Soka University of America

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School Overview

Soka University of America (SUA) is located in the city of Aliso Viejo, California. The university has a unique mission, which in its own words is to “foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life.” The school emphasizes the principles of pacifism, creative coexistance of nature and humanity, and the promotion of human rights. Soka University offers both graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

Soka University of America is directly affiliated with Soka University of Japan, its much larger sister school located in Hachioji, Tokyo. Soka University of America is made up of a four-year liberal arts college and a graduate school. The university is the home of the Pacific Basin Research Center as well as the academic journal Annals of Scholarship.

General Information

1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4105

General Phone: (949) 480-4000
Website URL: www.soka.edu
Type of Institution: Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Awards Offered: BA/BS degrees
MA/MS degrees
Campus setting: Suburb: Large
On-campus housing: Yes
Student Population: 392 (386 undergraduate)
Ratio of students to faculty: 7 to 1

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $22,854 $24,180 $25,352 $26,202 +3.35%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,600 $9,000 $9,360 $9,640 +2.99%
Other $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,142 -23.87%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $33,954 $35,680 $37,212 $37,984 +2.07%
In-state Off Campus $23,854 $25,180 $26,352 $27,202 +3.23%
In-state with Family $23,854 $25,180 $26,352 $27,202 +3.23%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 124 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 122 98% $2,591,044 $21,238
• Federal grants 39 31% $85,310 $2,187
• Pell grants 21 17% $63,810 $3,039
• Other federal grants 18 14% $21,500 $1,194
Local and state government scholarships or grants 9 7% $79,215 $8,802
Institutional scholarships or grants 122 98% $2,426,519 $19,890
Student loan financial aid 50 40% $557,457 $11,149
• Federal student loans 35 28% $402,062 $11,487
• Other student loans 15 12% $155,395 $10,360

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 80
Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 80
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 80
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Soka University of America Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (949) 480-4000
Website: www.soka.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: www.soka.edu/admission_aid/applying-to-soka.aspx
Address: 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-8081
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 442
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 90%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 442 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $33,146
Out-of-state Tuition: $33,146
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $32,629

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Soka University of America Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Soka University of America.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Education 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Grand total 11

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Soka University of America and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $33,146
Out-of-state $33,146
Books and supplies $1,916

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $33,146
Out-of-state $33,146

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 107 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 107 100% $32,629
Student loan aid 77 72% $7,679

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 413 100% $34,570
Federal student loans 171 41% $6,979

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Soka University of America. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Soka University of America students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 462 150 312
Percent admitted 100% 39% 39%
Percent admitted who enrolled 24% 23% 25%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Soka University of America Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 442
Undergraduate enrollment 428
Graduate enrollment 14

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Soka University of America Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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