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Humboldt applications up 86% since becoming a Cal Poly

Freshman applications to Cal Poly Humboldt, formerly Humboldt State University, rose 86% since the Northern California college changed its name and expanded its science and technology offerings, the campus reported.

“These are impressive numbers compared to recent years,” Peggy Metzger, executive director of enrollment management. “Humboldt’s polytechnic designation and the new academic programs that are launching next fall are definitely a draw for prospective students and their families this year. We’re excited to welcome these new students to Cal Poly Humboldt.”

Transfer and master’s degree applications have also increased. Overall, applications have risen 74%.

As California’s third Cal Poly campus, Humboldt is offering nine new degree programs, including data science, applied fire science and management, cannabis studies and software engineering.

In all, 6,630 first-time college students applied for undergraduate admission.