Humboldt State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Humboldt State University

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Humboldt State University is a public university with an acceptance rate of 77%. The northernmost of the schools in the California State University system, Humboldt's location in Arcata overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The university has a 20-to-1 student / faculty ratio and offers its undergraduates 48 bachelor's degree programs. In athletics, the Humboldt State Lumberjacks compete in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association for most sports,

Considering applying to Humboldt State University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Humboldt State University had an acceptance rate of 77%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 77 students were admitted, making Humboldt State's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 10,957
Percent Admitted 77%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 12%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Humboldt State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 90% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 490 600
Math 480 570
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Humboldt State University's admitted students fall within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Humboldt State scored between 490 and 600, while 25% scored below 490 and 25% scored above 600. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 480 and 570, while 25% scored below 480 and 25% scored above 570. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1170 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Humboldt State University.

Requirements

Humboldt State does not require the optional SAT writing section. Note that Humboldt State participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. SAT Subject test scores are not required but may be used to fulfill certain core course requirements.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Humboldt State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 36% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 16 24
Math 17 24
Composite 18 24

This admissions data tells us that most of Humboldt State University's admitted students fall within the bottom 40% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Humboldt State received a composite ACT score between 18 and 24, while 25% scored above 24 and 25% scored below 18.

Requirements

Note that Humboldt State does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Humboldt State University does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Humboldt State University's incoming freshman class was 3.23. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Humboldt State have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Humboldt State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Humboldt State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Humboldt State University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Humboldt State University, which accepts just over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions process. Unlike the University of California System, the California State University admission process is not holistic. Except for EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) students, applicants do not need to submit letters of recommendation or an application essay, and extracurricular involvement is not part of the standard application.

Instead, admissions are based primarily on an eligibility index that combines GPA and test scores. Minimum high school course requirements include two years of history and social science, four years of college prep English, three years of math, two years of laboratory science, one year of visual or performing arts, and one year of a college preparatory elective. The reasons why an applicant with adequate scores and grades would be rejected tends to come down to factors such as insufficient college preparatory classes, high school classes that weren't challenging, or an incomplete application.

Be aware that Humboldt University is impacted because it receives more applications than can be accommodated. Due to impaction, the university holds freshmen applicants to biology, botany, environmental science & management, wildlife, and zoology a higher GPA standard.

The green and blue dots in the above graph represent students accepted to Humboldt State University. The majority of successful applicants had GPAs over 2.6, SAT scores (ERW+M) of 950 or higher, and ACT scores of 18 or higher.

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