Humboldt State University

Office of Admissions

Applying to HSU

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After You Apply:
The Evaluation Process

Once we have all the transcripts, test scores, and any other information we may need, your admission file will be considered "complete" and ready for us to evaluate. Our busiest time for evaluation for "complete" fall applicants is February through April. During that time, it may take up to several weeks for us to complete our evaluation. During the evaluation process, we look carefully at each course you have taken, as well as the courses you may be currently enrolled in and plan to take, and then we determine if you have met all the admission requirements.

If you feel that you might not meet all the admission requirements, but that there are special circumstances in your case, you may submit a letter or essay to us asking for special consideration for admission. Since we are a State University, we must follow the strict admission requirements as defined by the State of California and Board of Trustees, but we are allowed a very limited number of "special admissions" each year. There is no set format for your letter or essay - it's your opportunity to be creative; to tell us about your academic past and your goals for the future; and to explain why you think Humboldt State University is where you want to be.

Address your letter/essay to:
Admissions Committee
Office of Admissions
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521