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Humboldt State University is a public institution that was founded in 1913. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,597, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 144 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Humboldt State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 53. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,138 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,298 (2013-14).
Situated among redwood forests and just a few miles from the Pacific coast, the Humboldt State University campus is located in the city of Arcata, Calif., about 275 miles north of San Francisco. The university, often abbreviated to HSU, offers about a dozen master’s programs and nearly 50 undergraduate degrees, which fall into the colleges of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Professional Studies; and Natural Resources and Sciences. Given its location near the ocean and the Arcata Bay, it’s no surprise that HSU has an impressive oceanography research institute, which is home to a fully equipped marine lab and an oceanic vessel specifically for undergraduate research. HSU also has nearly 20 other research institutes, including one that specializes in redwood forests, and another, named the Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC), where students look for clean, renewable energy options.
Outside of academics, students can join more than 180 campus clubs, or play for one of the 12 Humboldt State Jacks (short for lumberjacks) varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Notable HSU alumni include Stephen Hillenburg, who studied marine resource planning, and then used what he learned to create Nickelodeon’s ocean-themed, animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.
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Humboldt State University offers students personal attention from their professors in a small, residential community. There are plenty of academic choices, with 47 majors and nationally recognized programs in natural resources and science. Hands-on experiences often supplement classroom instruction, and students take part in hundreds of volunteer projects and internships in the surrounding area.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Humboldt State University, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 16. The application fee at Humboldt State University is $55. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 79.7 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||79.7%|
|Application deadline||November 30|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||July 16|
The student-faculty ratio at Humboldt State University is 23:1, and the school has 36.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Humboldt State University include: Natural Resources and Conservation; Visual and Performing Arts; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Social Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||14%|
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Humboldt State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,597, with a gender distribution of 46.9 percent male students and 53.1 percent female students. At this school, 26 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 74 percent of students live off campus. Humboldt State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
Campus Info & Services
Humboldt State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, day care, health service, and health insurance. Humboldt State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Humboldt State University, 20 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Humboldt State University.
|Students who have cars on campus||20%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Humboldt State University, 80.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,866.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$7,138 (2013-14)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$18,298 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$11,678 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data