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New Admissions Criteria for Some Programs

Humboldt State University anticipates the need to implement more selective admissions requirements for freshmen and transfer students applying to certain academic programs, beginning with those planning to enroll in Fall 2017. In some cases, this proposal includes the creation of a pre-major, with freshmen-level students required to complete certain requirements before enrolling in the major.

This proposed change is a result of increased demand by prospective students in recent years. The programs that would have the new requirements are among those that have seen high growth in applications.

The proposed changes would affect freshmen and transfer applicants in Environmental Science. They would affect transfer applicants in Social Work.

HSU will hold a series of three public hearings on the plan to implement these new requirements, known formally as "impaction." At these hearings, participants will be able to hear directly from HSU admissions staff, ask questions and share feedback. All comments will be considered as HSU decides how to best serve students from the local area, throughout California and beyond.

Comments may be submitted at any of the three hearings, or by using the online form. Comments are due no later than March 11, 2016. They will be posted for public review on this website, along with the full name, title and organization of the commenter. Contact information will not be posted.

Public Hearing Schedule

March 1, 2016
11:30 to 12:30

College of the Redwoods, Eureka campus
Student Services Building (SS) 104

March 8, 2016
noon - 1 p.m.

Mendocino College, Ukiah
Library Room 4134

March 9, 2016
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

College of the Redwoods, Del Norte campus, Crescent City
Main Building (DM) 23

Proposed Guidelines

Humboldt State University will be impacted for freshmen and transfer applicants for Environmental Science. The University will also be impacted for transfer applicants for Social Work.

Environmental Science

  • Transfers -must have completed the equivalent of at least one of the following courses:
    • STAT (108 or 109)
    • CHEM 107
    • BOT 105 or BIOL 105
  • Freshmen applicants: The increased GPA requirement will be determined after the priority application filing period, October 1 through November 30.

Social Work

Transfer applicants must:

  • Have an overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete the following pre-requisite courses (or their equivalent):
    • Statistics (STAT 108)
    • Introduction to Ethnic Studies (ES 105), Introduction to Native American Studies (NAS 104), or Power & Privilege (CRGS 108)
    • Introduction to Social Work (SW 104)
    • Beginning Social Work Experience (SW 255) (or related experience)
  • Submit a writing sample that addresses demonstrated professional commitment to Northern California and/or Tribal communities.

Each of the affected academic programs has established strong reputations and has seen strong interest among prospective students. For example, Environmental Science students gain real-life experiences in their classes that will prepare them for a variety of careers in the sciences. These careers will help protect the environment, while helping us adapt to a changing world. Social Work graduates are well trained to work in schools, hospitals, advocacy groups, and a host of governmental and private agencies, all of which are designed to better the human condition.

Environmental Science & Management Application Growth

Social Work Application Growth

New Admissions Requirements