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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
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  8. Location
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About Soka University of America...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
California Pacific Conference
Address
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Website
From Soka University of America

Soka University of America is a private, non-profit, co-educational institution of higher education located in Aliso Viejo, California. Soka currently offers a BA in liberal arts and an MA in Educational Leadership and Societal Change. Although the University does not offer a religious curriculum and admits students with ought regard to religious affiliation, the founding spirit is inspired by Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life. Emphasizing a non-sectarian humanistic curriculum, including the importance of self-knowledge, self-mastery, the dignity of life and peace, Soka strives to achieve its mission “to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life.”

Upcoming Events

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
37%
SAT Range
1200-1390
ACT Range
27-31
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$13,346/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,630/ year
  • $30-48k
    $8,248/ year
  • $49-75k
    $7,103/ year
  • $76-110k
    $12,049/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,286/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.11 responses
83%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.12 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.12 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
412Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 8 responses
Report
  • Compassionate
    38%
  • Idealistic
    38%
  • Passionate
    25%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.11 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.20 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • For the greater good of humanity
    56%
  • Peaceful
    22%
  • You'll be spoiled
    22%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    94%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    87%
    National
    83%
    67%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.6 responses
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    This is my 4th year at Soka, and I would really like to appreciate what Soka have given to me. I was able to study abroad in France and to have a great experience with my host family. Because I'm an International student, coming to Soka and going to France is like studying abroad during my 4-year study abroad. This experience contributed to gaining more confidence in myself. Moreover, a small class size is one of the best characteristic of Soka. If class size were big, I would not be able to speak in class or think class contents as serious issues. So, small class size really made me think who I am and what I can do to improve this society. Scholarship is another great thing about Soka, and if you study hard, it's possible to study and live on campus for free. Because of a small student body, the chance that you get full-scholarship is really high! So, if you want to seek your identity and to go overseas and learn about different culture, Soka might be the best school for you!
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    I am currently a sophomore at Soka. What I like the most about Soka is the small student body. Classes often involve small discussions, and professors are always willing to answer any questions from students both in and outside of classes. Because I come from a country where rote learning and limited discussions are typical education style, the classes at Soka are eye-opening experiences. In addition to the unique academic opportunities of Soka, I would like to emphasize student activities. Majority of students participate in club activities, and there are multiple school events where they can perform and enjoy a lot of performances by other clubs. I myself joined one of the dance clubs on campus without knowing any basic. But now I get to know the joy of dancing and have a lot of fun in this club! So far, I am satisfied with the campus life here and have no regret to have chosen this school :)
    I'm currently a first-year international student from Nepal enrolled at Soka University of America. Soka is a great liberal art college with students from over 40 nations of the world. It has a small student body, which facilitates interaction with professors within and outside the classroom. The interdisciplinary education and diverse community of Soka provide students with an ability to view things from a broader perspective.
    What I particularly like about Soka is its unique program called Learning Cluster that takes place during the month of January. A Learning Cluster is a research seminar where students work in teams with faculty facilitators to investigate a specific question. It helps in bridging theory and practice, and evoke an educated outcome. Apart from its great education, Soka is aesthetically gifted with a beautiful campus and natural beauty of the surrounding canyon. It's a great place to visit and take a walk!