Students Say

Humboldt State University is well known for being eclectic, and those who attend the school do little to dispel that notion, describing themselves as “unique and conscientious,” “open minded,” “laid back,” “active,” “quirky,” “green-loving,” “organic,” “compassionate” and “diverse.” No matter how they’re described, the students consider themselves to be a tolerant bunch, accepting everyone from “the preppy girl with tanned toned skin,” to “the hippie child from the hills, complete with natural body hair and dreads.”

Overview

Applicants
11,912
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average HS GPA
3.21

GPA Breakdown

11%
Over 3.75
12%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
29%
3.00 - 3.24
29%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
430 - 540
SAT Math
440 - 560
ACT Composite
18 - 24

Deadlines


Regular
November 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

Humboldt State University is well known for being eclectic, and those who attend the school do little to dispel that notion, describing themselves as “unique and conscientious,” “open minded,” “laid back,” “active,” “quirky,” “green-loving,” “organic,” “compassionate” and “diverse.” No matter how they’re described, the students consider themselves to be a tolerant bunch, accepting everyone from “the preppy girl with tanned toned skin,” to “the hippie child from the hills, complete with natural body hair and dreads.” Students relish the “tight community,” “relaxed campus vibe,” and “chill environment,” describing HSU as “a place where you can express yourself totally without fear of reprisal.” “All about equality in diversity,” students at Humboldt learn “to live with people of all different lifestyles in a socially responsible way.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
24:1
Total Faculty
570
with Terminal Degree
317

302
Women
268
Men
79
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
30%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
44%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Ken Fisher
Fisher Investment Co.

Wes Chesbro
California State Senator and Assemblyman

Del Walters
Chief and Director of CAL FIRE

Raymond Carver
Famous short story author and poet

Stephen Hillenburg
Creator of "SpongeBob SquarePants"

Paul Lubitz
President, Holly Yashi Jewelry

Peter Underhill
Leading Stanford University Geneticist

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
69
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,853

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,992

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,978

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,351

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
73%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,853

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,190
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,118
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,628

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,782
Transportation for Commuters
$1,052

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

With “natural beauty surrounding to compete against stress,” the Humboldt State campus “is simply beautiful.” A “great place to go to school,” students describe HSU as “a place to be yourself and to learn all about what you want to do in life, and have a great time doing it!” In this “environment that welcomes all,” student are often found “partaking in rather eccentric activities you would probably never find anywhere else,” and the warm California weather means that “outdoor activities are available year round.” “Fun and very interactive,” the student body “prides itself on community respect and social diversity.” “A small college in a small college town,” HSU students relish the “tight niche family feel” that comes out of the knowledge that “getting to know students and faculty is possible.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,962
Out of State
6%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
40

Demographics

54% female
46% male
6% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Humboldt State University is “a damn good education for a good price.” “An open-minded and intimate learning environment,” HSU provides “academic rigor in an exceptional environment,” “a holistic approach to learning,” and “applied, hands-on learning.” Students rave about the “personal connections” with “dedicated professors” who are “easy to get a hold of” and “whom you know on a first name basis.” The “small class sizes” provide “amazing opportunities,” and “in-class and community resources” allow students to gain “dynamic and innovative knowledge of the world.” Humboldt State’s location, with “the ocean to the west and the Redwood forest to the east” provides a “beautiful area for naturalists and artists” and “hands on experience that most other colleges don't offer to undergraduates” especially in the areas of “botany, sciences, social sciences, fisheries, and natural resources.” The curriculum at Humboldt fosters “the skills for lifelong learning, community and political awareness” with a focus on “responsibility to nature and the environment.” Social responsibility is a current that runs through the coursework at HSU. As one student puts it, “one overarching lesson HSU graduates bring to the world at large is a strong commitment to social justice no matter the discipline they choose to study.” Simply put, Humboldt State “brings diverse minds together and prepares them for enlightenment.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
25%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
74
First-Year Students living on campus
88%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
86

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
160
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
8

2% join a fraternity
2% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

5% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Lumberjacks)
5 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Soccer
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lumberjacks)
7 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups

Sustainability

Humboldt State University’s stunning coastal location near the Oregon border in northern California perfectly situates it to be a thought leader in environmental issues, and several influential organizations on campus are doing just that. Coordinating many of HSU’s sustainability efforts is the 35-year-old Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT), which was the first of its kind and has inspired similar projects at wide-ranging colleges. Driven by student engagement, the CCAT aims to demonstrate environmental responsibility through tours, workshops, presentations, hands-on projects, and even courses taught by students. Also notably, HSU students voted to approve a student fee of ten dollars per semester in order to support the Humboldt Energy Independent Fund (HEIF), which invites students to create, design, and implement projects that reduce the campus’s environmental impact from energy consumption. Seventeen student projects have already been commissioned, including a 10.5 kilowatt solar installation and new lighting for the sports stadium that reduces electricity and light pollution and saves $9,000 a year in energy costs. For student transportation, HSU has launched the online ridesharing service Zimride in addition to hosting two Zipcars on campus. Humboldt State Schatz Energy Research Center recently opened a hydrogen fueling station to power two hydrogen-powered Toyota Highlanders. Academically, eco-minded HSU undergrads can take advantage of its coastal location with majors in botany, environmental management and protection, fisheries biology, forestry, geology, oceanography, rangeland resource science, wildlife, or zoology. Students also motivate campus sustainability efforts like the Graduation Gown Rental, the HSU Power Save Green Campus Program, the Waste-Reduction and Resource Awareness Project, Reusable Office Supply Exchange, HSU Takes Back The Tap, and Donation Dash. Beginning with the 2012–2013 school year, HSU implemented the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) to manage its overall sustainability impact.

Green Rating
87
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
17%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
12

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Campus bookstore - Macintosh PC's- local vendors California State University-wide - Inacom purchase agreement

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Steven Ladwig
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 955218299

Phone
707-826-4402

Email
welcome@humboldt.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Founders Hall
Campus Center for Appropriate Technology
University Center
Redwood Bowl
University Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Arcata Community Forest
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Arcata Plaza
Mad River Beach
Redwood State and National Parks

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
707-826-4402

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
trt2@humboldt.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Transportation includes bus service via Arcata & Mad River Transit System, bus service via Greyhound and Amtrak, local taxi services, and Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV).

Driving Instructions to Campus
Located on Highway 101 approximately one hour south of the Oregon border and five hours north of San Francisco. Located at the western terminus of Highway 299.

Local Accommodations
Hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, specialty lodging network, camping.
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Key Stats

11,912
Applicants
7,962
Size
77%
Acceptance Rate
980
SAT Scores

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