Sonoma State University

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 & Humanities
  • School of Business & Economics
  • School of Education
  • School of Extended Education
  • School of Science & 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.

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Contacting Sonoma State

Sonoma State University
1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park , CA 94928-3609
General Phone: (707) 664-2880

Sonoma State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts600African-American studies, Hispanic-American studies, women's studies, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, cultural resource management, interdisciplinary studies, ...
Business and Management315business management
Therapy and Counseling220psychology
Media97communication studies
Education and Teaching88education, school counseling
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy85health and physical education
Nursing and Emergency Medicine82registered nursing
Science78biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, physics
Conservation and Resource Management59environmental studies
Security and Law Enforcement57criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work47family studies, public administration
Fine Arts42fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering19computer science
Art Studies16art studies
Religion and Philosophy11philosophy
Drama and Performing Arts11drama
Engineering7engineering science

Number of programs and degrees for Sonoma State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,65735
Master's degree21313

Sonoma State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Sonoma State had a total enrollment of 8,770 students (7,919 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 36%
Women 64%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 66%
Black 2%
Hispanic 11%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 31%
20-21 23%
22-24 21%
25-29 10%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Sonoma State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %
Part-Time 29 %

Sonoma State Room and Board (2007)

Sonoma State offers campus housing for 2,373 of its 7,919 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Rohnert Park, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 17 meals per week.

Sonoma State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460550
SAT Math460560
ACT Verbal1924
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT32%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Sonoma State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,272
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,442
Room and board $ 10,115
Room charge $ 5,262
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,220
Books and supplies $ 1,656
Other expenses $ 3,990

Financial Aid:
Sonoma State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 115600)

Sonoma State Faculty

Sonoma State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3532
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1212

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year5$111,9820*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
Lecturercalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year5$111,9822*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year60$91,87550$90,635
Associate professoracademic year32$71,00739$69,214
Assistant professoracademic year34$64,87930$62,561
Lectureracademic year11$57,77711$59,362
All faculty totalacademic year137$77,563130$75,084

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Sonoma State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball California Collegiate Athletic Association
Baseball California Collegiate Athletic Association
Track California Collegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports315384

Sonoma State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General

Engineering Science

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Sonoma State Apart:

Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 7%Sonoma State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 8%Sonoma State % of degrees in liberal arts
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Sonoma State Number of students
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Sonoma State Number of degree programs
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Sonoma State Salaries of full-time faculty
% of degrees in conservation and resource management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Sonoma State % of degrees in conservation and resource management
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%Sonoma State % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Sonoma State Dorm rooms per full-time student
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%Sonoma State Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs

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checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
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