Soka University of America

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Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: California

Description

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.

Most Popular Majors

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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Main Phone: 949-480-4000

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 23 27
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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

Costs

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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