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Humboldt State University

Arcata, California, United States
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. We are located 275 miles north of San Francisco in the town of Arcata, which is recognized as one of the West's best college towns.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Social Sciences (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Business & Management (1)
Education & Training (1)
Humanities (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



It was founded as a teacher's college in 1913. Over the last century, he have grown from an institution focused solely on teacher education to an accredited university with extensive research facilities. 


We have about 7,000 students and 534 faculty members. We offer a wide array of academic choices, with 51 majors and 12 graduate programs in three Colleges. Faculty members are among the top teachers and researchers in their fields. Programs in natural resources and sciences are nationally known, while visual and performing arts are also popular areas of study. Throughout the curriculum, students find a long-standing commitment to social and environmental responsibility.


Students can study with the world's foremost expert on redwood trees and with leading experts in sustainable energy systems. In the cutting edge Fire Lab, students study the properties of forest fires, and in the Schatz Energy Research Center student engineers are working on real-world issues like bringing sustainable lighting to the developing world. Students create their own theatre productions, study the mechanics of walking in the Human Performance Lab, work with young children in the Child Development Lab and more. Possibilities abound for real-world research experience available to undergraduates—something few other universities can boast.


The Academic and Career Advising Center will be recognized university-wide as an integral resource for actively engaging students in exploring and achieving their academic and career aspirations. We are preparing students to make meaningful contributions to our global society upon their graduation from HSU.

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Housing services

  • Living on campus is a great way to meet friends and get connected to all HSU has to offer. As an on-campus resident you’ll be at the heart of a university committed to your academic success. Whether you live on or off campus, HSU has resources to make you feel at home.
  • Humboldt State is home to plenty of great eateries. They range from small markets and coffee shops to a full-service cafeteria and a food court. There’s even a full-service restaurant. Healthy options and local products are plentiful.

Library services

The mission of the Library at Humboldt State University is to provide the information, collections, and services that are necessary to support the instructional programs, research, and outreach services of Humboldt State University.

ICT services

Information Technology Services (ITS) is responsible for all aspects of innovation, implementation and maintenance of information technology across the Humboldt State University campus, as well as integration with appropriate IT services across the other 22 California State University system campuses and the Chancellor's Office.

Medical services

  • Student Health Services support the academic mission of the university by assisting students to strive toward an optimum level of personal health and wellness.
  • The medical team of Student Health and Counseling provides high quality, confidential, and culturally appropriate care in a welcoming environment.

Student Life

Campus life

The apartments and residence halls are located in a spectacular setting–on the edge of a 2,500-acre Redwood forest–and yet just a short walk from the heart of campus.

Sports facilities

The Recreational Sports department houses both Intramurals and Sport Clubs. The Intramural Sports Program at HSU is designed to offer students, faculty/staff and community members recreational activities in which they can participate on campus. Intramural Sports offers team sports in a variety of competitive levels, depending on the participants' skill level and interests. Sport Clubs provide students with leadership opportunities and a more rigorous athletic experience. Teams practice 2-3 times per week and compete against other off-campus clubs and Universities. Rec Sports also administers three (3) RECREATIONAL TIER clubs.

Student clubs

The mission of the Clubs and Activities Office is to support safe and inclusive opportunities for student involvement and engagement. We do this by approving and supporting student clubs and organizations, providing opportunities for leadership development, assisting with event management and by fulfilling our role as a student club and organization liaisons.


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Student Reviews

Study in the redwoods
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great school, great staff, great environment, this university has most everything although it is very rural and lacks many post graduate degree programs.

Studying at Humboldt State University
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I learned a lot about myself when I was studying at Humboldt State University. The university is up to date with the knowledge that it provides to its students. When I was learning in Humboldt State I noticed the ambition of the university's faculty to make every single student voice matter. I liked the inclusivity that the faculty tries to instill in their classes....

Studying at your own pace with customised support.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I was a part of a small program within Humboldt State for Leadership Studies. It was an online program which I thoroughly enjoyed. Though it was online, there were many chances to interact with other students in group practice and team projects. I was living out of state at the time and traveling. This leadership program was fully applicable to my work experience and my...

Arcata, California, United States

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