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 Annual Cost USD 34,922
  • Campus Setting Rural

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.

  • 01Ranked #15 for public regional universities in the Western U.S.
  • 02Designated "Best in the West" and a "Green College" by the Princeton Review
  • 03Live and learn in Humboldt County, ranked the second most desirable county to live in by the Washington Post

Bachelor Programs

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Anthropology

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual knowledge of Anthropology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of human language, culture, societies, biological and material remains, biology, and the behavior of primates.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Biology

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Biology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of cell growth, DNA expression, botany, parasitology and recombinant DNA technology.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Botany

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Botany. The program offers courses that focus on plant physiology, plant ecology, plant molecular biology, plant evolution, and genetic engineering of plants.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Business Administration

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Administration. The program offers courses that focus on the study of management theory; human resource management and behavior; accounting, purchasing and logistics; organization and production; marketing; and business decision-making.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Chemistry

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Chemistry. The program offers courses that focus on the study of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and chemical analysis.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Childhood Education

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Childhood Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the design and provision of teaching including other educational services for infant and preschool aged children with special learning needs or disabilities.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Computer Science

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Computer Science. The program offers courses that focus on the study of artificial intelligence, cyber security, the blockchain, and big data.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Criminology

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Criminology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the history and theory of law enforcement; operational command leadership; administration of public police organizations; labor relations; incident response strategies; legal and regulatory responsibilities; budgeting; public relations; and organizational leadership.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Dance

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the technical and practical knowledge of the elements of Dance. The program offers courses that focus on the study of dance as a cultural phenomenon; dance techniques and choreography; history of dance; and dance production.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Economics

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Economics. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the systematic and efficient allocation of resources; economic theory; micro and macroeconomics; comparative economic systems; banking systems; international economics; quantitative analytical methods; and public policy.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    English

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with critical, practical, and analytical knowledge of the fundamentals of English. The program offers courses that focus on three major objectives; reading, writing, and literature.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Environmental Studies

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Environmental Studies. The program offers courses that focus on renewable and non-renewable resources, ecosystems, pollution, and biodiversity.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Film Studies

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Film Studies. The program offers courses that focus on the study of visual arts; the history, development, theory, and critical analysis of film; and the principles of filmmaking and film production.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Fine Arts

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program offers a wide range of courses that focus on the study of art history; art theory and criticism; performing arts; 2D art; 3D art; digital art; photography, and architectural modelmaking.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Forestry

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Forestry. The program offers courses that focus on forest-related sciences, mapping, statistics, harvesting and production technology, forest management, and forest improvement.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    French

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that develop students' French conversation, reading, and compositional skills.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Gender Studies

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Gender Studies. The program offers courses that focus on women's studies, men's studies, and LGBTQ studies.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    History

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with comprehensive knowledge of History. The program offers courses that focus on developing an awareness of differing political, cultural, social, and economic structures in past societies and their interrelationship.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    International Relations

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts and practical application of the principles of International Relations, politics and international institutions. The program offers courses that focus on the study of foreign policy analysis; international law and organization; the comparative study of specific countries and regions; and the theory and practice of diplomacy.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Journalism

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts and practical application of the fundamentals of Journalism. The program offers courses that focus on 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.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Leadership

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the leadership skills required in a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. The program offers courses that focus on the study of organizational planning; the dynamics of leadership; team building; conflict resolution and mediation; communication; and other management skills.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Liberal Studies

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical, conceptual, and practical knowledge of Liberal Studies. The program offers courses that focus on the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Mathematics

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Mathematics. The program offers courses that focus on algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Music

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Music. The program offers courses that focus on the study of medieval, renaissance, classical, romantic, jazz, pop, and rock music.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Performing Arts

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Performing Arts. The program offers highly interdisciplinary courses that are delivered through a mix of practical workshops and lectures that focus on music, dance and drama.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Philosophy

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the fundamentals of Philosophy. The program offers courses that focus on the study of Eastern and Western philosophy, aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, and contemporary philosophy.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Political Science

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the fundamentals of Political Science. The program offers courses that focus on understanding political ideas, ideologies, institutions, policies, processes, and behavior. As well as groups, classes, government, diplomacy, law, strategy, and war.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Psychology

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Psychology. The program offers courses that focus on understanding and analyzing human behavior.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Religious Education

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theological and practical knowledge of Religious Education. The program offers courses that focus on teaching the fundamentals of religion and different belief systems; doctrines; rituals; customs; rites; and religion in society.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Social Work

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Social Work. The program offers courses that enable students to work with individuals, groups, and communities. The program requires students to participate in social work agencies, children's homes, and other institutions.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Sociology

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical, conceptual, and practical knowledge of Sociology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of family; religion; media; global development; and methods of research.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Spanish

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    The program offers courses that develop students' Spanish conversation, reading, and compositional skills.

  • 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States

    Zoology

    USD 7,194 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that focus on the study of general biology; organismal biology; ecology; genetics; animal behavior; and zoo and aquarium science.

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Rankings

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    SchoolApply Ranking 837
  • Forbes (USA)
    Forbes (USA) 597

Admission Requirements

  • 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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    Financial Aid & Scholarship

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

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    Established in 1913

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          • Testimony
            , 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.

          • Testimony
            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...

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            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.