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 Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University - Arcata, CA

1 Harpst Street, Arcata, California 95521-8299

General information:(707)826-3011
Awards offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:Town: Remote
Campus housing:Yes
Student population:8,046(7,433 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:23 to 1
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Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance learning opportunities
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for student's children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
More than 3%
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $5,171 $5,750 $7,062 -19%
Out-of-state $16,331 $16,910 $18,222 -7%
Books and supplies $1,528 $1,528 $1,544 -1%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $9,510 $9,986 $10,486 -5%
Other $3,256 $3,726 $3,764 -1%
Off Campus
Room and board $9,088 $9,564 $10,060 -5%
Other $3,678 $4,148 $4,190 -1%
Off Campus with Family
Other $3,678 $4,148 $4,190 -1%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $19,465 $20,990 $22,856 -9%
Off Campus $19,465 $20,990 $22,856 -9%
Off Campus with Family $10,377 $11,426 $12,796 -8%
On Campus $30,625 $32,150 $34,016 -6%
Off Campus $30,625 $32,150 $34,016 -6%
Off Campus with Family $21,537 $22,586 $23,956 -4%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $5,472
In-state fees $1,590
Out-of-state tuition $16,632
Out-of-state fees $1,590
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan X
Other alternative tuition plan
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $6,738
In-state fee $1,590
Out-of-state tuition $15,666
Out-of-state fees $1,590
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 890 69% --
Grant or scholarship aid 697 54% $6,571,690 $9,429
Federal grants 546 43% $2,867,651 $5,252
Pell grants 545 43% $2,418,307 $4,437
Other federal grants 519 40% $449,344 $866
State/local government grant or scholarships 506 39% $1,336,583 $2,641
Institutional grants or scholarships 518 40% $2,367,456 $4,570
Student loan aid 724 56% $3,681,395 $5,085
Federal student loans 724 56% $3,548,709 $4,902
Other student loans 12 1% $132,686 $11,057
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 3,957 54% $34,210,257 $8,646
Pell grants 3,320 45% $14,546,216 $4,381
Federal student loans 3,891 53% $24,114,807 $6,198


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price $8,623 $8,846 $11,149
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $6,275 $5,882 $8,289
$30,001 - $48,000 $8,213 $8,540 $10,564
$48,001 - $75,000 $11,902 $11,694 $14,175
$75,001 - $110,000 $14,962 $16,534 $18,667
$110,001 and more $15,548 $17,037 $19,872

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 8,046
Undergraduate enrollment 7,433
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 934
Graduate enrollment 613

Undergraduate application fee (2012-2013):$55

Graduate application fee (2011-2012):$55

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 9,195 3,820 5,375
Percent admitted 83% 81% 84%
Percent admitted who enrolled 81% 16% 13%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPA X
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record X
Completion of college-preparatory program X
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Test scores:Fall 2011(enrolled first-time students)

Students submitting scores Number Percent
SAT 1197 91%
ACT 479 37%.
Test Scores 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile**
SAT Critical Reading 460 580
SAT Math 450 570
SAT Writing . .
ACT Composite 19 25
ACT English 18 25
ACT Math 17 24
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 55 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


NCAA Division II (with football)MenWomen
Basketball 1815
Football 105-
Rowing -70
Soccer 3433
Softball -33
Track and Field, Outdoor 5938
Track and Field, X-Country 1820
Volleyball -13


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities03/26/1949 Accredited


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels

09/25/1999 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation

Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs

09/01/1978 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation

Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

09/01/1979 Accredited


Illegal weapons possession510
Drug law violations10767 4
Liquor law violations2566
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession 210
Drug law violations 62453
Liquor law violations 1432
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 141
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 211
Aggravated assault 030
Burglary 7132
Motor vehicle theft 026
Arson 120
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 041
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 001
Aggravated assault 020
Burglary 480
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 000
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate8%
Number in default130
Number in repayment1,610

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00114900

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMBachelor's degree Master's degree
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences Colleges
Range Science and Management12-
Category total12-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies Colleges
American Indian/Native American Studies9-
Category total9-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Biology/Biological Sciences, General47
Botany/Plant Biology2-
Zoology/Animal Biology4-
Category total1217
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Business Administration and Management, General216
Category total9316
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Category total32-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Science6-
Information Technology11-
Category total17-
Education Colleges
Education, General-2
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education1-
Category total112
Engineering Colleges
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering30-
Category total30-
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
English Language and Literature, General16
Rhetoric and Composition23-
Category total676
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
French Language and Literature3-
German Language and Literature2-
Spanish Language and Literature7-
Category total27-
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse56-
Category total56-
History Colleges
History, General30-
Category total30-
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies2-
Category total112-
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Mathematics, General4-
Category total21-
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other7-
Category total54-
Natural Resources and Conservation Colleges
Environmental Science2912
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management24-
Forestry, General1-
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other29-
Natural Resources/Conservation, General-26
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management50-
Category total15938
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies Colleges
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General358
Category total358
Philosophy and Religious Studies Colleges
Religion/Religious Studies3-
Category total26-
Physical Sciences Colleges
Chemistry, General11-
Geology/Earth Science, General16-
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical11-
Physical Sciences3-
Physics, General7-
Category total48-
Psychology Colleges
Psychology, General221
Category total6921
Public Administration and Social Service Professions Colleges
Social Work2039
Category total2039
Social Sciences Colleges
Economics, General1-
Political Science and Government, General2-
Social Sciences, General316
Category total13323
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Art/Art Studies, General9-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General194
Music, General5-
Category total1534
Grand total65164