College Sophomore 2013-12-08T22:16:29Z
Yes HSU is strict about their rules. My advice, don't get caught. Campus police are very present and also very understanding. I've had run ins with them, so long as you admit fault and sincerely apologize, chances are you'll be fine. If you're underage and you drink, do it either off campus or close your dorm room and keep it quiet. They CAN inspect your dorm room if they suspect anything. Whatever you do, don't smoke weed in your room. It's obvious and the police are always patrolling the dorms. Go in the forest if you want to smoke, you'll have plenty of company. I've broken some big rules while in the dorms and had to meet with the Vice President of student affairs. Again, so long as you're respectful and acknowledge your fault, he's a reasonable guy.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T22:08:26Z
This is one the most diverse places I've lived, which says a lot. Students are drawn to this school because of the various options in majors, clubs, food, religious practices and cultural differences. I've had friends from Japan and Kenya teaching me their first language and making their native food. I've had deep political and philosophical conversations with people of opposing views. Once you've lived here for some time, you become more accepting.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T22:00:30Z
As far as I know, there isn't a major that has admission requirements. I've been a zoology major as well as a wildlife conservation, English, journalism, nursing (not offered at HSU anymore), and now elementary education major. I'd consider myself very knowledgable in the major changing process. The better majors are obviously the forestry, geology and wildlife majors. Some of the weaker ones are the linguistics and social sciences majors. I use the term weak lightly because every major offered is great in what they do.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T22:00:30Z
I have never had an internship nor have I considered it much. I'm sure in my major, elementary education, I will have one later. My friend is a wildlife major and has done several short internships. He found it easy to apply and be chosen since there are a lot offered.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T21:50:44Z
I thought about joining once but I knew it wouldn't work because they were all so happy and bubbly (sorority). They had tea parties and etiquette classes. But they were kind and accepting of anyone and always did great things for the community. I lived with a member of a fraternity. He was on the geeky side but loved what he did. They don't get special housing. All around good people who don't treat non-Greeks any differently.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T21:45:01Z
If you have a car, plan to arrive on campus 30 minutes before class. It is a nightmare to find a spot! Half of the parking lots are reserved for residents or staff so the general parking sucks. The cost of the parking permits is $150 each semester for a car, motorcycle I believe is $40 a semester. They do prorate it as the semester goes on. I parked off campus, which is hard and very far, until the price went down to $90 (took four weeks). Be careful of parking off campus as some neighborhoods require a parking permit and the signs that say that are scarce. If you park illegally on campus, you will get a ticket! They are strict and do not give pity. If you're parked illegally for a long period of time, they may give you another ticket on the same day. I once had to be rushed to the hospital via ambulance and my car was parked at a meter. When I was released 12 hours later, I had four tickets and they did not care that I was hospitalized so I still had to pay the fines ($33 each).
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T21:35:02Z
It is a small town so the nightlife is naturally not great. The students do party hard on the weekends and there are plenty of them. I'm not of age to attend bars but I do know there are a handful, all next to each other, downtown Arcata. Eureka has more options but it's where all the crazies live so be careful! Not much else to say on this topic.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T21:32:03Z
The great thing about this area is the neighboring towns are within minutes of each other. Keep this in mind when house hunting. If you choose Arcata, you better have some money. If you are on a budget, go to McKinleyville where it's safer, more family oriented, cheaper and have dishwashers! It's only 5-10 minutes from HSU and there are plenty of bus stops wherever you choose. Try to stay away from Eureka, the traffic is always terrible. The school doesn't have much in regards to off campus housing help. They have a small, unpublicized website of ads for rooms and apartments for rent. Huge downside is you must pay a monthly fee to post your ad so there's not many options. Stick to Craigslist.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T21:25:15Z
I've declared several majors in my two short years here but each one has been great. The advisors require you to see them before registering which is a blessing more than a nuisance. They send out group emails on internships and other career opportunities as well as hang flyers. Most of the buildings date back to 1913 when the school first opened but that adds to the schools charm. They have added several newer buildings that are just as great.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T21:25:15Z
I've attended a few schools and I keep coming back to HSU. The academics are wonderful and the staff sincerely want you to succeed. The professor to student ratio is great in comparison to other CSUs. Just like anywhere though, you can get a quack professor who rambles on about conspiracies, or an excellent anatomy professor who takes the time to clearly explain everything with great patience (shout out to Dr. King!).
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T21:15:52Z
Guys & Girls:
I'm a straight woman, I did my best on rating but I simply don't pay attention to the same sex and find it offensive to only rate the women and not the men. I've always been in a relationship (high school sweetheart then, former co-worker now), but there are some attractive and respectable men on campus. Trouble is, most women know that so these guys aren't single for long. Large gay & lesbian community. Lots of free spirits, open minded individuals and hippies!
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T21:09:14Z
I've had terrible experiences and I've had wonderful, it all depends are where you live. My first year, I lived in Sunset dorms. The setup was you had your spacious room (single, double or triple), on either a co-ed or gender specific floor, and you shared a bathroom with everyone on your floor (of course different bathrooms for the co-ed floor). The social atmosphere was great there since you're sharing common areas with around 50-300 people. All my good friends were made living there. The CA's, or authority figures, were kind and understanding. Ours was laid back to a fault, he was fired after that semester. The furniture was decent and convenient considering the cost of living. The housing office employees were always helpful and quick to respond. There are several places to eat or buy food on campus, some bad, some good and prices range from cheap to ridiculous.
My second year I spent in the Creekview Apartments. I lived in a single bedroom and shared the common areas with four of my friends. The space was large with big windows and nice furniture in the bedrooms and living room/dining room. The views are amazing since you're tucked away in the forest, but you are on top of a steep hill and farthest from the main campus. Parking is great though, compared to Sunset where they allotted 15 spaces for over 600 people. My huge problem with Creekview was the authority figure. She was clearly on a power trip, writing you up for the smallest of broken rules. My roommate once got written up for lending me her key card because I'd left mine in the apartment. My other roommate and I received mandatory dorm changes after an argument over dishes. Her reasoning is it was violating roommate responsibility. I'm now on housing probation because I argued with her outrageous ruling.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T20:52:43Z
I've lived in a few college towns and this is the best by far. It's quiet and quant with friendly locals and huge cultural diversity. Most everyone is open minded with liberal views, very honest and trusting. There is a huge homeless population here and most have mental illnesses or disabilities. Majority are harmless and quite entertaining and would love to engage in political debates or philosophical conversations. Places to avoid; College of the Redwoods, downtown Eureka (not to be confused with Old Town, that place is great!), the Bayshore Mall (as much as you can anyway), Hoopa, and the Plaza after 2:00 AM.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T20:40:36Z
Like any college, you must fill out the FAFSA in order to receive financial aid. Anyone who's filled it out knows that it is extremely flawed. My mother is a single parent working two well paying jobs but has mortgages and bills that take precedent over my tuition. In other words, I'm on my own. FAFSA doesn't take that into account that parents don't give you a dime. Somehow they estimated my mother should contribute $60,000 a year which is more than half her yearly income. Because of that terrible estimate, I don't qualify for any grants and loans were scarce. I ended up having to accept three loans to cover one year.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T20:38:25Z
I love Liberal Studies Elementary Education, the professor are easy to get along with and the people in my major are pretty cool. The workload is doable and there are more jobs available for LSEE majors than just teaching.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T20:36:13Z
I honestly do like Humboldt the weather is nice, the community is small and friendly and I have made some great friends here. The only downfall is that it is 6 hours away from home (for me).
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T20:33:43Z
Humboldt is spirited and the student involvement in sports in fairly large and the facilities are nice. Overall its good.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T20:08:07Z
If you are an EOP student, you're in luck! You get your own special computer lab with free printing. But for the average student like me, you're not so lucky. I have my own laptop so I've never had to use the computer lab but I'm a frequent flyer at the library and the computer lab is small and always crowded. I also have my own printer. I suggest you pair up with a roommate or friend and share a printer, it's worth it. The campus has wireless internet access except in a couple dorms. In Sunset you had to purchase an Ethernet cord. Wasn't so bad since you can take your laptop to the library or class and get wifi.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T20:02:29Z
Everyone knows Humboldt's reputation as a pothead's school. I personally don't partake but know plenty of people who do. I've been pressured but stood my ground so they backed off and wasn't bothered again. Drinking is highly prevalent too. If you live in the dorms, the CA's and UPD make there presence known but you have rights and as long as you keep it in your space, they won't bother you. But if you are caught, it's a huge deal (they overreact in my experience). Mushrooms have become a fad within the past few years. Easy to find in the forest and I'm sure there's a class offered about them. There are harder drugs available in the county, specifically in Eureka, but I haven't seen too many cases of its use on campus.
College Sophomore 2013-12-08T19:53:56Z
Health & Safety:
I lived in the dorms for two semesters. There was only one incident of my friend across the hall in Sunset who was bound, beat and robbed by three non-residents. There was another student selling the date rape drug out of his room but he was caught and expelled. Now that I live off campus, there haven't been any threats to my safety or health.
College Freshman 2013-12-05T21:25:42Z
The campus has some amount of transportation for disabled people, and buses go by the campus fairly regularly.
College Freshman 2013-12-05T21:24:18Z
The school has an observatory for use, and its science buildings have a reasonable amount of equipment. Computers around the campus run fairly well. Plenty of areas for recreational activity.
College Freshman 2013-12-05T21:24:18Z
The gym is included in tuition, and is so open to all students. Plenty of greenery around campus. One can usually see some game or another being played on one of the fields.
College Freshman 2013-12-05T21:21:13Z
As long as activities aren't disturbing other people on campus, the schools is fairly lenient with activities.
College Freshman 2013-12-05T21:19:44Z
I don't use, nor have I be into, the campus housing, so I cannot judge it except superficially. It looks fairly nice from the outside and is very close to classes.
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