Humboldt State University

Humboldt State students enjoy an extraordinary college experience, taking small classes taught by professors who know them by name. They live and learn near ancient redwood forests, mountains and beaches. The university is located 275 miles north of San Francisco in the town of Arcata.

  • Average Tuition USD 34,536
  • Acceptance Rate 77%
  • Students 8,485
  • International Students 1.1%
  • Total Cost USD 34,922
  • Scholarships 10
  • Student-Faculty Ratio 23:1

School Description

Humboldt State University (HSU) is the northernmost California State University (CSU) campus. Every year, students from around the world come to HSU for a high quality education and to live in a friendly, safe and welcoming environment. 

HSU is renowned nationally and internationally for its academic excellence, intensive research and unique programs. Our small class sizes allow students to receive personalized attention and support. HSU has outstanding natural science and resources programs, and also excels in the areas of business, humanities and liberal arts. HSU consistently ranks among the top regional colleges in publications such as U.S. News & World Report. The Princeton Review ranks Humboldt State a Best Western College. 

International students can explore this unique area and enjoy a vibrant college town located in the heart of California's beautiful northern coast. Our beautiful location, safe campus and academically excellent programs make HSU one of the most appealing schools in California.

Bachelor Programs

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Anthropology

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of human beings, their antecedents and related primates, and their cultural behavior and institutions, in comparative perspective. Includes instruction in biological/physical anthropology, primatology, human paleontology and prehistoric archeology, hominid evolution, anthropological linguistics, ethnography, ethnology, ethnohistory, socio-cultural anthropology, psychological anthropology, research methods, and applications to areas such as medicine, forensic pathology, museum studies, and international affairs.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Biology

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

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    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Botany

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the scientific study of plants, related microbial organisms, and plant habitats and ecosystem relations. Includes instruction in plant anatomy and structure, phytochemistry, cytology, plant genetics, plant morphology and physiology, plant ecology, plant taxonomy and systematics, paleobotany, and applications of biophysics and molecular biology.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Business Administration

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Chemistry

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Childhood Education

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to infant and pre-school age children with special learning needs or disabilities, and that prepares individuals to teach such students. Includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Computer Science

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Criminology

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of crime as a sociopathological phenomenon, the behavior of criminals, and the social institutions evolved to respond to crime. Includes instruction in the theory of crime, psychological and social bases of criminal behavior, social value systems and the theory of punishment, criminal law and criminal justice systems, penology, rehabilitation and recidivism, studies of specific types of crime, social attitudes and policy, and applications to specific issues in law enforcement administration and policy.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Dance

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A general program that prepares individuals to express ideas, feelings, and/or inner visions through the performance of one or more of the dance disciplines, including but not limited to ballet, modern, jazz, ethnic, and folk dance, and that focuses on the study and analysis of dance as a cultural phenomenon. Includes instruction in technique, choreography, Laban notation, dance history and criticism, and dance production.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Economics

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    English

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the structure and use of the English language and dialects, speech, writing, and various aspects of the literatures and cultures of the English-speaking peoples.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Environmental Studies

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

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    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Film Studies

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program in the visual arts that focuses on the study of the history, development, theory, and criticism of the film/video arts, as well as the basic principles of film making and film production.

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    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Fine Arts

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Forestry

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to manage and develop forest areas for economic, recreational, and ecological purposes. Includes instruction in forest-related sciences, mapping, statistics, harvesting and production technology, natural resources management and economics, wildlife sciences, administration, and public relations.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    French

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of France, other Francophone countries inside and outside Europe, and the French colonial experience and the associated French minorities around the world.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Gender Studies

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the defined areas, regions, and countries of the world; defined minority groups within and across societies; and issues relevant to collective gender and group experience.

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    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    History

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the study and interpretation of past events, institutions, issues, and cultures.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    International Relations

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of international politics and institutions, and the conduct of diplomacy and foreign policy. Includes instruction in international relations theory, foreign policy analysis, international law and organization, the comparative study of specific countries and regions, and the theory and practice of diplomacy.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Journalism

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of gathering, processing, and delivering news and that prepares individuals to be professional print journalists, news editors, and news managers. Includes instruction in news writing and editing; reporting; photojournalism; layout and graphic design; journalism law and policy; professional standards and ethics; research methods; and journalism history and criticism.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Leadership

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on leadership skills that can be applied to a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. Includes instruction in organizational planning, dynamics of leadership, finance, team building, conflict resolution and mediation, communication and other management skills.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Liberal Studies

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

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    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Mathematics

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. Includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Music

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with personal music appreciation, the playing of a musical instrument, singing or recreational composition. This CIP code is not valid for IPEDS reporting.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Performing Arts

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the creation and interpretation of works and performances that use auditory, kinesthetic, and visual phenomena to express ideas and emotions in various forms, subject to aesthetic criteria.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Philosophy

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Political Science

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Psychology

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of the behavior of individuals, independently or collectively, and the physical and environmental bases of mental, emotional, and neurological activity.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Religious Education

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of providing educational services to members of faith communities, within the context of a particular religion, and that prepares individuals to serve as religious educators. Includes instruction in planning and teaching lessons, organizing and supervising instructional activities, designing and developing instructional materials, and administering religious education programs and facilities.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Social Work

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Sociology

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Spanish

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the Spanish language and related dialects. Includes instruction in philology; Modern Castillan; Latin American and regional Spanish dialects; and applications in business, science/technology, and other settings.

  • Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Zoology

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the biology of animal species and phyla, with reference to their molecular and cellular systems, anatomy, physiology, and behavior. Includes instruction in molecular and cell biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, ecology and behavior, evolutionary biology, and applications to specific species and phyla.

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Rankings

  • SchoolApply Ranking 782
  • Forbes (USA) 597

Facts

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 71
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.00
  • Minimum incoming GRE 0
  • Minimum incoming GMAT 0
  • Average SAT Score 985

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    International students can apply for a $2,000/year International Student Scholarship.

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    Established in 1913

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          • , Physical Science

            An experience worth retelling!I grew up in Arcata and like many of my friends chose Humboldt State University as the launching ground for what would eventually become a strong career in high-tech. As locals we knew exactly what HSU had to offer, a level of quality and intimacy that was unparalleled. During my time at HSU I was given ample opportunity to explore different career paths. The support I received along the way provided a pressure-free atmosphere to ultimately pick the path that was right for me. There are many influential people who played a big role in my experience - Dr. Carol Lasko (Chemistry), Dr. Vithal Patel (Calculus) were among the best. Upon graduation I was fortunate to receive a job with Sun Microsystems who was recruiting on campus. I am forever grateful for my experience at HSU and would recommend the university to anyone. Your college experience is what you make of it. Take advantage of the opportunity HSU provides you and you'll do well in your career.

          • 1976-1978, English

            Frontier to a JourneyThey say we learn our destiny in college. HSU gave me experiences that melded together into a foundation for my ideals. When an art teacher told me I was not dedicated enough to be an artist, I pushed harder. I became better. As an artist, admiration was the carrot that I chased. the bulk of my memories of HSU are the teachers, each with unique offerings to guide me on to adulthood. Secondly, I fondly remember the terrain of the campus; it was home for a couple years. Walking, biking, lots of time outdoors. There were fern flowered corners where one could find peace and quiet. There were opportunities to follow the cause of the day, to make a difference in the world, to take a stand. In these things, one finds meaning and purpose. As HSU evolves with the passing of time, I believe students choosing HSU will find a rich and memorable experience. This unique college community, combined with the naturally beautiful surroundings can offer meaningful guidance...

          • 1999-2003, Environmental Resource Engineering

            HSU, one of the best educations you can get!HSU typically has smaller class sizes and much more availability to teachers and staff than the larger CSU schools. We were conditioned to work together as well as alone, and gave me a great sense to management without having to take a class in it.