Humboldt State University (also referred to as Humboldt or Humboldt State) is located in Arcata, California, and is the northernmost campus of the California State University system. The main campus is situated on a hillside at the edge of a coast redwood forest and has commanding views overlooking Arcata, much of Humboldt Bay, and the Pacific Ocean beyond. This college town is 8 miles north of Eureka and 279 miles north of San Francisco. Its student population has stayed consistently around 7,500 for several decades and continues to this day.
The university offers 49 types of bachelor’s degrees and 21 different master’s degrees. The two largest majors are Biology and Art, both with over 20 faculty members and extensive facilities on- and off-campus. Humboldt State is the only university in California to offer a degree in Rangeland Resources and Wildland Soils. The Native American Studies major and the Oceanography major are also unique to the California State University system. The university offers unique minors including Multicultural Queer Studies, Scientific Diving, and Appropriate Technology. To find out more about student life, click here.
In addition to the main campus, HSU has multiple off-campus facilities and education-related properties, including an ocean-side marine biology research center, a wildlife care facility, a public natural history museum, a public art gallery, a bay-side aquatics facility, a mountain-top astronomy observatory, an ocean-going marine research and teaching vessel, and a demonstration forest.
The Lumberjacks’ program is affiliated with the NCAA on the Division II level and is a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Humboldt State currently sponsors 12 intercollegiate sports programs — men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, Cheerleading, volleyball, football (in which it competes in theGreat Northwest Athletic Conference), men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and field, softball and women’s rowing.
HSU houses numerous centers and institutions:
Arcata is a small college-town located about 280 miles north of San Francisco just adjacent to Humbolt Bay. According to the 2010 census, its population just over 17,200.
The heart of Arcata is the Plaza. In the 1850s the Plaza was where goods destined for the Trinity County mines were loaded onto mule trains. The Plaza is surrounded by stores, bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and live music venues. It has the largest farmers market in Humboldt County, where locals gather around for events such as the Fourth of July, Arcata Main Street Oyster Festival, Kinetic Sculpture Race, and the North Country Fair.
Arcata’s climate is dominated by marine influences associated with Humboldt Bay and the Pacific Ocean. On average, Arcata experiences 40 to 50 inches of rain per year, though there is a short but pronounced dry season from June to September. Northerly winds keep the spring very cool and create a coastal upwelling of deep, cold ocean water. This upwelling in turn results in foggy conditions throughout the summer, with high temperatures commonly in the 50s and low 60s.
Arcata has been notably progressive in its political makeup, and was the first city in the United States to elect a majority of its city council members from the Green Party. As a result of the progressive majority, Arcata capped the number of chain restaurants allowed in the city.
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