1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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 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.
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.
Sonoma State students have the highest
per capita participation in the study abroad
programs of any CSU campus.
rates have improved each year. Sonoma State ranks
second in the California State University, compared to
eleventh place five years ago.
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.
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
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.
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.
In the spring of 2002, SSU announced a change in athletic
mascots from the Cossacks to the Seawolves,
effective August 2002.
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.
With increasing numbers of traditional-age
students, there has been greater demand for on-campus
housing and programs.
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
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.
Rank among CSU campuses in per capita
participation in study abroad
SSU's rank among CSU campuses for
Number of national champions SSU had
in 2002: men's soccer and men's lacrosse club
Percentage average annual enrollment
increase, fall 1998-2002
Number of new sororities started in
the past two years
Percentage of SSU freshmen who come
from beyond the North Bay region
Number of first-time freshmen enrolled
in the EOP Academy in fall 2002
The increase in number of students
living in the SSU residential community during the past five
The year SSU joined the Calilfornia
Collegiate Athletic Association