Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA, USA
3.77 Average Rating

Humboldt State University is a 4-year public institution in Arcata, CA, and is the northernmost campus of the California State University system. HSU is an Hispanic-serving institution conferring bachelor’s degrees in 51 academic majors. HSU also houses the largest undergraduate botany program in the US and maintains 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. For break from campus life, HSU provides easy access to Humboldt Bay, a redwood forest, and the Pacific Ocean. 

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed
Level of Institution 4 Year
Campus Setting Town
In State Students
93%
Out of State Students
7%
0
100
77%
Acceptance Rate
Average ACT Composite: 20
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 990
0
1600

Key Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Fall Regular Decision November 30, 2018 May 1, 2019
Spring Regular Decision August 31, 2018
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Master's
Total Number of Students
8,347
Total Number of Undergrads
7,774
Academic Calendar

Semester

Non Traditional Learning
  • Online Classes
  • Online Undergrad Degrees
  • Summer Sessions
  • Combined Institution Double Degree Programs
  • Some Programs Requires Co-Op/Internship
Learning Options
  • Study Abroad
  • Honors Program
  • Teacher Certification Offered
0
100
13%
Graduate in 4 Years National: 28%
0
100
44%
Graduate in 6 Years National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
22:1
National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$13,148
Tuition
In-State Tuition
$7,442
Out-of-State Tuition
$19,372
0
100
68%
Need Met
Students Receiving Financial Aid
73%
Average Aid Per Year
$13,650
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Gender
Male
Female
43%
57%
Student Organizations
208
Size of Town
Town: Remote
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
yes
On Campus Women's Center
yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Redding
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Sacramento
San Diego
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$34,700
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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.

Jason
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