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SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 664-2880

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Sonoma State University increasingly attracts students from throughout California. In 2002 the University received applications from more than 10,000 students. While the University accepts all qualified students from the North Bay region who apply, nearly 75% of freshmen and approximately 40% of transfer students come from outside the area.


ENROLLMENT
Enrollment has increased by approximately 4-5% annually during the past five years, from 5,983 full-time equivalent students in fall 1998 to 7,039 full-time equivalent students in fall 2002.

The demographic profile of the student body has changed. In 1998, the freshman class totaled 840 students, which represented 12% of the student population. In fall 2002, 1,234 freshmen enrolled, representing 15% of the student body. freshmen

Sonoma State students have the highest per capita participation in the study abroad programs of any CSU campus.

graduate
Graduation rates have improved each year. Sonoma State ranks second in the California State University, compared to eleventh place five years ago.

Sonoma State was one of two CSU campuses to create the prototype for the new student records system. As part of the CSU’s Common Management System, we fully converted to PeopleSoft data systems. Students now can register and enroll for classes on-line.

STUDENT SERVICES
We created a “one-stop-shop” for all student services in the renovated Salazar Hall. Students can apply for admission, financial aid and scholarships; obtain grade records; pay fees; and receive academic advising and career counseling. The Disabled Student Services center provides three assisted technology computer workstations for students. A Visitors Center provides information and campus tours. customer service

We developed an EOP Academy, a support program for low-income, first-generation college students. The Academy enrolled 83 first-time freshmen in fall 2002. The students in this ethnically and geographically diverse group had a 3.0 high school GPA and now have a higher retention rate than the freshman class as a whole.


ATHLETICS
In 1998, SSU Intercollegiate Athletics joined the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), the premier NCAA Division II conference in the nation.

In 1998-99, athletic scholarships were awarded for the first time to SSU student-athletes.

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In the spring of 2002, SSU announced a change in athletic mascots from the Cossacks to the Seawolves, effective August 2002.

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SSU men’s soccer team won the NCAA Division II national championship in December 2002.

In May 2002 the SSU men’s lacrosse club team won the national championship.


CAMPUS LIFE
With increasing numbers of traditional-age students, there has been greater demand for on-campus housing and programs.

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Students living in the residential community have increased from 1,000 to 2,000 in the past five years due to the opening of Sauvignon Village. Starting with Welcome Week each year in the fall, student events have increased substantially.

Freshman interest group learning communities have been created for approximately 100 students living in the residential community.

The alcohol and drug education program has become a model for other CSU campuses.

Four new local and ethnic sororities were started in the last two years. There are currently 7 sororities and 6 fraternities on campus.

The Children’s School was renovated in the past five years with funds from private donors and the Associated Students. An infant and toddler facility was added, with a grant from the California Department of Education.

 

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Rank among CSU campuses in per capita participation in study abroad

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SSU's rank among CSU campuses for graduation rates

2
Number of national champions SSU had in 2002: men's soccer and men's lacrosse club

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Percentage average annual enrollment increase, fall 1998-2002

4
Number of new sororities started in the past two years

75
Percentage of SSU freshmen who come from beyond the North Bay region

83
Number of first-time freshmen enrolled in the EOP Academy in fall 2002

1,100
The increase in number of students living in the SSU residential community during the past five years

1998
The year SSU joined the Calilfornia Collegiate Athletic Association

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