HSU Makes Wall Street Journal College Rankings

Humboldt State University ranked between 501-600 this year out of 797 institutions nationally, according to the newly released Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) College Ranking 2021.

HSU’s strongest performance was in the study’s Environment category, where the University ranked in the third decile. In the West region HSU ranked 95th out of 120 institutions.

The Environment category looks at the make-up of the student body at each campus, helping students understand whether they will find themselves in a diverse, supportive and inclusive environment while they are at college. WSJ/THE looks at the proportion of international students on campus, a key indicator that the university or college is able to attract talent from across the world and offers a multicultural campus where students from different backgrounds can, theoretically, learn from one another.

WSJ/THE also looks more generally at student diversity – both racial and ethnic diversity, and the inclusion of students with lower family earnings. WSJ/THE also uses a measure of the racial and ethnic diversity of the faculty.

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About the ranking

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking is a ranking of universities and colleges designed to put graduate success and student learning at its heart. The WSJ/THE College Rankings, now in its fifth year, has received critical acclaim for its pioneering approach.

Developed in partnership with US experts and universities, the ranking adopts a balanced scorecard approach. We use 15 individual performance metrics, grouped into four pillars representing Resources (30%), Engagement (20%), Outcomes (40%) and Environment (10%). The 15 performance indicators have been selected in order to answer the questions that matter the most when choosing a university.

Data sources include the Times Higher Education (THE) U.S. Student Survey, and THE Academic Reputation Survey, along with public data from IPEDS, the College Scorecard and Federal Student Aid on areas including completion rates and graduate employment. Data for purchasing power adjustments is drawn from BEA.

The full methodology can be found on THE’s website.