Humboldt State University

What Makes Us Different?

What sets HSU apart from other universities? In a word, innovation.

You are the Focus Here

Innovation begins with the way we approach the teacher-student relationship. Many colleges boast prestigious, but distant, faculty members. Our students actually know their world-renowned professors. In addition to being leaders in the sciences and humanities, HSU professors are commited to mentoring their students by including them in all kinds of experiments, lab research, and field work.

Our Approach Equals Your Success

At Humboldt State, learning isn’t limited to sitting in a classroom and taking notes. Our students take that knowledge and apply it in the real world by doing their own seismic readings, photography, wildlife studies, social work and more. Why is this important? Because success in the job market, whether you wind up in business, zoology or any field in between, requires strong entrepreneurial and critical thinking skills.

Those skills aren't easily honed by sitting in a lecture hall.

Our emphasis on combining classroom learning with hands-on experience, will help you gain those critical skills. It’s an innovative approach to education that yields results. It’s also something rarely found at an undergraduate school.

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Student Jarad Petroske infront of a microphone in a radio station

My professors have all had top-notch, hands-on experience and they’re telling us how it really is out there— this is how it works, this is what you need to know, this is the standard you’ll be held to— it’s great. It’s not just pure academics like you get at other schools. It’s the real life application of what you’re learning. That’s where Humboldt State really shines.

— Jarad Petroske '06, Journalism/German

Do you have my major?

HSU offers 49 baccalaureate degree majors, comprising 73 minors, 86 options/ concentrations, 12 graduate programs, 14 credential programs and several certificates of study.

HSU students work within their community

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Humboldt State University
a California State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 826-3011