Office of the President

President's Welcome


Welcome to Humboldt State University!

We are located in a beautiful area, in the midst of the tallest (and arguably some of the oldest) trees in the world. We are in a place that has the historical and cultural overprints of indigenous peoples, of the timber and mining industries, and of the creative and performing arts. In this place, we have a mission to educate students and to build on our values of social and environmental responsibility.

We have ambitious plans to fulfill this mission. And these plans are continuing to evolve as we adapt and grow as an engaged community and as a University where students are involved in place-based learning. Our current strategic plan is focused on four key areas: supporting student success, providing a welcoming environment for our diverse community, ensuring we have the resources needed to fulfill our mission, and expanding partnerships, both on- and off-campus.

Students at HSU benefit from great academic programs, a broad arrange of co-curricular activities, the sense of exploration (both intellectual and environmental), and the connections that they build with friends, faculty and staff, and the community. Our University is nationally recognized for our graduate’s contributions to creating a better world. Washington Monthly Magazine recently ranked HSU in the top 20 master’s-level universities in the U.S. for social mobility, research, and service. We rank in the top 10 medium-sized universities in the number of alumni who join the Peace Corps (and we rank #1 in California). Our area, Humboldt County, has been ranked the second most beautiful county in the U.S. The Princeton Review calls HSU a top “Green College,” and Humboldt State is considered #1 for great small colleges for nature lovers.

Doesn’t this make you want to come visit in person? Please do! Come and learn about our excellent academic programs, and see the redwoods, rivers, mountains, and coastline for yourself. We're a great place to learn, live, study, and be engaged.

Sincerely yours,

Lisa A. Rossbacher, Ph.D.