Important Information: Sonoma State University is hereby notifying the public that starting in Fall 2016 the sociology major will be impacted, meaning that applications of fully qualified students have exceeded the number of available spaces. Therefore, supplementary admission criteria will be utilized. If you are planning to apply for the Fall 2016 admission cycle in sociology click here to find out what will be the supplemental impaction admission criteria for the fall 2016 term.

Sociology Major

Impaction Criteria starting fall 2016

First-time freshmen:

  • First time freshmen will be ranked according to eligibility index and/or incoming GPA and offered admission according to higher ranking.
  • Can be Subject to department review and approval.

Transfer Students:

  • Completion of 60 Transferable units
  • Completion of 30 GE units
  • Area A1, A2, A3 and B4 completed with a C or better
  • Cumulative CSU transferable GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of one course in sociology with a letter grade of "C-" or better.
  • Can be subject to department review and approval.

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Spring 2016 Admissions


August 1 to August 31

In the event that Sonoma State University receives a large volume of applications, priority will be given as follows:

  • Associate Degree for Transfer students (SB1440) from our local service area.
  • Local service area students. Service area will be determined based on address, county of residence and last college or university attended.
  • Applicants from outside our service area will be accommodated based on capacity. Please be advised that you should apply to other CSUs that are also open for spring as Sonoma State University cannot guarantee that your application will be processed.
  • All applications will be processed based on first choice major; alternate majors will not be considered.
  • If you are applying to an impacted major please refer to the impacted major criteria for additional admissions criteria.

**Due to enrollment constraints, we advise students to apply to more than one campus.**


August 1 to Expected Closure Date as listed

  • Biology – Expected closure October 31, 2015
  • Education – Expected closure varies by program. Priority deadline of September 2015, afterward on a space‐available basis (to be determined by department).
  • ITDS – Must contact department for approval to apply. Contact person is David Hartranft:
  • MPA – Expected closure October 30, 2015

Graduate programs not listed will not be accepting applications for Spring 2016.

Fall 2015 Admissions

October 1 to November 30


  • First Time Freshmen - CLOSED
  • Upper Division Transfer - CLOSED
  • Lower Division Transfer - (SSU does not accept applications at this level.)
  • Second Bachelors - CLOSED (SSU does not accept applications at this level.)


October 1 to Expected Closure Date as Listed

  • OPEN to the following programs:
    • Biology Program (Closed)
    • Counseling Program (Closed)
    • Credentials and Education Program (Deadline varies by program. For details go to the Credentials and Education Program website)
    • Cultural Resource Management Program (Closed)
    • English Program (Closed)
    • History Program (Closed)
    • Interdisciplinary Studies Program (Closed)
    • Kinesiology Program (Expected closure May 29, 2015. Applications received after May 29, 2015 will be reviewed on a space-available basis)
    • Master's in Business Administration Program (MBA) (Expected closure May 25, 2015)
    • Master's in Computer & Engineering Science (Expected closure June 30, 2015. For details go to the Master's in Computer & Engineering Science website )
    • Master's in Public Administration Program (MPA) (Closed)
    • Nursing Program (Closed)
    • Organization Development (Expected closure June 30, 2015. For details go to the Organization Development website)
    • Psychology. For details go to the Psychology website)
  • CLOSED to Second Bachelors
  • CLOSED to Unclassified Post baccalaureate


October 1 to April 30