A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A
Soka University of America is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
California Pacific Conference
Address
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
43%
SAT Scores Range
1090-1370
ACT Scores Range
24-29
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Soka University of America

Cost

Net Price
$13,635/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,335/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,318/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,950/ year
  • $76-110k
    $15,960/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,628/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.11 responses
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.10 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.10 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
411Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
25%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.9 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.18 responses
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After Soka University of America

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Data not available
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
79%
National
47%
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

Soka University of America Reviews

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Financial Aid is definitely one of the best selling points of Soka, but it's not because we are solely a rich school with a lot of money so spare; it's because Soka believes in equal opportunities for young people to pursue education without being hindered by their financial difficulty. To me, however, the mission statement and community of care stand out to me the most. This is a friendly campus whose students are overall studious, open-minded and very talented! Diversity is another great bonus (and important to me), although you do find many Japanese. However, this makes sense regarding the history of Soka so no big deal. It's not like you get discriminated for being non-Japanese. I have learned so much about human connection in Soka and made wonderful friends!
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Internationally our statistics speak for themselves. Lots of Japanese students, but also very many from other countries. Economically there are people in varying economic situations from around the world, but Soka's financial aid is great enough to where that doesn't really make a difference for attendance and no one really talks about economic background. Religiously speaking, there are many SGI Buddhists (makes complete sense when you look at the origins of the school), but they're never in your face about it, and there's a variety of other religions practiced. I'm personally Christian and have never had an issue with my faith being criticized, but I have heard of some other students who felt like they didn't feel incredibly comfortable being Christian while in some class. From a sexual/gender perspective, Soka is also diverse for it's size. There are a number of students who identify as queer, transgender, pansexual or gender non-binary. Political diversity may be the one area where we don't have much variance. The campus is very left leaning, and any variation of thought really comes down to moderates vs hardcore liberals. It's difficult to express any sort of conservative opinion in class, something which I really think holds the school back. You lose sense of what the real world is like when you're only surrounded by one type of thinking, and it really feeds into some of the over idealism that can pervade Soka. Besides that one issue though, Soka's campus is incredibly diverse.
Like any school, there are phenomenal professors and less than stellar ones. Overall I love how open the professors are (no TA's ever). They're easy to talk to, encourage you to come in outside of class, and I've even had dinner or hung out with a few off campus. Most try to keep classes interesting and engaging. That being said, the high number of prerequisites (Liberal Arts remember?) means that some classes can be a little stale. It's also really tough to disagree with certain teachers about politics without getting shouted down by both them and the class. This is a very liberal and idealistic campus, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it sometimes manifests itself in making more conservative leaning students uncomfortable, which is bad.