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A+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A
About Soka University of America...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
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.”

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.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$32,246/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

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
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.15 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.15 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
412Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
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 10 responses
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  • Compassionate
    40%
  • Idealistic
    30%
  • Passionate
    20%
  • Diverse
    10%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
93%
of students say they don't have Greek life.14 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.23 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • For the greater good of humanity
    58%
  • Peaceful
    17%
  • You'll be spoiled
    17%
  • Small community
    8%

    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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    I am currently a second-year student, and so far, my experience at SUA has been great! If you are interested in liberal arts and ok with the small campus and student body, I would highly recommend attending SUA. The close contact with professors opens many doors for you, and the diversity of the school together with the guaranteed study abroad semester provides you with an open-minded and progressive education. While the city surrounding SUA is relatively small and quiet, there are many beautiful beaches and a variety of interesting communities in close proximity.
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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!
    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 :)