Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Humboldt State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

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Humboldt State University was awarded 134 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Humboldt State University as #1,999 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

Humboldt State University also holds the #183 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Humboldt State University?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Humboldt State University is 82%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Humboldt State University is a good fit for you.

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 19 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 56%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  56 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Humboldt State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 75% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Humboldt State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 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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Humboldt State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,580 undergraduates at Humboldt State University with 6,087 being full-time and 493 being part-time.

How Much Does Humboldt State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Humboldt State University is $14,692. 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 +
$11,263 $12,775 $15,723 $20,170 $23,402

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Humboldt State University, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $5,754 a year. That adds up to $23,016 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Humboldt State University is 8.2%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Humboldt State University with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $36,600 in their early years. This is about 8% 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 situated in Arcata, California. The surrounding location of Arcata is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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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 48 majors graduated from Humboldt State University. Of these students, 1,843 received undergraduate degrees and 209 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 Psychology 175 $22,400
Natural Resources Conservation 153 $23,000
Business Administration & Management 144 $32,900
General Biology 129 $26,000
Liberal Arts General Studies 104 $20,300
Health & Physical Education 98 $25,100
Wildlife Management 87 $21,300
Fine & Studio Arts 76 $16,900
Environmental Engineering 68 $43,900
Forestry 65 $33,400

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 learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 2,111 students took at least one online class at Humboldt State University. This is a decrease from the 2,165 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 2,111 303
2017-2018 2,165 300
2016-2017 2,406 306
2015-2016 2,001 115
2013-2014 2,279 123

Learn more about online learning at Humboldt State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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