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B-
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
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Sonoma State is a public university located in California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,887 undergraduate students. The Sonoma State acceptance rate is 82%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Sociology. Graduating 58% of students, Sonoma State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,900.
About Sonoma State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association
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
82%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
980-1170
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
$16,807/ 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
$7,277/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
71%

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
24%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.98 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.98 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,887Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
780
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 61 responses
Report
  • Very much a White majority
    46%
  • Average
    20%
  • White blonde skinny tall and tan girls and guys
    11%
  • Outgoing and vigilant
    7%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • Bland
    3%
  • Somewhat diverse
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
40%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.117 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.134 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 67 responses
Report
  • NorCal, beautiful and plentiful
    45%
  • Beautiful
    22%
  • Beautiful and accommodating
    10%
  • Average csu
    9%
  • Small and welcoming
    6%
  • Performing Arts School Weil Hall
    3%
  • Home away from home
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
58%
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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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!
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Sonoma State University offers amazing experiences in several different departments. I had the chance to explore different departments on campus and each individual is inviting. The professors cater to the individual learning environment when needed and will do what ever it takes to exhibit clarity to their students. As a biology major, I am able to grasp several concepts fairly quickly due to the determination of the professors. They offer what they call "university" classes that help first time freshmen to transition from high school, which aided very much so. Sonoma pursues to make students versatile not only in studies but also with volunteering; offering several programs.
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!