Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University

The main campus of Humboldt State University occupies nearly 144 acres, and was established on June 16, 1913 as a teacher's college. This public educational institution, situated in Arcata, California, serves more than 1,000 postgraduates and nearly 6,000 undergraduates at present. HSU offers 12 Master's programs and various credential programs to its students.

The sports teams of the university are named the Lumberjacks and the university mascot is Lucky Logger. HSU has men's and women's soccer, cross country, volleyball and basketball teams. American poet Raymond Carver, former Major League Baseball catcher Jack Fimple, former NFL running back Wendell Hayes and former power lifter Danny Herrera are famous alumni of this university.

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Contacting Humboldt State

Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata , CA 95521-8299
General Phone: (707) 826-3011

Humboldt State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts505Native American studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, social services, ...
Conservation and Resource Management186conservation, environmental studies, environmental science, natural resources policy, fisheries sciences, forestry, wildlife management
Science155biology, botany, zoology, physical sciences, chemistry, geology, oceanography, physics
Art Studies101art studies
Therapy and Counseling97psychology
Business and Management87business management
Family and Social Work63social work
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy47health and physical education
Nursing and Emergency Medicine46registered nursing
Engineering36environmental engineering
Education and Teaching33education, industrial arts teaching
Religion and Philosophy23philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering17information technology, computer science
Drama and Performing Arts17drama
Landscaping and Horticulture7range management

Number of programs and degrees for Humboldt State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,31745
Master's degree17613

Humboldt State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Humboldt State had a total enrollment of 7,773 students (7,237 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 88%
Graduate 12%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 53%
Black 3%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 4%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 27%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 22%
20-21 21%
22-24 24%
25-29 17%
30-34 5%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 3%
65+ 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Humboldt State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 57 %

Humboldt State Room and Board (2007)

Humboldt State offers campus housing for 1,612 of its 7,237 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Arcata, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Humboldt State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450590
SAT Math450580
ACT Verbal1725
ACT Math1725
ACT Composite1825

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT89%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT28%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Humboldt State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,148
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,318
Room and board $ 8,972
Room charge $ 4,467
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,375
Books and supplies $ 1,470
Other expenses $ 3,180

Financial Aid:
Humboldt State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 114900)

Humboldt State Faculty

Humboldt State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4427
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1414

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*2*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year3$97,0443$101,432

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year72$90,98844$89,855
Associate professoracademic year43$71,67224$71,223
Assistant professoracademic year38$58,49025$60,013
Instructoracademic year0*2*
Lectureracademic year13$59,35512$61,517
All faculty totalacademic year166$76,068107$74,726

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Humboldt State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Basketball Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Track Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports116677

Humboldt State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Forestry, General
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Landscaping And Horticulture
Range Science and Management

Liberal Arts
American Indian/Native American Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General


Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Physical Sciences
Physics, General
Zoology/Animal Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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