Arcata, CA
Humboldt State University


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Recent Reviews

Emily
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. People are always willing to help you. Don't be afraid to talk to new people!...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. People are always willing to help you. Don't be afraid to talk to new people! If you don't put yourself out there you may end up feeling lonely and missing out on all the fun that college life can bring.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Someone who is focused on representing their school well socially, academically and environmentally.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

HSU is a really open campus, research focused, and great for those who prefer to have smaller professor to student ratio.

Stephanie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I was able to go back in time and give advice to my senior self, I would definitely tell myself not to stress out too much...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I was able to go back in time and give advice to my senior self, I would definitely tell myself not to stress out too much about making a decision. It may seem like it is very important to go to a well known university, but when it is all boiled down, everyone is getting a college education. My senior year,I was more worried about the name of the school then anything else. I thought, "What would people think of me if I went to this school?" Now, I realized that college is what you make of it. I doesn't really matter what campus you go to, the important part is the experiences you will have.

Jessica
Describe the students at your school.

My class mates are very intelligent, hands on, positive, friendly, and spiritual people who have a lot of appreciation and en...

Describe the students at your school.

My class mates are very intelligent, hands on, positive, friendly, and spiritual people who have a lot of appreciation and enthusiasm for the field of study that they are in, this beautiful planet, and the life that they lead.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It is so incredibly important for students to pick a college where they are going to be comfortable stepping out of their shoes. College is really the time when students are faced with so many different challenges, both good and bad, from building relationships with new people, trying to be comfortable with being out on their own and independent, values and beliefs will be challenged, long stressful days, balancing work with school and social life, just many, many hard decisions and new experiences and responsibilities left and right. Students really need to take the time and consideration to check into many different schools, even ones away from home. They need to visit the colleges, talk to current students and professors, ask lots of questions. Students need to get an idea of what the college is all about- the teachers, classes, campus, extra actvities, the town itself and surrounding areas. College shapes the rest of ones life so students need to surround themselves with the ideas, attitudes and people that they aspire to be. Take the time to learn about the college before making such a big decision, it will save a lot of stress, confusion, and unhappiness.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

It is some what difficult to find a place to live off of campus and a part-time job.

Ari
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

majestic and beautiful, with a small town feeling

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

majestic and beautiful, with a small town feeling

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

big names dont mean a thing. find a college that has classes in what you want and visit it. get the feel for it and then dive in!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

very opened minded individual, with a love of the outdoors.

Marisa
Describe the students at your school.

Very enthusiastic and outgoing, all my classmates have been very nice and friendly and don't interrupt when someone else is t...

Describe the students at your school.

Very enthusiastic and outgoing, all my classmates have been very nice and friendly and don't interrupt when someone else is talking, they are very kind and amazing individuals

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

really ask your child what they want and if you know how they are, if they are quiet send them to a smaller school

What kind of person should attend this school?

someone who likes the quiet, peaceful outdoors. very laid back and enjoys deep conversations about anything and everything. There is loads to do as in outdoor activities and if you are artistic then that is a plus, there is so much music and art shows it is fantastic

Leslie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could give any parent one particular piece of advice, it would be this: Let your child choose the school that they feel...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could give any parent one particular piece of advice, it would be this: Let your child choose the school that they feel is right for them. Be supportive as your child go's through the piles of school brochures, weighing the pro's and con's of each school as if it were their final decision in life. For some students, that's exactly how the decision feels. If you have worries about some of the potential school choices (for example, if they are "party schools" ) express your thoughts to your child. It's better to discuss those feelings before your child actually makes a decision. As for the advice I would give to potential students; Consider a school that will successfully satisfy your extra curricular and social needs, just as much as it will satisfy your educational needs. There is nothing worse than attending a school that gives you too much of one over the other. I have learned that if you have a school that caters to both areas, that you will be more successful academically and more fulfilled emotionally.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Humboldt State has to be the faculty involvement. The teachers here want each and every student to succeed, and when one student starts to get behind, they do their best to make sure and address the ways in order to help that student succeed. Aside from that, I'd say the schools location is a big plus! It's set with a forest as it's background, and it's only a short 5-10 minute drive from the nearest beach. You can go swimming or hiking, depending on what mood you're in.

Nicole
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students, choose the school thats best for you, not what your parents want. Choose the major you want, even if you dont know ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students, choose the school thats best for you, not what your parents want. Choose the major you want, even if you dont know if you will succeed. Join as many clubs as you can, make friends with everyone. Don't stick to one group, then there aren't as many activities to do than if you have mulitply groups. Try new things, take classes that will challenge you, not just "basket weaving." Try to live on campus for at least on year or semester, you will make so many friends through your dorm than someone that just lives in an apartment or rents a room. Last, have fun and smile. no one wants to befriend a moody person.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Humboldt State is very secluded which can be a problem for some that grew up in metropolis. Target is our "big" store. The closest major town excluding Eureka is Redding. Redding is three hours away and up and over the mountain. Another problem with Humboldt is it's on hills. it has tons of hill and stairs, which is how it got its nick name of HIls and Stairs Univeristy (HSU)

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone that love nature, art and science. Our school has its own redwood forest, tons of outdoor activities every week, and has amazing science labs. Someone that also isnt afraid of rain, becuase it rains almost every other day.

Bobby
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Parents, listen to your child - don't stifle a dream. I started as a zoology major, found out that it wasn't for me, and swit...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Parents, listen to your child - don't stifle a dream. I started as a zoology major, found out that it wasn't for me, and switched to music. Now, I'm going to be a music teacher and I get to stay in an area that I love and stay around people that I adore. Don't let stereotypes of majors get in the way of your child's hopes and dreams, its their life, they need to figure it out for themselves. Also, students, don't go for a major ONLY because you think you'll be able to find a job easier or you think you'll make tons of money. You have to enjoy what you're doing to really get a full feeling from life. I chose music, and wouldn't change that decision for all the money in the world.

What's unique about your campus?

I've met numerous people in the student body as well as the faculty who are more than willing to aid me in my life and be there for me. Being a music graduate, I try to keep up and play with a few of my old professors in jazz ensembles and local blues groups. I can honestly say many of my professors have become friends now that I've graduated. It's a wonderful situation to be in.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person that is very open to different people, different ideas, and different ways of living. Someone who doesn't mind that there's not a lot of stuff to do in Arcata or Eureka outside of going to the beach or forest with friends (at least when you're under 21). However, when you hit 21 there are a plethora of quality bars that often have local bands playing. It's not a crazy party scene, but just enough for your average individual.

Steve
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The redwood trees, the forest, small town atmosphere, and marijuana.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The redwood trees, the forest, small town atmosphere, and marijuana.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Dont let the reputation keep your kids from coming here, it was the best experience of my life up to date, and every college is filled with drugs. (hate to say it) I learned so much about myself, and if your child is into the outdoors, it will be a great educational learning experience for him or her. Let your kid leave the city and see how life is lived when it is slower and more laid back.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Its a great school but its known for marijuana because of the culture outside of the college. People who go here do smoke but they also get good grades and are pretty well rounded

Antoinette
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Best Marijuana in the country. Very Environmental Campus. Lots of Hippies. Homeless people sleeping in the library. Huge re...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Best Marijuana in the country. Very Environmental Campus. Lots of Hippies. Homeless people sleeping in the library. Huge redwood trees. Mountain Lions on campus. Jim Dodge.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It is very important that the college is in a location that is convenient, appealing, and not distractive. A lot of students want to go far away from their homes then later decide that they are too far and transfer to be closer. A lot of students also choose a school based soley on academics and end up on a campus with people and activities that are not to their taste. They might choose a school in the country only to find that they miss the city, or find out later that the campus favors athletics as opposed to a personal artistic preference. Finially it is important that the college isn't too distracting. If the school is known as a "party school" students will have hard times finding the time or a quiet place to study. Choosing a college a lot of your friends attend is also a quality students will find distractive. It is very important to feel comfortable in your campus. Compromising these qualities can lead to negative feelings towards the campus which interfers with learning and may also lead to transfering. Transfering ends up being very expensive and can lead to repeating classes already completed.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who is very against smoking marijuana, a person who is bored easily outdoors, or a person who wants to attend school in a city. There isnt much to do around here except enjoy nature. Also someone who does not like Hippies and homeless people because there are a LOT of them. If you dont have a job or a source of income this wont work for you either because there are no jobs and housing and food is very expensive in Arcata.

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