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
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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

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
25:1
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.91 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.91 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,821Undergrads
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 54 responses
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  • Very much a White majority
    48%
  • Average
    19%
  • White blonde skinny tall and tan girls and guys
    13%
  • Outgoing and vigilant
    7%
  • Diverse
    6%
  • Bland
    4%
  • Somewhat diverse
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
39%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.110 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.127 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 60 responses
Report
  • NorCal, beautiful and plentiful
    47%
  • Beautiful
    25%
  • Average csu
    10%
  • Beautiful and accommodating
    10%
  • Performing Arts School Weil Hall
    3%
  • Small and welcoming
    3%
  • Overrated
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
72%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.68 responses
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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.
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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.
I am a transfer student to Sonoma State. I am amazed how much effort is put into making freshman and transfer students feel welcome to Sonoma State during the first week of the Semester. The overall vibe of the students is laid back and chill. There isn't a lot of partying going on, but that's what I like about this school. For new students, this is a pretty awesome school to go!