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 33,980
  • 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.

Master Programs

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


    USD 8,458 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.

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


    USD 8,458 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.

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

    Business Administration

    USD 8,458 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.

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


    USD 8,458 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

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


    USD 8,458 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.

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

    Environmental Studies

    USD 8,458 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.

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

    Forestry, watershed & wildlife science

    USD 8,458 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.

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


    USD 8,458 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.

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

    Social Work

    USD 8,458 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.

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


    USD 8,458 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.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 80
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.00
  • Minimum incoming GRE 300
  • Minimum incoming GMAT 500
  • Average SAT Score 985


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    Established in 1913


    Considered by most as one of the best universities on the West Coast.

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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.