Sonoma State University

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School Overview

Sonoma State University (also referred to as SSU or Sonoma State), is a public four-year university and one of 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. The school’s main campus is located in Rohnerk Park, California about 50 miles north of San Francisco. SSU offers over 65 undergraduate and graduate degrees and is one of the smallest universities within the CSU system.

With substantial involvement and support from San Francisco State University, Sonoma State College was established in 1960 as part of the California State College system. In 1978 Sonoma State College became Sonoma State University and it was transitioned into the California State University (CSU) system. The University started offering four-year college degrees in 1961. Today SSU offers an extensive selection of both graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

Academics

While Sonoma State is well-known for its exceptional business, economics and nursing programs, it is still considered a liberal arts university. The most popular subjects of study at Sonoma State are business, psychology and liberal arts. The University operates on a non-traditional semester system which includes a short-term in August known as "intersession" and three more traditional semesters for fall, spring, and summer.

Academic Schools and Programs

Sonoma State University is composed of 65 individual departments and programs, which in turn belong to one of the University’s seven academic schools. All seven schools at Sonoma State offer both graduate and undergraduate programs and many also offer minors and doctorates.

Sonoma State’s schools include Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Science and Technology, Extended Education Certificate Programs, Social Sciences Anthro Studies Center and California Cultural Studies.

Sonoma State University is also well-known for its wine business programs. In fact, the school’s Wine Business Institute was the first in the United States to offer degree and professional certificate programs focused on the business of wine. The following wine business programs are offered at the university:

  • The Sonoma MBA for Professionals (Part-time and Full-time formats available)
  • Sonoma MBA in Wine Business (Part-time and Full-time formats available)
  • The Sonoma Executive MBA (part-time format)
  • Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business (Part-time format)
  • Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business (Hybrid version)
  • Wine Business Management (Online Program)
  • QuickBooks for Wine Businesses (Online Program)

The following is a list of the academic schools and special programs offered at Sonoma State.

  • School of Arts & Humanities
  • School of Business & Economics
    • The Sonoma MBA for Professionals (Part-time and Full-time formats available)
    • Sonoma MBA in Wine Business (Part-time and Full-time formats available)
    • The Sonoma Executive MBA (part-time format)
    • Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business (Part-time format)
    • Wine Business Management (Online Program)
    • QuickBooks for Wine Businesses (Online Program)
  • School of Education
  • School of Science & Technology
    • Galbreath Wildlands Preserve (provides research and educational programs in hydrology, geology, vegetation, vertebrates and climate)
    • Fairfield Osborn Preserve (provides research and educational programs in hydrology and ecology)
    • Sonoma State Observatory (provides research and education programs in astronomy)
  • School of Extended Education Certificate Programs
    • EXCEL for Youth
    • Contract Credit Programs
    • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (noncredit courses for adults over 50)
    • Bachelor of Art Degree Completion Program in Liberal Studies
    • Master of Art in Interdisciplinary Studies: Action for a Viable Future
    • Art Therapy
    • Organization Development Program
    • Depth Psychology
    • Master of Science in Computer and Engineering Science
    • Open University
    • Sonoma State American Language Institute
    • Master of Art in Spanish
    • Summer Session
  • School of Social Sciences AnthroStudies Center
  • Other Majors California Cultural Studies
    • Special Major in Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Special Major in Global Studies
    • Planning
  • Other Minors
    • Minor in Women's Health
    • Women's and Gender Studies
    • Special Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies

    Athletics

    Known as the Seawolves, Sonoma State’s teams compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, which exists within the NCAA Division II. The school is best known for its strong soccer and baseball programs, with the latter considered particularly noteworthy.

    Financial Aid

    Sonoma State offers grants, scholarships, loans and fee-paying resources as means of helping students defray the cost of attendance. All applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

    Library System

    The Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center opened in 2000. It is home to the university library, information technology, the Center for Distributed Learning, the Writing Center, the Faculty Center, the Center for Community Engagement and Charlie Brown’s Cafe. The property encompasses 215,000 square feet, with 50,000 feet of shelving.

    Student Housing

    Most first-time freshmen live in suite-type arrangements, with some apartments available. Living Learning Communities are also available for those who are interested. The suite and room types are Double Suites, Single Suite, Cabernet Apartments and Sauvignon Apartments.

    General Information

    Admission Office
    1801 East Cotati Avenue
    Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
    (707) 664-2778
    Fax: (707) 664-2060
    Contact: Gustavo Flores
    Director, Admissions
    Main Address
    1801 East Cotati Avenue
    Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
    (707) 664-2880
    www.sonoma.edu
    Size

    Total undergrads: 7,709
    First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,655
    Degree-seeking undergrads: 7,709
    Graduate enrollment: 1,212

    Setting
    Suburban setting
    Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
    Commuter campus

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor's
    Master's

    Admissions Information

    Application Fee
    College has an application fee: Yes
    Regular application fee: $55
    Online application fee: $55
    Enrollment Rates
    Percent applicants admitted: 76%
    Percent students who return sophomore year: 74%

    Tuition & Fees

    Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
    Tuition and fees $3,946 $4,272 $5,290 $5,508 +4.12%
    Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,656 $1,732 $1,704 -1.62%
    Living Arrangement – On Campus
    Room and Board $9,730 $10,115 $10,418 $10,522 +1.00%
    Other $3,672 $3,990 $4,110 $4,074 -0.88%
    Living Arrangement – Off Campus
    Room and Board $10,710 $11,472 $11,970 $12,414 +3.71%
    Other $3,798 $4,008 $4,128 $4,086 -1.02%
    Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
    In-state On Campus $18,734 $20,033 $21,550 $21,808 +1.20%
    In-state Off Campus $19,840 $21,408 $23,120 $23,712 +2.56%
    In-state with Family $5,332 $5,928 $7,022 $7,212 +2.71%

    Financial Aid

    Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
    Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
    All students financial aid 769 47%
    Grant or scholarship aid 478 29% $3,082,597 $6,449
    – Federal grants 243 15% $1,172,794 $4,826
    – Pell grants 243 15% $884,266 $3,639
    – Other federal grants 233 14% $288,528 $1,238
    State and local government grant or scholarships 354 22% $762,304 $2,153
    Institutional scholarships or grants 320 20% $1,147,499 $3,586
    Student loan financial aid 543 33% $2,400,292 $4,420
    – Federal student loans 533 33% $2,127,459 $3,991
    – Other student loans 28 2% $272,833 $9,744

    All Degrees and Programs

    Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
    Grand Total of All Programs 1701 225
    Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender,
    and Group Studies
    28
    African-American/Black Studies 10
    Hispanic-American, Puerto
    Rican, and
    Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
    6
    Women's Studies 12
    Biological and Biomedical
    Sciences
    53 7
    Biochemistry 8
    Biology/Biological Sciences,
    General
    45 7
    Business, Management,
    Marketing, and Related Support
    Services
    355 25
    Business Administration and
    Management, General
    355 25
    Communication, Journalism, and
    Related Programs
    96
    Speech Communication and
    Rhetoric
    96
    Computer and Information
    Sciences and Support Services
    27
    Computer Science 27
    Education 69
    Counselor Education/School
    Counseling and Guidance Services
    26
    Education, General 43
    Engineering 3 4
    Engineering Science 3 4
    English Language and
    Literature/Letters
    75 8
    English Language and
    Literature, General
    75 8
    Foreign Languages, Literatures,
    and Linguistics
    27
    French Language and Literature 3
    Spanish Language and Literature 24
    Health Services/Allied
    Health/Health Sciences, General
    44 43
    Registered Nursing/Registered
    Nurse
    44 43
    History 40 6
    History, General 40 6
    Homeland Security, Law
    Enforcement, Firefighting and
    Related Protective Services
    62
    Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 62
    Human Services, General 7
    Public Administration 7
    Liberal Arts and Sciences,
    General Studies and Humanities
    176
    Liberal Arts and
    Sciences/Liberal Studies
    176
    Mathematics and Statistics 18
    Applied Mathematics, General 1
    Mathematics, General 16
    Statistics, General 1
    Multi-/Interdisciplinary
    Studies, General
    23
    Cultural Resource Management
    and Policy Analysis
    10
    Multi-/Interdisciplinary
    Studies, Other
    13
    Natural Resources and
    Conservation
    68
    Environmental Science 68
    Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and
    Fitness Studies
    96 4
    Health and Physical
    Education/Fitness, General
    96 4
    Physical Sciences 15
    Chemistry, General 5
    Geology/Earth Science, General 4
    Physics, General 6
    Psychology 181 29
    Psychology, General 181 29
    Social Sciences 198
    Anthropology 24
    Economics, General 35
    Geography 6
    International Relations and
    Affairs
    10
    Political Science and
    Government, General
    34
    Sociology 89
    Visual and Performing Arts 92
    Art/Art Studies, General 15
    Drama and Dramatics/Theater
    Arts, General
    21
    Fine/Studio Arts, General 33
    Music, General 23
    Work and Family Studies 47
    Human Development and Family
    Studies, General
    47

    Above data represent
    first majors only.

    (-) Indicates that
    Indicates that program is not offered
    at this award level.

    Undergraduate Majors

    Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
    African-American Studies B
    Hispanic-American Studies B
    Women's Studies B

    Arts, Visual & Performing
    Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
    Arts – General B
    Drama/Theater Arts B
    Fine/Studio Arts B
    Music – General B

    Biological & Biomedical Sciences
    Biochemistry B
    Biology B

    Business, Management, & Marketing
    Business Administration/Management B
    The Sonoma MBA for Professionals (Part-time and Full-time formats available)
    Sonoma MBA in Wine Business (Part-time and Full-time formats available)
    The Sonoma Executive MBA (part-time format)
    Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business (Part-time format)
    Wine Business Management (Online Program)
    QuickBooks for Wine Businesses (Online Program)

    Communications & Journalism
    Communications/Rhetoric B

    Computer & Information Sciences
    Computer Programming – General B
    Computer Science B

    Engineering
    Computer Engineering – General B

    English Language & Literature
    English Language & Literature –
    General B

    Family & Consumer Sciences
    Human Development/Family Studies B

    Foreign Language & Literature
    French B
    German B
    Spanish B

    Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
    Nursing (RN) B

    History
    History – General B

    Liberal Arts & Sciences
    Liberal Arts & Sciences B

    Mathematics
    Mathematics – General B

    Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
    Global Studies B

    Natural Resources & Conservation
    Environmental Studies B
    Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

    Philosophy & Religion
    Philosophy B

    Physical Sciences
    Chemistry B
    Geology B
    Physics B

    Psychology
    Psychology – General B

    Security & Protective Services
    Law Enforcement Administration B

    Social Sciences
    Anthropology B
    Economics B
    Geography B
    Political Science/Government B
    Sociology B

    Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

      A = Associate degree
      B = Bachelor's degree
      C = Certificate or diploma

    *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.

Sonoma State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (707) 664-2880
Website: www.sonoma.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply
Address: 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 9,459
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 61%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 23 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 8,165 (86% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $7,798
Out-of-state Tuition: $19,678
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 72%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,399

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

Sonoma State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Sonoma State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 21
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 12
Engineering 21
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 21
Health Professions and Related Programs 111
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 4
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 22
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 4
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 6
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Grand total 14616

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Sonoma State University 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 $7,798
Out-of-state $19,678
Books and supplies $1,916

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $9,232
Out-of-state $18,736

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 1,299 72%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,120 62% $8,399
Student loan aid 795 44% $5,574

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 5,032 58% $7,905
Federal student loans 3,366 39% $6,055

Admissions & Enrollment

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

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 14,478 5,089 9,389
Percent admitted 100% 88% 91%
Percent admitted who enrolled 12% 13% 12%

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

Sonoma State University Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 9,459
Undergraduate enrollment 8,682
Graduate enrollment 777

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

Sonoma State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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