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Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA 4-Year Public

About Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University is a public, state school located in the rural setting of Arcata, CA

Founded in 1913, the institution currently enrolls around 6,431 students a year, including 5,882 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $32,587,726. For each full-time student, Humboldt State University spends about $9,895.

2021 Admissions Facts About Humboldt State University

Acceptance rate: 83%

Average GPA: 3.33

Mean ACT score: 21

Mean SAT score: 1080

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: April 30

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

What's the acceptance rate at Humboldt State University in 2021?

Humboldt State University is a moderately difficult school to get accepted to. Humboldt State University accepts around 83 percent of applicants each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.33 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Humboldt State University is 1080. The mean ACT scores is 21.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Humboldt State University a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 1,364 students who started at Humboldt State University as first-time freshman, 301 graduate within four years.

Humboldt State University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 50 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $23,330 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Humboldt State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Humboldt State University a good school for YOU?

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College Info

1 Harpst Street Arcata, CA 95521-8299

Campus Setting: Rural

Humboldt State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Apr 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Humboldt State University is Apr 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Humboldt State University is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Humboldt State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


17 to 25


17 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Humboldt State University is 21. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Humboldt State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Humboldt State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

980 - 1190


Math SAT Range

480 - 590


Reading SAT Range

490 - 610

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1190 and Above


980 to 1190


980 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Humboldt State University students is 1084. Applicants with SAT scores of 1190 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Humboldt State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 980 to 1190 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 980 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Humboldt State University.

Humboldt State University Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Humboldt State University is like? There are approximately 6,983 students enrolled at Humboldt State University, including 6,443 undergraduate students and 540 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 94% percent are from CA and 6% percent of students are from other states.


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Application Deadline

Apr 30
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