Humboldt State University: Narrative Description

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1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Tel: (707)826-3011
Admissions: (707)826-6220
Fax: (707)826-6194
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of California State University System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1913. Setting: 161-acre rural campus. Endowment: $10.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $8.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5531 per student. Total enrollment: 7,550. Faculty: 490 (287 full-time, 203 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 6,319 applied, 58% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 36% from top quarter, 75% from top half. Full-time: 5,899 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 630 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 24 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 3% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 26% 25 or older, 20% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: interdisciplinary studies; social sciences and history; natural resources/environmental science. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the National Student Exchange, California State University System. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: electronic application. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 11/30. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,002 full-time, $339 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2866 full-time, $944 per term part-time. College room and board: $7281. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 140 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student radio station, Student Environmental Action Coalition, youth educational services, Ballet Folklorico, International Student Union. Major annual events: homecoming, Arts and Music Festival, Film Festival. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,350 college housing spaces available; 1,300 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. 585,386 books, 602,973 microform titles, 2,629 serials, 4,947 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.9 million. 778 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Arcata, population 19,300, is located on the north shore of Humboldt Bay in northwestern California with an unrestricted panorama of mountains, bay, dairy and farm lands, sand dunes, and the Pacific Ocean. It is eight miles north of Eureka, and 275 miles north of San Francisco. Industry includes lumbering, manufacturing of wood products, tourism and dairy products. Humboldt Bay region climate is moist, but stimulating, with no extremes of heat or cold. Summer and fall are considered particularly delightful seasons. Buses and airlines serve the area. The city has a library, churches and the usual service clubs. Recreational opportunities include river rafting, kayaking, backpacking, hunting, trout fishing in mountain streams, salmon fishing in Humboldt and Trinidad Bays, and deep sea fishing. There is an Azalea Reserve, three miles north.

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