Humboldt State University anticipates the need to implement more selective admissions requirements for freshmen and transfer students applying to certain academic programs, beginning with those planning to enroll in Fall 2014. In some cases, this proposal includes the creation of a pre-major, with freshmen-level students required to complete certain requirements before enrolling in the major.
This proposed change is a result of increased demand by prospective students in recent years. The programs that would have the new requirements are among those that have seen high growth in applications.
The proposed changes would affect freshmen and transfer applicants in Biology, Botany, Wildlife and Zoology. They would affect transfer applicants in Environmental Resource Engineering.
HSU will hold a series of three public hearings on the plan to implement these new requirements, known formally as "impaction." At these hearings, participants will be able to hear directly from HSU admissions staff, ask questions and share feedback. All comments will be considered as HSU decides how to best serve students from the local area, throughout California and beyond.
Comments may be submitted at any of the three hearings, or by using the online form. Comments are due no later than March 15, 2013. They will be posted for public review on this website, along with the full name, title and organization of the commenter. Contact information will not be posted.
February 25, 2013
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Mendocino College, Main campus, Ukiah
Career and Transfer Center
March 7, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
College of the Redwoods, Del Norte campus, Crescent City
Main Building (DM) 29
March 7, 2013
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
College of the Redwoods, Main campus, Eureka
Student Services Building (SS) 109
Humboldt State University will be impacted for freshmen applicants for the major in Wildlife. The University will also be impacted for upper division applicants for the majors in Biology, Botany, Zoology, Environmental Resources Engineering, and Wildlife.
Each of the affected academic programs has established strong reputations and has seen strong interest among prospective students. For example, the engineering program is one of the oldest and largest with a focus on environmental resources. The Botany program is now the largest undergraduate program of its kind in the nation, and the Wildlife program is considered by many to be among the best in the world.
The programs have all experienced a large increase in applications in recent years, and are all expected to be at or slightly above capacity in Fall 2013. At the same time, they are expensive programs with intense requirements for lab space. State funding covers just a portion of the cost of educating each student.