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Colleges / California Polytechnic University, Humboldt

California Polytechnic University, Humboldt

Arcata, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate91%
Acceptance Rate91%

Cal Poly Humboldt Admissions

If you are applying to Cal Poly Humboldt, the regular decision application deadline is April 30 and the fee for the application costs $70.

Cal Poly Humboldt Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Cal Poly Humboldt's admissions stats.

Cal Poly Humboldt 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 5%
Mean SAT Score 1123
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 21%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 5%
Waitlist No

California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes April 30 ––

Want to Apply Early to Cal Poly Humboldt?

Cal Poly Humboldt does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Cal Poly Humboldt?

Getting into Cal Poly Humboldt is moderately difficult. Cal Poly Humboldt evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Cal Poly Humboldt accepted 91% of all applicants, approximately 6,398 of the 7,025 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Cal Poly Humboldt, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Cal Poly Humboldt

Cal Poly Humboldt has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Cal Poly Humboldt Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Cal Poly Humboldt

Wondering what factors are considered by Cal Poly Humboldt during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Geographical Residence Important
State Residency Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Cal Poly Humboldt for more information on admission factors.

Cal Poly Humboldt 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Cal Poly Humboldt, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Cal Poly Humboldt's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Cal Poly Humboldt?

Students admitted to Cal Poly Humboldt have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 67% submitted a class rank. At Cal Poly Humboldt 5% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 31% were in the top 25% and 71% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 16.6%
3.75 and 3.99 14.5%
3.50 and 3.74 17.3%
3.25 and 3.49 15.8%
3.00 and 3.24 18.2%
2.50 and 2.9 13.7%
2.00 and 2.49 3.7%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Cal Poly Humboldt directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Cal Poly Humboldt considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Cal Poly Humboldt is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 21% of Cal Poly Humboldt's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 5% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Cal Poly Humboldt?

To be competitive with other Cal Poly Humboldt applicants, you should strive to earn between 1023 and 1258 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Cal Poly Humboldt 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1258 and 25% of scored lower than 1023, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Cal Poly Humboldt student is 1123.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Cal Poly Humboldt students scored 608 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Cal Poly Humboldt students scored 653 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Cal Poly Humboldt?

To be most competitive at Cal Poly Humboldt, you should strive to earn between 22 and 28.5 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28.5 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Cal Poly Humboldt's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28.5, and three out of four students scored lower than 28.5 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Cal Poly Humboldt students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Cal Poly Humboldt.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is November 30.

Transfer students can enroll in Cal Poly Humboldt during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Cal Poly Humboldt Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Cal Poly Humboldt?

❌ Students who are admitted to Cal Poly Humboldt must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Cal Poly Humboldt accept transfer credits?

✅ Cal Poly Humboldt accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Cal Poly Humboldt accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit • Excelsior College Examinations

Does Cal Poly Humboldt accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Cal Poly Humboldt accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Cal Poly Humboldt?

❌ No, Cal Poly Humboldt is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to send your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Cal Poly Humboldt's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Cal Poly Humboldt is 91%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Cal Poly Humboldt?

❌ Cal Poly Humboldt does not offer early decision.

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Cal Poly Humboldt Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Cal Poly Humboldt? Cal Poly Humboldt is a somewhat selective institution. The Cal Poly Humboldt acceptance rate is 91%. This means that the institution accepts 91 out of every 100 applicants.


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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


22 to 29


22 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Cal Poly Humboldt is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Cal Poly Humboldt. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Cal Poly Humboldt SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1023 - 1258


Math SAT Range

500 - 608


Reading SAT Range

520 - 653

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1258 and Above


1023 to 1258


1023 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Cal Poly Humboldt students is 1123. 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 1023 to 1258 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1023 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Cal Poly Humboldt.

Cal Poly Humboldt GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Cal Poly Humboldt, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.33. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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