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- Student LifeB-
Sonoma State is a public university located in California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,888 undergraduate students. The Sonoma State acceptance rate is 90%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Sociology. Graduating 63% of students, Sonoma State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,900.
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.93 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.102 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.102 responses
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- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.121 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.138 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.68 responses
Colleges like Sonoma State University
- B+California State University - Chico
- 4 Year
- Chico, CA
- 2,397 reviews
- B-California State University - East Bay
- 4 Year
- Hayward, CA
- 1,815 reviews
- BCalifornia State University - Monterey Bay
- 4 Year
- Seaside, CA
- 1,612 reviews
- BCalifornia State University - Sacramento
- 4 Year
- Sacramento, CA
- 3,542 reviews
Sonoma State University Reviews
Sonoma State University is a beautiful campus in an idyllic setting. The new buildings are !great! but the older buildings are shabby, dishevelled, and generally an impediment to learning. The faculty is generally above the average one might expect from a CSU,. The politics on campus is surprisingly moderate and free of anger. At one point in the past SSU was at the leading edge of technology and innovation, but has since fallen far behind the times. This school is a member of the somewhat prestigious COPLAC, but this organization is invisible on campus. Finally, you can walk around the campus saying "data science?" and get nothing but blank stares. Great potential, desperately needs innovative, visionary leadership.
Hello, everyone, my name is Natali and I am a transfer student from Solano community college. At Solano, I felt welcome and comfortable because there were so many people of different ethnicities than mine and I never felt like I stood out. Even the staff there was diverse and all came from different backgrounds. It was nice. When I arrived at Sonoma State University it was definitely a culture shock! Everyone is caucasian. I was lucky if I had one African American student in a class with me. I cried going back home because I felt so out of place. No one is social there and resources are hard to get a hold of. I would only say it is a good school because the class sizes are small and the teachers are really motivated and engaging. Thank you.
After a year at being a freshman at Sonoma State University, I honestly really enjoy it here. Sure, my first semester wasn't the greatest and it build up during 2nd semester with new friends and people. However, SSU has its flaws. The food needs to be better and include alerts like "contains nuts" because I al sit ate some chicken that had some almonds but it wasn't mentioned! So allergies can be very risky for people like me who's allergic to certain things. The athletics environment isn't as big but we do hear about scored and who wins if you follow them on Instagram or Twitter. Some professors are amazing but from what I'm hearing there aren't any good Statistics professors. Dorm life is great, many resources, much you can do if you want to do anything!