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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B-
Sonoma State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Assoc
Address
1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Website
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Sonoma State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
76%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
880-1080
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$16,204/ 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
    $11,196/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,010/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,849/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,644/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,421/ year
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Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
24:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.93 responses
23%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.94 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.94 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,806Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 57 responses
Report
  • Very much a White majority
    49%
  • Average
    19%
  • White blonde skinny tall and tan girls and guys
    12%
  • Outgoing and vigilant
    7%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • Bland
    4%
  • Somewhat diverse
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
40%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.113 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.130 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 63 responses
Report
  • NorCal, beautiful and plentiful
    48%
  • Beautiful
    24%
  • Average csu
    10%
  • Beautiful and accommodating
    10%
  • Small and welcoming
    5%
  • Performing Arts School Weil Hall
    3%
  • Overrated
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
72%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.68 responses
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Sonoma State University Reviews

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I absolutely love Sonoma State University! The faculty are extremely helpful. The school has a lot to offer living on campus and even off campus. The places to eat at are fun, as well as the other activities that you can be involved in the recreation area and the gym. The library is very large and accommodating for all needs whether using the computers, internet usage, or the study rooms for group assignments. The library and the student recreation areas are open until 12am. I am very lucky to be attending such a school that knows what students need to be successful. The career center is another place where students can get help putting together resumes, and getting jobs. It provides a full service help center for new, transfer, or current students. I just can't say enough about them! Love it!
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I was a freshman at Sonoma State University back in 2014, I have to say, the school is extremely welcoming and has a great learning environment. Due to smaller class sizes, professors are able to get to every student who are in need of help. In fact, all my professors have been extremely supportive when students needed them to explain things they didn't understand multiple times. There is a tutoring center for a number of classes (free) and it comes in extremely handy if you need more help outside of the classroom. The tutors are great at explaining concepts you didn't get or even walking you through entire problems.

The campus itself is also great. We have a lake where you can just chill and relax in nature. This really comes in handy if you just want to relax or if you need to relieve some stress. Sonoma State University also has the best dorms across the entire nation.

This school is honestly a hidden gem! Transferring out of it was the worst decision I've made in my life.
What I love the most about this campus is the scenery and the fact that it is a tiny campus. On a sunny and peaceful day often you find students studying outside the lawn with their blankets. In terms of involvement, there is something for everyone if you invest your time in it. I can't emphasize that there truly is diversity, but there are multicultural clubs and organizations that are widely present on campus. Although any student can establish their own club, it's fairly intuitive.
In and out of campus is fairly the same- the awesome view of being surrounded in nature is astounding. There's lots of hiking places and it's not too far from the city!
There are professors who truly care about their students passing, and with such a tiny campus and classes, you can really get to know your professors well.