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Sonoma State University: Degree Programs and School Information

Learn what degree, credential and certificate programs Sonoma State University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University (SSU) is a public, 4-year university located in Rohnert Park, California, about 35 miles west of Napa. SSU is one of 23 California State University campuses. U.S News and World Report ranked SSU 13th among the top public schools in the West.


SSU is comprised of 6 schools, which include Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Extended Education, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences. The university offers 42 undergraduate majors, 16 master's degree programs and 1 doctoral degree program. SSU also offers teaching credential programs and 9 certificate programs. The most popular undergraduate programs in 2010-2011 were business administration and management, psychology, liberal studies, sociology and environmental sciences. The average class size was 28 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio was 24-to-1.

SSU has one library, the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center. This building holds not only the library, books and resource materials for faculty and students, but it also houses several university departments and the university writing center. The library has a computer lab and an Automated Retrieval System. This system allows for a maximum capacity of 750,000 holdings and an efficient book retrieval time of about 15 minutes.

Faculty and staff at SSU have received grants and contracts from the National Endowment for the Humanities, NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior, as well as the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.


Prospective students can apply for fall admission October 1 through November 30 of the year prior to desired admission into the university. SSU, as well as other California State University campuses, do not admit new students for the spring semester. In order to apply, prospective students need to visit the CSU Mentor website. First-time college freshmen are required to have graduated high school, completed college preparation courses and have taken either the SAT or ACT test. Eligibility is determined by using a formula that combines high school GPA, test scores, and honors or advanced placement courses, if taken.

The percentage of students granted admission into SSU in fall of 2010 was 81%, with 15% of those students enrolling in classes that fall. In 2011, there were 8,668 students attending classes, with 876 of those students attending graduate school.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Undergraduate students at SSU should expect to pay $7,546 in tuition and mandatory fees for the 2012-2013 school year. Graduate students should expect to pay $8,932 in tuition for the same school year. This does not include the cost of books, living and other related school expenses. Out-of-state residents should expect to pay an extra $372 per unit. The cost of living is estimated to be $9,170 for those living at home with parents, $15,715 for those living on campus and $16,876 for those residing off campus. Books and school supplies are expected to cost students $1,754.

SSU offers theatre art, music and athletic talent scholarships. Individual departments may also provide scholarships. Some scholarships are available for low-income or first-generation college applicants. Additional scholarships are available through the university. The application period begins in mid-September, and materials are due by mid-January.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral, credentials and certificates**
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 7,792 undergraduates and 876 graduates in fall 2011*
Schools and Programs 6 schools; 42 undergraduate majors, 16 master's majors, 1 doctoral program**
Student-Faculty Ratio 24-to-1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Business administration and management (351)
Master's: Education (53)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (for Those Beginning in Fall 2003) 27% in 4 years
53% in 6 years
55% in 8 years*
Admission Rate 81% in fall 2010*
First-Year Retention Rates 80% for full-time students and 56% for part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students Average SAT math and critical reading score: 1018
Average ACT score: 22**
Application Submission Dates For fall 2013: October 1, 2012 to November 30, 2012
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $7,546 per year (not including living expenses or out-of-state fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) 2010-2011: Federal grants (28%), state and local grants (25%), institution scholarships (30%), federal loans (40%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 57% for 2010-2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics; **Sonoma State University

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928
  • Phone: (707) 664-2778
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