mall in Eureka, and anything else the forest or marsh have to offer for you!

    Food and Dining

    The J, or Jolly Giant Commons was pretty good. It had a huge variety of food, complete with vegetarian and vegan options. They recently remodeled their salad bar and grill and incorporate a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables as well. There is also the Depot where you can get more expensive foods, and also the South Campus Market. The market is more of a convinece store if you are a freshman and cannot make it to say Target or CVS.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was pretty great! However it depends of where you live. I lived in Cypress Hall where it was very quiet, just what I had asked for. They really fit your needs when you apply for housing as a freshman. I made some of my best friends I have to this day because of living with them there.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a Sociology major in my second year, I would say that the work load is relatively easy because of the general ed's. However I do have friends that are Botany, Wildlife, and Environmental Conservation majors. They have told me that persuing a major in the sciences is pretty difficult from their freshman year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips would be that if you are not that much into the rain, it may effect your overall experience at the university. Plenty of students have left because they had come from Southern California and were not ready for the weather. Another tip is to really communicate with your professors. These professors have a lower student to professor ratio, so there is no reason that you should not communicate with them. Some become the greatest of friends and mentors!

    In three sentences

    I feel that Humboldt State is a very great school for anyone who is looking to have intimate relationships with both their peers and professors. There is such a positive vibe that is felt when attending school there because of the people. The main reason may be that it is unlike any flashy school you might expect from the California State University system.

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Its cheap.

    Am enjoying being here

    Lack of things to do besides what Humboldt is known for.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are really easy and hardly challenging.

  • 12/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Environmental lovers

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep yourself busy, volunteer, find a part time job, create a new hobby try new things and keep your head up!

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy being in active communities, those who are looking for field work and excellent laboratory work in botany, wildlife, engineering, and environment studies, and students who work better in smaller classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school offers a smaller community where you will be sure to gain strong relationships with your professor. This school is known for its impressive science facilities and majors. The school also has an impressive music department. I have been given great opportunities by the English department faculty to improve my education and prepare myself for graduate school. If you do not mind rainy weather, enjoy smaller classes, and would love to carry your studies beyond the university and into the extreme wilderness we have as our backyard, then this is the school for you.

    Bang for the buck

    The entire CSU system has become a victim to the California State budget crisis. Although our tuition has increased, along with all the other state universities, I feel Humboldt State has done its best to keep its educational value intact with an impressive series of research resources funded for the students as well as continuing to host educational lectures and panels from all over the globe.

    Am enjoying being here

    The local community of Arcata in Humboldt county has proven to be one that promotes individual and community growth. The university has been a very enthusiastic environment for its students to work in. I have enjoyed the student communities as well as the relationships I have built with my professors. I am extremely grateful for the relationships between the departments that help make every class reach beyond the individual disciplinary boundaries.

    Am learning a lot

    My undergraduate studies have supplied me with a well rounded education in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Although I am about to complete my B.A. degree in English, I have a basic understanding of botany, philosophy, sociology, American Sign Language, political science, and geology.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    outdoor types, artistic/creative students (the outdoors/campus can be a great muse), and students into wildlife and animals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    humboldt state lies in the small town of arcata, which has so much character packed into it, i'm surprised it is still so small. there are farmers markets and small concerts in the center of town every weekend, and some holidays are a town-wide celebration!

    What to do for fun

    outdoor adventures! hiking, rock climbing, cycling, bonfires, surfing, kayaking, fishing, and backpacking are just some of the choices of things to do around humboldt - and the campus offers these as guided activities as well!

    Food and Dining

    for cafeteria food, it's not terrible. there are lots of vegan and vegetarian options all over campus, and they are big on organic and gluten-free foods.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is fun! there are different groups of people depending on where you live, so you can always find somewhere to fit in. things are made easier when living on campus - you meet great friends, too!

    Academic Rigor

    schoolwork can be tough, but professors are always eager to help in any way possible - they want us to learn, rather than drown us in work!

    Tips for prospective students

    get your walking shoes on! the campus is made of hills and stairs - it is a good walk to any class. and be sure to take advantage of all that humboldt county has to offer - there is so much life and so many outdoor activities to partake in!

    In three sentences

    it is an absolutely beautiful campus with all kinds of life in its students and faculty as well as in the forests and beaches around it. campus staff are friendly and helpful. it is my getaway college, and i love it here.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I'm loving it gotta have safety top priority.

    Greek Life

    Interested in joining a fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ready to join like two clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Yes keeps students out of trouble and keeps them busy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The dorm room is where I'll be or on that football field.

    Bang for the buck

    Play football interested in joining the football team all four years.

    What to do for fun

    Sports and Clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    Good healthy food I'm gonna love it.

    Dorm Life

    Looks nice can't wait to test the beds.

    Academic Rigor

    I ready for anything on the next level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get them good grades it's going to be fun later on down the road but do good your four years in high school cause hard work pays off.

    In three sentences

    Rate:10 It's cool atmosphere. Want to study on computer science. I love football so gonna join team were going to win all games.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Sciences

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fish Hatchery and 90' research Vessel for undergrads

    What to do for fun

    Fish, Hunt, Surf, Hike, Moutainbike

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of what is available, you can tailor your program to fit your interests.

    In three sentences

    Best kept secret in California. Hands on, and great professors.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Everything you need for health if ill. Easy to get around. Traffice is resonable light. Lots of bikes. Very safe

    Greek Life

    Diverse frat environemnt. Best sororities around. Many give back to the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of frat houses. Clubs from art to sports very diverse. Intermural sports and campus events weekly

    Great for these types of students

    Environmental interested students. Students who love cool weather and diverse campus population. Students who like a small campus and don't want to have a car.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campus is near the California Redwoods. Located on a bay. Sits right near the ocean.

    Bang for the buck

    Resonable for a California College. Grants, loans and scholarships are plentiful. My parents love it!

    What to do for fun

    The redwoods are awesome. Great recreaction near the ocean. Plenty to do in Eureka

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of variety. Cost is resonable. You'll never go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Great area close to everything. Great opportunities to find a compatable roommate. Variety of areas you can live in!

    Academic Rigor

    High expectation from instructors. You'll need to be focused and disciplined. Make sure you find time to stude

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to be chalenged and hear plenty of different viewpoints on the world and the role a graduate will play. Get ready to have a great time! Be ready to be challenged

    In three sentences

    A very progressive school focused on environmental advances and natural resources. Diverse cultural student body with a rich learning environemnt. Located in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe. We have our own university police who do patrols. There are also emergency buttons that you can push if you feel like you are in danger and the UPD will come to assist you in a few minuets.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is not too expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of outdoor activities and events on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is a good variety of food and many healthy choices.

    Dorm Life

    Every one in the dorm is nice. There is a very friendly atmosphere there and they are all furnished nicely.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a science major and the science classes are pretty hard but you can pass if you do your homework and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for your classes ahead of time so you are not rushed the first day. Stay on top of your assignments and readings.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt has a very welcoming attitude meaning there is little to no judgment no matter who you are or what you are wearing. The school is very helpful and has many resources that can help you not only for your classes but also for getting use to living on your own. The campus s really easy to get around once you get use to it which only takes a few days.

  • 03/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 117

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Just about anything outdoors-y. Hiking, rock climbing, yoga, biking, you name it!

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the things that sets HSU apart from other universities is Humboldt's outstanding commitment to toward forward-thinking, progressive philosophies and policies. For example, the innovative policy to offer free filtered water: A straight-forward solution eliminating the otherwise ubiquitous plastic water bottle.

    In three sentences

    HSU stands out as a leader for environmental responsibility, ethics, education, and stewardship of our planet. HSU offers not just schooling, but real education. It is not just a place of learning, but of discovery.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Besides bicycles getting stolen, there is very minimal violence on campus. Im a female and I have walked through campus alone at 3 in the morning and felt very safe. The only violence that happens in the Arcata community is usually between homeless people. There are a lot of transients in Arcata, and that should not bother you if you come here.

    Greek Life

    the frats and sororities that do exist have little to no involvement in campus life and are practically non-existent.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs usually have 2-5 people in them total. Not very involving at all. There are tons of on campus activities that happen every week, take advantage of them, they are a blast.

    Great for these types of students

    friendly, outgoing, open-minded, adventurous, willing to step outside of the box. The school is not competitive academically!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Greek life is dead. There is a circus club on campus with jugglers and fire poi. They even go to house parties to perform with burning hula hoops and fire jugglers. Tons of unusual things to do in Arcata as well, it's a really fun experimental place.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you put out. There are many resources to take advantage of, if only you go out and find them. Be sure to visit the career center, the writing/learning center for free essay help, and meet with your adviser and department chair. HSU holds lunch and dinner events to meet faculty, and it is important at this school to know your professors. Accept the free tutoring in the library, it will save you a lot of money.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, hike, rock climb at the gym, swim in the pool, watch movies at the library, go to college parties at night (the houses are packed wall to wall with people!) A lot of people smoke weed here, but don't let the herb get in the way of your education. Arcata is a tiny town, but there is much to do. There are tons of live performances, many of them free, like poetry slams and open mics. Take advantage of it!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is good for a college campus. The J dining hall gives you the best value for your food, but is the lowest quality. If you can help it, get a bigger meal plan than you would expect you need, because the portions here tend to be small.

    Dorm Life

    If you are a first time freshman, live on campus. There is nothing like it! I made great friends and had an amazing time! The housing is competitive though, so apply for it early. There is quite a lot of pot smoking in the dorms, but people are frequently busted by RAs and university police. Don't take the chance. The rules is three strikes and your out, and I saw more than a handful of people get kicked out.

    Academic Rigor

    You definitely have to apply yourself, but if you did well in high school, you will succeed here. Do not miss classes, because participation can count as a third of your grade. It's not all about the test scores, it's about the effort you put in and your attitude. In some ways, grades are given in the same fashion as high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded, DON'T MISS CLASS, do all the work. Professors only uses midterm and final scores for around 15-30 percent of your grade. The rest is all the work you turn in for the semester, your attitude, and participation.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State is a great school for friendly, open-minded, relaxed people. The social life is awesome, but the academics are not rigorous at all. Science programs are the strongest.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always feel safe

    Clubs and Activities

    Curious Club!!! Need I say more!?!?!

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy people

    Bang for the buck

    I enjoy every minute on campus

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, beach, farmers market, zoo, the marsh

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good food!

    Dorm Life

    Great! I got to know so many different people! Also learned new and interesting things!

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you try you will succeed!

    Tips for prospective students

    Some one who enjoys the outdoors and is open to different people. Loves the rain!

    In three sentences

    Its Great! Has the best learning atmosphere. Classes are held inside and outside the class room.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Open minded. There's a lot of weird people around (the so called hippies, hula-hoopers, zumba in the quad, and about 80% of the student body being high most of the time).

    Bang for the buck

    Winco is the place to go grocery shopping at!

    What to do for fun

    There is so many outdoor activities! There is a lot of beautiful hiking areas in the forest or near the beaches. The campus is surrounded by Redwoods so if you have a break you can take a quick walk through the forest to clear your head. Also, there's extreme frisbee in the forest which is really popular. The beaches are nice when the sun comes out but the water is still too chilly and too dangerous to swim in. There are lagoons to kayak in. There's shopping in Eureka (not much to boast about though), there's a lot of celebrations and parties. There's plenty of bars in Arcata but there's no real night life downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria (The J) is equivalent to eating at a Denny's. The food looks good and feels good going down, but you always feel a little funny afterwards. There are a lot of other places to get food on campus like at The Depot but eating healthy gets expensive. If you plan to eat on campus invest in their J points which gives you ~30% off the prices of food. I prefer to bring food with me on campus or during my breaks go home and whip something up real quick.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live on campus, but what I have heard has not made me regret my decision in the slightest. I have a quiet and clean place a mile off campus and I can walk to school in 15 minutes. From what I have been told, the dorms are loud, dirty, full of drama, and too expensive. Although, if you are not outgoing in your classes it will be hard to make friends and living in the dorms is a quick and easy way to meet friends.

    Academic Rigor

    For the size of the school, HSU does good with what it's got. I have gotten to know all of my professors and it pays off. In my opinion, small class sizes are an asset. However, because it is a smaller school it can only get you so far in some areas. It seems like most people transfer out and finish up at another school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for rain, rain and more rain! Try and bring waterproof jackets and shoes. even when it's not raining there's intense fog and dampness. Don't get me wrong- there is some sunshine and 70 degrees will start feeling like a hot summer day to you. You will get wet, and you will probably get dirty.

    In three sentences

    Here you get to have smaller classes, know your professors, ask a lot of questions, and get to be part of a close-knit community. It is a good school for environmental sciences and ocean sciences. If you can get past the heavy go green campaigners then you will get a long fine here.

  • 07/21/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs that help make the campus life comfortable.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are out doors men and who love to hike.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are no unusual traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    Its very in expensive and is really convient for your financial needs.

    What to do for fun

    For fun i workout and party.

    Food and Dining

    The food there is good and very nutritious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very fun to be in and can be quite the party scene.

    Academic Rigor

    Class sizes are small and are very well rounded for students who need extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Coming into to Humboldt your experience is what you make it.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State is a beautiful college for people who like wild life.

  • 07/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    For what its worth the entire time I have been here has been amazing. Ranging from the classes to peoples attitude around town. However I would really recommend living off campus.

    What to do for fun

    The bus system in the area can take students to different towns which opens up doors for movies and other activities. Otherwise I would say that there is a lot of campus activities that students make.

    Food and Dining

    I also eat off campus by making my own meals. But the food in the cafeteria is average or worse depending on what is being served.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but from what I've heard living on campus can either be a great experience or not. However, if it really gets bad there are dorm advisers there to help.

    Academic Rigor

    If you study and go to class daily the homework and studying will go by faster. Otherwise the academics here aren't too rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to go to class and study as much as possible. If it is possible to live off campus do, because the cost of living will be a lot cheaper than living on campus. But getting a job on campus will be an advantage to have as well.

    In three sentences

    The campus gives off friendly vibes, and the offices there are helpful and give off the impression of wanting to help the student. I have found myself going to the financial aid office for help and receiving the help needed, as well as help for credit transfer. When it comes to classes, from what I have taken, professors are insightful and the material taught sticks.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 117

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    What I do for fun is mainly art. I am an artist and I always love to draw. But usually on the weekends I like to go out and party and kick it with my brothers here on campus. I usually am always with my brothers. We play basketball, we go out to eat, play football, we pretty much do it all. I love being around people for fun to because they always talk about going out to eat or finding out about the next best party.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is average for me. It's not the best and it's not the worst. The depot usually has the best food on campus but is also very pricey. The J is the cheapest food and dining place on campus and that's usually where everybody goes for dinner. There are alot of places that you can get food on campus such as vending machines, library cafe, and the college creek marketplace. The food outside of campus is very good. They have a ton of eat out places that you can go to that has burgers, pizza, ice cream, you name it. They have alot of spots that stay open pretty late for all the party people that go to HSU.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so much fun. From meeting people to going out, the dorm life is the place to be if you're either very sociable or outgoing. The facilities on campus aren't the best, but meeting new people and going out with your suite mates or room mates is alot of fun. If you're a freshman I highly recommend that you stay on campus because you're new on campus and it would be very hard for you to know your way around the town if you haven't been here before. I love the dorm life its fun and very easy to get around campus when you live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here at HSU are pretty good. The top three majors here at HSU are marine biology, art, and either forestry or English. With the class sizes being small there is a lot of opportunities to have study groups and to go talk and have a good relationship with your teachers. If you are on top of your grades and you show the teacher or professor that you really want to be there they are always willing to help you. That's what they are there for. Always go visit and talk with them on there offices hours, they always want to help and they always want to see a student be on top of his grade and his studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do everything for yourself don't get caught up in what everybody else may be doing. If you are here to get your education then come here and do that. Make sure that you are on top of your finances at all times. With classes here at Humboldt State, they are very small, so you have to take care of that opportunity to always talk and have a good relationship with your professors. Dorm life is very fun you get to meet alot of people from different places, cultures, and backgrounds. Meeting people with such friendly attitudes it makes it that much better to come to HSU. One more thing is to study!!!! Always study, be on top of your classes make sure that you make the best time here for yourself academically and socially.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus and beautiful surroundings with the rain forest and the beach right next to each other. Very diverse with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Mostly everybody that attends Humboldt State University is very sociable and friendly.

  • 08/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus security are basically police officers. You couldn't be any safer, not that there are may threats there to begin with. Everyone is so friendly there.

    Greek Life

    Not really my thing, so I don't a lot of input.

    Clubs and Activities

    You really have to search and dig to find the clubs, they don't really sell themselves a lot.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love nature, farmland, diversity, small everything, hills, stairs, and rain, then this is the college for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well, all of Humboldt is an unusual place.

    What to do for fun

    What is there not to do?? You can go on endless hikes, go to visit the multiple beaches we have. Visit the plaza and be entertained by the many characters you will see. You can see movies at a very small theater. Yoga, tree climbing and so much more!

    Food and Dining

    After the first 2 weeks, I started to miss beans. Enough said.

    Dorm Life

    If your looking to study, all I can say is Sunset and Redwood Halls are not the places to be. But they are the dorms where you will meet a lot of people your first year. I loved where I lived!

    Academic Rigor

    I love the the fact the most one of my classes had was about 126 students, which is a little bit compared to other colleges. Teachers will make you think outside of your own realm and really think about why your in college. They will challenge you and accept any challenges back.

    Tips for prospective students

    I cannot stress this enough! Be mindful of the people you choose to hang around with and call your friends. Choose people that have the same goals and aspirations as you do, doesn't matter if you have the same major or not. If you choose the wrong people, instead of pushing you to do your best, they will bring you down. Remember why your at college in the first place, yes, it doesn't hurt to have a little fun, but if fun is the only thing on your mind then college is not right for you just yet. Make goals for yourself and keep to them. If you don't like reading, you best start to and quick, because that is basically what college is A LOT of reading. But, most importantly, keep true to yourself and what you believe in.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State University is a world of diversity, with something new to learn on every corner. The peace this campus transcends to a person can not only be seen and felt, but touched. Education will not only come from inside the class, but outside as well.

  • 10/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Ive never felt unsafe. There is a police station in the middle of campus.

    Greek Life

    Im not really sure.

    Clubs and Activities

    EVERTHING!

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoor types healthy eaters LGBT community members

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a bar with beer on tap in the middle of campus...great for after an exam!

    Bang for the buck

    go to HSU!

    What to do for fun

    Rock climb, tree climb, salmon fishing, hiking, canoeing, sit in the sun, and frisbee golf!

    Food and Dining

    The food is not bad. Good selection for vegans too.

    Dorm Life

    I've never been in the dorms. I've always lived off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are a science major, then you will work hard and learn a lot of amazing things! There are many professors who like to have class outdoors on nice days!

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring good rain gear, especially for the winter/spring!

    In three sentences

    There are huge redwood trees, beaches, wildlife viewing, and other natural beauties! Best place in the country to find organic/ locally grown foods! The professors are amazing and the people are great and open to whoever you are!

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are a wide variety of clubs on campus, if there is something that you are interested in, more than likely you will find a club that matches your interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Humboldt is great for students who enjoy the outdoors and who don't mind not having the sun around a whole lot since there is often fog and clouds.

    What to do for fun

    The main things to do for fun at Humboldt are to either go hiking in the forests or to go to the beach.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is really pretty good. There is a fresh fruit and salad bar everyday, and most of the vegetables are locally grown.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is really good. The buildings are all really nice and there are a large variety of dorms to choose from. As a student you get the opportunity to choose both your room and your roommates. I would definitely suggest getting to know the people in your building.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are not very difficult, the amount of difficulty all depends on how large of a course load that you take. If you ever do have any trouble though, the professors are very approachable and willing to help and there are also various resources available on campus for help in classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest visiting any college that you plan on applying to, visiting the campus helps you know better if you think you would fit in and enjoy the environment of the campus. I would also suggest visiting the campus to get a feel of what the weather is like, to be warned there is a lot of clouds and fog.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State is a beautiful campus surrounded by the beautiful redwoods. Humboldt is full of very friendly and unique people. The University has professors who care about their students and want them to succeed.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    I believe we have 180 clubs, not to sure about the number, but there is a lot! You can also make your own club, but there's rules and paperwork for that.

    What to do for fun

    With your HSU card you ride free on the bus. You can go to Trinidad for the beach, or Eureka for the Bay, Target, Costco, the zoo, the theater, etc. You can also walk to the Plaza in Arcata and see all the vintage type of stores. The Bayshore mall is also accessible via the bus. Lastly, talk a walk/hike through the forest!!

    Food and Dining

    Foods good, but the meal plan can be a bit pricey. You have to spend your J points wisely, or else you will run out and have to buy more points. For all incoming freshman that are going to live on campus have to purchase a meal plan. The best part is that if you live on the 1-4 floors you'll be closer to the Jolly commons cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    I currently dorm in Cypress, and I am very pleased with my choice. Its very peaceful and quite, but there's times when people just want to blast music and have a good time. We have the Cypress lawn which movies and certain events are held. Cypress is only for double and single rooms and the suites are for 10 people. I've had a good experience so far, and get along with my suite mates. The only bad thing is that cypress has a lot of stairs to get to the campus. Well, in general Humboldt has stairs and hill all over, but its a good thing because you'll do exercise everyday.

    Academic Rigor

    Well, I'm just a freshman and currently trying to do my GE classes and some of my major classes, so I wouldn't have much to tell you. I'm in the Biological Sciences department and so far liking it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to live on campus so you can try to adjust to your new school and city. You'll meet new people, staff, and see what Humboldt has to offer. You'll feel welcome and fit right in.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus and the friendliest people you meet here. As some of you might know we have the Redwood Forest in our backyard, and very green too. The campus isn't huge like other colleges, so it's way easier to get to your next class.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safee.

    Greek Life

    nonexistence

    Clubs and Activities

    Hsu snowjacks is the best club ever. if you snowboard and like to have fun, i'd join it.

    Great for these types of students

    for people that like to chill, occasionally party but are still into there studies. and for people that like overcast weather.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go find cool places in the forest to hangout at, there are tons.

    Bang for the buck

    Its worth your money.

    What to do for fun

    Go hiking, go to the beach, explore, downtown Arcata always has a bunch of things going on.

    Food and Dining

    It's yummy. The food that they serve is nice because it always cooked for you, so it makes your life easier.

    Dorm Life

    If your an incoming freshmen, defiantly stay at the hill, either sunset or redwood. Its the funnest place to stay and you will meet a ton of new people within your first week there.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is good.

    Tips for prospective students

    If humboldt has your intended major, go there.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt is a really pretty school, and has a ton to offer. It's a very environmentally friendly school, which is what this world needs. Humboldt is also not a huge school, so you get to know a lot of people and the teachers on a first name basis.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I haven't heard of anything too crazy happen, just a couple theft stories of people getting stuff stolen. Never has anyone gotten stabbed, shot, or jumped for being a person of a certain ethnicity, race, or gang involvement.

    Greek Life

    I am pretty sure frats are a new part of the school and Greek life isn't that big of a deal, but we still have frats and sororities if you want to be part of that.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a part of the lacrosse club and I've met a lot of great guys and have been improving my game. We don't care if you've been playing for 5 years or haven't played at all. Everyone is there to help each other out and hopefully get some wins in the process!

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoor people, hippies, surfers, skaters

    Bang for the buck

    I feel going to Humboldt State is saving me lots of money, and transferring out from a community college has also helped me out financially. What I like about Humboldt is that your still getting the same degree as a kid who is going to a school like USC you just aren't paying as much for your education.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of outdoor activities, because there are lots of hiking trails near campus. People enjoy rock climbing and bouldering. Our gym on campus has a rock climbing wall in it. There is a skatepark right next to campus that people like to shred. The beach is a ten minute drive so if you surf you can do that, or just have a nice bonfire with friends. There are also concerts on and off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright, it has its days where the pork is terrible and the breakfast sausage could be improved. They do have great sandwiches and burritos.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun, being a transfer student I get to finally experience it. Living on campus was a good call and I have met a lot of great people in the process.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on what your doing. I recently switched from Biology to Business, but I still have study hard for certain classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, but most importantly study hard! You should be putting at least a couple hours into a subject a day. Don't be afraid to ask questions, because most likely another student has that same question.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State University is a beautiful secluded school located in the forests of northern California. Everyone is nice to each other because it's such a small community. The teachers and faculty members are all great people.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel same at my campus and the lit up security polls helps me feel confident that there's someone ready to help.

    Greek Life

    I'm not personally involved but I have seen posters and club announcements around campus

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a large amount of extracurricular activities available to students such as rock climbing, fencing, mountain biking and the list goes on...

    Great for these types of students

    Environmental Studies/Sciences majors and for those who are looking to cleanse their lives of grey smog in exchange for fresh, damp and sustainable living.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I really think the campus location makes the city look like child's toy blocks. The forest RIGHT behind campus is so green and beautiful that I can't help but walk through their almost daily.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm paying $540/mo for a studio in Eureka with a cat but if you don't have a fury friend, you'll have a better chance of finding a cheaper place to live.

    What to do for fun

    Wish you had a car/bike. Yes there is public transportation and BEAUTIFUL forest and beaches close by, but some of the best spots are a bit far from where I live.

    Food and Dining

    Epic and often organic. There's a large selection of organic and fresh foods so that the students can make choices to improve their health.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus and it's great!

    Academic Rigor

    I'm only a freshman so so far, it's not so bad :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Read Everything! Go to class. Ask questions. Take advantage of the office hours. Read it all again.

    In three sentences

    The forest is perfect to clear one's mind of the struggles of a college life. There's plenty of office hours to help students clarify anything they didn't understand in class. And, the student's energy towards their education is motivating.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    i see you have a snowboarding club, do you also have an alpine ski club?

    Food and Dining

    it made me give a rating even though i haven't been to the school yet.

    Dorm Life

    it made me give a rating even though i haven't been to the school yet.

    Academic Rigor

    it made me give a rating even though i haven't been to the school yet.

    In three sentences

    i want to study marine/environmental science and in doing preliminary research humboldt seems like it would be perfect for me, but i am hearing from others that the vast percentage of students are pot smokers and that there is even a pot smoking day. i am laid back but i am not into that or other drugs and am afraid if i went there that i might not make many friends who don't smoke pot. is this really the reality at humboldt?

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the university has its own police station. there are police assistance stations at the entrance to every building and parking lot on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is on the lower side for a university, but the cost of living is a bit on the higher side (rent, food, gas, fun stuff).

    What to do for fun

    campus museum, headliners visit campus frequently, surfing, the river, snow (short ride inland).

    Food and Dining

    great on or off campus.

    Dorm Life

    keep your time here short. find a room mate and rent a campus apartment or better yet off campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    join as many study groups as you can, because the classes are hard. you will love the classes anyway.

    In three sentences

    humboldt has some of the best professors i have ever studied from. watch out for the financial aid office. double check all your paperwork, because they are ruthless.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are campus safety points all around campus where you can stop and push a button for help. also, you can call the campus security at all times, if you're having a late night at the library, or just need someone to walk you home to protect you.

    Greek Life

    at humboldt state you have the power to create your own fraternity and become a founding mother or father. there are plenty to chose from already, such as, kappa sigma, which has recently been established.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs here, such as, water polo, archery, martial arts club, photography, psychology, botany, dance, and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    humboldt state is great for students who love to interact with others, travel, hike, experience new things in a positive way, and learn in a small numbered class room (which can't be said for every college).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    protesting is usually held in the front quad by the bookstore, if and when it happens. an example of a protest held there is occupy humboldt.

    Bang for the buck

    humboldt state university is one of the cheaper universities to attend. on top of that, it has a quality, hands on, learning environment, that is worth the experience. there are tons of opportunities here that there may not be else where, such as studying in a beautiful place; among the redwoods of humboldt county.

    What to do for fun

    there are many things to do for fun, such as, hiking, going to the beach, joining clubs, walking to the plaza, hanging out with friends, going to the gym, or anything you find to be a good time. there are so many things to do in humboldt county.

    Food and Dining

    the food in the j and the depot are always well presented. sometimes on holidays such as thanksgiving, there are buffet's in the j in which they serve thanksgiving meals.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are a great place to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    the curriculum here is hard yet fair. success is not spoon fed to you, it's something you have to choose for yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    the best advice i can give to prospective students is to not get too involved in the party life and to study and work hard. you're paying a lot of money to get an education and that's not something you should take for granted. i'd also like to add that it's important to keep an open mind and to stay social, by joining clubs, and meeting new people. after all, being away from home can be exceptionally hard on some individuals and making new friends can help ease the stress.

    In three sentences

    humboldt state university is a great school for hands on learning, affiliating yourself for others who share the passions as you, and most importantly moving forward in life. at this school, the professors are genuinely fair in what they expect from you, yet at the same time still challenge you to learn things for yourself. i'd recommend humboldt state to anyone looking for a good place to expand their minds, and set themselves up for success.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    ewryhaesgk,fdrugssadahtkut

    Food and Dining

    gnarly.

    Dorm Life

    weird.

    Academic Rigor

    not much.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply. it's easy to get in.

    In three sentences

    it's really fab n stuff. l0v3s it

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i have never felt unsafe walking around campus or arcata at night. there are plenty of lights and public safety people. there has been a mugging since i started here, but compared to the crime situation at university of oregon, humboldt state university is a utopia of safety.

    Greek Life

    basically non-existent.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many different opportunities to get involved on campus at hsu. there are tons of different clubs, and organizations such as yes (youth educational services). that help to organize community service and volunteering.

    Great for these types of students

    academic study types who aren't into sports or partying. athletes who like scholarships but don't mind being on a mediocre team. outdoor enthusiasts who love to hike, backpack, kayak, mountain climb, or just about any outdoor activity. hippies who want to live closer to nature. country type folk who want to work on a ranch and drive a big truck.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    marching lumber jacks! an awesome funky marching band that plays anything from traditional band music to funky covers of madonna or bob marley.

    Bang for the buck

    not as expensive as most 4 year schools, but tuition is always rising.

    What to do for fun

    there is always downtown arcata, known locally as 'barcata,' because it is mostly college oriented bars. there are also better venues for concerts. two great small, local movie theatres. but, the best thing in humboldt is the opportunities to explore the natural surroundings of the university. there are so many trails in the old growth redwood forests, plenty of exploring to do.

    Food and Dining

    good variety of food for such a small campus. there are several eateries across campus, as well as the depot which is hsu's equivalent to a cafeteria. the depot has good, local food, good, local beer, and good music and atmosphere to hang out or study.

    Dorm Life

    alcohol is served on campus, which is nice. dorms are expensive, but convenient. there are dorms that are basically on top of your classes, and others that are more secluded.

    Academic Rigor

    humboldt state university is just like any other school in that it is what you make of it. some classes are very challenging, yet interesting, while others are obviously just credit grabs. ask around about professors before you choose courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you either have enough financial aid to live off of, or a job lined up. you are unlikely to find a job while attending school in humboldt. get a house with other students, single apartments are way overpriced. pick one of the more popular majors (environmental science, art, kinesthiology) to get the best access to resources, advisors and financial aid.

    In three sentences

    great setting and college town, except there are no jobs off of campus. academic programs are interesting and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. housing situation is poor, not much campus housing and rent in arcata is ridiculously expensive for such a small town.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    out campus seems to be very safe, i have not heard of any violent activies taking place and the upd (university police department) is always one call away, or even a button away and they will show up as soon as they receive the urgent message. and they do respond fast, and if something were to take place on campus then they will let everyone on campus know what has just happened.

    Greek Life

    we do have several sororities and fraternities to join, i have heard they are great, they do a lot of events and activities and raising money for events

    Clubs and Activities

    we have many clubs, the legacy(women of color creating a positive change), brother's united, invisible children, and many more, we also have sororities and fraternities, many events take place movie nights, football game get together, energy contests. game contests, baking contests and a lot more.

    Great for these types of students

    if you love out door activities then humboldt really is the place to be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    on halloween everyone goes into town in there costumes, and socializes, you will see people climbing on the statue in the middle of the town center.

    Bang for the buck

    in arcata, we have a lot of local foods, nothing is really expensive. this school really does have a lot to offer and a lot you could discover if you come here. i am still discovering what they have to offer and many new things i did not know about since i have been here.

    What to do for fun

    there are beaches you can make it to such as clam beach, trinidad beach, and many more. lot of sororities and fraternities throw campus events, we have the humboldt state circus, football games are huge, so are basketball games. we have intermerial sports, pep rallies, talent shows performaces in the quad, and we have the forest on campus, you can go hiking there.

    Food and Dining

    the dinning experience is different, the jolly giant commons tries to appeal to everyone with vegetarian options, vegan options and so much more. we have a salad bar and we serve many international foods. there are several places to get food, we have market places, we have the j , the j grill, the cupboard and many other places, and a lot of local foods are sold here on campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is nice, you will meet a lot of new people and hopefully love your roommates, you will have a ca that is available whenever you need them and very helpful. sometimes the dorm life can get a little crazy but when finals come around you will have twenty for hours of quiet time, so that you will be able to study.

    Academic Rigor

    the teachers here are amazing, and are willing to help you when you need it. we have a wonderful writing center that is willing to help, great tutors and so much more available for your academic needs. the teacher will for sure help you out if you are willing to be helped and show that you care.

    Tips for prospective students

    bring rain boots and warm clothing, it does get pretty cold. also join a club, sorority, fraternity and try to get involved in as many activities as possible it will keep yo buys and force you to stay on track with your school work. this school is very laid back and different from the cities.

    In three sentences

    this school is wonderful, beautiful sights and very friendly people. they don't call it hills and stairs and umbrellas (hsu) for nothing. the classroom sizes aren't so big but it is a better environment for learning. the dorm life is wonderful with great staff and many people always there to hear you out about any situation.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    great for students that are not judgmental and have tolerance.

    Food and Dining

    i liked the meal plans they had. they are very convenient for a student.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms looked livable.

    Academic Rigor

    some of the classes are even held outside.

    In three sentences

    i have toured this campus and it is beautiful. it has the total package the beach and the wondrous woods.

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    52 of 117

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    pretty safe. we have our own police station but we do not have emergency checkpoints like some private schools i have visited.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    i know there are many clubs but i have yet to join one.

    Great for these types of students

    hsu is great for any personality really. there are many different types of personalities to get to know.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are no sororities or fraternities, no hazing, and no bullying really. everyone seems friendly to me and they all just do their own thing.

    Bang for the buck

    prices are increasing.

    What to do for fun

    there is bowling in eureka and blue lake, movies, sports, hanging out with friends, and activities ran by the school. i have never actually been to any of the school activities though.

    Food and Dining

    there are plenty of healthy and non healthy options. it is easy to find what you want.

    Dorm Life

    i do not live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    the difficulty of courses really depends on the teacher. i find them challenging but possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure they have the major you want and research how stable it is. it could be on the verge of being cut.

    In three sentences

    you will find many friendly faces in humboldt county. the classes are great but the options are getting lower and lower. a lot of money is being cut from the school.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    very minimal

    Great for these types of students

    outdoorsy

    What to do for fun

    go outside! you can hike and go to the beach (although it is cold) and you can enjoy the small beach towns.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you are okay with being so far north. by that i mean, the weather will be colder and you will be in a more secluded area. if you like that, then this school is perfect! the small classes are great for those who do better with more attention in classes.

    In three sentences

    humboldt state has a beautiful campus. the small classes make it a perfect learning environment. it is very secluded.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    greek life needs to get bigger but all associations on campus are trying to get bigger.

    Clubs and Activities

    alot of clubs and activities

    Bang for the buck

    for the most part yes

    What to do for fun

    hiking, going to the beach, fishing, biking, pretty much anything you can think of. there is even rock climbing on campus!!!

    Food and Dining

    food is amazing and there are alot of choices

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is amazing and like a family, a little on the expensive end but what college isnt?

    Academic Rigor

    acedemics are what you make of them, nothing is ever to hard

    Tips for prospective students

    if you like outdoors and love going on adventures here is the place for you. if you also love having one on one with your teachers you get that which means better test scores.

    In three sentences

    humboldt state is the best choice if you want a quiet,and hands on experience. everyone at humboldt is willing and able to work with you ontop of having an excellent staff

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Kayak, hiking, swimming, rock climing, surfing

    Academic Rigor

    There are life changing professors as well as boring strict ones

    Tips for prospective students

    You will miss your homecooked food so learn to cook! Also there might not be lots of night life but there are tons of outdoor activities.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State is a very beautiful college, redwood trees every where and a deep breath of fresh air every day while learning in a new environment. The people here are much more kind when they are compared to big city folk. New experience every one should enjoy

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The college itself offers various food options on campus, from the cafeteria to the many stop & shop places. The true jewel is the dining in and around Arcata. You'll come to love the many breakfast restaurants and weekend brunches.The late-night snack spots are prudent also, especially during those all-night study sessions. Everyone that comes through here vastly enjoys the food.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is a great way to meet other people in your grade level. Many of the friends you make freshman year will become lifelong friends. It is a fun time to explore campus and participate in freshman events. It is an opportunity to meet the significant other you may spend your college life with. And if you decide you don't like it, you can always move off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Humboldt State features an all-star cast of professors from around the world. They provide a meaningful learning experience, whether you pass or fail. Not all majors are created equally, but all will require a certain number of units for that degree. Humans are prone to make mistakes, and we all fail now and again. Here at Humboldt, expect to be lifted up by your peers and cheered on by your professors, no matter what your performance is like.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State is a beautiful place where one will love, grow and change. The people here are unusual, but kind and wonderful. The small town atmosphere creates a slower paced lifestyle that really brings people together.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The university has it's own police and is available 24/7. It has escorts that walk students to their dorms when feeling unsafe. They are very friendly and serious when it comes to their job

    Clubs and Activities

    Humboldt has over hundred clubs and more than 90 activities available for students. Clubs receive their new comers with warmth no matter or sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, etc. The activities being offered are what students look forward to since they get to meet new people.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people who love to be surrounded by nature or love nature overall. It's a great school for Sciences majors. Humboldt State care a lot about the nature that surrounds and have strong opinions about the issues that are going on in the campus. It's outdoor activities are a blast

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Since it's a very diverse campus, there can be a lot traditions from different cultures being celebrated. One of the most recent one's I've attended was Holi Day where it's a tradition from Nepal, Pakistan, and India. Students got to throw dry colors and paint to one another. There are many other things that celebrated but will come alive if students get together and are willing to celebrate it.

    Bang for the buck

    Do not go on a shopping spree every weekend because things are a little more expensive in Arcata than it would be in a big city. For HSU students, transportation is free when a current student ID is shown.

    What to do for fun

    Humboldt might be located in a small town however, there is a lot activities to do. The Plaza is Arcata's downtown, that has multiple stores to look around and other towns are easy to commute back and forth. The campus has a variety of activities that are hosted such as concerts, presentations, fire shows, movie nights, open discussions, recitals, and plays along with hundred of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are many locations to where to dine but the most common one are the J and the Depot. The school is very diverse, so the food is diverse as well and students get an opportunity to try different cultures dishes. Since the school is a very Eco-friendly campus, it has food available for both vegans and vegetarians.

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on where a student lives and who they are living with but can always change if the student asks for a requests to change rooms. Most students are very friendly and supporting, most do become your friends. I currently live off campus but have spent weeks within the residence halls and have fun, I felt that I have received the 'Freshman Experience'.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors are amazing and are willing to help their students, when they seek it out. The professors know what they are teaching their students and very open to discussions. Most classes always have a TA in order for students to approach in to get help and there is always tutoring available, so most students receive aid.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOMEWORK FOR THE LAST MINUTE, have a tendency to do your work on time because it can affect your academics. Don't be afraid to approach your professor or to ask questions because they are willing to answer any of them, plus they love a good discussion and debate. Be yourself and seek out for help when needed because they're are hundreds of students feeling the same way you might be feeling.

    In three sentences

    Is an amazing university that the campus atmosphere is alive. It's location is amazing because it's not in a huge city but its not in a middle of nowhere town.

  • 04/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are a few sororities and fraternities on campus, but Greek life is not big on campus. they frats and sororities do not live in special greek housing and from what i have heard many of them identify as being dry

    Great for these types of students

    liberal, hippie idntified, low academic skils, looking for an easy transition between college and highschool

    Bang for the buck

    typical expenses that are expected when attending a cal state

    What to do for fun

    There is very little to do in the city of Arcata. There are a lot of transients, and it makes travelling into the town somewhat nerve racking. Also, expect to pay higher prices for everything.

    Food and Dining

    The food is terrible and over priced

  • 04/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can attend football games, or enjoy the beautiful forests and trails. HSU offers alot of clubs to experience Humboldt in many differents ways.

    Food and Dining

    Food is OK. I would have liked the school to have more options and variety of food. If you are vegan or vegetarian, this school's selection is a perfect fit. But if you are a meat eater, then its not so much.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors. They might help you with letters of recommendations or future internship opportunities.

    In three sentences

    The school is great. All the professor are very professional, and they are really interested in the student's understanding of the material. Staff is friendly and very helpful when we need additional help.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you research your colleges very carefully before you make your choice.

    In three sentences

    the redwoods are very beautiful and majestic.this is where humbolt is located. it is also very hilly from what i here

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of fun activities and events that make it easy to get to know new people. Many big name artists come to Humboldt county often. The farmers market and seasonal festivals have a big community involvement.

    Food and Dining

    The fresh sandwiches and smoothies are the best in town.!!

    Dorm Life

    The Campus is Beautiful!! The students and faculty help create an atmosphere of welcome.

    Academic Rigor

    The facutly here really are passionate about presenting clear, in-depth lectures. There are many specialized courses offered which make Humboldt State a proud addition to the CSU system.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise future students to be prepared for a professional level of demand from your instructors.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State University is a pride to have as my college choice. The staff are knowledgeable friendly and personable. I would rate overall an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10 based on the qualities above.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Hippies and biologists

    Clubs and Activities

    The botany club goes on a lot of trips and has many fund raising tactics. They mycology club is just starting, but we put on a killer fair last year!

    Great for these types of students

    Tree lovers!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The community forest- a beautiful grove of redwoods managed by the school.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state and western state students, tuition is very affordable and the class selection is great for natural resource/sciences students

    What to do for fun

    Attend lectures! So many interesting speakers come through and present at HSU!

    Food and Dining

    Eh, so so. There is a cafe in the library with a few snacks and random student club tables set up across the campus selling muffins and candy.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms but they look nice.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes have been fairly easy on the grading and exam questions, but the material presented has still been high quality.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a small school and classes are scheduled in fairly specific time-blocks so it can be hard to get all the classes you want in one semester because they are all offered at the same time. Look at the schedule for previous semesters to plan for future schedules.

    In three sentences

    A wonderful variety of courses in the natural sciences and environmental consideration. Humboldt State is a great university for people who want to learn about every aspect of an ecosystem. The location seems to draw compassionate, conscious teachers and students.

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe place to live, not much crime.

    Greek Life

    Very small but rewarding if it is the right fit for you. Delta Phi Epsilon in the biggest and most popular sorority, Chi Phi in the most popular fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved, it will be worth your while.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people with an open mind and hippie style living. Also just for people who love the outdoors and open to meeting new people, everyone is so friendly

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The people and experiences overall are unusual. You have to see Humboldt to believe it for yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    School overall shouldn't have to be paid for but I think since I have to pay it is a great school.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't big city life here so don't plan on a great night club scene or bars at all. This place is chill and laid back, there are lots of parties and fun things to do like concerts and festivals.

    Food and Dining

    If you love fresh fruit and veggies there is a farmers market. The food on campus isn't the best but it isn't bad for the college life.

    Dorm Life

    Very fun experience but after a year it does get old.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't have anything else to compare it to but it is quite challenging. It depends on the courses and teacher you choose to take, as well as the course load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what your getting yourself into once you apply

    In three sentences

    I love this school and I am glad that I chose to attend this university. Everyone is always very friendly and it is a great environment. I would highly recommend it to science majors or people who love the outdoors

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hiking is popular. People go to concerts at local bars and the circus hosts lots of free performances.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options, especially if you're vegetarian. Still, like any other dorm food, it can get boring after a while.

    Dorm Life

    PARTY. If you aren't up for paying for things that other people break while high or intoxicated, live off campus. Also, people find it necessary to smoke inside which if you're a non-smoker like me, can be really annoying.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are harder, some classes are easier. Overall, you'll definitely come away having learned something.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some questions to ask yourself before you hit Accept: Are you okay with the fact that many people here smoke pot? Are you okay with hilly campuses (Asthma anyone?) Are you okay with being a little bit isolated from any really big cities?

    In three sentences

    Hilly campus with lots of trees and lots of chill people. Many opportunities for creative expression. Friendly professors that will email you back or at least acknowledge you contacted them

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never heard or experienced anything dangerous. There is an on-campus police office.

    Greek Life

    Pretty much nonexistent.

    Clubs and Activities

    Way more options than one might think. Everything from ethnic organizations to intramural sports to chess club.

    Great for these types of students

    Environmental majors, science majors, outdoor enthusiasts, people who enjoy a studious but relaxed and open atmosphere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of people head to the forest for a jog, hike...or smoke.

    Bang for the buck

    While the cost of all CSUs is rising, it is still a good deal compared to other state schools.

    What to do for fun

    Humboldt County offers endless outdoor adventure opportunities. Hit up the beach, the marsh, the forest, Fern Canyon, Redwood National Park, or Trinidad.

    Food and Dining

    Very good food compared to other schools with many options. The Depot can be expensive, but local foods such as Los Bagels are represented.

    Dorm Life

    There are many good dorming options at HSU. The surrounding town is very student-friendly and many upperclassmen choose to move off eventually.

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes are very difficult while others are not so much. I've found my hard science classes to be extremely challenging and my social science classes pretty simply.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't discount HSU as a pot school. Come check out the campus and you'll have a hard time NOT attending.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt is totally underated! HSU has some truly outstanding programs, especially for those interested in environmental fields. The campus is absolutely beautiful and located in a beautiful part of California.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Environmental Studies and Natural Resources

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gotta check out the view from Founder's Hall on a sunny day

    What to do for fun

    Humboldt State provides such diverse demographics that there is something for everyone to do to enjoy their free time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit Arcata, California and the surrounding area before you enroll. Be prepared for classes which will challenge, motivate, and inspire you!

    In three sentences

    HSU has the most beautiful campus and promotes one of the healthiest student bodies in the country. The community strives to help students who attend the university and promote learning at all levels. Nestled in the heart of the Redwood Forest,, the college is truly a campus nestled in the heart of paradise.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe walking around the campus at night. I used to do a radio show from midnight to 2 am and was in a building and had to walk home (off campus) alone. I never felt scared or nervous or had any intuition that anything bad would happen - even at such a late hour - and it never did. There are never fights or negativity on campus between students - not that I have seen, anyway. Sometimes when I come to school I forget to lock my car, but never worry about it (although I do not encourage not locking your car!). I have never had anything stolen or had any sort of problems on campus.

    Greek Life

    I was not involved in any Greek Life and cannot offer a proper review or opinion.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs on campus that students can join, and the Center Activities program, run by the university, offers classes and activities for all types of outdoor activities during the semester for reasonable costs. Some clubs offer class units for a semester's time, or a student can choose to simply volunteer time just to be in the club.

    Great for these types of students

    HSU is a great school for artists, writers and anyone involved in oceanic or outdoor and forestry majors. The small classes and secluded location make focusing on school easy, while giving you a small community where making friends and feeling comfortable is natural. Any student wanting to get away from the noise and bustle of a big city will find peace in Arcata.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    From the top of Founder's Hall - one of the main building on campus and the original whole campus - takes a lot of stairs to reach but offers a beautiful view of the Arcata Bay from the top. The Behavioral and Social Sciences building is a bit higher up from its fifth floor smoking lounge, and offers a little better view. It's amazing to walk out of a long class and be able to take in such a beautiful site right from your school campus. Not a lot of students have that opportunity.

    Bang for the buck

    I can't really complain about tuition or book prices because they are not far off from other university prices, and it seems every campus across the nation is feeling the effects of raised costs. In terms of it being worth the money, I feel the small classroom setting SHOULD be what is offered for over $3,000 per semester tuition costs, and that is what you get at Humboldt State. You are not in the hustle and bustle of a big city university, and living in such a small community not only allows you to really let school information sink in with little distraction, but it's an area where students can really learn about themselves and the environment and grow as individuals - something that money can't buy!

    What to do for fun

    Humboldt State is lucky enough to be in beautiful Northern California. Depending on the time of year, students can find plenty of things to keep them busy without traveling far or spending money. During the school year, students can scan any events list to find the following types of events, plus plenty more: hiking, bicycling, rock climbing, new release movies, comedy shows, Farmer's Markets, music festivals, theatre shows, as well as an always popping nightlife on the Arcata Plaza. The Arcata community puts on a number of events and community festivals throughout the year and no month is never a dull month!

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is mostly local and always fresh, with the exception of some of the sloppier items such a pizza and chinese food in the campus cafe. The school is known for being environmentally friendly, and being a plastic-water-bottle-free school is a reflection of the student's efforts to continue our pledge to the environment. A short distance from campus you can find a plethora of local, organic restaurants ranging from mexican taco trucks to fine dining to local ice cream shops.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms at Humboldt State but have lived within a mile from the campus. The city of Arcata is very small and half its population during a school year are HSU students. The whole town caters to the university's students, offering discounts at restaurants, clothing stores, grocery stores, and the public transportation is free for all students with an ID card. College life in Arcata is unlike any other college town, I'm sure!

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers at Humboldt State are great and they know you by name. The classes sometimes don't feel as challenging as they should, but that is because they are taught correctly and efficiently by teachers who will call you out if you are not doing well and help you along the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are already planning to attend, look for housing early or secure your spot in the dorms. Living off campus is great but the dorms are a great place to be close to class and to meet friends. The weather is very cool and coastal, and the surrounding acres of forest make you feel very secluded in this part of Northern California. Be ready for a lot of rainy days and lots of hills and stairs on campus.

    In three sentences

    HSU is a great school for artists, writers and anyone involved in oceanic or outdoor and forestry majors. The small classes and secluded location make focusing on school easy, while giving you a small community where making friends and feeling comfortable is natural. However, the feeling of attending a scholarly university is definitely not felt at Humboldt State, and I'd give the overall experience and academics a rating of 4 out of 10.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, they have virtually have no crime rate at all.

    Great for these types of students

    Sports

    Bang for the buck

    This college is very affordable and is willing to help their students throughout the long run with scholarships, loans and grants.

    Food and Dining

    The food they offer is great. It is very delicious.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great school if you want to major in Pre-Med. They have reported a 100% acceptance rate of Pre-Med students going into med school.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt seems to be a reasonable school to go to. It offer Pre-Medical something that I want to major in. In addition they seem to have a lot of student support services.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school has safety points with blue lights and telephone that connect to the campus police. They help walk people over campus when they don't feel safe. In recent years there have been few incidents on campus but nothing too bad; residents, students, and staff are always updated when things happen.

    Greek Life

    It does exist but it is not too big, I am personally part of a sorority and I have to say people who are Greek are always involved with the community in some way.

    Clubs and Activities

    The campus varies in clubs and activities from Greek clubs, sport clubs, and even religious clubs. There is something for everyone and if not you can always create a new club, which is fairly simple.

    Great for these types of students

    The school itself is known for its science departments so academically thts what is good for. In the other it's also good for people who like the outdoors and like a slow pace life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are shows that go on and events tht happen yearly. Some of these events are the calypso show, take back the night, and school previews; these events always bring in people together.

    Bang for the buck

    Ok so everything or most o the places here are local business and everything seems to cost a pretty penny. Things are worth what you pay and it makes you realize what you need and don't need.

    What to do for fun

    You. An go into the Forrest and the beaches. You can check out the views and find people playing sports. For a small community there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The campus doesn't have any real fast food or nice restaurants but they have variety. It makes People reconsider their saying habits and makes it easier to try new things.

    Dorm Life

    I worked in the residential halls as community advocate and I lived in them and I have to say they could use some upgrades. The hallways on campus aren't so great but they will help a person make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The Professors are extremely strict when it come to policies like cheating and plagiarism. the size of the classroom seem fairly size spans the ratio seems proper. There are professors who always recommend the resources on campus in case students struggles like the tutoring center.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would have to say the best advice for incoming students has to be ask questions. People are helpful and sometimes wondering the same stuff you might be thinking about.

    In three sentences

    The school has a very unique setting for students and it makes it easier for students to be themselves. The professors, the majority of them are very helpful. The location of the school is great gives everyone something to do when they aren't in class.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I think HSU is a really safe campus I have been to many late night events there and I don't feel threatened. There are many points where they have call boxes the campus is very close to the Arcata fire police department and usually you aren't alone walking around at night. Though Arcata does have a lot of transients passing through near none take refuge at HSU.

    Greek Life

    I haven't participated in greek life though I have thought about it. There are a couple reasons I haven't but they don't have anything to do with issues towards the club mostly just time, clubs such as this one take a lot of time dedicated to serving or helping out at events. I would like to join someday but for now I have to focus on my job.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything at HSU you cannot be disappointed with the selection of clubs. There is a ski, guitarr, spanish, greek, black student union. There are clubs for disk golf, swimming. There are always clubs hosting activities on campus too as well as many fun activities on the quad that are always fun to attend and watch.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who don't mind the rain, who are self motivated and able to not fall for the hype of what Humboldt County is known for. Students who love the outdoors, who don't mind a small community setting. Great for wildlife majors because of the amazing places they get to see and the hands on experience of different places in Humboldt.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HSU is very good at demonstrating and accepting cultural, sexual and ethnic diversity. The campus is always putting on an event that is fun and educational. The months such as black history month, women's history month, GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans) week are all for educating and making people aware of everyone else around them. Also making the campus more accepting of people who fall into these categories.

    Bang for the buck

    I didn't really qualify for any financial Aid here at HSU but I have found some scholarships that I am hoping will help me pay off the loans that I had to take out. The cost of tuition is going up and they have been cutting enrollment drastically. I feel that HSU needs to become wiser with its spending and it needs to figure out that decreasing class options or major options is wrong and only going to hurt the school in the long run.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many campus activities and campus events going on that you will never be bored as long as you are willing to let yourself try something new. There are many activities to do outside of campus such as surfing, biking, hiking. The Center activities is really great for people who would like to get to know the county they live in because they are always going on adventures and exploring Humboldt.

    Food and Dining

    The food I have only had a couple times while I was at a camp at the school. They really had a diversity of food to choose from and with all the local vendors around there is a wide variety of food to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in the dorms personally but from what I have herd they are nice. I know many people who liked their room mates and or they found people who they would like to move in with off campus. The environment is friendly and the people are great.

    Academic Rigor

    At HSU the teachers really want you to know how to learn on your own with themselves being guides. They challenge you to challenge yourself with motivation and self learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip would be to really understand your requirements at the college know what classes you need to take and what classes would be fun but are not going to apply to your major. Getting to know your adviser really well will make it a lot easier. With the increase in tuition and other expenses such as gas on the rise you really want to be smart with your money and know how to spend it wisely.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State University is a diverse school with many opportunities for everyone who wishes to live by the ocean and mountains. This school has a great community setting with friendly people everywhere you turn as well as many local activities to participate in. The teachers on campus are fun and always willing to help out a student in need; making the difficult transition to college easier.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    What is there not to do for fun around here? Off campus, there are dozens of lakes, rivers, forests, and beaches to explore and to hang out with friends. The plaza in town has tons of restaurants and shops, in addition to a big grassy area where everybody just kicks back to enjoy the day. Walking around campus, you can always see students hula-hooping, skating, juggling, you name it--Humboldt is a fun place.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls at Humboldt provide edible food but it lacks the quality of most other campuses I've been to. It could be compared to a high school cafeteria--decent in a hurry but not delicious. Luckily, however, most dorms provide kitchens where residents are able to prepare their own, healthy meals.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming here is entirely different than any other university. There is a sense of community within the separate dorm areas; it is such a fun, positive experience. Also, instead of the typical tiny rooms and bland hallways that other schools provide, Humboldt has about six different dorm areas consisting of apartment-like rooms, kitchens, grassy lawns, and more. If you come to Humboldt, definitely dorm your first year!

    Academic Rigor

    Because class sizes are usually very small in number, meaning the amount of classmates you may have could be the same as that of a high school class, one-on-one time with teachers is not only achievable; it is expected. The professors here want us to succeed, making even tough classes bearable. However, honestly, for the most part they classes are straight-forward.

    Tips for prospective students

    HSU has been given the nickname Hills, Stairs, and Umbrellas University. With that said, although it is a tiny campus, expect to wear sneakers everyday in order to walk up and down hills as well as through mud and the forest.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State University is not the largest, richest school nor does it contain the variety of majors and courses of many other universities. However, it is one that cares about its students as individuals, and values quality education. Humboldt is an excellent school in terms of its people, location, vibe, and educational standards.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    You are safe on campus, at all times.

    Greek Life

    The geek life is a great life in Humboldt. As I said about the clubs, there are even clubs for whatever geek interest you may have. For example, there is a club on Business and entrepreneurship.

    Clubs and Activities

    I guarantee, that if you are interested in something, there is a club for it.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for anyone who wants to look into Business, Education, or anything that has to do with nature.

    Bang for the buck

    This is an out-of-your-world experience, Since it is a Cal-state, I imagine most people going to Humboldt are from California, which means they will be from an area around a city or a cit itself. This place is so different from where you grew up, that when you go back home, you will appreciate it so much more.

    What to do for fun

    You can go hiking, climbing, swimming, biking, and play video games. There is tons to do up there!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining are pretty good as well. This school doesn't fall behind in any category. There are plenty of places to chose from on the campus to eat, so you can always change up the menu. There are on places where you can go if you are on a tight budget, but also fancy places if you feel classy. This place is just truly amazing.

    Dorm Life

    The form life is great because the school is a tight knit school. You meet everyone at the dorms because the entire school environment just encourages for you to socialize. A person will go into this school, and graduate as someone who enjoys having the company of people.

    Academic Rigor

    Since the teachers and the counselors get to personally meet the students, they really push their students because of how close they are to you. They challenge you to think in ways you never thought of, as cliche as it may sound, they force you to think outside the box. Plus, as I said, because they personally know you, they will push you to do your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school has the environment of a private school, without actually having the cost of one, since most tend to be expensive. This school is a great place to either pursue your dream or find your dream.

    In three sentences

    This school is for the student because since it's relatively smaller than other schools, students get a lot of interaction and conversation with their counselors. Since the school is located near small towns, the students get a lot of hands-on activities with their field because it can be found in the town. Last but not least, the school is in the middle of nature, so if a student loves nature, or plans on majoring on anything that has to do with nature, Humboldt is the way to go because the student will explore nature.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    University police officers are really nice and give you a ride wherever you are if you don't feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Greeks are cool and friendly and diverse!

    Clubs and Activities

    Film Festival is so cool! You watch video entries from all over the world and help plan and work at the annual Humboldt Film Festival!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone is welcome!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You can actually talk on the first floor of the library! You can get together for group projects and have a normal volume conversation.

    Bang for the buck

    The Minor Theater is a great movie theater that's built like it's from the time of Phantom of the Opera, and tickets are only $6!

    What to do for fun

    Go for a hike in the Redwood forest! It's beautiful and right on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options for vegans, vegetarians, and the like. The cafeteria has diverse dishes, like taco bar, greek bar, soul food bar, etc. There's also a salad bar and a place where you can stir fry veggies.

    Dorm Life

    I had a blast in the residence halls, you learn how to take care of yourself while learning how to live with a bunch of other people. The friendships you make in these halls are awesome!

    Academic Rigor

    You will not fall behind if you go to class, pay attention, do your homework, and most importantly ASK QUESTIONS!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, do your homework, learn how to manage your time. Have fun, but don't let fun compromise your priorities.

    In three sentences

    HSU is a great school that is environmentally conscious, provides hands on learning experiences, and harbors a safe environment that any student of any ethnicity/sexual orientation/religion would be comfortable in. The teachers actually know your name and care about your success, and every student/teacher/person is accepting and optimistic.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I haven't dealt with the campus police personally, but I notice every so often there are bright blue-lit call boxes that call the UPD, all over campus. The one time I called UPD from one of those phones, it was pouring rain and I was in the parking lot trying to change my first tire. The dispatcher put me on hold for five minutes, and then told me there was nothing they could do for me, and made sure I wasn't blocking any roads or exits. But i'm sure they do wonders for campus security.

    Greek Life

    I think there is Greek Life at my school, not like you'd see on TV, but ... I am not even sure if there is Greek Life at my school. If that gives you any indication....

    Clubs and Activities

    Always a good scene, but like I said, because of budget cuts, everything is getting cut. This includes funding for clubs and activities, meaning less clubs and activities actually being started.

    Great for these types of students

    You know what's funny? I have red hair and where I come from, it isn't very common to see redheads, maybe one per classroom (me.) But up at Humboldt State, there is an average of 6 redheads per classroom. So for me, I figured that people like me, with freckles and can't get a tan like to come here and hide from the sun. I know that HSU has some great programs, I, myself am in the psychology program, and it's amazing. I don't know much about many other programs at the school, but I also know that artists flock to Humboldt. Or maybe Humboldt creates artists... There is always so much to look at! I will also mention that because of recent budget cuts, there is no more nursing program at HSU. So I would say that if you are an aspiring nurse, HSU would not be for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The original building was built in the early 1900's, so there are few old structures on campus. As far as the rest of the school, everything else is pretty current and clean. Nothing really unusual about the school, other than the forest behind it that is actually still considered campus. I can't stress enough the redwood trees, though. They don't grow like this anywhere else in the world, and no matter how many times you've seen them, there is something incredibly humbling and exciting about the redwoods.

    Bang for the buck

    The California State University system was created as a public service to help residents get a good, low cost education. This offer still stands, but everyone knows college isn't cheap, no matter where you go. I like to believe the education given at this institution is similar to any other, perhaps a little slower... The only thing about this University I would change would be the budget cuts. It's frustrating to find that I can't take certain classes in spring because it isn't being offered in the spring anymore. How is that supposed to work when I'm planning on graduating this spring, but I have to wait until fall to take ONE class? It's ridiculous.

    What to do for fun

    So I mentioned before that you should probably check out the surroundings before you drop your life and move up here. It was a big change for me, coming from a big city with lots to do, to a much smaller, much more rural town. Luckily for me and everyone else that lives here, there is plenty to do. Almost anywhere in Humboldt County there is some sort of nature walk to take. Within an hour driving any direction, you can find the most pristine, untouched coastal beaches (still too cold to go into the water,) mass redwood forests that go for miles, (like nowhere else on EARTH,) snow on the mountains, or if you go East or South of the University, you will hit one of the six rivers up here, in some months where temperatures get up to 100 degrees. (That means the water is like, 70!!!) So yes, if you are into nature and all of what the Earth has to offer, Humboldt Is the place for you. There are also TONS of local businesses including microbreweries and a couple cheese factories. For things to do when your family comes to visit!

    Food and Dining

    Like I'd mentioned, I have never roomed at HSU. This includes the food I would be subject to eat. I have not heard any complaints from people about the food, people up here tend to be generally health conscious, and the school also has banned plastic water bottles. I've never had a bad instance with the food here, and in the large eating room (the depot) carries everything I would need or want to eat, including a juice bar and a local Mexican food counter.

    Dorm Life

    Couldn't tell ya, I transferred here after two years of JC. But I do know that the campus just erected a new dorm/apartment building, complete with soccer field, closer to parts of the campus that the other dorms aren't near. Very nice dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I took care of most of my general education courses at my community college before I transferred to Humboldt State. This was the best option for me, because it was much less expensive than spending all my time at HSU. I did, however take my major courses at the university, which is undoubtedly challenging, but rewarding because I'm finally taking the classes I want. From what I've found, as far as general education go, the difference between a JC and a university is slim. There have been classes at both institutions that have both inspired me to pursue what I want to do, and also classes that discourage me, and I can't help but feel was a waste of time. There will be amazing professors and lecturers wherever you go, but beware there are probably some duds in there, too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit Humboldt County first, in the rainy season. If you can handle the downpour, and you think you can manage to live life constantly carrying an umbrella, you might like it here. HSU is a beautiful campus, but a lot of students don't fully comprehend what they are getting themselves into while coming up here. Humboldt County is huge, but the population is minuscule, coming from a big city. If you're into a place where you start recognizing people everywhere you go, this might be the place for you.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt is probably one of the best kept secrets of the California State University System. It's gorgeous, bountiful scenery surrounds you in every direction you walk, and the small population only contributes to the natural beauty of this hidden coastal gem. The university itself is pretty good, unfortunately as with all the other public schools in this state, is also suffering from budget cuts, which means many of the interesting courses and programs that attract many to Humboldt State are being cut, without any sign of them returning...

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The plaza is full of small cute shops and restaurants. There are several beautiful beaches to visit. You can always go for a nice bike ride or a hike in the forest.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the greatest at times, but the school is very aware to special diet needs such a vegetarian, and vegan lifestyles.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is very lively. Every single residence hall is different in it's own way you have a broad choice of where to live. The res-life program on this campus is also amazing. It gives you the sense of community.

    Academic Rigor

    Great small classes. The faculty and staff is very friendly and always willing to help. There are a lot of services available to students as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to live almost a whole new lifestyle the area around here is like no other. If you love to try new things this is just the place for you.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State University truly gives you the college experience. It pushes you out of your comfort zone both academically and socially. It is one of the most beautiful college campus I have ever seen.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a police station on campus and lots of professors who care. Also there is an option for receiving text if there is an emergency. Its a small college town full of mellow, caring people. Violence is rare.

    Clubs and Activities

    HSU offers a lot of unusual and fantastic outdoor activities. There are also lots of clubs on all kinds of subjects.

    Great for these types of students

    Nature loving, mellow and open minded

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CCAT! Wonderful people and the location for learning about living sustainably.

    Bang for the buck

    Arcata is a north coast town. Its more expensive than down south, but the living is more rich. The town is conscious, so the main grocery stores always offer organic and local food, and the restaurants are fabulous! There are 2 different yoga studios lots of little shops that feature local artists. Plus thrifting that compares with Berkeley!

    What to do for fun

    We have a surprising good music venue for our little town as we are THE coastal stop between Portland and SF. There are frequent shows on campus too, and the Arcata and Eureka both have an art festival/featuring every month, plus farmer's market every weekend. And the forest is right on campus for fantastic walking or biking!

    Food and Dining

    Currently there are two dining places on campus that serve some good stuff for school food, and the best bagel place and cafe in arcata do have a spot in the depot. HUMSFC is working on opening a student run, organic, local, affordable food cart on campus, that would make it amazing!

    Dorm Life

    Not as crazy as the city, but there are still a lot of young students packed into apartments, which means noise and parties. But during the week is actually seems to stay pretty quite.

    Academic Rigor

    HSU is a good school, the academic work is harder than what I've taken at colleges in the south, but the information is more truthful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Humboldt is a temperate rain forest, which makes it beautiful and moist. Be open minded and excepting and you'll find an abundance of that in the student body.

    In three sentences

    Placed in the redwoods of humboldt, HSU is full of life and conscious, open mind sets. With a diverse populace, HSU students share the commonality of loving nature. It holds a range of degrees and specializes in the sciences with fantastic environmental programs necessary for our modern day world.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great security and safety throughout campus, but beware of the rabid foxes.

    Greek Life

    Not many options for sororities or fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many options are available for extracurricular activities or clubs. I am in the History Club.

    Great for these types of students

    International Studies students will enjoy the atmosphere at Humboldt State University.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Redwood Park is amazing.

    Bang for the buck

    It cost a lot to go to this school.

    What to do for fun

    Blondie's has a quiz night every Monday and Saturday is Farmer's Market.

    Food and Dining

    Great on and off campus food.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Every class has been difficult for me.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's expensive to live in Humboldt County.

    In three sentences

    The tuition is too high. The professors are excellent. The History program is the best.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Humboldt State University takes the safety of there students very seriously and don't tolerate fighting.

    Bang for the buck

    You don't get necessarily the Bang for the buck considering expensive cost of housing and dinning. The cost for dinning and housing are expensive, but you shouldn't be inside that long to notice, since there so much to do and appreciate outside the dorms.

    What to do for fun

    In Humboldt State University there is tons of activities to do, it depends most of all on yourself and your desire to find something to do. You can go hiking, rock climbing, surfing, biking, have bonfires, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The campus is beautiful but the food isn't the best type or quality.

    Dorm Life

    I would recommended the dorm life in Humboldt State University to those who appreciate nature.

    Academic Rigor

    The journey for a degree in subjects like biology and zoology are tough, not to mention math.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare yourself for the rainy weather.

    In three sentences

    I believe Humboldt State University is a stunning university to attending, considering it's knew most of all for its science's. It also has a beautiful landscape.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Really safe place, you really don't have to worry.

    Clubs and Activities

    They seem to have a decent amount of club options. I joined a volunteer program there the first semester and it was really great.

    Great for these types of students

    Friendly and relaxed people who enjoy nature. The school is really into being eco-friendly so it's awesome for people who really like to recycle/save energy/etc

    What to do for fun

    It's in the middle of a forest so if you really like outdoor activities like hiking or biking, it's perfect.

    Food and Dining

    Not that cafeteria food can really be that amazing, but this is definitely better than others. Also a lot of eating place options.

    Dorm Life

    Really great overall.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not the type of school where you can do absolutely nothing and pass, but it's less hard than the private high school I used to go to. It's enough that you'd have to study, but you still have time for other activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go to a school that's in a friendly community and has a decent level of academic intensity, I'd definitely recommend it.

    In three sentences

    Overall a school that I really enjoy. A lot of the teachers are really helpful and everyone is really friendly. Also in a nice and safe area, although a lot less exciting than a city area.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent! Never been scared once, even when walking home at two or three in the morning across campus. A fly couldn't hurt you here!

    Greek Life

    None, don't even worry about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm president of the Toms campus clubs, but there are hundreds to choose from, also we have center activities. You can learn surfing, outdoor survival, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back, hippies... Anyone alternative, from hipsters to punks. But definitely not your typical Hollister wearing ugly California stereotype. Much more au naturale.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Full moon parties every month, and TONS of awesome dubstep shows.

    Bang for the buck

    My masters program is only going to be a year long! Senior year double counts!

    What to do for fun

    What not to do in Humco? We have tons of beaches, hiking, outdoors activities. You won't find clubs, our nightlife consists of the three bars on the plaza and house parties. :D

    Food and Dining

    The J has never done me wrong, and even when the pickings were slim I headed to the cupboard or the depot for some orange chicken and a redbull. Plus, we are the ONLY CSU with a bar on campus!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was awesome. Got caught by the CA's, rooms have great stories... My roommates sucked, but that was just the luck of the draw I suppose. Living off campus after your freshman year is very recommended! Also, living in a single dorm while a freshman helps to draw boundaries, but your friends are still just a knock away.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely challenging, but nothing you can't handle if you put your mind to it, even on a big class load. I've taken 21 units, and passed with flying colors.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're from a big city, chances are that life in Humboldt will be a little too slow for you. I've seen a lot of kids from the east coast and socal not be able to handle the pace of life.

    In three sentences

    I would never choose to pursue my education at any other CSU. Humboldt State has the most beautiful environment, people, and the most helpful faculty. The opportunities at Humboldt in environmental science are endless, and many other majors are available!

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They respond quickly and I've never had a problem on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a huge list of clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy the arts and outdoors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a circus! It is wonderful and they have fire shows and Halloween shows every year. We also have the Marching Lumberjacks a verrrrry nontraditional marching band. Fern Canyon, Trinidad and Strawberry Rock are a must if you are in the area.

    Bang for the buck

    If you have the money to spend in Humboldt I think you'll have an enjoyable experience, but a lot of the eateries in town are a tad pricey and the CSU system increases prices every year. Think about it before you knock community college.

    What to do for fun

    Hike, bike, ride the sand dunes, explore Fern Canyon, explore the Redwood Forest. This is a beautifully outdoorsy school! Enjoy it while you can :)

    Food and Dining

    Rotating menu of basically the same things every year. It's Expensive! I opted out of a meal plan once I moved off-campus because it was just a lot cheaper even if it's occasionally inconvenient.

    Dorm Life

    There are a lot of great places to live and explore in the area. The Canyon has theme like options such as outdoor explorers and science living, it's pretty neat for a freshman to have a close knit group built right into their dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I've found that some General Education classes are pretty easy, depending on what professor you get you might truly enjoy learning or you might get a class that just aims to pass you and be done. Which is great--if you don't want to learn anything. The Science classes are vigorous, which is appreciated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about your major before you choose the school! I went for Wildlife and changed after one year, I found my path (Journalism) but I racked up a lot of financial debt being so far away from home.

    In three sentences

    A great school for science and art related majors, a lot of wonderful opportunities for all students. The class sizes have certainly increased in the three years I've been there but the professors in your major know you by name which is an important factor.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I can walk around in the middle of the night when it's pitch black and not be scared at all. The people here are so kind and friendly, I doubt there's any crime rate at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    My first year I participated in Cheerleading and we brought Humboldt their first National Champions title for competitive cheer. I met amazing girls that I plan on staying friends with for the rest of my life! The coach was tough with us but a friend at the same time. Joining this team was the best choice I made all year!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who enjoys beautiful scenery and redwood trees would be perfect here. It's not the school for you if you need triple digit weather to survive. It's a cool temperature campus and about a third of the year it's covered in rain.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before our big homecoming football game the campus circus puts on a fire show. There is always new bands performing in the quad throughout the day.

    Bang for the buck

    My freshman year at Humboldt was more than I had dreamed of. The dorm life was unreal. I lived on a floor with 11 other girls and we hit it off instantly. My professors were hilarious and brilliantly interesting, they kept me involved and excited to go to class.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking the forest, watching our 2012 GNAC champion football team play a game, walking into town to enjoy a farmers market; these are just a few of the fun filled activities there is to do in Arcata.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the food is delicious. There are many little shacks around campus that sell food so if you're running late to class you'll still be able to pick something up on your way. The cafeteria is huge and you never have to wait too long to get your food.

    Dorm Life

    Housing did amazing in my opinion. My roommate that I was paired with became my best friend. We've kept in touch throughout summer and plan on getting an apartment together in future years! The building I lived in was beautiful, and if you were to step out on my balcony you would see miles and miles of a gorgeous forest.

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes are difficult, however the professors are there to assist you any time of the day. All of my Instructors learned my name within the first week of classes; a plus side of going to one of the smaller state schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study, especially around finals!

    In three sentences

    Humboldt is a one of a kind school. The teaching staff, students, and facility all help to create a comfortable learning experience that compares to no other. I would have have already recommended Humboldt to every high school student I know.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Haven't experience a problem with the security!

    Greek Life

    Simple, not too crazy. Approximately 6 greek clubs.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 180 to choose from. I stick with the business and econ clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Nature loving and academic driven students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Electronic music (Dubstep) seems to be the craze on campus - personally I am not a fan of this particular music scene.

    Bang for the buck

    Well the overall price of acquiring an education is pricey. However I should be able to leverage a higher paying salary with my education once I graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Outdoor activities i.e. biking, jogging, rafting, surfing etc

    Food and Dining

    Delicious! Vegetarian and vegan headquarters!

    Dorm Life

    Very nice dorms, however I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigorous academics - considered the most rigorous institution in the CSU system.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be dedicated to learning! Claim your education!

    In three sentences

    A clean campus in a traditional small town. Friendly staff who are knowledgable. Beautiful campus located near the redwoods.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus is very safe off campus again just stay away from the green stuff.

    Greek Life

    If your looking for greek life dome come here because it is pretty much nonexistent.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fun but there are very little worth devoting time too.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are open to new ideas should come to this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Marching lumberjacks is a sight to see. It is the oddest marching band I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    Off campus housing is very very cheap.

    What to do for fun

    Hike, Bike, and hang with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food is ok but suggest to go off campus and go to the farmers market to get your own food.

    Dorm Life

    Fun but expensive. Off campus is way cheaper up here in Humboldt.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough but there is a lot of help offered. Supplemental courses, free tutoring, and teachers with feeling and personality

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay away from green no matter how much you think it won't effect you it will. Come here for science, art, and athletics. Have fun.

    In three sentences

    Located in a beautiful location. Very relax environment with lovely people. The Biological Sciences it awesome.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Sports are a great way to stay active on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are many wilderness activity opportunities around the campus. Staying active in body, in school, and in your social life is important and students should take advantage of outdoor activity opportunities. There is also a town near campus to explore and socialize.

    Food and Dining

    Do not overeat or under eat. Make sure to stay healthy and eat every color in the rainbow as your suppose to do. Make healthy choices throughout your life.

    Dorm Life

    Speak to dorm mates about any problems adjusting. Be considerate to others when it comes to personal space. Be positive and helpful to anyone who is in need.

    Academic Rigor

    Stay focused on all classes. Get tutoring when they need it. Always stay aware of all important due dates.

    Tips for prospective students

    To get out of their comfort zone and experience new things. Stay focused on their studies. If they need help seek someone out in order to solve their problem.

    In three sentences

    The campus is right next to the majestic Red Woods making it a unique location for the university. Humboldt strong Environmental Department is a lead school in the Eco-community. The close wilderness opportunities makes Humboldt students active and aware of the natural world.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    good - it has its own police force

    Great for these types of students

    liberal students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Can't think of any

    Bang for the buck

    the campus is very hilly so its like getting a free work out everyday you have classes.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Arcata to the plaza, go to the schools sporting events.

    Food and Dining

    the food is pretty good although its sort of expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus but the dorms look nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging but the instructors are happy to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in the school events and go to the orientation for new students... it really helps you figure out the layout of the school.

    In three sentences

    It's a wonderful campus. The instructors seems to care about the students. There is a lot of school pride.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Cheaper than UC but similar access to labs.

    What to do for fun

    Pretty much any outdoor activity is available here or close by. Arcata's nightlife is decent as well, and plenty of the arts.

    Food and Dining

    Food is tasty and somewhat healthy at most places around around campus, but often a little pricey.

    Dorm Life

    Nice dorms, but I never lived in them.

    Academic Rigor

    Really depends on the major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a major you enjoy!

    In three sentences

    This is the college for you if you love the outdoors! Great wildlife and biology programs among others! Small class sizes and hands on learning make you engaged.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Sweatshirts and comfortable shoes and an umbrella are a MUST because H.S.U. also stands for Hills Stairs and Umbrellas!!

    In three sentences

    It is absolutely beautiful up here! The town is filled with friendly people and the professors truly care about you passing. Besides the gas prices up here, the place is pretty awesome.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's campus posts everywhere on campus that could escort you late at night or in any trouble and they patrol the forests in case anyone gets lost or needs medical attention.

    Greek Life

    Currently small but growing quickly which strive for a real family that helps us feel like we are at home.

    Clubs and Activities

    Creating a club is easy and once you have a club, the resources ae endless and grants are available for anything like traveling to conferences in the U.S.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is adventurous, wants to definitely get involved, and has ideas to sustainable alternatives to the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The kinetic race which anyone can create a vehicle with no engine that can endure the road, sand dunes, and water. This shows how we can create alternatives to traveling around the community.

    Bang for the buck

    Like any other school, tuition is the bank breaker but Humboldt has many other scholarships and internships that will help you through college.

    What to do for fun

    The campus has many activities on and off always going on, just ask the Center of Activities where you could learn how to kayak or rock climb.

    Food and Dining

    Every meal has vegetarian and vegan options which is great to not get side tracked on your health.

    Dorm Life

    Great place to meet so many friends and with the friends you want with theme housing like Art Colony or Indoor Adventures.

    Academic Rigor

    Exams are starting to be taken away so participation and papers will test you on how much you are excelling in the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely get involved and make as many friends as possible, by the time you graduate, everyone will know your name and see how much you effort you put into Humboldt State.

    In three sentences

    Great hands-on experience with any major selected. The community of the school and town are so small that everyone will remember your name and help you with any of your needs. Professors are there to help you pass their class and don't want you to fail and prepare for grad school.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is very safe compare to others. In a year they only had four incidents of crime, this number is really low compare to other colleges. the police is very fast in response and there are emergency phones/buttons all around the campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not familiar with the Greek life but I do know that there are a some Greek clubs that are non-alcoholic and don't do drugs.

    Clubs and Activities

    Humboldt State has a lot of variety of clubs and activities. There's a club for every interest ranging from academics to sports and even race, religion and sexual orientation.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoor type of students, enthusiastic, people who like a small quiet community and are open minded,.

    What to do for fun

    Humboldt is neighbored by the redwoods so there is a lot of outdoor activities to do for fun. You can take a hike on one of the many trials in the forest, go to the beach or dunes, visit the wildlife marsh. The Arcata Plaza has free wifi and there are shops and dining places to visit.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be a part of of the events that go on in the campus and join clubs/sports to make friends and fully enjoyed your stay at HSU. Don't be afraid to ask for help academically.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State is a tranquil environment with small classes and great teachers. The professors are always available to help you and so are other services provided such as tutoring.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of on campus events that people can go to that are enjoyable. On the plaza there is a nightlife for 21 and over and events with no age constrictions may attend to

    Food and Dining

    They have a great variety of options for you to choose from everyday. They are very accommodating for people who are vegetarians and vegans as well

    Dorm Life

    They have new on campus apartments which are spacious. It is a great way of meeting new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors want to challenge you in a good way. This is to prepare you for the real world so that you are ready for life challenges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid of getting involved with the school. Join clubs, adventure out in nature and get to know your professors

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State University is a great place where you can get acquainted with the local diverse culture. A place where professors want to see you succeed and help you achieve your goals. Also a great place to focus on your studies , while being surrounded by beautiful trees.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are people that regulate each floor of the the housing departments, as well as campus PD patrolling.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs and activities if you are willing to participate.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love the outdoors and enjoy a sense of community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The redwoods are just behind our school.

    Bang for the buck

    You are definitely receiving an education hhere.

    What to do for fun

    I workout at the Lumberjack gymnasium, play videogames in my room, and study for my tests.

    Food and Dining

    The worst part of the campus is the hours of operations for food. The cafeteria has a set schedule of hours they are open and closed. They are mostly closed throughout the day. Food quality is poor unless you eat at the depot.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the a single on-campus apartment. The conditions here are suited to my needs. The dorms can get a little rowdy, which may cause some problems for incoming freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    I am currently taking business and biology classes, in which are all 4 and 3 unit classes, and the amount of time that I am spending in preparing for lectures and tests is more than I ever have before. The professors are more than competent here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare for your particular lifestyle, ask around to others about where you would fit.

    In three sentences

    There is a lively campus filled with easy going students. Nature is prevalent here, as is recycling and health. The working environment is productive in nature, serene surroundings, and happy people.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I come from a small town in North Idaho and I was worried that this campus wouldn't provide enough excitement for me, but after reading the reviews and doing as much research as possible without visiting, this college stole my heart!

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every college campus is a little dangerous but I definitely feel pretty safe walking through campus at night. There are lights everywhere and security call boxes every few 100 feet or so.

    Greek Life

    Sororities and fraternities aren't a big deal here but there are a few that are possible to apply to be a part of.

    Clubs and Activities

    A ton of clubs are offered at HSU and all of them are accepting. Almost every major has a club associated with it to join and get more involved with what you want to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Humboldt is great for students who are interested in the environment or just like friendly places.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual place on campus is the forest. It is attached right to the campus and easily accessible. Whenever you need time alone the forest is a great place to go and think or observe nature.

    Bang for the buck

    Humboldt State is on the more affordable side compared to other state colleges. It is still expensive, but totally worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Humboldt State has a ton of extracurricular activities offered for many different types of people. They offer things from the Quidditch Club to the Geology Club. If you aren't interested in clubs you can always go hike through the forest and look at all the beautiful redwood trees.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat on campus, the 2 main ones are The Jolly Giant Commons and The Depot. The Jolly Giant Commons is a cafeteria with a variety of things offered and everyday there is a salad and fruit bar. The Depot consists of different restaurants that stay the same but are quick and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I live in suite and it is amazing. There are 9 other girls in the suite who are all very nice. The suite contains a kitchen and bathroom with 2 showers/toilets/sinks. Each room contains a large window so it never seems clausterphobic and they are a decent size.

    Academic Rigor

    Humboldt State is definitely harder than high school, but in a good way because it challenges you and makes learning fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is a new experience and it is easy to forget how to stay on top of things. Staying organized and making designated study times is a great way to make sure you get everything done and also gives you time to have fun.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State University is an incredibly friendly, open place. The atmosphere is unlike anywhere else I have ever been and everyone is welcoming. The teachers are always there to help and the class sizes are never too large.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food at HSU is decent, it's not the same as a homemade meal, but its food and college kids love food. Their is no off campus dining vendors except for one, Los Bagels, a lot of the food offered is locally acquired. The J is the cheapest place to get a meal at HSU, the depot may offer burgers, pizza, and sandwiches but they can get a little pricey.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you choose to live, on campus, the dorm life is what you make of it. If you choose to stay in your room and not go out or party. Or if you choose to leave you door open and get to know the people you are going to be going to school with for the next four years. The dorm life can be a great time it al depends on what you make of it.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your the area your studying and who the professors teaching method. Overall it depends on how much time and effort you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors and advisor, they have the experience and connections to help you find the internships and volunteer opportunities that can benefit you.

    In three sentences

    Great campus and school especially if you looking at a school that has great science programs. Small class sizes were teachers know your name. Great professors and staff that have experience in their field and share their experience.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great!

    What to do for fun

    Be outdoorsy. Take advantage of all your surroundings and explore as much as possible.

    Food and Dining

    I've never really tried their diner's.

    Dorm Life

    Never experienced the dorm life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students of Humboldt State, this is a school full of many different opportunites. Make sure to pick the right major for you, and enojoy the ride.

    In three sentences

    Very good school, where most classes are hands on. Teachers are great and enthusiastic about their job. The weather is perfect.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe!

    Greek Life

    There is very little Greek life at Humboldt,instead there is a very tight knit community.

    Great for these types of students

    If you would like less distractions that slow your educational goals, are a fan of nature, and want to spend less money... GO TO HUMBOLDT!

    Bang for the buck

    You will save money if you go to Humboldt....period. Rent is cheap. Food is cheap. A night out on the town is cheap. One can bike or walk to almost any location that they please. Absolutely no one in Humboldt cares about brands, labels, or the car a person drives.

    What to do for fun

    The great outdoors! From hiking to scuba diving, the center of activities provides a large number of fun outdoor activities that people of all backgrounds can enjoy. Art, music, and craftsmanship are also very much alive in Humboldt.

    Food and Dining

    Humboldt is unique because most of the food in the cafeteria is grown loacally. Red meat, no meat, only organic- Humboldt makes an enormouse effort to provide food that all diets would enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    Living the dorm life is a great way to build support networks and bridge the difficult transition of living as a financially independent adult. Food, laundry, and bills are already prepackaged together. Having the great Redwood Forest as one's backyard is a definite plus!

    Academic Rigor

    Real people go to Humboldt. If a student's academic road has hit some bumps, Humboldt is the perfect nurturing community to help one get their goals back on track. Nearly all people attending the school are in earnest to finish their degrees and make use of their passions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the vast amount of resources available at Humboldt. The Humboldt campus is unique because it allows students to run and partake in nearly all the programs offered at the facility. The opportunity to work with the school helps students gain hands on experience in fields that would otherwise be impossible to enter as a lone individual.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt Sate is located in a very beautiful location. The quite helps students truly focus on their educational goals. Also, the small class sizes help create a community were in students feel heard and valued. To those who may be tempted by outside distractions, Humboldt State University is the place to pursue and complete long term goals.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for any student.

    What to do for fun

    a variety of different clubs, sports, a gym and so much more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your reading. Professors are willing to go out of their way to help.

    In three sentences

    It has been a wonderful opportunity to attend Humboldt state; also very challenging at times. The curriculum for my major of sociology covers a degree of various topics, which can be applied to job opportunities.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe, never worried, all nice people.

    Greek Life

    Its present, but not very big

    Clubs and Activities

    there is many types of clubs such as snowboarding, waterfowl conservation association, forestry, forestry ecology.... very many clubs to math up to you.

    Great for these types of students

    out doors people relaxed people

    Bang for the buck

    Overall this school is very student friendly. Teachers realize that school is hard and that affording it is even harder. They make sure you get what you came for, an education and make sure it sticks. Very relaxed school and if your a down to earth relaxed person, this is your school.

    What to do for fun

    So many outdoor activities like surfing, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, hunting, camping, there is really everything.

    Food and Dining

    very good little spot The Depot on campus. Serves really good orange chicken, fresh made burritos, pizza, and sandwiches along with many other things daily. Awesome food, oh yea and a small bar with only beer. Very neat little place

    Dorm Life

    did not attend dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Forestry- a lot of science and math

    Tips for prospective students

    Always meet with a advisor when registering for new classes, and always be prepared before you go. Don't wait till the last minute to do things.

    In three sentences

    Very comfortable school with a relaxed manor which makes it easy to focus on school work. Teachers i have met are all friends and very approachable. Great department for sciences!

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Well if you are outdoorsy there are a lot of things to do. Its a small town so don't count on big malls or dance clubs. However the school has great club programs and it is fun to go to home games.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make use of the teacher's office hours because they do help a lot. Also take it seriously the classes can get hard if you keep missing days.

    In three sentences

    The school is amazing. So open minded and has a great staff. Personally I find the class moderately difficult.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe most of the time, it is a small town, but it can get dark, so be wary you are more likely to trip over a step than run into a mugger. As with most places, do not do stupid things, that is where the trouble is going to find you and don't lock your bike on the sides of the library or your tire is going to get stolen.

    Greek Life

    It is not very big, most of the students do not even notice their existence.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and as you do not annoy someone in the department that you are trying to get a club together it is pretty easy to do. There are a lot current fun clubs as well such as the kinesiology club, anthropology club, water polo, Jack Swim Club and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for ecology, environmental students, people who like the outdors and not really meant for the people who want to live away from 'civilization'.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a disc golf course in the forest that is part of campus property (called the Community Forest) and it has A LOT of HILLS AND STAIRS.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is cheaper than most schools in California and most of the teachers are really awesome.

    What to do for fun

    I, besides working a ridiculous amount, I go to the beaches that we have all over the place, the river or the forest. Even laying out in my yard relaxing can be nice. Then I do some martial arts, dancing, helping a grad student with their research, and swimming for the rest of my free time.

    Food and Dining

    It is better than some places and cheaper than some places off campus, but there are a lot of variety of foods and the new campus market place is really good as well.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't get into the dorms. Apparently they're putting cool with a new campus apartments that are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    I transferred in from a junior college that was extremely rigorous, but this school is hard for people not trying, but fairly easy as long as you put the time in and I also did all of my extremely rigorous classes as my original school, so I could be biased.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are coming here with a computer science related major, you virtually have to learn it all yourself (this is from my complaining housemate who is one). The rest of the majors related to art, forestry, botany and kinesiology are awesome with great instructors and professors.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school, having small class sizes which always for more one on one time with us and the instructor. It has a lot of interesting professors and lecturers. The kinesiology Human performance lab and biomechanics lab are amazing to work in.

  • 12/14/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    Non-existant.

    Great for these types of students

    Hippies and/or liberal minded students.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a state school so it's not expensive compared to other universities. This school is not well known so a degree from here may not look as good as a degree from a more well known school.

    What to do for fun

    Go hiking, walk on the beach, smoke marijuana.

    Food and Dining

    There is some pretty good food in town, but not on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is not much to do.

    Academic Rigor

    Not a tough school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like the sun or warmth outside, this may be a tough place to live with the constant marine layer always blocking out the sun.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful scenery. Hippies everywhere you look. Marijuana friendly.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i feel extremely safe here

    Greek Life

    i am not personally involved in the greek life so i wouldnt really knopw what to say about it. i heard its fun !

    Clubs and Activities

    i havemt persionally joined any clubs yet. but i plan to in my upcoming semester. they have over 100 clubs to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    students who love the outdoors and love nature!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the forest is just one of my favorite places to go! it is like a majestic place to go and escape into! its so close to campus you can take a hike in one of your breaks!

    Bang for the buck

    it was a major culture shock coming from los angles. but it is so worth coming here! the environment is beautiful and the people are great!

    What to do for fun

    the forest is always a great option lots of outdoor activites or go explore the plaza shops!

    Food and Dining

    since i live off-campus i dont really by food on-campus. when i do eat there it is good food but ewway to over priced for my budget

    Dorm Life

    i live off-campus, but i have been to the dorm and its very alive and everyone is super friendly!!

    Academic Rigor

    ii had no trouble looking for help with my classes when i needed it. everyone is very friendly and will assist you with any clkass your having trouble with. there is many resources in the library to help you!

    Tips for prospective students

    stay involved with the school! and stay on track with academics and make sure your getting all the help you need and utilize all the great resources that are offered on campus!

    In three sentences

    its a great university with wonderful people, everyone here is super friendly! the town is a cute little plaza with great places to look around and the scenery is absolutely beautiful! it is for sure one of my favorite places ever!

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is safe compared to most places. There will always be incidences like any other campus, but this place has overall less crime then bigger cities.

    Greek Life

    It is here, but is not a big part of HSU. They do not have a big role in the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs, but they do not really announce themselves, so you have to find them.

    Great for these types of students

    People that are open to something different. People that want to do something different and be accepted for it. People that are laid back or want to slow down.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This whole place is unusual, so be ready! :D

    Bang for the buck

    This school is cheaper than some but sometimes I feel the education I am getting is not worth the price I am paying. The gas prices here are more expensive then most places, because it is remote. While up here, you will find the deals and steals so no need to worry.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do outdoors. Plenty of places to rock climb, hike and wander! The beaches are cold but beautiful. The rivers (all six of them in the county) provide plenty of fishing, and good hunting spots too. There are some shows and famous people that come through, but not as much as a normal city. There are spots for poetry nights or open mic nights, a good place to start a band.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options food wise at this school. If you are vegan or vegetarian, you won't have a hard time finding a meal. If you eat meat, same deal. The overall quality of food is good too.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms, but from what I heard from people who have, it is normal dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    There are plenty of times that I do not feel very challenged academically. Depending on your subject of study, either you will be very challenged and studying all the time, or find yourself with a lot of free time. The teachers are very understanding and are available to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do not like small towns, and running into the same people after a year, this is not the school for you. Humboldt County overall is a very different place then most of California, so be aware that you may be challenged at times by the different views/values. If you are looking for something different then you are used to and want to be in a comfort zone (depending on if you like it) then this place is for you. It is a very relaxed place, I found it a great school to transition from home life to on-my-own life.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State is a quaint school, because it is smaller there is a more community feel. There are great programs for anything environmental or wildlife related. Nature surrounds this school, and the people that are attending the school care about nature.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is safety at this rural college. The school just received a safety grant to improve safety.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a great way to get involved on campus and meet friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    So much to do!! Lots of great clubs and activities that are easily accessible!!

    Great for these types of students

    Yes, lots of diversity and very accepting community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Walking the forests behind the college for the study break.

    Bang for the buck

    Many great clubs on campus and diverse opportunities to meet friends.

    What to do for fun

    Go the beach. Hike in the Redwoods. Lots of great live music!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options available, with many different locations.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the Dorm but I worked with Dorm Advisors. They put a lot of effort into Student Success.

    Academic Rigor

    I really enjoyed the classes I took for my major!

    Tips for prospective students

    Find community and take advantage of the beautiful Redwood Coast.

    In three sentences

    HSU allows for creative space to explore your own education.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Even though the hills and stairs may seem defeating they're quite easy to concur once you're used to the burn.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt State University has a great overall environment and dedicated teachers determined to help their students reach their destined, highest potential.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an on campus police station that is always available for those in need and since you need an ID to even get in to the residence halls, you can be sure that no one will be able to come in will ill intent.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that study science will love both the area and the abundant resources available to you. People that love the outdoors will find that HSU is a bit of a playground.

    What to do for fun

    It honestly takes about a minute or two to get to the forest which has the best view of the stars at night. There are always college parties and there are two theaters close by that charge about $6. They might be small but they have history. The beaches in the area are unlike any I've ever seen. You could go hiking, camping, or just ride your bicycle around the town.

    Food and Dining

    I work on campus at one of the dining locations and I see the work that the staff does in order to provide good, healthy food for the students. Of course, there is also a lot of snacks available for those who wish it. There is also a lot of choices for vegans and vegetarians. HSU is a place that certainly does its best to accommodate the students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms can be somewhat of an adjustment but you get used to it after a while. Of course there are people who stay up late partying but people generally respect each other and try to keep it down especially during finals week. Living in such close quarters with your peers really helps build solid relationships.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses I've taken so far have been somewhat challenging, as one would expect from college level classes but one can manage. It just takes work and determination. The classes are very interesting and so rich in information. The professors do their best in helping the students and there are many places where one could get tutoring.

    Tips for prospective students

    The university might be a bit secluded but the town and the university cater to a student's needs. It is definitely a place where you can find yourself and meet many different people.

    In three sentences

    HSU is a wonderfully beautiful place full of helpful people. There are many resources available to help students succeed. Arcata is a college town and although it is somewhat far from other cities, it has everything you need.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great safety, Feel perfectly safe when walking at night on campus.

    Greek Life

    Very few fraternities and sororities, If your looking to be in one there wont be many options for you

    Great for these types of students

    Nature lovers Outdoors men type

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do at HSU other than go on hikes, ride bike, and many other door things. The school does offer many outside activities for students. But its a great place to live.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Humboldt is great. Everything you need is there when you live on campus. The dorms are great. They have traditional dorms, which are the Hill and Canyon dorms, Cypress which is like a suite. Creekview, and College Creek are apartment style dorms. Each dorm has its own great qualities to it. But no matter where you choose to dorm, you will find that everyone is very friendly and wonderful to live around.

    Academic Rigor

    Science and math are some of the toughest classes that you will have at HSU. The teachers are great and expect you to do your best.

    In three sentences

    Humboldt is a great school to attend. Everyone is very friends and accepting of you. The teacher really know what they are teaching and talking about.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very few incidents in my five years of being here. If you feel unsafe, you can request a police escort.

    Greek Life

    Small but close knit. Many are highly involved in community service, putting on academic workshops and other events.

    Clubs and Activities

    So much to do and so little time, there's something for everyone and if there isn't-get 7 other people and start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    Science Majors Art Majors and Minors Outdoor types Laid back types

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None really.

    Bang for the buck

    Can get pretty pricey.

    What to do for fun

    Best Eating Places: APD, Los Bagels, Sushi Tao, Sushi Spot, Hunan, Tony's , Don's Donuts. Very few fast food places, a preservation law prevents them from building any new ones. Watch a Movie: The Minor, Mill Creek Cinema, Broadway Cinema 8, Arcata Theater Lounge Outdoors: Moonstone Beach, Clam Beach, Arcata Community Forest, Redwood Park, National Park, Strawberry Rock, Patrick's Point, Fern Canyon and much more. Plus tons of on campus activities and entertainment from fire shows to concerts to music and art performances.

    Food and Dining

    The J- the place to go if you are on a meal plan. Food is relatively good most of the time. Acts as a cafeteria. Limited hours. The Depot-Upbeat atmosphere, but can get pricey. Offers burritos by the pound, sandwiches, rice bowls, pizza and more. Generally closes by 5. Marketplace-A little like a grocery store, cheaper then the depot, but more expensive then the J. Open until midnight. The cupboard chub-board the place to go for late night snacks if you live in the older dorms open past midnight. All of these offer on campus work study job opportunities.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on where you live. 1. Sunset and Redwood-Cheaper = Louder 2. Cypress-Lots of stairs, but more academically oriented. 3. Campus Apartments-I've hear horror stories. 4. College Creek-For returning students, a relatively new living complex. Overall Dorm life is what you make of it and something everyone should experience if they can.

    Academic Rigor

    When it comes to science-be prepared to study, a lot. The Humboldt area provides one of the best places for hands on learning in biology fields such as wildlife, zoology, marine science and more. Other majors vary, but it's college so expect to study a lot no matter what.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Like any other CSU, tuition keeps going up and the budget is tight, get scholarships if you can. 2. Be ready for a little pre-class workout, Humboldt is often referred to as Hills and Stairs University 3. In the case of a Tsunami- Head for Founders Hall 4. Be conservative with your J points (meal points) if you plan on living on campus and getting a meal plan, the worst thing is to run out at the end of the semester! 5. If you are looking for a party school-this is not it! This school is more for students looking to experience college life but also just life itself.

    In three sentences

    One of the best CSU's in terms of having the best college experience. The people are some of the most laid back and friendly people I have met. The beach to the west and the forest in all other directions makes for a quiet little college town with lots of outdoor activities to do.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you like small towns, and you don't want to be in a big city, this school is for you.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is very cheap, which is what many parents and students are looking for in a school. I believe it is somewhere around $7,130.

    What to do for fun

    There is a small town nearby called Eureka. It is very quaint. As far as I know, there isn't much to do around this area, but the beach is close.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police that i see almost daily walking around campus or even sometime playing ping pong with some of the students. There are also RA that walk around at night to check up on people and watch over the students. The crime here is very low and nonexistent except for people getting caught with pot.

    Greek Life

    Very minimal almost. There are a couple fraternities and sororities but the do not control the social scene here at HSU.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to list but im sure they will have something you will like. The gym is amazing as well as the field. Many games are held on it and anyone can play on it (as long as there is not a team practice or something)

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone that loves nature. Who likes to live the bohemian lifestyle. People who are interested in the Natural Sciences.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many hollow trees you can find and cool forts in the forest. There are also very interesting people that travel through the campus, like the the yak men that walk through campus with these two giant yaks.

    Bang for the buck

    Its a little pricey but if you get financial aid it is totally worth it. I love the breezy weather and awesome forests. Like i said early definite place to be if your interested in the Natural Sciences.

    What to do for fun

    There are many outdoor activities that can be done here. There is also a skate park just across from the campus and the town has many eateries and shops.

    Food and Dining

    Wide selection of food just the hours of operation of some of the places are a little funky, so picking the best time to eat will be the only challenge. The food is always great tasting and surprisingly cheap.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on which dorm you choose will greatly affect your life here. There are the classic college dorm style housing and there are also apartments available for freshman which are fantastic with a beautiful view of the forest.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major the classes you will have will very in complexity. The required general education courses give you a nice diversity of many academia's.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is the college for you if your interested in Natural Sciences. It has its own mini museum filled with invertebrates and vertebrates, a giant greenhouse and a massive forest that leads into the community trails. Many habitats to be explored and specimens to be collected.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus located in a gorgeous forest. Faculty and students as well as the residents always are friendly. Clean and healthy living can be found here.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    JOIN THE RUGBY TEAM! I've never played rugby ever, and now I am proud to be on the team.

    Bang for the buck

    For all colleges, it is very expensive. I still owe $4000.

    What to do for fun

    Explore! Endless amounts of adventuring and hiking, surfing, biking, anything outdoors.

    Food and Dining

    A whole lot better than high school food, but not as good as it could be.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of distractions and unnecessary inconveniences.

    Academic Rigor

    Great professors who are not scary to go up and talk to.

    Tips for prospective students

    GO TO CLASS!!! All of them, you do not want to fall behind on school work. Not like high school with make up work or even bells to keep you in a constant routine. Do not let the new found freedom be your demise.

    In three sentences

    Amazing and friendly students attending Humboldt. Great professors who are willing to learn alongside with us students. There are beautiful surroundings with no more concrete jungles in the way of seeing the true beauty of nature.

  • 02/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The redwood forest behind campus has boxes on the trails that can be used to alert campus security in case of emergencies. A very safe campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoor types, art and theater, wildlife and forestry, marine biology -HSU has its own ocean going ship and marine biology laboratory, biology and botany.

    What to do for fun

    We have everything close by. River Rafting, Rock Climbing, Scuba Diving, Canoeing, Crew, Kayaking-ocean and river, Biking, Beaches, Snow Skiing (when California/Oregon get snow again). Camping and hiking -beach or forest your choice.

    Food and Dining

    The town of Arcada is a 10-15 minute walk from campus and if you are a vegetarian or Vegan there is a vegetarian restaurant in town and the majority of restaurants are very veggie friendly. Don't worry carnivores there is plenty of meat and fresh fish being so close to the ocean.

    Dorm Life

    The redwood forest is 20 feet from my dorm. Alder is the Outdoor Adventure House and includes river rafting and snow boarding/skiing trips. The is also an Indoor Adventure House.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major, just like all colleges. Speaking as a science major--expect top quality and rigorous study. Outstanding Botany program with all the field trips close to campus or literally out the back door in the forest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visiting the campus is a must!! If you are an incoming student and love hiking and camping-consider HOWL. The Humboldt Outdoor Wilderness Leadership trip. It starts approx. 5 days before move-in date (which means you can move in earlier to your dorm) and you spend 4-5 days hiking the Lost Coast. I made permanent friends on HOWL and it was great knowing people before the rest of the freshman class even moved in.

    In three sentences

    HSU is a place of supreme tranquility, seemingly left untouched by the majority of people due to vast amounts of wilderness that the campus inhabits. A place where the land meets the water and the water combines with the land to create a stunning contrast between the two. The home of HSU is built in a place so peaceful, so wild, that at times it doesn't feel like a campus: it feels like home. The first word that comes to mind when looking upon the giant Redwood trees: spectacular. Everything seems to shrink before them; they make you feel so small as you look between trunks that are greater than twice your size. Yet as you head out of these giants you find yourself in a precarious place as you stare transfixed by the power and beauty of the ocean. People find themselves wondering if such a gorgeous and awe-inspiring place can truly be home to a University where its environment is just as amazing as the people that live there. Each time I step on the campus I am greeted with smiling faces and words of encouragement and each one has the same opinion: the people that live here are the most accepting they have experienced.

  • 02/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The dinning services are above par.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great if you are new to the area and want to be close to all of your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    The snowball effect can happen to anyone. Yes, some courses are difficult and if you don't maintain a steady work ethic, it will begin to pile up. There are a number of outlets though available to all students for any extra help that is needed.

    In three sentences

    If you are looking to get away from the big city and join a community of people driven to change how we run our world, then Humboldt State is the college for you. The small classroom sizes help students engage with professors one-on-one for expert help in the their field of study. The environment in the Humboldt area is truly astonishing with the redwood forest in the backyard of the University.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Row and Crew, lacross

    Great for these types of students

    Science majors

    What to do for fun

    Great hiking trails not too far from campus.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of variety.. many vegetarian options.

    Dorm Life

    Very active art and music scene.

    Academic Rigor

    Some programs here, such as environmental resource engineering, are extremely challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advance placement courses in high school.

    In three sentences

    Great school for studying natural sciences. One of the best regional schools for studying botany as well as mycology.

  • 03/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel really safe on this campus, there are buttons all across campus a student can utilize if they need help or assistance. Security and campus police are always there to hear you out and make sure no one is in danger.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs that a student can join. Clubs seem really active and are always welcoming and encouraging new members to join. They put on performances and have great energy that is vibrant across the audience that are walking to their next class and it is nice.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are not so attached to the city you will do great here in HSU. Students that like to explore in nature will definitely have a great time. Students that prefer cold weather and don't mind rain here and there will love it here. I think as long as you can live without big malls and a some of the fast foods like Chipotle, you will like it here just because it has so much to offer both the school and the town.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a traditional bonfire in the beginning of the year and at the end. It is a great way to meet new people.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities that one can do for fun. It you're an athlete, you can go biking, hiking, and surfing. If you are the more mellow person, you can take walks at the beach or go down by the pond and read a book. There places so beautiful around here that there is no time to be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The best thing about food here in HSU is that you have options on where you can go eat.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm experience has been great, at first I was nervous I would be paired with someone I would not get along with but it turned out great. If for some reason you need to change, housing always gives you that option. Also the furniture is big and spacious and the views are not bad. Dorm life has also given me the opportunity to meet many people and make great friends so I definitely recommend it.

    Academic Rigor

    So far I have had great teachers who are willing to help and put in extra hours just so you understand the material better.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love nature and want to get away from the big city, this is the school for you. Bring a bike and prepare to do stairs everyday, it may seem like a lot of them but after a few months you get used to it. Try not to get early classes your first semester if you are not a morning person and remember nobody knows you better than yourself and good luck in college.

    In three sentences

    HSU is a great school, it may be isolated from the big cities, but it has so much beauty to offer and people just have to live here to realize that. HSU also has great teachers who are always willing to help students one on one when they need it. One thing that is hard to get use to is how nice faculty is and how they are willing to provide the best service ever.

  • 04/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Diverse, eclectic, socially conscious university with great potential for growth!