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| 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! |
|Mar 10 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| 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 community...you and HSU may be a perfect fit for each other.
|Aug 21 2010|| 4th Year Female --
Class 1998 |
| Yes, people smoke pot. Some of them come to HSU just to simply smoke pot and somehow pass classes. That was the biggest turnoff. Immediately after telling people that I was going to HSU I had to follow up with "but I don't smoke weed." If you are coming here for just for that, then all the more to you, but if you are coming here for a good school with great people in a wonderful town then you will be pleased. The school is gorgeous and just the right size. You can walk from one side of campus to the other and run into at least five people you know on a name to name basis. Once you get past the lower division GE classes the class sizes shrink dramatically. My average class size last semester was around 20 students. I haven't had a professor that I've absolutely hated. Generally I've liked them all, though some more than others. Some of the classes seem like jokes but some of them have expanded my mind like no other. The professors are actually there for you and your undergrad experience is more hands on than at a bigger school. |
The other students are great. I'm socially awkward and I fit right in. It's easy to make friends with people and rarely do I find someone snobbish or rude (except for maybe the art students). For the most part, everyone is eco friendly, health oriented, and very concerned with mental and physical wellness. With that said, there is definitely a large group of students who come just to party and smoke weed. In terms of social life, Arcata has a lot to offer if you look closely. It may seem like a quaint sleepy town but it has a lot of culture. There's always a band playing or an event going on. Naturally, there are parties and, for the most part, it's a blend of different people.
Weather wise it rains a lot. It rained till late June this last year. It rarely gets in the 70s and the fog can get you down after a while. But with that, it's incredibly green and clean, never baking hot, and it rarely gets colder than the 20s. Sometimes we get a wiff of snow too! All in all, I really enjoy this place. It's not for everyone but behind its reputation it has a lot to offer.
|Aug 01 2010|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |