College Junior 2013-12-11T23:38:41Z
Our football team is a fun event to go to. Other sports tend to get less press compared to them.
The bigger sport in the area are the Crabs baseball games during the summer!
College Junior 2013-12-11T23:37:42Z
I wouldn't have picked any other place to go.
I absolutely love HSU and it fits me to a T.
I have made fantastic friends, and get to immerse myself in the welcoming community surrounded by redwoods and beautiful scenery.
College Junior 2013-12-11T23:36:58Z
Health & Safety:
There is a notable amount of bike theft on campus. It's probably the largest crime on campus other than illegal possession and sale of marijuana.
College Junior 2013-12-11T23:35:50Z
I love Arcata! It's a very small college town, but that doesn't discredit any of it's awesome charm.
One one side there are breathtaking beaches, on the other there are beautiful redwood forests for hours of fun.
We are close enough to Oregon and the Bay Area to take fun roadtrips.
A few hours inland during the summer can get to the 90s in temperature and there are beautiful rivers to go swimming in!
We may not have the crazy nightlife of a huge campus, but we make up for it with charm, local markets, and absolutely gorgeous scenery.
College Junior 2013-12-11T23:33:19Z
I rate it great, not in that there is great drug safety, but at the "Great" accessibility to drugs in Humboldt.
Not necessarily HSU as a campus, but Humboldt has a lot of illegal grow operations, as well as actual medicinal dispensaries for people who have 420 cards. It is obvious and you can smell it on most days. People use it a lot, and I've never seen anyone get reprimanded for it.
College Junior 2013-12-11T23:31:15Z
Living off-campus is the best choice for HSU.
It is way more affordable than on campus. There are plenty of different areas to choose from, that all range.
We are a college town, so no matter where you decide to live, it is most likely in an area of people your age.
College Junior 2013-12-11T23:29:26Z
There are many computer labs on campus. They are all accessible and great if you don't have a computer of your own or wish to work on campus.
The printing on campus is reliable and fairly inexpensive, though it used to be free and THAT was awesome.
The Wifi is generally reliable, though living on campus I found it quicker to just get an ethernet cable.
College Junior 2013-12-11T23:28:01Z
We do not have sufficient parking for the amount of people at this school.
We do offer a lot of alternative ways of getting to school, but the majority of the students at HSU live off campus or are commuters.
Campus permits are extremely expensive, and even then it's a lottery system, so you have no idea if you will even get a spot. I have been to classes 20 minutes late trying to find a spot before.
But, the minute you park somewhere and your meter runs out or anything, you can bet your brother that you will have a ticket that is at least 40$.
College Junior 2013-12-11T23:25:50Z
It rains in Humboldt, surprise!
Okay, I joke. But it rains. A lot.
Buy a raincoat, not an umbrella. Umbrellas are useless.
In Arcata, it's just expected that it's going to happen, and so it really isn't that much of a problem !
College Junior 2013-12-11T23:24:41Z
I mostly am paying for school through loans, so getting that, as well as FAFSA grants wasn't much of a hassle, more of just a load of additional paperwork.
College Junior 2013-12-11T23:23:38Z
HSU has a reputation of being a "green-friendly" campus for marijuana use.
Yes, there is an abundance of that up here, but HSU as a school has been trying to step up their regulation of it around campus.
I have seen plenty of it around here, but if you do not want to be involved with it, it is very easy to find your niche here without it.
College Junior 2013-12-11T23:21:22Z
The professors are very helpful. We have awesome statistical online programs, tutoring options, and computer labs.
The workload is a lot of reading, but that comes with the major.
The facilities are one of the newer ones on campus, so they are a bit nicer. But they are on the top of a very steep hill, so it gets a bad reputation because of that.
There aren't so many job opportunities in the area, but there are plenty of internships!
College Junior 2013-12-11T23:21:22Z
As a Clinical Psychology Major and Music Minor, there are fantastic and very knowledgeable professors.
The GE courses are extremely simple, and not enlightening what so ever.
But past those, major courses are challenging but interesting.
The unit cap is currently at 17, which is a big problem for a lot of students.
Luckily, they do offer petitions to raise them, and that be a real life saver!
College Junior 2013-12-11T23:18:34Z
It's really quite the basic college dorm experience.
I really enjoyed living in the "Canyon" dorms at HSU for the time that I did.
The laundry room is a great amenity, but I never used the kitchen. There was a small tv area, as well that was nice.
The rooms are small, but that is dorm life.
They are far more expensive than living off campus, but it was extremely convenient being that close in proximity to the campus.
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!
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