California State University

Humboldt State University (HSU)

Welcome to the most beautiful university in California.

Founded in 1913 Humboldt is located 275 miles north of San Francisco in the town of Arcata, which is recognized as one of the West's best college towns. Humboldt State students enjoy an extraordinary college experience, taking small classes taught by professors who know them by name. They live and learn in one of the world's most beautiful places-near ancient redwood forests, mountains and beaches.
About The University

How to become a Humboldt student and other important information.

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Admission Requirements

  1. are a high school graduate (GED and state high school equivalency exams are considered equivalent to graduation)
  2. have a qualifiable eligibility index or have a 3.0 or higher
  3. have completed with a grade of C or better each of the courses in the list of college preparatory subject requirements
  4. SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION before the due date
  5. keep up with the application and the To Do's list

Financial Aid

There are four basic types of financial aid: scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans. Scholarship opportunities are a great way to fund your education at Humboldt State University and are available to a range of students from all backgrounds.There are a number of scholarships awarded by local organizations which are available for qualifying students. These scholarships are not awarded by Humboldt State University and the awarding organization should be contacted for application details and other information. However, future attending Humboldt students do get priority when qualifying for these scholarships because they are awarded by local Arcata organizations. Humboldt State University has many scholarships that could help fund your education a total of fifty scholarships are awarded each year with more that will soon be added.

Majors and Programs

  • Film
  • Psychology
  • Oceanography
  • Zooology
  • Wild Life
  • Art

*Much more

Masters Program

  • Kinesiology
  • Psychology
  • English
  • Sociology
  • Social work
  • Biology

*And more

These are also offered at Humboldt University

  1. Certificates of Study
  2. Credentials
  3. Minors

Student Tour of What You'll Find at HSU!

What You'll Find at Humboldt State University

Student Life

A great way to get connected and make friends is to get involved with campus activities. There's always something going on, from festivals to football games, big events to special lectures.


  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer Track and Field
  • Rowing
  • Volleyball
  • Softball


  • American Sign Language
  • Animal Behavior Club
  • Anthropology Club
  • Badminton
  • Clay Club
  • Circus at Humboldt

*There are nearly 200 campus clubs, intramural sports teams and Greek organizations to choose from.

Student Housing

Residence Housing Options
  • The Canyon
  • The JGC
  • The Hill
  • Creekview
  • Cypress

Off campus housing is an option to

  1. Meal plans for off campus students
  2. Ride to campus for free on several buses


  • Meal plans for students
  • The Depot where everyone likes to eat: from burgers to smoothies to grilled chicken and feta wraps.
  • Full service cafeteria you can order up delicious entrées or make your own gourmet omelet for breakfast. And that's just the start: there's also the College Creek Market, the Giant's Cupboard and Hilltop Market.

Is this school for me?

Yes. Yes. Yes. This school is for me for many reasons. The most important reason, however, is that they do have psychology as a major and they have it as a masters which is what I plan to do. I plan to get a BA in psychology and then get a masters right after I have received my bachelors. This school has a 24:1 student to faculty ratio, which is perfect for my personality. I love working with small classes and one on one, and I know that attending a school with a high student to faculty ratio would make it hard for me to just concentrate and go through school smoothly. After a lot of research I came to the conclusion that Humboldt is in Arcata where not only are there a lot of trees there, but there's also a beach. I love trees and I love the ocean, so the location of the university also ties in perfectly with the kind of person that I am. I am a little worried about the diversity that there will be in the school, but according to their website the diversity it huge so I only hope I'm not the only hispanic who decides to attend Humboldt State University in the fall of 2016.