Key Points About Sonoma State University
Sonoma State is a public residential campus emphasizing creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and community engagement in the liberal arts and sciences, preparing students with transferable skills for professional careers and successful futures.
- SSU has faculty and staff committed to excellence in teaching and working with students to help them succeed
- Since students must be well prepared for tomorrow’s workforce, promotion of internships with industry and scholarship opportunities with faculty is a high priority. Many majors have a requirement for either an internship or research experience.
- Being largely residential in nature with a majority of SSU students living on campus or within a few miles, the importance of learning opportunities outside the classroom is recognized.
- Co-curricular learning is emphasized.
- The residential experience turns students into adults and readies them for life.
- SSU freshmen all take a first-year experience, and many of those classes have living and learning opportunities and leadership roles.
- Sonoma State has great athletic programs that help students be team players, have a sense of responsibility, work hard, and know how to win and lose.
- Sonoma State has phenomenal faculty and professional staff.
- Study abroad opportunities abound, including some programs with an international component.
- The Green Music Center allows students to attend performances and participate in performing arts at a world-class concert hall.
- Through our academic and professional Extended Education programs, SSU offers a variety of career and workplace-focused classes and certificates as well as degree course offerings through summer and intersession programs.
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SSU At-a-Glance (Fall 2013)
- 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
- Sixty-four percent of SSU students receive some type of financial aid
- Fifty-two percent of students report Sonoma State was their top choice
- Fully sustainable Recreation Center: 55,000 sq. ft. with 39 ft. climbing wall
- Sonoma State awards approximately $1.1 million in scholarships per year
(academic scholarships, athletics and performing arts)
- Sonoma State graduates approximately 2,000 students per year
- 62,000 Alumni
|Top majors (by number of students in a major)||Number|
|Liberal Studies (Hutchins School)||424|
|American Indian or Alaskan Native||78||0.9%|
|Two or More Ethnicities||680||7.5%|
Counties of Origin
The majority of SSU students come from California, although countries all over the world are represented within the student body.
- As of Fall 2013, 29.4% of first-time-freshmen come from Southern California counties
- 21% of all of SSU’s students come from Southern California counties
Service Area (Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Solano and Sonoma Counties)
- 20% of first-time-freshmen come from Sonoma’s service area
- 37% of all students come from Sonoma’s servicearea.
- 46 bachelor's degree programs; 15 master's degree programs
- 9 credential programs; 8 graduate and undergraduate certificate programs
- Numerous internships and creative scholarship opportunities
- SSU's wilderness preserves give student the opportunity to enhance their educational experience by learning directly in nature
|Faculty (including coaches, counselors, librarians)||Number||Percentage|
|American Indian or Alaskan Native||1||0.2%|
|Two or More Ethnicities||9||1.6%|
|Non-Faculty Ethnicity (Administrators, Staff)||Number||Percentage|
|American Indian or Alaskan Native||2||0.3%|
|Hawaiian and Pacific Islander||2||.03%|
|Two or More Ethnicities||26||3.7%|