Soka University of America


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: California


Soka University of America does not deliver your typical undergraduate experience. The small university is founded on Buddhist principles of peace and human rights, and all undergraduates work towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. Students can concentrate in environmental studies, humanities, international studies, or social and behavior sciences. The curriculum has a strong international focus -- students compare cultures of the East and West, study languages, and research world issues. Study abroad is included in tuition, and every student spends a semester exploring another culture. About half of Soka University students come from other countries. Academics are supported by a 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 13. Dialogue and discussion are the centerpiece of a Soka education, and students can expect lots of close interaction with their peers and professors. SUA's attractive 103-acre campus is located in Aliso Viejo, a Southern California city perched on a mountainside one mile from Laguna Beach and the Pacific Ocean. The campus is surrounded by a 4,000-acre wilderness park.

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All undergraduates major in Liberal Arts and can choose a concentration in Environmental Studies, Humanities, International Studies, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 384
Total Grad Students: Not available
Undergraduate Students: 438
Faculty: 41

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 9:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Percent Male: 36%
Percent Female: 64%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 89%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 93%

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Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

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1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo California 92656


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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 23 27
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 473 620
Math 540 680
Writing 530 610

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Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 34%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -34%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1000

Other Expenses: 1142

Room and Board: 10122

Tuition and Fees: 27226

Total Cost: 39848

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Costs Data From: 2011-12

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 7533

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 96%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 94%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 48%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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