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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of options off campus in Arcata. The Wildflower Cafe is a very nice place to eat with plenty of vegetarian options. Blondies is right down the street from Humboldt State University and has a good beer selection and awesome sandwiches. Kebab Cafe is a very good Greek and mediterranean eatery and has the best Gyros in town. They also have Arcata scoop which carries a lot of different organic ice cream options. Overall, there is a lot of great options for off campus dining in Arcata.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: The night life in Humboldt is very mellow. A lot of people go to the bars because it is always packed during the school year. Also, a lot of people like meeting at the beach and having a bonfire. I think that the party scene in Humboldt County is positive. You can meet a lot of people and it's not out of control like some other schools.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: People tend to be very friendly and you can find pretty much find any type of individual in Humboldt. People here are very laid-back and non-judgmental; at Humboldt you could literally wear anything you want to wear and not many people would care.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: This school looks great on your resume if you're joining the peace-core as Humboldt really is known for it's humanitarian projects and sustainability skills. Humboldt may get a bad rep with being associated with marijuana, but you would be surprised to know that many students are actually productive members of society and hundreds of students give back to the community on Earth day/ volunteer day.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The class sizes are nowhere near as large as in other CSU systems and the professors really get to know you on a personal level. There's more time for questions and face-to-face interaction with your professors. There are a lot of different courses offered for how small of a school this is. All and all I would think that most professors have excellent experience and knowledge and have a passion for what they teach.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The scenery is great as this school is located within the confines of the redwood trees and the forest which is practically in the school's backyard. There aren't many things to do off-campus at night as there are only three bars and nothing else. However, HSU tends to throw activities on campus such as a movie night or free lectures and music recitals for students to attend.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are relatively few places to eat within walking distance, but for the most part, the food is good. I wouldn't complain too much about the diversity since most college students can't afford to eat out everyday. The closest fast food chain is a whole city away and would require a car or other form of transportation to get there. The cheapest convenience store would be Safeway, but for the most part the stores tend to send high-quality products which racks up the bill.

5 College Senior

Academics: I love most of my professors and have yet to meet an incompetent one. In my opinion, the workload is pretty manageable (if you are not also working) and the professors tend to be really helpful during office hours. Everything has been pretty smooth-sailing for me with a few bumps on the road, but it was mostly my fault for not seeking the available resources the school has for free. Study sessions are abundant and even making your own is relatively easy as most students are open and really like working together for support and sharing information.

4 College Senior

Academics: Some classes are real killers (Statistics and Research Methods) while others tend to be a walk in the park (Intro to Psychology and Women's Psychology). However, you do have your impossible professors at times who teach completely different than what you are used to. My advice would be to ask fellow students of your major who their professor was for a certain class and whether or not you should register for one of their classes. The workload for the psychology program is pretty easy and really nice since you can practically double-count most of your GE courses with psych courses.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are a lot of great programs for victims and a lot of workshops are given in order to educate people of the facts and statistics of sexual assault cases around the community and they've even thrown a "consensual dance" to heighten awareness. I feel pretty safe around campus because it's small so you can get to well-lighted places quicker than most campuses, and there's always someone walking around at night. Knowing there are people still up at odd hours makes me feel safer when I go walking and see that I am not alone.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: You can get away with certain things I'll admit, but when it comes to more serious rule breaking, security tends to lay the law down hard. Usually you get a warning and a slap on the wrist the first time, but for repeat offenders, they're not afraid to suspend you or fine you. If you do something bad enough, expulsion from the CSU system has happened and will happen to you if anything you do is a bad enough crime.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food isn't exactly top-notch, but it is a couple steps higher than what you would get at your high-school cafeteria. Sometimes the food is spot-on and amazing (especially the sandwiches), and they even try to incorporate ethnic foods into the menu. They also have a salad bar made with fresh, organic ingredients and an ice cream machine which I tend to use on a nightly basis.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I feel really safe in the dorms even though there is always a possibility of some danger that may (and has) occur on campus. It's really up to the students to practice safety when it comes to leaving the doors open for anyone else to come inside the dorms. So while there are certain dorms I would never step foot in, other dorm areas are just my cup of tea.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Personally I've had no contact with a sorority or Greek life and do not ever wish to join one, however the people in sororities seem nice and are always gathering donations for the boys and girls club which is awesome. I feel like Greek life on campus is relatively invisible to those who are not part of it, which I see as a good thing because then people won't feel pressured to join just to "fit in."

3 College Senior

Diversity: From my point of view there is a much more diverse population of students than before, but if we are talking about percentages, there is a lot more room for improvement. The majority of students are still Caucasian, but there has been a rise in Hispanic students and international students. Humboldt State still has a long way to go.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I have not had the opportunity to live off-campus, but from what I hear from others, it's relatively safe and within close proximity of bus stops which are two important factors when it comes to living off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Great camping and outdoor activities. Shopping and number of things to do may disappoint if you are attached to the large city life.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Career center is very available and advertised. Freshmen are especially well-supported with assigned upperclassmen mentors.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some professors are bad, good, and great. Class sizes usually small except for some GE's.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A bit outdated and expensive. I would recommend Cypress.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of locally owned places which gives the city a lot of character. Fast food corporations are not popular and few exist in Arcata. Good burgers, Humboldt grass-feed beef, pizza. Not so great Mexican food or sushi.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not involved and it doesn't affect me.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Working as a tutor isn't very hard to do.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very LGBT friendly. Student body is very progressive and environmentally conscious. Majority are white, however.

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