Humboldt State University

First Year Connections

We are more than just a collection of buildings and pop quizzes. We are a community.

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Humboldt Orientation Program

Congratulations on your admission to Humboldt State University. On behalf of everyone here at HSU, we would like to welcome you to the campus community. The Humboldt Orientation Program (HOP) is your chance to explore Humboldt and get down to the facts of college life: registering for classes, academic planning, degree requirements, making friends, and all the stuff that may seem confusing before the first day of class. Find out more.

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outdoor adventures

Backpacking, bicycling, kayaking, rock climbing, surfing, ...we offer a whole range of incredible trips that are open to every first-year student. No previous experience is needed and rental equipment is available. Our goal is to provide you with safe outdoor and social experiences that emphasize adventure, environmental awareness, education and a sense of community. See the complete list of Outdoor Adventures (and register, because they fill up fast).

students rafting on the Trinity river

freshman interest groups

The college transition is quite exciting, and there is no better way to enjoy the adventure than in the outdoors. The Humboldt Outdoor Wilderness Leadership Program (HOWL) offers a unique opportunity to form new, life-long friendships and to discuss the start of your college experience while backpacking in one of our nearby wilderness areas. Find out more and sign up here.