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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 $7,130 annually, we're one of the best higher education values in the nation. We have just over 8,200 students and 550 faculty members. We offer a wide array of academic choices, with 48 majors and 11 graduate programs in 3 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.

Living in the Humboldt State Community

California’s North Coast is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, and, for Humboldt State students, it’s also a laboratory for learning. Students picnic at the same beaches where they study marine life, and they learn from the world’s foremost expert on redwood canopies. They do film shoots, wildlife studies and archaeological digs. They carry out projects on the Coral Sea, the only research vessel in America used primarily for undergraduate research. They work with leading experts in sustainable energy at the Schatz Energy Research Center and they study the stars at the campus observatory. Humboldt State’s hometown of Arcata is a vibrant and welcoming community filled with music, art and festivals. It has been called one of the top college towns by Outside magazine and a “next great adventure town

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