Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA, USA
3.77 Average Rating
Humboldt State University is a public, Hispanic-serving institution and the most northern campus of the CSU System. The university is situated in Arcata, CA, surrounded by Humboldt Bay, a redwood forest, and the Pacific Ocean. HSU houses the largest undergraduate botany program in the US and multiple off-campus facilities, including a mountain-top astronomy observatory, a bay-side aquatics facility, a wildlife care facility, and a marine biology research center. It is the only institution of higher learning in the state to grant degrees in wildland soil science and rangeland resources.


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Institution Type
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed
Level of Institution 4 Year
Campus Setting Town
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Acceptance Rate
Average ACT Composite: 20
Average SAT Composite: 990

What Students Are Saying

3.77 Average Rating
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.

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.
N from Arcata, CA

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