Why HSU?

You Are the Focus Here

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What sets Humboldt State University apart? Innovation begins with the way we approach the teacher-student relationship. Many colleges boast prestigious, but distant, faculty members. Our students actually know their world-renowned professors. In addition to being leaders in the sciences and humanities, HSU professors are committed to mentoring their students by working with them on experiments, lab research, and fieldwork.

The Perfect Environment for Learning

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HSU, the northernmost campus in the California State University system, sits nestled on California's Redwood Coast, surrounded by miles of beaches, forests, and rivers. Located 270 miles north of San Francisco, Humboldt State students live and learn in a setting that's free of smog, traffic jams and overcrowding.

A Commitment to the Environment

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HSU students use their education to make a difference. Nearly 30 years ago students pledged to take environmental and social impact into consideration when choosing a career. The result was the Graduation Pledge, which has been adopted by universities across the globe.

Our Environmental Resources Engineering program is one of the largest and oldest programs of its kind anywhere, and students work on everything from sustainable building in the Dominican Republic to electric vehicle infrastructure studies in Humboldt County. Sustainability is even infused in disciplines where you'd least expect it, like the School of Business's MBA program or the Department of English's environmental writing courses.

We're a CSU with 8,000 Students

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With just over 8,000 students HSU is large enough to have a lively campus with major research facilities and plenty of academic options, but not so big you need a campus map tattooed to your forearm. Here are the facts: Our typical undergraduate class size is 29 students and student to faculty ratio is 22:1.