Soka University of America Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, and More

Founders Hall at Soka University of America
Founders Hall at Soka University of America. Beyond My Ken / Wikimedia Commons

Students interested in applying to Soka University of America can use the Common Application or the school's application, which can be found on Soka's website. Additional materials include SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and two personal essays. Students with strong grades and test scores within or above the ranges posted below have a better chance of being admitted.

Admissions Data (2016)

Soka University of America 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 centerpieces 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.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 430 (417 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38 percent male / 62 percent female
  • 100 percent full-time

Costs (2016 -17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $31,042
  • Books: $1,592 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,812
  • Other Expenses: $1,146
  • Total Cost: $45,592

Soka University of America Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100 percent
    • Loans: 79 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $32,114
    • Loans: $7,720

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 85 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 90 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Swimming, Cross Country, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Swimming, Cross Country, Track and Field

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Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

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