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Academics

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.”

Student Body

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.”

Campus Life

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.”

Overview

Applicants
11,562
Acceptance Rate
58%
Average HS GPA
3.23

GPA Breakdown

15%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
26%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 570

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — November 30


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
574
with Terminal Degree
333

308
Women
266
Men
97
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
7%
Graduate in 5 years
26%
Graduate in 6 years
49%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Range Science and Management.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American Indian/Native American Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Botany/Plant Biology.
  • Zoology/Animal Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Rhetoric and Composition.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.
  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management.
  • Forestry, General.
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other.
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General.
  • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
7%
Graduate in 5 years
26%
Graduate in 6 years
49%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,186

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,692

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,074

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
74%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,337

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,186

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,742
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,622
Required Fees
$1,750
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,726

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,170
Transportation for Commuters
$1,052

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,056
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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 SEOG
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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,774
Foreign Countries Represented
45

Demographics

1.11%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
2.89%
Asian
3.56%
African-American
34.96%
Hispanic
42.22%
Caucasian
6.60%
Unknown
1.29%
International

4% female
96% male

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
26%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Kevin O'Brien

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
187
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
6

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. One example is the 40-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, CCAT aims to demonstrate environmental responsibility through tours, workshops, presentations, hands-on projects, and even courses taught by students. Also notably, HSU students voted in 2007 to approve a student fee (now around $13.50 dollars per semester) to support the Humboldt Energy Independent Fund (HEIF), which invites students to create and design projects that reduce the campus’s environmental impact from energy consumption. More than 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. To support sustainable methods of transportation to and from campus, HSU has launched the online ridesharing service Zimride, hosts five Zipcars on campus, and recently implemented a bike sharing program called Zagster in partnership with the City of Arcata. In terms of research, Humboldt State Schatz Energy Research Center hosts a number of innovative energy research projects that students may become involved in, notably of both local and international scope ranging from regional renewable energy planning to electric vehicle readiness planning on the North Coast to increasing access to affordable off-grid lighting in sub-Saharan Africa, India and beyond. Academically, eco-minded HSU undergrads can take advantage of its coastal location with majors in botany, environmental science and management, fisheries, biology, forestry, geology, oceanography, rangeland resource science, wildlife, or zoology, among others. Students also coordinate a number of other student driven campus sustainability initiatives like the Graduation Gown Rental, the HSU Green Campus Program, the Waste-Reduction and Resource Awareness Program, 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 and earned a silver rating; by the 2016-2017 year, HSU submitted data to STARS for a second time and earned an improved rating of Gold.

93/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
12%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

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Campus Visits Contact

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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