Initially set up as a teacher’s college in 1913 and after several name changes, the present-day Humboldt State University (HSU) is a part of the 23-campus California State University system. Located in the best college town of the West – Arcata, HSU is a co-ed, public institution offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs in a wide range of study areas with extensive research facilities.
As per Fall 2019 enrolment stats, the university has a total enrolment of close to 7,000 students, with representation from 25 countries.
|Year of Establishment||1913|
|Type of University||Public|
|Faculty Members||290 full-time; 242 part-time|
|Number of Undergraduate Seats||7,319|
|Number of Postgraduate Seats||653|
|Percentage of International Students||1%|
|Annual Acceptance Rate||77%|
|Basic Tuition Fee for International Undergraduate Students||USD 17,368|
|Basic Tuition Fee for International Graduate Students||USD 16,426|
|Test Scores Accepted||SAT/ ACT, TOEFL/ IELTS, GRE/GMAT|
HSU offers a wide range of academic program choices, with 51 majors, 73 minors, 12 graduate and 14 credential programs including 6 single subject credentials, and several certificates of study through three Colleges:
Natural resources and sciences, as well as visual and performing arts, are popular areas of study at HSU. Humboldt also has one of the only UG oceanography program in California and also offers a vessel used primarily for undergraduate research.
Located 270 miles north of San Francisco, in the rural college town of Arcata, HSU is the northernmost campus in the California State University system. Nestled along 110 miles of coastline and 680,000 acres of state and national parks, the campus spreads across over 144 acres of natural space. Over 70% of undergrad classes at Humboldt State University have fewer than 30 students and a student-faculty ratio of 21:1.
Close to 1,800 students or about one-fourth of the total student base at HSU prefer to live on campus, of which the majority are incoming freshmen. With a capacity of 2,100 residents, the HSU on-campus residence facilities are clustered together on the edge of a 2,500-acre Redwood forest, a short distance from the campus center.
Suite, apartment and residence hall-style accommodation is available in single, double and triple sharing bases. Each campus residence is organized around a specific academic, cultural, or personal interest to foster a bond among inmates.
Incoming freshmen who have either been admitted/ provisionally admitted to the university can apply for housing through the student portal and submit a non-refundable fee of USD 200. Please note that accommodation assignments are made on a first-come-first-served basis as space is limited and the university does not guarantee housing.
Specific residences require that residents subscribe to meal plans on-campus while others are exempted. Room rent at campus housing ranges from USD 4,938 to USD 8,686 while meal plans range from USD 2,176 to USD 6,924.
Students deciding to stay off-campus can look for off-campus student housing options that are close to the university campus. Students can opt for homestays, rented or shared apartments, etc. The university has an Off-campus Housing Coordinator that helps students with off-campus housing questions and resources.
How to apply: For admissions to Humboldt State University, application to HSU is an online process through Cal State Apply.
Application fee: USD 70
|Undergraduate Priority||February 15|
|Final Undergraduate Application||May 1|
|Graduate Priority||February 1|
|TOEFL||71 iBT, 525 PBT, 197 CBT||80 iBT, 550 PBT, 213 CBT|
|Cambridge English Exams||CAE: C1 (180 or above)|
CPE: C2 (200 or above)
|CPE: C2 (200 or above)|
*Scores must be received within two years of applying to HSU and sent directly from the testing organization.
Please note that graduate applicants may have to fulfill additional departmental requirements like documents (statement of objectives and three letters of recommendation), minimum GPA, standardized test scores, and application deadlines.
Applicants need to send their application materials to either firstname.lastname@example.org or to International Student Admissions, Center for International Programs, Humboldt State University, 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521-8299 USA.
The table below presents the cost estimates for international students studying at HSU for the period of August till May:
|Expenses||Undergraduate (in USD)||Graduate (in USD)||Graduate – MBA (in USD)|
|Registration Fees||504||7,128||Registration- 13,464 |
Professional Fee- 9,180
|Total Tuition & Fees||17,368||16,426||36,201|
|Books & Materials||1,820||1,820||2,426|
|Food & Housing||13,120||13,120||17,493|
Federal financial aid is not available for international students at HSU. However, international students may be eligible for athletic scholarships as well as the HSU International Student Scholarship.
The HSU International Student Scholarship is awarded to full-time, undergraduate/ graduate international students (current and incoming) with a strong academic record and demonstrated financial need.
Fall 2020 onwards, HSU Students opting to live in campus housing will be eligible for an annual USD 1,000 scholarship award towards their housing costs, renewable through Spring 2024, provided the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress.
Graduate Assistantship or partial fee waiver is considered by select academic departments.Please note that several external international scholarship options are also available for international students with varying eligibility criteria to study in the USA. These scholarships are awarded by various private agencies and organizations.
International students on F-1/J-1 visa to the USA can work on-campus at the University for up to 20 hours per week during the regular academic semesters. They are allowed to work up to 40 hours during the winter and summer breaks. Such students must complete an On-Campus Employment Authorization Request Form before engaging in any on-campus employment and also maintain their F-1/J-1 status.
Students who have completed one full academic year of study can engage in off-campus employment for "practical training". There are two types of practical training employment authorization: optional and curricular. A limited number of internship positions are available with the university with a partial waiver of non-resident tuition in lieu of hours worked.
Additionally, international students may be considered for employment based on demonstrated severe economic hardship or by being employed by specific types of international organizations. The HSU Career Center and the Center for International Programs can help with available opportunities and how to obtain employment while you are studying.
Forever Humboldt – the HSU Alumni Association binds the alumnae of the institution throughout the world with the common thread of shared pride. Members have access to career and educational resources, health and wellness programs, attractive local business discounts and insurance packages, etc.
Here are the names of some of HSU alumni who have made outstanding contributions to society and culture.
|Average Cost of Attendance||$7,490 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||2 : 1|
|Exams||Avg. Score||Min. Score||Max. Score||% Submitted|
|GRECheck Detailed Score||-||300||-||-|
|SATCheck Detailed Score||1060||960||1160||89%|
|Evidence-Based Reading and Writing||540||490||590||-|
|ACTCheck Detailed Score||21||18||24||39%|
|Humboldt State University Enrollment||9171|
|Average Graduation Rate||47.6%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$7,490 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$8,924 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,726 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$13,016 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$2,486 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$13,016 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$2,486 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$2,444 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$2,486 / Year|
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|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Arts Programs||National Association of Schools of Art and Design|
|Music Programs||National Association of Schools of Music|
|Nursing Programs||Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
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*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary