Undergraduate Admission Requirements
- English Language Proficiency
- Eligibility Requirements
- How to Apply
- Deadlines and Dates
- Housing & Dining
- Visa Information
There are many ways to meet the English proficiency requirement for admission to Humboldt State University.
|ACT||22 or above on English test section||22 or above English test section|
|Cambridge English Exams||
CAE: C1 (180 or above)
CPE: C2 (200 or above)
|CPE: C2 (200 or above)|
|CWC||Completion of Level 6.||Completion of Level 6.|
|DAAD||DAAD Language Test certificate with a "C" in every section (level B2).||DAAD Language Test certificate with a "C" in every section (level B2).|
|EC||Completion of Pre-Advanced||Completion of Pre-Advanced|
|EF||Completion of Level C1.||Completion of Level C1.|
|ELS||Successful completion of level 112||Successful completion of level 112|
|ESLI||Completion of Pre-University||Completion of Pre-University|
|Eurocenters||Level 7||Level 8|
|ILSC||Completion of Intermediate 4||Completion of Advanced 1|
|Kaplan||Advanced level||Advanced level|
|LSI||Upper Intermediate||Upper Intermediate|
|SAT||500 on the Verbal/Critical Reading||500 on the Verbal/Critical Reading|
|Stafford House||Level 9 (CEF - C1)||Level 10 (CEF - C+)|
|TLC||Successful completion of Advanced Level 9||Successful completion of Advanced Level 9 and APL Modules A, B, and C|
|TOEFL||71 IBT, 525 PBT, 197 CBT||80 IBT, 550 PBT, 213 CBT|
|USC International Academy||Successful completion of Level 6||Successful completion of Level 6|
Scores must be received within two years of applying to HSU, and sent directly from the testing organization.
You do not need to send your TOEFL or IELTS score if:
- You have completed a general education English composition course at a California community college or university with a C or higher; OR
- You have graduated from a four-year U.S. high school and have completed three years of English courses with a grade of “B” or higher.
If your native language is English and/or the majority of your education has been in English, or if the official langugae of your country is English, you may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirements. Please inquire at the time of application.
Students attending the International English Language Institute (IELI) located on the HSU campus will be admitted with certification from the IELI Supervising Teacher. This certification is accepted in lieu of of the TOEFL test.
Undergraduate entry requirements
- A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on high school coursework
- English Language Proficiency
Note: some majors are impacted and have higher GPA requirements. For more information, please visit the Office of Admissions website.
Transfer entry requirements
Lower Division Transfer Students (less than 60 transferable semester units)
- A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on college coursework
- A GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on high school coursework
Upper Division Transfer Students (more than 60 transferable semester units)
- A GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on college coursework
All undergraduate transfer students
Note: some majors are impacted and have higher GPA requirements. For more information, please visit the Office of Admissions website. Currently, the following majors require a higher GPA: Biology, Botany, Wildlife, and Zoology.
International applicants are not required to take the SAT or ACT. However, students who take these tests and receive a high score on the Math or English components may be exempt from the English proficiency requirement, as well as Entry Level Math (ELM) and English Placement (EPT) testing upon arrival at HSU. If you have taken either of these tests, please submit scores while applying. These tests are widely available overseas and can save you time if your scores are high.
- For step-by-step CSU Mentor instructions, click here.
- Application Fee of U.S. $55.00 (non-refundable) can be paid online when applying on CSU Mentor. If you submit a paper application, pay your application fee here.
STEP 2: Submit the Certification of Financial Support
STEP 3: Submit Official Transcripts of Academic Records (Translated to English)
- All test scores must be sent to us directly from the examination company.
- Score reports that were issued to students will not be accepted.
- We accept many different tests. To see the list, view here
STEP 5: Send Photocopy of your passport
STEP 6: Transfer Students (only if transferring from a U.S. school)
STEP 7: Email or mail your application materials to:
International Student Admissions
Center for International Programs
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299 USA
STEP 8: Check Your Email
- We will email you after we review your application.
- If you do not receive an email, make sure to check your Spam or Junk Folder.
|Term you wish to begin||Applications Open||Apply By|
|Fall (August - December)||October 1||April 1|
|Spring (January - May)||August 1||October 15|
It generally takes one week to evaluate a complete file and make a decision. Your application must be complete by the application deadline (received by close of business on that date), or you will need to reapply for the following semester.
Application Term of Entry Updates
HSU's application for admission applies only to the term of entry indicated on the application form at the time of submission. If you would like to update the term of entry on your application, simply log back into your saved application stored in CSU Mentor, update your desired term of entry, confirm your address and previously attended institutions are still current, and submit the form with your application fee. HSU will then notify you upon receipt of your updated application.
Please visit the Costs section of our Frequently Asked Questions page for information about tuition and fees.
There are several housing options for international students. Residence halls are available on campus as well as apartments in close proximity to campus. To learn more about residence halls, please visit HSU's Housing and Dining Services website. For information about off campus housing, visit their website, here.
There are five main dining options on campus:
- The "J" cafeteria
- Windows Café
- The Depot (fast food)
- College Creek Marketplace (convenience store)
- The Giant's Cupboard (convenience store)