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Study at Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University, or SSU, is a public, coeducational business and liberal arts college affiliated with the California State University system. It was established in 1960. The main campus is located in Rohnert Park and covers 260 acres. The university offers over 65 undergraduate and graduate degree programs but is one of the smallest state university campuses in California. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Education
  • School of Extended Education
  • School of Science and Technology
  • School of Social Sciences
Sonoma State University's teams compete in intercollegiate athletics and are known as the Sonoma State Seawolves. They compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, an association within the NCAA's Division II.

Profile of Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, California is home to Sonoma State. Rohnert Park is a large suburb. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Sonoma State go up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

Students commonly pursue studies in liberal arts and conservation and resource management.

Sonoma State Selectivity

Prospective students are advised that admissions are not open to all; the school selects from among qualified applicants. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 460. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 460 and 560.


Sonoma State has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Sonoma State has 8, 770 enrolled students .

Student Life

The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Sonoma State offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Sonoma State Tuition and Affordability

Sonoma State is a relative bargain, with lower tuition and fees than most schools offering similar degrees.

Sonoma State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts662liberal arts and sciences, sociology, English, history, economics, African-American studies, political science, anthropology, . . .
Business and Management360business management
Therapy and Counselling189psychology
Media86communication studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine83registered nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy78health and physical Education
Science77biology, geology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry
Education and Teaching72education, school Counselling
Conservation and Resource Management59environmental studies
Security and Law Enforcement52criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work37family studies, public administration
Fine Arts34fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering27computer science
Drama and Performing Arts22drama
Art Studies19art studies
Religion and Philosophy13philosophy
Engineering5engineering science

Contact: Sonoma State

Sonoma State University

1801 E Cotati Ave

Rohnert Park, California 94928-3609

General Phone: (707) 664-2880


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