Humboldt State University

1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA

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Humboldt State University, a public institution, offers a variety of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Arcata, California, it resides in a rural setting for students to study in. HSU has a yearly student enrollment of around seven thousand.

Students may select from a few areas of study, including:

  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Health And Clinical Professions

Students applying for admission are required to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by admissions officials. Either the SAT or ACT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to Humboldt State University. Scores within the range of 19 to 25 on the ACT or 910 to 1150 on the SAT are needed to increase your chances for acceptance. HSU has an admissions rate of around 83% of which only 17% decided to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at

The cost of tuition is different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state residents pay close to $7,800 and out-of-state residents pay $20,000 for the year. The cost of on-campus housing is about $5,700 per year. Students enrolled at HSU may be eligible for aid which is typically loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The HSU Lumberjacks participate in a number of athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Sports available may include but not limited to:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Rowing (NCAA Division II)

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give you an idea of the candidates Humboldt State University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Humboldt State University is around 8,800 students. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 16% enrolling as graduate students and 94% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,200. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $55 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $5,500-$6,600
    • Out-of-State: $17,000-$19,960

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid79%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships74%$9,212
Receiving Student Loans60%$5,325

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Humboldt State University may provide services like:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

Humboldt State University has an overall graduation rate which is around 40%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years11%
Graduating in 5 Years18%
Graduating in 6 Years11%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation (since 1978)
  • Music Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 1979)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Humboldt State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (California Collegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Football (Great Northwest Athletic Conference)
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Natural Resources and Conservation

    Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Physical Sciences


    Public Administration and Social Services

    Recreation and Fitness Studies

    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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