Arcata, CA
Humboldt State University


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Recent Reviews

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

Make sure to see the campus when the school is still in session.

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

Make sure to see the campus when the school is still in session.

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

Extremely Liberal. They say they are accepting of everyobody, but if you are an atheletic white, male, conservative, Christian, heterosexual they will just tell you how you do everything wrong and how horrible you should feel about what other people who match those discriptions have done, even if you have not dont those things yourself.

Jennifer
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

HSU is very well known for being a leader in protecting the environment and being very environmentally friendly. Unfortunatel...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

HSU is very well known for being a leader in protecting the environment and being very environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, it's also very well-known for marijuana.

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

It is so important to research colleges. Do they have a good program for what you want to do? Is it located in the kind of community you wish to be a part of? Does their vision align with yours? I also really think it is important to know if the college is liberal, conservative, whatever. I know that I have a very hard time at my college because it is so liberal, and I am not. But just really, really researching is the most important thing. I think also living on-campus is VERY important. From living off-campus, I can say that it's very hard to have a social life and to make friends if you do not live on campus! And honestly, you get the full college effect by living on campus. It is so important to GET INVOLVED! Go to a concert! Join a club! Attend events! All of this is so deeply rooted in the college experience - it is that freedom that you never had before, so take advantage of it! You will meet new people, experience new things. If you stay home and do nothing, it's like you never left highschool.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who doesn't smoke pot or party, because you will feel very out of place. Also conservatives/republicans wouldn't work too well here (speaking from experience). This school is VERY LIBERAL.

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

Before you start: Talk to current students to hear what they have experienced. Find all costs and decide in advance if they w...

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

Before you start: Talk to current students to hear what they have experienced. Find all costs and decide in advance if they will be acceptable. Decide what you want from school - knowledge? A job? Friends? Don't go without a reason, your reason. After you start: Join a club of any kind. The more effort you give, the more you receive in return. Remember why you went to school when you are tired of it. Remain busy.

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

Limited class availability Strict on campus housing policies, expensive too Extremely rugged terrain around campus

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Strict on campus housing policies, expensive too

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

Humboldt State University is a place where all students from all walks of life are welcome and it's located in Northern Calif...

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

Humboldt State University is a place where all students from all walks of life are welcome and it's located in Northern California, which is one of the most beatiful places to live.

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

Choosing a good school for your son or daughter should include a lot of research. Money is commonly becoming a major decision factor for parents in what school their child will attend and it's important to know that the quality of education the child will recieve is not always indicative of how much money you will spend on tuition. Certain schools are focused on certain areas of learning and it's important to choose a four year college that has an emphasis on that area of study to ensure an all inclusive education. Humboldt State University has an emphasis on Science and Natural Resources and I chose to go here because I am a Natural Resources major. The school is connected in the career department and getting an internship is quite easy and the internship will usually lead to a full time position. In order to make the most of one's college experience, it is vital that you get involved. if you like sports, join a team, there are tons of clubs and other opportunities so get involved! You will regret it if you don't.

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

The worst thing about Humboldt State University is the reputation that everyone here in Humboldt county smokes marijuana and were all stupid and that simply just isn't true.

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

A secluded area in which one can either thrive or waste a lot of time.

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

A secluded area in which one can either thrive or waste a lot of time.

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

I think the most important thing, when college hunting, to visit as many colleges as you can while the students are there. This way you can really get a feel for the campus and the way the students interact with it and with each other. Attend some lectures if it is at all possible. Did you like the way the professors acted with the students? Figure out what the ratio of teachers to students. Is it more or less than desirable? Decide if you want to attend a large college or a small college. All of these things can be really important to your overall college experience. Get as many of these experiences that you can to ensure that you are making a well rounded decision. And good luck!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who enjoys learning and loves the outdoors.

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

eco-friendly learning center behind the redwood curtain.

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

eco-friendly learning center behind the redwood curtain.

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

look for what school has your top three career choices as majors, then find the one that you feel most comfortable with. Look for friendly people, and activities that are cheap (i.e. mountain biking, hiking, rivers, lakes, parks). Those three things will give you an awesome college experience. You will make friends super fast who will last you a life time.

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

Don't limit yourself geographically. Really think about what aspects of a school are important to you and what you want to g...

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

Don't limit yourself geographically. Really think about what aspects of a school are important to you and what you want to get out of the college experience. Think about what class size you are most comfortable with, and how much one-on-one time you will want with professors. If you don't know what you want to study yet, think about choosing a school that will give you lots of options to choose from (based on location and programs available). Don't feel like you have to stay at the first school you choose or stick with the first major you choose either. It's ok to try new things, especially if you find out that what you are currently doing is not working out. College is a continuous learning process; you will learn about the world and other people, but most of all you will learn about yourself. Have fun learning and finding out where life will take you beyond college.

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

Location. Located far away from any city. Would have liked more diverse culture here, or closely accessible.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The experience I got in my classes in the Wildlife major. Lots of hands-on in the field experience.

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

funding poorly allocated between departments under CSU - plenty of money for campus improvements, not for teacher salaries

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

funding poorly allocated between departments under CSU - plenty of money for campus improvements, not for teacher salaries

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

Finding the right college and getting the most out of your experience can be done after an evaluation of the self has been d...

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

Finding the right college and getting the most out of your experience can be done after an evaluation of the self has been done. What are your interests? What other goals do you have in life that are non-academic, such as having a baby, buying your own car, etc? These can greatly interfere with your college plans since many colleges have different general education and major requirements. You might end up in school for more than four years. What non-academic interests do you have? Would you rather be in a more rural area full of fresh air and passive wildlife, or a busy city with a booming night life? Again, these are important things to think about that many students don't take into consideration. A small college town in the middle of nowhere will have less to do outside of school than a big city. Of course, do consider your career goals and use that when looking for a program. Just don't forget about the rest of the stuff you're looking for! And remember parents: they may still be your babies, but to everyone else they are adults now. It's time to trust them.

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