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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  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 7,888 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.
1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association

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.

Sonoma Admissions

Acceptance Rate
90%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
980-1170
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$16,119/ 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
$8,399/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
72%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
23:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.93 responses
25%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.102 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.102 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    12%
  • On Campus
    88%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,888Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
794
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 63 responses
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  • Very much a White majority
    46%
  • Average
    21%
  • White blonde skinny tall and tan girls and guys
    11%
  • Outgoing and vigilant
    8%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • Somewhat diverse
    5%
  • Bland
    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.121 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.138 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 71 responses
Report
  • NorCal, beautiful and plentiful
    45%
  • Beautiful
    23%
  • Beautiful and accommodating
    11%
  • Average csu
    8%
  • 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
63%
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 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.
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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!