Students Say

A member of the reputable California state university system, Sonoma State University distinguishes itself from similar institutions through its low-key atmo­ sphere and strong "focus on undergraduates." Employing "teachers who are will­ ing to take the time to make a difference in students' lives,"SSU limits most classes to fewer than fifty, giving students the opportunity to "develop close and meaning­ ful relationships with professors and classmates that will continue even after graduation." During class time, professors often "allow open discussions and emphasize a comfortable, safe environment to express oneself." After class, they "are always available through e-mail or

Overview

Applicants
14,438
Acceptance Rate
92%
Average HS GPA
3.21

GPA Breakdown

10%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
26%
3.00 - 3.24
28%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
440 - 550
SAT Math
440 - 550
ACT Composite
18 - 23

Deadlines


Regular
November 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

A member of the reputable California state university system, Sonoma State University distinguishes itself from similar institutions through its low-key atmo­ sphere and strong "focus on undergraduates." Employing "teachers who are will­ ing to take the time to make a difference in students' lives,"SSU limits most classes to fewer than fifty, giving students the opportunity to "develop close and meaning­ ful relationships with professors and classmates that will continue even after graduation." During class time, professors often "allow open discussions and emphasize a comfortable, safe environment to express oneself." After class, they "are always available through e-mail or in person during their office hours." Most SSU instructors are excellent in the classroom, but the school is big enough that you'll find "a wide variety of professors, ranging from spectacular to pretty poor." Fortunately; professors are generally "experts in their field" and "stay up to date on current events that affect our field of study."While students benefit from a very low in-state tuition, SSU has been affected by California budget cuts, and the resulting unit cap "makes it almost impossible to graduate in four years." The school could also improve some of its bureaucratic processes; for example, the class "registration process is notoriously buggy." For those hoping to stay in California after gradua­ tion, "Sonoma County and the city of San Francisco are two places very rich in career opportunities for Sonoma State students."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
25.03:1
Total Faculty
555
with Terminal Degree
314

307
Women
248
Men
82
Minority
34
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
47%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Classes
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Andrew McGuire
Emmy winner and Ex. Dir. of Trauma Foundation

Larry Allen
Ofensive guard, Dallas Cowboys

William C. Davis
Pulitzer Prize nominee

Jean Schultz
Nat. President of Canine Companions

Mary Lyons
Former Commander-in-Chief Pac Fleet Reserv

Lex Fletcher
Emmy award winner

Celestino Fernandez
VP/Prov U of Arizona Intl Campus

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
74
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 25

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,942

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,541

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,034

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,745

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,613

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,472
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,632
Required Fees
$7,276
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,826

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,494

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH)

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

"Many students pick Sonoma because it is close to home," whether they live on campus or commute. Southern Californians and other in-staters round out the largely "Bay Area" crowd, and there are a number of older students mixed in with traditional undergrads. In broad strokes, "Most students here come from middleto upper-class backgrounds, and they are all fairly down-to-earth and really very nice and socially aware." More superficially, you'll notice "a lot of white girls wearing yoga pants, Nike shocks, and drinking Starbucks coffee." That said, "everyone has their own thing" at SSU. Though the school is "not really racially diverse" there is an "eclectic group of students," making it easy to fit in. A wise junior advises, "The important thing is to find your passions, your niche, and pursue it. In the process, you'll come upon like-minded students who share the same interests." "Most of the students here are part of the Greek life," telling us that fraternities and sororities are the best way to make friends and have fun (though others complain that "Greeks feel like they run the school," to the detriment of non-affiliated students). Even if you don't pledge, "the residen­ tial community helps build great friendships" for those who live on campus, and "because everyone is friendly most people find it easy to make friends."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
8,477
Out of State
1%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
22

Demographics

5.50%
Asian
3.10%
African-American
21.28%
Hispanic
58.02%
Caucasian
2.44%
Unknown
2.11%
International

62% female
38% male
1% are out of state
86% are full time
14% are part time

Overview

Students Say

SSUboasts a "gorgeous campus" and "impressive" facilities, including "incred­ ible" dormitories and"a new rec center with [a] climbing wall and indoor courts, as well as outside fields." A current student enthuses, "Just come look at the housing and you realize that Sonoma is trying to make everyone as comfortable as possible." With its "beautiful setting in the heart of wine country," "the pace here seems to be a slower one, which creates a peaceful and calm environment to take classes and study in; the stress level here is relatively low." After class, students might "hang out by the pools" or study in the "many little redwood groves" around campus. "There are hundreds of clubs" on campus, including many popular Greek organizations, and, for those with a little initiative, "the leadership opportunities are endless." Off campus, surrounding Rohnert Park is a "more suburban" environment, so "it is difficult to go anywhere unless you have a car." With a set of wheels, students love to take day trips to San Francisco, or go miniature golfing, hiking, and bowling nearby. "Outdoor activities are abundant year-round" and, for those of legal drinking age, "there are also a lot of wineries and vineyards to go wine tasting!" Come the weekend, "a lot of stu­ dents like to party;" while others "enjoy on-campus activities like midnight improv and free movies."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
37%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
74
First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
77

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Rosa T. (Rose) Lawrence

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
http://www.sonoma.edu/dss/media/print/ld_guidelines.pdf

Documentation Requred for ADHD
http://www.sonoma.edu/dss/media/print/certification_adhd.pdf

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
109
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
4

11% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Seawolves)
4 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Seawolves)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.sonoma.edu/campuslife/

Minority Support Groups: www.sonoma.edu/campuslife/

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UC San Francisco
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UC San Francisco
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UC San Francisco

Sustainability

Green Rating
65

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
85

Average Number of PC's per Lab
26

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple & Dell provide student discounts.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Gustavo Flores
Interim Director, Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Phone
7076642778

Email
gustavo.flores@sonoma.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Schultz Information Center
Environmental Technology Center
Charlie Brown's (coffee shop)
Observatory
University Recreation Center
Green Music Center & Prelude Dining http://www.sonoma.edu/prelude/

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Napa/Sonoma Wine Country
Sonoma Coast
Russian River Area
Charles Schulz Museum
Pacific Coast Air Museum

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times:
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Department Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Public transit includes buses, taxis. Closest major airports include Oakland (60 miles) and San Francisco (70 miles)

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Hwy 101 South take W. Sierra Ave. straight to East Cotati Avenue. Continue on East Cotati approximately 2 1/2 miles to main entrance on left. From Hwy 101 North take Rohnert Park Expressway east to Snyder Lane (approximately 2 miles). Turn right on Snyder, go to East Cotati Ave. and turn left at the light. Main entrance is on left after stoplight.

Local Accommodations
Double Tree Hotel (Expensive), Rohnert Park,Surrounded by two 18-hole PGA Certified championship golf courses, our Tuscan designed hotel features 245 spacious guest rooms, an elegant selection of suites Ramada Limited (Moderate) - The Rodeway Inn, Rohnert Park, is conveniently located near all major corporate business parks, popular attractions, restaurants, shops, wineries, historic sites and two airports... with easy freeway access. Best Western Inn (Inexpensive -Moderate), Rohnert Park, The Best Western Inn is conveniently located close to nearby universities, numerous wineries, Sonoma County Fairgrounds and the popular Snoopy Museum. Hotel guests will appreciate the variety of nearby dining and shopping options. Budget Inn, Rohnert Park (Inexpensive)