Common Data Set - Fall 2001 Standard Survey Response

This document is a standard response to college guides and other surveys asking for information about Sonoma State University. Sonoma State University is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. This response is prepared by the Office of the Provost, Institutional Research and serves as a factbook for finding out basic information about the campus. The document is based on the Common Data Set developed by the College Board, along with a consortium of higher education groups and guidebook publishers. Items, which are answers to the Common Data Set questions, are labeled with the prefix "CDS" and the question number. The CDS items are supplemented with additional detail to answer other commonly asked questions. All information is listed under the CDS headings. Any questions regarding the data should be referred to Analytical Studies


CDS-A1. Address information

Sonoma State Unversity
Mailing Address
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA. 94928-3609
Main Telephone
Main URL
Admissions URL
Admissions Address
Admissions & Records,
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA. 94928-3609
Dr. Ruben Armiñana
Director of Admissions
Gustavo Flores
Admissions Telephone
Director of Financial Aid
Susan Gutierrez
Financial Aid Telephone
International Student Services
Marisa Thigpen, Director
Director of Athletics
William Fusco
Reporting Identification
FICE #1156, FAFSA #001156, SAT #4723, ACT #0431.
Environment/ transportation
275 acres, suburban campus in Rohnert Park (Santa Rosa area) located 45 miles north of San Francisco in the heart of wine country. Served by major airports (San Francisco and Oakland), train (Oakland), bus serves Santa Rosa. Public transportation serves campus; branch campus in Ukiah.
CDS-A1.1. College Nickname
CDS-A1.2. College Team Name
CDS-A2. Control
Public (University founded in 1960)
CDS-A3. Gender Mix
CDS-A4.  Academic Year Calendar
Semester Classes begin in late August, late January; Summer sessions: three sessions of three weeks each, two sessions of four weeks each, one session of six weeks; Intersession in January. Orientation for new students held in June.
Instititutional Accreditation
Regionally accredited by Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges (WASC), National Assn. for Schools of Art and Design(NASAD), National Assn. of Schools of Music (NASM), Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), National League for Nursing (NLN), American Chemical Society (ACS), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Member of Council on Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC)
Faculty, Fall 2001
Total Faculty 502
Full-Time 51%
Full-Time Women 46%
Full-Time Ethnic Minority 11%
With Ph.D. or Highest Terminal Degree in Field 89%

Student/Faculty Ratio
Approximately 20 to 1 (Combined for graduate and undergraduate. SSU has no exclusively undergraduate faculty and many courses enroll both undergraduates and graduates.)
Campus Safety Measures
Blue light emergency phones on campus, 24-hour escorts, campus police force.
Some Noteworthy Alumni
Pulitzer Prize nominee, William C. Davis; Vice President and Provost of University of Arizona International Campus, Celestino Fernandez; Emmy Award winner, Lex Fletcher; Offensive guard with Dallas Cowboys, Larry Allen; former Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet, Reserve 420, Mary Lyons; National president of Canine Companions, Jean Schultz; emmy award winner and executive director of Trauma Foundation and Pacific Center for Violence Prevention at San Francisco General Hospital, Andrew McGuire.
Some Noteworthy Campus Buildings
Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center, Evert Person Theater.

CDS.A5 Degrees Offered


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in:
American Multicultural Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chicano and Latino Studies, Communication Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, French, Geography, Geology, Global Studies (Interdisciplinary), History, Human Development, Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, Liberal Studies (Ukiah), Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Special Majors, Theatre Arts, Women's and Gender Studies
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in
Art Studio
Bachelor of.Science (B.S.) in:
Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, Special Major (Interdisciplinary)


Master of Arts in:
Biology, Counseling, Cultural Resources Mgt. (Anthropology), Education, English, History, Interdisciplinary Studies (ITDS), Kinesiology, Psychology (through Special Sessions)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Master of Science in:
Computer and Engineering Science, Nursing, Interdisciplinary Studies (ITDS)



The Common Data Set requires the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) figures. Extension-only students are not included in the IPEDS degree-seeking totals. The University enrolls a number of unclassified individuals who have received bachelor's degrees but who are not enrolled in a graduate degree program. In the IPEDS headcounts, these students are counted as "all other undergraduates taking courses." They are given a separate category in the official statistics.

CDS-B1. Institutional enrollment
Data are broken out by level and gender by full-time and part-time students who are seeking a degree. Full time is defined as undergraduates taking 12 or more units and graduates taking nine or more. Post baccalaurate students seeking a bachelor's degree are now included in undergraduate counts and are full time at 12 units.
Total Enrollments 2001
  Full Time Enrollment Part Time Enrollment
Type of Student Men Women Total Men Women Total
Undergraduates Degree-seeking, first-time freshmen 345 673 1,018 9 12 21
Other first-year, degree-seeking 258 433 691 94 127 221
All other degree-seeking 1,325 2,377 3,702 299 459 758
Total degree-seeking 1,928 3,483 5,411 402 598 1,000
Total undergraduates 1,928 3,483 5,411 402 598 1,000
Graduates Degree-seeking, first-time 22 39 61 27 65 92
All other degree-seeking 35 110 145 76 214 290
All other graduates enrolled in credit courses (Cred/Pbac) 98 316 414 45 132 177
Total graduate 155 465 620 148 411 559
Total All Students 2,083 3,948 6,031 550 1,009 1,559
Other Totals
Total all undergraduates: 6,411
Total all graduates:1,179
Total enrollment: 7,590

Gender and Ethnicity

CDS-B2. Enrollment by gender and racial/ethnic category.
Headcounts are shown by self-reported ethnic IPEDS categories for all degree-seeking first-time first year (FTFY) freshmen and undergraduates (Ugrd) (including first-time freshmen).
Enrollment by gender, race/ethnicity
Racial / Ethnic Degree Seeking First Time First Year Total Undergraduates (Including First Time)
Non-resident aliens 7 110
Black, non-Hispanic 26 142
American Indian or Alaskan Native 12 68
Asian or Pacific Islander 58 331
Hispanic 112 623
White, non-Hispanic 704 4,106
Race/ethnicity unknown 120 1,031
Total 1,039 6,411

Degrees Conferred

CDS-B3. Degrees awarded 2000-2001
(Source. Institutional Research, ERD files)
Degrees Awarded 2000-01
Bachelor's Degree 1,400
Master's Degree 157
Total 1,557

Graduation and Persistance Rates

CDS-B4/B11 Graduation rates.
The Common Data Set calls for inclusion of figures from the IPEDS graduation survey on graduation rates of first-time, full-time freshmen. These are campus numbers generated for the Student Right to Know Act. Source: IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey, Sect. II, Part A.
Graduation Rates
B6. Total First-time first-year full-time freshmen 681
B7. Cumulative graduated in four years or less 130
B8. Graduated in fifth year 150
B9. Graduated in sixth year 36
B10. Cumulative graduated in six years or less 316
B11. Cumulative six year graduation rate 46%

. Retention rate.
Percentage of full/time freshmen entering in:
Fall 2000-2001: 76%
(Source: Institutional Research retention reports)
Average GPA of freshmen after first year
2.65 on a 4.0 scale.


Applicant and Admit Counts

CDS-C1. Freshman students.
Counts use institutional definition and are unduplicated counts of completed applications for Fall 2001.
(Source: Institutional Research report)
Freshman Students
  Men Women Total
Total full time, first time, first-year freshmen Applied 1,732 3,297 5,029
Total full time, first time, first-year freshmen Offered Admission 1,556 3,082 4,638
Total full time, first time, first-year freshmen Enrolled 345 674 1,019
Total part time, first time, first-year freshmen Enrolled 9 11 20
Total Enrolled 354 685 1,039
Offered/Applied 90% 93% 92%
Enrolled/Offered 22% 22% 22%

CDS-C2. Freshman wait-listed students.
The Sonoma State University does maintain a wait list for freshman applicants.

Admissions Requirements

CDS-C3. High school graduation required?
Required/GED accepted
CDS-C4. General college preparatory program required?
CDS-C5. High School Units Required
Unit=one year of study or its equivalent
High School Units Required
Category Number of Units
Total academic units 16
English 4
Mathematics 3
Science (1 unit must be lab) 2
Foreign language (must be same language) 2
History 1
Academic electives 3
One unit of visual and performing arts and one unit of U.S. government are required.


Basis for Selection

CDS-C6. Open admissions?
CDS-C7. Importance of freshman selection factors.
Very important factors: Secondary school record and standardized test scores.
Factors considered: Geographical residence, state residency and minority status.
Portfolios required for art program applicants, auditions required for music applicants, and RN required for graduate nursing applicants.
CDS-C8. SAT/ACT requirements.
SAT I or ACT required (no preference). ACT/SAT I used for placement as well as admissions. TOEFL required of international applicants. ACT data are not reported due to minimal numbers submitting test scores.

Freshman Profile

CDS-C9. SAT/ACT Scores of Fall 2001 Freshmen
(Source. Admissions Applicant data base)
Score Submissions
Submission Number % of Total
Submitting SAT 971 94%
Submitting ACT   1%
Score percentiles
Test 25th 75th
SAT I Critical Reading 460 570
SAT I Math 470 570
ACT Comp    

SAT I Scores (%)
Range Critical Reading Math
700-800 2% 1%
600-699 13% 13%
500-599 46% 45%
400-499 33% 35%
300-399 6% 6%
200-299 0% 0%

CDS-C10. High school rank distribution, freshmen
Is no longer available. (Source. Applicant data file, Institutional Research)
CDS-C11/12. High school GPA distribution & average, freshmen.
One hundred percent of enrolled first-time freshmen in Fall 2001 submitted high school GPA. Of those, 62% had GPA of 3.0 and higher and 38% had GPA between 2.0 and 2.9. The average GPA was 3.1.
High School GPA Distribution
GPA Percent of incoming freshman
Percent who submitted high school rank percentile 48%
Percent in top tenth of high school graduating class 12%
Percent in top half of high school graduating class 79%
Percent in bottom half of high school graduating class 21%
Percent in bottom quarter of high school graduating class 4%

Freshman Admissions Policies

CDS-C13. Application fee.
$55. May be waived for financial need.
CDS-C14. Application closing date.
Priority date for fall admission for freshmen December 31. Applications accepted until full. Rolling admissions.
CDS-C15. Applications for non-fall terms.
Applications are accepted for admission to spring term.
CDS-C16. Decision notification.
On a rolling basis, beginning November 1.
CDS-C17. Reply policy for admitted applicants.
Reply is required by May 1. Application fee is nonrefundable. $1000 AY residence hall room deposit, refundable until specified date, partially thereafter.
CDS-C18. Deferred admission.
Sonoma State does not have deferred admission.
CDS-C19. Early admission of high school students.
High school students may be considered for enrollment in certain programs if recommended by their principal and the appropriate campus department chair and if preparation is equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. Admission is only for a given program and does not constitute the right to continued enrollment.
CDS-C20. Common Application Form accepted?
CDS-C21. Early decision plan?
CDS-C22. Early action plan?
International student admission.
40 Countries represented. Minimum 500 TOEFL (paper) and 173 (computer) score required. Financial statement and academic performance are important considerations for admission. Separate application required. Application deadline is May 31.
Learning disabled student admission.
Support services available. Admission requirements are the same as other students. Untimed standardized tests are accepted. Second language requirement may be waived.
Placement credit options.
Credit may be granted through CLEP exams, passing the CSU English Equivalency Examination, through Faculty Evaluated Prior Learning (FEPL), or by successful completion of Advanced Placement Program of the College Board exams, Credit may be granted through challenge exams and for military experience.


Admissions Policies

CDS-D1. Transfer policy.
Transfer students accepted for all terms and academic levels (second semester freshmen accepted); transfer coursework accepted.

Applicant and Admit Counts

CDS-D2. Undergraduate transfer applicants, admits, and enrollees, Fall 2001
(Source: Admissions Applications)
Undergraduate transfer applicants, admits, and enrollees, Fall 2001 (Source: Admissions Applications)
  Applicants Admitted Applicants Enrolled Applicants Admitted/Applied Enrolled/Admitted
Men 707 584 329 83% 56%
Women 1,217 1,020 531 84% 52%
Total 1,924 1,604 860 83% 54 %
 CDS-D3. Terms. Transfers are accepted for two academic terms:
Fall and Spring
CDS-D4. Minimum number of credits completed to qualify as transfer.
56 credits.
CDS-D5. Required for Admission.
College transcripts.
CDS-D6. Minimum high school grade average.
CDS-D7. Minimum college grade point average.
2.0, higher for some programs
CDS-D9. Application dates.
Priority Date is November 1 for fall, August 1 for spring. Rolling admissions.
CDS-D12. Lowest grade accepted (4.0 scale)
CDS-D13. Maximum number of transferable credits from 2-year institutions.
70 units.
CDS-D14. Maximum number of transferable credits from 4-year institutions.
CDS-D16. Minimum number of credits that transfers must complete at Sonoma State.
30 credits.


Special Study Options

CDS-E1. Special study options.
Accelerated program, cross-registration, distance learning, double major, English as a Second Language (ESL), exchange student program (domestic-NSE), external degree program, honors program, independent study, student-designed major, study abroad (including NY Semester, Semester at Sea, UN Semester, Urban Semester, Washington Semester), teacher certification program. Other study options include combined degree programs; bachelor's/MBA and bachelor's/MPA.
CDS-E-1.3.Partnerships with national corporations, local businesses, or high schools.
3-1-3 Program is a joint venture with local high school for low income and/or first generation college students. Students complete three years of high school and one year of transitional college courses and complete the baccalaureate degree at Sonoma in three years.
CDS-E2. Freshman core curriculum required?
CDS-E3. Computing on campus.
Students are required to own or have access to a computer. There are approximately 400 college-owned work stations available for student use in the library, computer center, and labs. Dorms are wired to campus netwrok, email accounts provided to all students, off-campus students can connect to campus network, computer repair service and helpline available.

Academic Facilities and Services

CDS-E4-E8. Library Collections.
(Source: LIibrary Records) Special collections - Jack London Collection, women artists archive and small presses collection, 2000+ CD-ROMS, public access via web, and access to other university and city catalogs.
Library Collections
Collection Size
E4. Books and other materials accessible through library's catalog. 666,393
E5. Current serials 1,071
E6. Microform titles 1,655,701
E7. Video and audio titles 25,805


Other special academic buildings /equipment on campus
include a performing arts center, observatory, electron microscope, seismograph, environmental technology center, and the Jean and Charles Schultz Information Center, a new high technology information/computer center. Construction of the Green Music Center, a state of the art choral facility modeled after Tanglewood.. The new University Recreation Center with basketball courts, dance studios, indoor track, state of the art weight equipment, game room, whirlpool and rock climbing wall.

Sonoma State also maintains the Fairfield Osborne Preserve and the Fred B. Galbreath Wildlife Preserve.
Counseling/support services.
Health service. Women's center. Child day care. Minority student, veteran student, reentry student, career, personal, academic, psychological counseling. International student support services include all aspects of personal and educational experience. Career services. The Career Center provides career counseling/planning, job placement, employer recruitment on campus, experiential education, community involvement program, internships, and testing services. Disabled student services include admissions assistance, priority registration, goals clarification, note-taking services, readers, interpreters,testing arrangements, tape recorders, tutors, TDD, Close-in parking, campus orientation, individual accessibility needs, and cart rides. 99% of campus is accessible to the physical disabled. Learning disabled support services include diagnostic testing service, note-taking services, oral tests, readers, talking books, tape recorders, untimed tests, tutoring, and learning center.

Majors Available

Listed below are majors leading to a bachelor's and master's degrees. Also listed are concentrations within majors.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).
American Multicultural Studies, Anthropology, Art, with concentrations in: Art History, Film Emphasis, Art Studio; Biology, with concentrations in Botany, Marine Biology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Microbiology, Zoology; Chemistry, Chicano and Latino Studies, Communication Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, with concentrations in Business Economics, Computer Applications in Economics, International Economics; English, with concentrations in Creative Writing, Literature, Secondary Teaching Preparation; Environmental Studies, with concentrations in Environmental Conservation and Restoration, Environmental Education, Environmental Technology, Environmental Planning; French, Geogrpahy, with concentrations in Cultural Studies, Earth Sciences; Geology, History, Hutchins School of Liberal Studies with Interdisciplinary Studies Plan and Teaching Credential Preparatiion Plan, Human Development, Liberal Studies (Ukiah), Mathematics, Music, with concentrations in Music Education, Performance, Jazz Studies; Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Special Majors: Interdisciplinary, California Cultural Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Global Studies, Theatre Arts, with concentrations in Dance, Drama, Technical Theatre.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A).
Art Studio, with areas of emphasis in: Painting, Photography.
Bachelor of Science (B.S).
Biology, with concentrations in Aquatic Biology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Physiology-Animal, Physiology-Plant; Business Administration, with concentrations in Accounting, Business Economics, Finance, Human Resources Management, International Management, Management, Marketing, Special; Chemistry, Engineering Science, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, with concentration in Environmental Technology; Geology, Kinesiology, with concentrations in Adapted Physical Education, Exercise Science, Athletic Training; Mathematics, with concentrations in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics; Nursing - Basic BSN, RN-BSN, LVN-BSN; Physics, with a concentration in Applied Physics; Special Major (Interdisciplinary).
Master of Arts (M.A.).
Biology, Counseling, with concentrations in Marriage-Family-Child Counseling (M.F.C.C.); School Counseling (P.P.S); Education, with concentrations in Educational Administration, Curriculum Teaching and Learning, Early Childhood Education, Reading and Language, Special Education; English, History, Interdisciplinary Studies (ITDS), Kinesiology, Psychology (through Special Sessions), Art Therapy, Organization Development, Special Interest Areas.
Master of Science (M.S.).
Nursing, with concentrations in Family Nurse Practitioner, Leadership/Case Management; Interdisciplinary Studies (ITDS), Computer Engineering Science (through Special Sessions).
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A).
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A).
The most popular undergraduate majors in 2001 were:
Business Administration, Psychology, Liberal Studies/Hutchins, English,Environmental Studies.
The most popular Graduate majors were:
Education, Counseling, Nursing, Business Administration, English.


Student Profile

CDS-F1. Undergraduate and first-time freshman profile
(Source. Campus data, Institutional Research, ERSS)
Undergraduate and First-time Freshman Profile
Description Freshman Undergraduate
% from out of state 2% 1%
% of men in fraternities N/A 6%
% of women in sororities N/A 5%
% living in college housing 84% 29%
% living off campus 16% 71%
% aged 25+ 0 22%
Average age of full-time students 18 22
Average age of all students 18 23

Student Activities

CDS-F2. Activities offered.
Student government, student newspaper, literary magazine, radio station, drama/theater, choral groups, music ensembles, dance, jazz band, musical theater, opera, pep band, symphony orchestra.
Other student activities.
Over 100 registered clubs/organizations, including honor societies, departmentally related clubs, special interest clubs, fraternities, sororities, religious orgianizations and sports clubs. A list may be found at Campus Life.
Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC are offered through University of California, San Francisco.
CDS-F4. Types of college owned, operated or affiliated housing available.
Coed dorms, apartments for single students, special housing for international students, focused learning communities - freshman seminar dorms, healthy living dorms, women in math/science dorms. Residence halls currently house 2,480 students. New freshmen given priority for on campus housing. Off-campus housing office provides assistance in locating housing off campus.
Athletic participation.
Five percent of undergraduates participate in intercollegiate sports. Twenty-five percent of undergraduates participate in intramural/club sports. Member NCAA Division II. Scholarships are available in all intercollegiate sports.

Intercollegiate athletics

Men's intercollegiate sports.
Basketball, baseball, golf, soccer and tennis.
Women's intercollegiate sports.
Basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field (outdoor), water polo and volleyball.
Club and intramural athletics
vary by semester and are generally available to both men and women. Intramural sports include basketball, volleyball, indoor and outdoor soccer (coed), ultimate frisbee (coed), softball (coed), flag football. Club sports include bowling, cheer/dance teams, fencing, inline hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer (international students), volleyball (men), water polo (women), wiffle ball, table tennis, Aikido, Judo, marksman association, ski and snowboard.
Students may live on or off campus. All students may have cars on campus. Alcohol controlled on campus. Honor code. Hazing prohibited. Student Conduct Code.
Freshman Orientation.
Freshman orientation is held in June and July at no charge. Advising and registration take place and parents invited.
Services/facilities for physically disabled:
wheelchair accessibility, services and/or facilities for visually impaired, hearing impaired, speech and communication disorders. Learning disabled services are available on an individual, as-needed basis. Foreign languages requirement may be waived. Untimed standardized tests are accepted; other requirements the same as other students.
Athletics questions to:
Athletic Director
Intramural questions to:
Recreational Sports


Tuition and Fees

CDS-G1. Annual undergraduate full-time tuition, required fees, room and board.
Figures are for 2001/02 academic year, with full time a 12 credit load. Undergraduate and first year tuition are the same. Fees are the required CSU fees. Room and board figures assume 21 meals per week. 2002/2003 fees will be available after July 1, 2002.
Academic Year Charges
Type First-Year Undergraduate
Tuition: in-state 0 0
Tuition: out-of-state (See Note 1)   $7,380   $7,380
Tuition: Non-resident aliens (See Note 1)   $7,380   $7,380
Required fees   $2,032   $2,032
Room and board (Meal plan required) $6,921 $6,921

*Based on 30 units for academic year

Legal residents of California are not charged tuition.

Note 1 - Non-resident students (U.S. and Foreign): Non-resident tuition, in addition to fees charged all students, must pay $246 per unit. There is a 15% charge for installment payment of foreign nonresident tuition; non-resident tuition is in addition to the fees listed below.

Semester Fees - Undergraduate
Type of Fee Undergraduate Graduate
Student Union fee $66 $66
Associated Students fee $55 $55
Instuctionally-related activities fee $105 $105
Facilities fee $3 $3
Student Health fee $63 $63
Consolidated service fee $10 $10
State University fee $714 $753
Total fees per semester $1,016 $1,055
Total fees per academic year $2,032 $2,110


CDS-G2. Number of credits per term a student can take for the stated full-time tuition.
6.1 or more units.
CDS-G3. Do tuition and fees vary by year of study?
Yes. Currently, students pay a somewhat higher tuition for graduate division work.
CDS-G4. How do tuition and fees vary by instructional program?
Certain programs requiring certain computer and lab equipment/facilities may have higher fees.

Other Expenses

CDS-G5. Estimated expenses for academic year for typical full-time undergraduate
Estimated expenses for academic year for typical full-time undergraduate
Type On-Campus Resident Commuter (At home) Commuter (Not at home)
Room/Board $6,921 $2,592 $8,046
Transportation $630 $756 $864
Books/Supplies $846 $846 $846
Other (misc. personal) $1,584 $1,710 $1,746

Questions on estimated expenses to: Financial Aid Office  

Per-credit-hour Charges

CDS-G6. Per-credit-hour charges, undergraduate
Per-credit-hour charges, undergraduate
Type of student Undergraduate
(average of lower
and upper division)
Per-credit-hour charge for in-state students 0 0
Per-credit-hour charge for out-of-state students $246 $246
Per-credit-hour charge for international students $246 $246


All aid figures reported here for degree-seeking undergraduates and freshmen, as defined by the institution, not IPEDS. Non-need based aid is defined as aid for which need is not a criterion for awarding, and may be given to students with or without demonstrated need. If such aid is awarded to needy students, that component of the aid which reduces the student's total need is considered need-based and is included in the need-based aid totals.

Total Dollars Awarded

CDS-H1. Total dollar amount awarded to undergraduates.
The table below shows the CDS-requested data on financial aid awards made to degree-seeking undergraduates. Note that the data are estimates for the 2002/03 academic year, and are for undergraduates as defined institutionally, not as defined for IPEDS.
2002/03 Total dollar amount awarded to undergraduates.
  Need-based aid Non-need-based aid
Scholarships and Grants Federal   $4,750,000 $0
State $3,500,000   $255,000
Institutional (excluding athletic aid and tuition waivers) $0   $471,565
Scholarships/grants from external sources, not awarded by college $0 $436,110
Total Scholarships/Grants $8,250,000 $1,132,675
Self-Help Student Loans $11,500,000 $8,775,000
Federal Work Study   $475,000 $0
State and other work study/employment   $0 $103,750
Total Self-Help   $11,975,000   $8,878,750
Parent Loans $0   $3,000,000
Tuition Waivers $0   $65,000
Athletic Awards $0   $136,596

CDS-H2. Additional criteria for need-based gift aid.

Aid Recipients

CDS-H3. Number of enrolled students receiving aid, Fall 2001.
The chart below shows the number of degree-seeking students who applied for and received financial aid. Sonoma State uses federal methodology.
Number of enrolled students receiving aid, Fall 2001
Description First Time Full-time Freshman Full-time
(including Freshman)
Less than Full-time Undergrads
a. Number of degree-seeking students 1,019 5,341 937
b. Number of students in line a who were financial aid applicants 619 3,104 308
c. Number of students in line b who were determined to have financial need 346 1,995 281
d. Number of students in line c who received financial aid. 343 1,983 277
e. Number of students in line d who received any need-based gift aid 236 1,698 191
f. Number of students in line d who received any need-based self-help aid 275 1,698 223
g. Number of students in line d who received any non-need-based gift aid 114 337 8
h. Number of students in line d whose need was fully met (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans) 140 961 129
i. On average, the percentage of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid. 69% 80% 81%
j. The average financial aid package of those in line d. $5,382 $6,575 $6,613
k. Aver. need-based gift award in line e. who received need-based gift award. $4,930 $4,487 $3,445
l. Aver. need-based self-help award (exc.PLUS loans, unsubsidized loands and private alternative loans) of those in line f. $2,757 $5,126 $4,749
m. Aver. need-based loan (exc. PLUS loans and private alternative loans) of those in f. who received a need-based loan. $2,447 $5,000 $4,749
n. Number of students in line a. who had no financial need who received non-need-based gift aid (exc. those receiving athletic awards and tuition benefits) 73 123 3
o. Average award to students in line n $1,564 $1,408 $667
p. Number of students in line a. who received non-need-based athletic award 4 18 0
q. Average non-need-based athletic award to those in line p. $1,152 $1,514 0

Questions to : Financial Aid Office  

CDS-H4. Percent of graduating undergraduate class who graduated between July 1 and June 30 and borrowed through all loan programs (federal, state, subsidized, .) while enrolled.
CDS-H5. Average per-undergraduate-borrower cumulative principal borrowed of those in line H4.
CDS-H5.1 and .2.Need-based financial aid.
Need-based financial aid is available to both full and part time students.
CDS-H6. Aid to undergraduate international students.
College administered financial aid not available for undergraduate foreign students.

Aid Process

CDS-H7. Process for first-year/freshman students.
All students must submit FAFSA. Additional forms not required.
CDS-H9/11. Filing, notification and reply dates for first-year/freshman) students.
Priority deadline for required financial aid, January 31. Applications processed on a rolling basis and notification on a rolling basis beginning April 15. Students must reply within four weeks of notification.

Aid Available

CDS-H12. Loans types available.
Perkins, PLUS, Stafford (subsidized and unsubsidized).
CDS-H13. Scholarships and grants available.
Pell grants, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, college/university scholarships/grants, private scholarships/grants, academic merit scholarships, athletic scholarships.
Student employment available.
Federal Work-Study Program. Institutional employment. Off-campus part-time employment opportunities available. About 75% of students work either on or off campus while attending classes.