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It’s Time to Apply to Humboldt State University!

Applications are being accepted from first-time freshmen, upper-division transfer students (60+ transferable units), returning students, veterans, international students, and graduate students.

First-time freshmen need to apply by the end of the California State University system’s application period, which ends Nov. 30, 2016. Transfers, returning students, and graduate students should check specific timelines and deadlines at Students can also contact the Office of Admissions at (707) 826-4402 or

The start of the application period coincides with the new filing period for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which helps determine eligibility for various types of aid from the U.S. Department of Education.

Under recent changes, students can submit their FAFSA for the 2017-18 school year as early as Oct. 1. This allows families to use tax information already filed for 2015 rather than estimated taxes from this year, and to automatically retrieve and import that info to students’ FAFSA application online.

At HSU, 70 percent of students receive some form of financial aid (state and federal grants, institutional aid, subsidized loans, etc.). Most low-income students receive about $10,000 in grant funding.

Detailed information on applying to HSU is at Those who intend to apply to the California State University system as first-time freshmen or upper-division transfers should go to to complete the online application. CSU Mentor provides updated information on the specific deadlines for each campus and program.

HSU is also hosting Fall Admissions Day on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. It’s a chance for prospective students to meet one-on-one with HSU admissions counselors, who review Fall 2017 applications and can inform students right then whether they are admitted to Humboldt State.

Last year, HSU received a record number of applications for the fall 2016 semester. Through Nov. 30, applications from first-time freshmen increased 2.8 percent. The number of transfer students who applied to HSU increased by 12.3 percent.

About Humboldt State University
Humboldt State University is a public institution and part of the 23-campus California State University system. It enrolls 8,790 students, and offers 51 majors and 69 minors in three Colleges. HSU was named a top public school in the west by the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Colleges rankings. It was also ranked by Washington Monthly as one of the top master’s degree-granting universities and has been called a top green school by Princeton Review.

HSU is known for its commitment to social justice and sustainability and emphasis on hands-on learning. And with a student-teacher ratio of 23:1, small class sizes allow faculty to work closely with students.

HSU is also among the most affordable universities in the country. For California-resident students, the average tuition and fees at HSU are $7,212—a major value considering those who have a bachelor’s degree earn, over a lifetime, $1 million more than those with only a high school diploma. Comparably, tuition and fees at a University of California school cost $13,456, and $32,410 at a private college.

Read more about Humboldt State at For application information, visit HSU’s admissions website at or contact the Office of Admissions at (707) 826-4402 or