Humboldt State University

1,691 reviews
  1. Arcata, CA
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
Humboldt State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Address
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521

Humboldt State University Rankings

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Admissions

Acceptance Rate
77%
SAT Range
870-1100
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$11,836/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,785/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,243/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,945/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,156/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,773/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
23:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.64 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.70 responses
72%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.69 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,447Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
53%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • Laid back
    53%
  • Comfy but studious
    18%
  • Friendly and Relaxed
    16%
  • Typical
    9%
  • Chill
    4%
  • Friendly, chill, but still adventurous
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
67%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.96 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.129 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • All of the above
    23%
  • Unique
    23%
  • Diverse
    20%
  • Hippie
    20%
  • Beautiful
    6%
  • Life-changing
    6%
  • Organic elitist
    3%

After Humboldt State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
84%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.32 responses

Reviews

1,691 reviews
  • Excellent
    258
  • Very Good
    596
  • Average
    660
  • Poor
    118
  • Terrible
    59
Unbelievable opportunities especially with running track and traveling to many different places. The forest in your backyard. The small downtown area with the best people on earth. The beach as close as 6 miles away in amazing. The endless opportunity for adventure.
  • College Sophomore
  • 2 months ago
I love Humboldt State, it is so rewarding going to a school that is in the redwoods, I can walk through the community forest during my class breaks. The professors enjoy teaching the subjects and it does not seem like they are being forced to teach, they genuinely care if you understand the material.
  • College Junior
  • 3 months ago
I gave a rating of HSU 5 out of 5, because it is the best school I could have chosen for myself. I love the atmosphere and the people. Since the Humboldt community is much smaller and more intimate than the community I come from in Los Angeles, CA, I find it refreshing. It is awesome to feel like Humboldt is where I belong: on and off campus. I definitely made the right decision.
  • College Junior
  • 3 months ago