About the University


  • SSU is known as a model for sustainability in building, teaching, and planning. Numerous national awards have been presented to the University. Campus experts are regularly called upon to provide advice and expertise on sustainability and urban planning throughout the world.
  • Sonoma State serves as a valuable resource to local industries of the North Bay (wine and engineering), providing training and education for future workforce.
  • Most classes are relatively small compared to many colleges. Sixty-two out of the 74 classrooms on campus hold fewer than 50 students (84%).
  • U.S. News and World Report ranks Sonoma one of America’s Best Colleges (Master's Universities in the West) each year.
  • Deemed “Best Value” Colleges, one of the Best 368 Colleges in the country, one of 25 of the “Most Connected (wired)” as well as being among the top “green” campuses by The Princeton Review.
  • Sonoma’s faculty and staff are annually awarded grants and contracts from agencies such as National Endowment for the Humanities, NASA, U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These grants support research that engages students and has significant emphasis on addressing state and community needs.
  • Sonoma’s residential environment is rated high with students. Housing consists of suites and apartments—many with single rooms (with private bathroom), living rooms, and kitchens with microwaves, cook top stoves and dishwashers.