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Colleges / California Polytechnic University, Humboldt

California Polytechnic University, Humboldt

Arcata, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate90%

About Cal Poly Humboldt

At Cal Poly Humboldt, bold hearts and open minds shape the future.

Founded in 1913, Cal Poly Humboldt began as a small college for teachers. Today Humboldt has grown into a comprehensive university with rigorous science and liberal arts programs. Designated a polytechnic in 2022, Cal Poly Humboldt provides hands-on, impactful educational opportunities that lead to meaningful, measurable outcomes for the individual, for the state, and the world.

Cal Poly Humboldt is proud to have nearly 6,000 students of all backgrounds spread across 61 majors, 13 graduate programs, and 4 credential programs — all of whom contribute passion and creativity within their fields and set the stage for a future grounded in equity and sustainability. Hands-on learning, inspired teaching, ground-breaking research, and thought-provoking creative activity happen daily at Humboldt.

Finding a better future is a task for the bold and open, the down-to-earth and visionary. Cal Poly Humboldt strives to cultivate these qualities in leaders, innovators, and scholars in every field.

California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt is a public, state university in the rural area of Arcata, California. Cal Poly Humboldt was founded in 1913. The university currently enrolls around 5,858 students a year, including 5,308 undergraduates.

2022 Acceptance Rate for California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt

It is moderately difficult to get into Cal Poly Humboldt. Cal Poly Humboldt admitted 90% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 9,236 applications received in 2022, 8,302 students were offered admission.

California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 90%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 19.15%

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California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt is located in Arcata, California,.

If you want to see Cal Poly Humboldt for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 101 to Arcata, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Arcata-Eureka.

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College Info

1 Harpst Street Arcata, CA 95521-8299

Campus Setting: Rural

Cal Poly Humboldt Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Apr 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Cal Poly Humboldt is Apr 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Cal Poly Humboldt is Nov 30.

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

Cal Poly Humboldt SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

8 - 1258


Math SAT Range

510 - 612


Reading SAT Range

530 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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1258 and Above


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8 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Cal Poly Humboldt students is 1147. Applicants with SAT scores of 1258 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Cal Poly Humboldt, while applicants with SAT scores between 8 to 1258 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 8 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Cal Poly Humboldt.

Cal Poly Humboldt Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Cal Poly Humboldt is like? There are approximately 5,858 students enrolled at Cal Poly Humboldt, including 5,308 undergraduate students and 550 graduate students. 86% 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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