Hutchins School Admissions


Thinking of declaring the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies as your Major? Do you have questions about our program? We are here to help you! Please contact Program Advisor Donna Garbesi with any Hutchins-related questions you may have. Donna can be reached at (707) 664-2492 or at We promise that a real, live human will answer! How's that for service?

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In general, the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies accepts students at the Freshman or Junior level for Fall Semester admission only, although exceptions are made depending on space availability. When applying to Sonoma State University, all students seeking admission to the Hutchins School should list "Liberal Studies/Hutchins, Hutchins School" as their major.

Students applying as Freshmen must test into college-level English by passing the EPT or equivalent exams. Students seeking admission into the Hutchins Track III/Blended Program as Freshmen must test into college level English and math by passing the ELM/EPT or their equivalent exams.

Students already at Sonoma State seeking admission into the Hutchins program must undergo a separate application process by February 28th for admission for the fall semester, and by October 15th for the spring semester admissions. Students can begin this application process by contacting the Hutchins School Main Office.

Students seeking admission to the Track I or Track II program as Junior transfers must meet SSU upper division transfer requirements. Please visit SSU Admissions for transfer admission information.

When entering the Track III Blended Program as Freshmen, students must file a separate application with the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies directly. Please visit our Student Forms section to download the Track III/Blended Program Application packet.

Degree Requirements Units for The Hutchins School Of Liberal Studies:

General Education Lower-Division (may include 48 units in LIBS Integrative GE): 50 units
Major Requirements (up to 3 units may be applied to upper GE Area E): 40 units
General Education Upper-Division (waived upon completion of Tracks II or III): 9 units
SSU Electives (Track I) or Subject Matter Preparation (Track II): 21 units

Total units needed for graduation: 120