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Sonoma State University (also referred to
as SSU or Sonoma State), is a public
four-year university and one of twenty
three 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 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.

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

  • School of Arts & Humanities
  • School of Business & Economics
    • Wine Business 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 Anthro
    Studies 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’s 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 Caf©. 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 Suite, 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

    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.