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Humboldt State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Humboldt State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Humboldt State University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Humboldt State University was awarded 25 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is natural resources and conservation.

Overall Quality

Humboldt State University is ranked #1,170 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list. Humboldt State University has maintained this ranking for at least two years in a row.

Humboldt State University is also ranked #93 out of 112 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Humboldt State University?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Humboldt State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 82%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 89% of students accepted to Humboldt State University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 590. Math scores were between 470 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Humboldt State University  ( 490 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Humboldt State University  ( 470 to 570 )
Humboldt State University received ACT scores from 39% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Humboldt State University  ( 18 to 24 )

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Humboldt State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Humboldt State University is 21 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Humboldt State University is 55%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  55 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Humboldt State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Humboldt State University is 68%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  68 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 16% for first-time, full-time students at Humboldt State University, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  16 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Humboldt State University

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,862 undergraduates at Humboldt State University with 7,270 being full-time and 592 being part-time.

Humboldt State University Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for Humboldt State University is 72.64 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  72.64 out of 100
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How Much Does Humboldt State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Humboldt State University is $14,490. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Humboldt State University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,123 $12,352 $16,251 $19,431 $23,055

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Humboldt State University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Humboldt State University, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $5,868 a year. That adds up to $23,472 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Humboldt State University is 6.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Humboldt State University Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University make about $36,600 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 10% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Humboldt State University make the most money.

Location of Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University is a public institution located in Arcata, California. Arcata is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Location of Humboldt State University

Contact details for Humboldt State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Phone: 707-826-3011

Humboldt State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 44 majors graduated from Humboldt State University. Of these students, 2,001 received undergraduate degrees and 222 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Biology 175 $26,000
Business Administration & Management 165 $32,900
General Psychology 156 $22,400
Natural Resources Conservation 148 $23,000
Liberal Arts General Studies 124 $20,300
Health & Physical Education 122 $25,100
Wildlife Management 90 $21,300
Fine & Studio Arts 84 $16,900
Communication & Media Studies 62 NA
Sociology 56 $23,400

Learn more about the majors offered at Humboldt State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Humboldt State University

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 2,165 students took at least one online class at Humboldt State University. This is a decrease from the 2,406 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,165 300
2016-2017 2,406 306
2015-2016 2,001 115
2014-2015 2,096 117
2013-2014 2,279 123

Learn more about online learning at Humboldt State University.

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