Welcome to Sonoma State University
A Small Campus with Big Ideas
Sonoma State University occupies 269 acres in the beautiful wine county of Sonoma County, in Northern California. Located at the foot of the Sonoma hills, the campus is an hour’s drive north of San Francisco and 40 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Often complimented for its lush and beautiful grounds, the campus is used for weekend activities by many.
The University is mid-sized with 9,100 students and is dedicated to the liberal arts and sciences with selected professional programs. With 46 bachelor’s degree programs, 15 master’s degree programs, 9 credential programs; 8 graduate and undergraduate certificate programs, a joint master’s degree in mathematics with San Francisco State University and a joint doctorate in educational leadership with the University of California, Davis— students enjoy a diverse and high quality education. Collaborative educational interactions between students and faculty lead to research and internship opportunities. Sonoma serves as the sole California university in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).
Approximately 80 percent of freshmen and 55 percent of transfer students come from outside the North Bay region. With 34 percent of its student body living on campus in residential apartments Sonoma is one of the most residential campuses within the system.
Sonoma State University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and is part of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) and includes five men’s sports and eight women’s. The Seawolves have had much success including national championships in 1990 (women's soccer), 2002 (men's soccer) and 2009 (men's golf).