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Humboldt State University

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The school is beautiful and the students are

Mar 29 2011Biology
The school is beautiful and the students are nice and approachable. However, there is not as low of a student to teacher ratio as they make it sound before you go there. I wish the teachers were a little more open minded in the biology department and didn't just teach the curriculum but made the topics more applicable and had more student involvement instead of a teacher just talking all the time. Definitely need more student involvement in classrooms. The town is great, but small if you are from a big city you might freak out. I love the town and people and the natural environment.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2012
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Scholastic Success: D+

If you do not

Mar 10 2011Art & Design Department
If you do not smoke pot here then you are a minority. Alot of the students in class are always high. Not the brightest freshman and sophomore student body but very nice campus if you like forest and small towns. Weed is the culture here keep that in mind!
1st Year Female -- Class 2015
Perceived Campus Safety: A, Scholastic Success: D-

I graduated from Humboldt State University in 1998

Aug 21 2010Education
I graduated from Humboldt State University in 1998 with a BA in Social Science and stayed for an additional year to earn my teaching credential. I look back on my HSU experience as some of the best years of my life. As a high school teacher, I actively encourage my students to check out this lesser known Cal State. I truly believe it is one of the best kept secrets of the CSU system. Small class sizes, passionate professors who actually teach their classes,a beautiful and inspiring environment and a community that really caters to its college students makes HSU a wonderful institution to pursue higher learning.

I would recommend visiting before attending because HSU and Arcata can be a culture shock for some city dwellers...everyone smiles, strangers say hello, "hippies" sun themselves on the Arcata plaza, the lack of fast food chains, the constantly changing weather...while easily embraced by some these factors can be deal breakers for students who want a cosmopolitan lifestyle during college.

If you want a small college that offers lots of educational and cultural experiences in a beautiful setting with a liberal minded and accepting/tolerant and HSU may be a perfect fit for each other.

4th Year Female -- Class 1998
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Social Life: B

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