SSU Quick Facts
- President: Dr. Ruben Armiñana
- Founded: 1961
- Mascot: Seawolves
- Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Member: Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges
- Endowment = $37.1 million
- Mid-size campus (9,120 students, 92% undergraduates)
- 60/40% female to male ratio
- 3,100 residential students, primarily freshmen and sophomores
- Top majors (by number of students in a major):
- Criminal Justice
- Liberal Studies (Hutchins School)
- 64% of students receive some type of financial aid
- SSU awards approximately $1.1 million in scholarships per year
- Graduates 2,000 students per year
- 45 bachelor's degree programs; 16 master's degree programs
- 9 credential programs; 8 certificate programs
- 269 richly-landscaped acres
Sonoma State University is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. SSU is also a member of the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, an association of public colleges and universities whose primary mission is ensuring that fine undergraduate liberal arts and sciences education is available to students in the public systems of higher education. SSU is the only California member of COPLAC.
Individual program accreditations granted by:
- American Chemical Society
- National Association of Schools of Music
- National League for Nursing (Baccalaurate and Master's Programs)
- National Association for Schools of Art and Design
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
- School of Education programs approved by Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
The SSU Alumni Association is a non-profit corporation designed to support and further the development of SSU. The Association's mission is to provide service to Sonoma State University alumni as well as encourage and enhance their life-long relationship with the university. The Association sponsors alumni programs and events and provides student scholarships. Membership is open to graduates, former students, and friends of SSU.
Total Number of SSU Alumni: 62,000
The SSU Intercollegiate Athletics Program participates in the California Collegiate Athletic Association as a Division II program of the NCAA. Currently, five men's and eight women's intercollegiate teams compete. In addition, there is a wide variety of sports clubs and an active intramural and recreational sports program.
Each year, SSU sponsors hundreds of seminars, workshops, lectures, conferences, exhibits, and other public programs. In addition, thousands of North Bay residents attend public performances on campus each year, produced or sponsored by the Center for Performing Arts. The University Art Gallery and University Library Gallery are major attractions for local artists, hosting numerous exhibits each year. Additionally, with the opening of the Green Music Center in the Fall of 2012, great strides have been made in bringing culturally significant atists, lecturerers and workshops to North Bay residents and students.
Within SSU's 36 academic departments, degrees areffered in 41 majors and 46 minors at the bachelor's level and 14 at the master's level. The Universityffers a joint master's degree in mathematics with San Francisco State University and a joint doctorate in educational administration with California State University, Sacramento and the Universityf California, Davis. There are nine credential programs and eight undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. SSU also offers the one of the only Wine Business programs in the country. Basic teaching credential programs in education include multiple subject, multiple subject BCLAD, single subject, administrative services, reading/language arts (certificater specialist), special education (mild/moderater moderate/severe), pupil personnel services (via the Counseling Department).
SSU offers upper-division programs in Ukiah and Napa, leading to a BA degree in liberal studies.
SSU's School of Extended and International Education features a variety of development programs including courses for professional relicensure, certificate programs in such diverse fields as Construction (Green Building and Construction Management), Business (Accounting and Human Resource Management) and Counseling (Child/Infant Mental Health). Additionally, the School offers several fully accredited degree programs: a Liberal Studies B.A. degree completion program and an Interdisciplinary M.A.; M.A. degrees in Organization Development and Depth Psychology; and the Master of Computer and Engineering Science program. Among its community-based programs are EXCEL, a summer enrichment program for youth, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Educational Travel programs and the Sonoma State American Language Institute.
|Type of Instructor||Number||Percentage|
|American Indian or Alaskan Native||1||0.2%|
|Two or More Ethnicities||9||1.6%|
|American Indian or Alaskan Native||2||0.3%|
|Hawaiian and Pacific Islander||2||.03%|
|Two or More Ethnicities||26||3.7%|
Data: Fall 2012
|Grants and Contracts||$8,200,000||4.0%|
|Insructionally Related Activities||$3,279,528||1.6%|
|Sonoma State Enterprises||$9,426,853||4.6%|
|Foundation General Fund
Foundation Asset Management: $39,739,593
Sonoma State College was founded in 1961 when Governor Edmund G. Brown signed Senate Bill 43 establishing the college as a member of the California State College system. The college opened in temporary quarters in 1961 under the leadership of founding president Ambrose R. Nichols, Jr. with an enrollment of 265 upper-division students. Most of the faculty and administrators of the Santa Rosa Center of San Francisco State College, which had served the region since 1956, joined the new college. Sonoma State College moved to its present 269-acre site in 1966 when its first two buildings, Stevenson and Darwin Halls, were completed. By then there were more than 1,000 students enrolled. In 1978, University status was granted and the name of the college was changed to Sonoma State University.
|1961||SSU Becomes part of the California State College system (now the California State University)|
|1962||First bachelor of arts degree (elementary education)|
|1962||First four-year program offered|
|May 1966||First graduating class|
|1966||First master's degree offered (biology, psychology)|
|1978||University status attained|
|1999||SSU invited to join the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges as sole member from California|
|2000||The Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center is built|
|2001||The Lifelong Learning Institute for students over the age of 50 is founded. The Osher Foundation gave a large gift which resulted in the name change to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.|
|2004||The University is gifted its first Endowed Chair. The $1.5 million gift came from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria to fund a teaching position in Native American Studies.|
|2005||Renovation of Darwin Hall, the University's second original building, begins|
|2005||The University is gifted a 3,500 acre nature preserve northwest of Cloverdale, CA, called the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve|
|2005||The newly-constructed Recreation Center receives the Outstanding Sports Facilities Award by the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association for its functional use of space and incorporation of sustainable building techniques|
|2006||Darwin Hall re-opens as a 21st century science building|
|2006||Construction of the Donald & Maureen Green Music Center begins|
|2007||Green Music Center construction is moving along quickly|
|2008||Work on Tuscany Village, the newest phase of housing, begins|
|2008||Music Education Hall in the Green Music Center complex opens|
|2011||Sonoma State celebrates 50th Anniversary|
|2012||Green Music Center opens|
|2013||Student Center opens|
|Ambrose R. Nichols. Jr.||1961-1970|
|Thomas H. McGrath||1971-1974|
|Marjorie Downing Wagner||1974-1976|
|David W. Benson||1984-1992|
The campus provides housing for 3,100 students in residential suites and apartments. Around 90% of the freshman class and 40% of all undergraduates live on campus. All accommodations are fully furnished and provide wireless connectivity to the University's computer network.
The library has a collection of more than 670,000 volumes, with 8,000 new titles added each year. Current periodical subscriptions number over 35,000 (in both print and electronic formats).
- North Bay Regional Collection
- Extensive children’s book collection
- Wine business resources
- Jack London collection including first editions, letters, and original serialized stories
- Research assistance
- Innovative study spaces
- Extensive computing resources
Roughly 275,000 items each year.
There were more than 630,000 visits by students, faculty, staff, and community users in 2012.
From the library web site, students, faculty, and staff have access to the library catalog, more than 160 databases covering all academic subject areas, and a continuously increasing number of full-text journal articles.
Size and Location
269 acres, located in Rohnert Park at the foot of the Sonoma Mountains. The campus is an hour’s drive north of San Francisco and centrally located between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the wine country to the north and east.
Buildings and Facilities
|Facility Name||Square Feet|
|Ives Hall||48, 510|
|Ruben Salazar Hall||116,186|
|Rachel Carson Hall||20,000|
|Evert B. Person Theatre||20,655|
|Schulz Information Center||215,500|
|Environmental Technology Center||3,120|
* Total includes all facilities, not just those listed above.
Enrollment — 2013
|American Indian or Alaskan Native||78||0.9%|
|Two or More Ethnicities||680||7.5%|
|Type of Aid||Percent|
|Science & Technology||343||17%|
|Arts & Humanities||443||21.9%|
|Business & Economics||421||20.9%|
Visit www.sonoma.edu/registration/fees for a full overview of chargers and fees per semester for each acadmic year.