Humboldt State University (HSU)

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Humboldt State University can be found in Arcata, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around seven thousand students enrolled per year at HSU.

Students can report either the SAT or ACT exam scores to Humboldt State University. A score between 970 to 1200 on the SAT exam, or 17 to 25 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Humboldt State University (HSU) average GPA ranges from 2.80 to 3.33 for accepted students. Roughly 90 percent of all applicant were accepted at HSU, and from those that were granted acceptance nearly 6 percent continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Humboldt State University (HSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Humboldt State University was reported as 92.2% in Fall 2020 with over 15,200 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • HSU ACT Scores: 17 - 25
  • HSU Average GPA: 2.80 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Humboldt State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into HSU, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Humboldt State University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 77.1%
  • 2017-2018: 81.8%
  • 2018-2019: 76.8%
  • 2019-2020: 92.2%
  • Projected HSU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 78.0%

How Does Humboldt State University (HSU) Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Humboldt State University is sixty-three percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Southern Oregon University78.2%
Oregon Institute of Technology97.1%
Sonoma State University91.2%
William Jessup University65.0%
Dominican University of California91.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Humboldt State University (HSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading490 - 610
Math480 - 590
Total Score970 - 1200
ACT®Score Range
English16 - 25
Math17 - 24
Composite Score17 - 25
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