President's Welcome

Welcome to Sonoma State University

Located in the heart of California's Wine Country, I am certain you will find educational programs of the highest quality, designed to develop your intellect, increase understanding of yourself and others, and prepare you for the diverse challenges ahead.

Sonoma State University is deeply committed to the teaching and learning of the liberal arts and sciences coupled with a strong emphasis on technology. We are proud of our continuing reputation for academic excellence and owe that to the caliber of faculty, staff and students of this University. Collaboration between faculty and students is a hallmark of the Sonoma State experience. This attribute is continually sited by our alumni as a marker that helped guide them to academic success.

SSU represents California as a member of the nationwide Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, a group of colleges dedicated to promoting the values of superior undergraduate education in a public college setting. We think this selection is a testament to our strengths and our mission — enlightening students, growing minds, and enriching lives.

Sonoma State University is an ideal place to live and learn. This campus is student-centered, and our faculty and staff have three central goals: student satisfaction, retention, and graduation. We are eager to help you choose your personal goals and design a course of study. As new students at Sonoma State University, think of yourself as an explorer, seeking the frontiers of knowledge. Like all exploration, the pursuit of knowledge is rigorous and demanding. I invite you to join us in our common adventure and wish you the greatest success.

Dr. Ruben Armiñana
President