Arcata, California Colleges and Universities

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Arcata, originally called Union Town, is located in Humbolt County, California. The population of Arcata in 2010 was approximately 17,231 people. Arcata is a college town that is home to Humbolt State University, the northernmost campus of the California State University 23-campus system. Nearly 50% of Arcata’s population comes from Humbolt State University’s student body. Arcata is located 280 miles north of San Francisco.


Humboldt State University
One Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521-8299, main phone: (707) 826-4402, admission phone: (866) 850-9556, admission fax: (707) 826-6190

Humboldt State University has a total enrollment of 7,800+ students and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The university offers majors in a variety of subjects including agriculture, ethnic studies (2 majors), visual and performing arts (4 majors), biology, zoology, botany, business, communications, journalism, computer and information sciences, education (4 majors), engineering science, English, French, Spanish, nursing (RN), kinesiotherayp, liberal arts, mathematics, intercultural/multicultural/diversity studies, natural resources and conservation (6 majors), recreation and fitness (2 majors), philosophy and religion, psychology, social work and various social sciences (6 majors).


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