Humboldt State University is a place for students with a spirit of adventure and a passion for making a difference in the world.
Humboldt State students enjoy an extraordinary college experience, taking small classes taught by professors who know them by name. They live and learn in one of the world’s most beautiful places—near ancient redwood forests, mountains and beaches. We are located 275 miles north of San Francisco in the town of Arcata, which is recognized as one of the West’s best college towns.
Humboldt State is a public institution and part of the 23-campus California State University system. With full-time undergraduate tuition of just $7,492 annually, we’re one of the best higher education values in the nation.
We have over 8,000 students and 578 faculty members. We offer a wide array of academic choices, with 51 majors and 12 graduate programs in three Colleges. Faculty members are among the top teachers and researchers in their fields. Programs in natural resources and sciences are nationally known, while visual and performing arts are also popular areas of study. Throughout the curriculum, students find a long-standing commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
We were founded as a teacher’s college in 1913. Over the last century, we have grown from an institution focused solely on teacher education to an accredited university with extensive research facilities. There have been plenty of name changes over the years: We have been called Humboldt State Normal School, Humboldt State Teacher’s College, Humboldt State College, CSU Humboldt and, since 1974, Humboldt State University.
Outside the classroom, our students enjoy a rich campus life. They are involved in more than 190 campus clubs and have access to a state-of-the-art recreational facility. Each year, CenterArts brings nationally recognized performers and speakers to campus, and we have 12 NCAA Division II athletic teams.