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Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, CA

At A Glance

Main Address

1 University Dr

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-8081

www.soka.edu

Admission Office

1 University Drive

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-8081

(949) 480-4150

Fax : (949) 480-4151

admission@soka.edu

Contact : Andrew Woolsey

Dean of Enrollment Services

Type of School

Small

Private

university

liberal arts college

4-year school

Coed

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Regionally Accredited

College Board Member

College Board Code: 4066

Quick Facts

Regular Application Deadline : January 15

Percentage of students graduating within 6 years : 89.0%

Total undergraduates : 406

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 108

Percentage of financial need met (average) : 93.0%

Average financial aid package : $36,260.00

In-State Tuition : $33,962.00

Out-of-State Tuition : $33,962.00

School Calendar

Semester

Degrees Available

Bachelor's

Master's

Setting

Large Town (10-50k)

Suburban

Residential campus

Other Characteristics

Life Science Building is set to open in 2020 hosting 90,000 square feet of 5 teaching labs, 3 classrooms, along with dedicated student workstations and collaborative spaces.

Deadlines

Admission

Application rolling begin : Mar 1

Regular application due: Jan 15

Priority application due : Nov 1

College will notify student of admission : --

Student must reply to acceptance by : May 1 (or within 1 week(s) if notified after May 1st)

Housing deposit due : --

Early Decision And Action

Early action application due : Nov 1

College will notify student of early action admission by : Dec 1

Tests

SAT Reasoning/ACT Score report due : Jan 15

SAT subject score report due : --

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application due : Mar 2

Financial Aid Priority Application due : Feb 15

College will notify student : --

Student must reply : May 1

Transfer Students

Transfer Application closing date : --

College will notify student of transfer decision by : --

Transfer priority application date : --

Transfer student must reply : --

Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms : --

Transfer priority financial aid deadline : --

College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about : --

Student must reply to financial aid decision by : --

International Students

Fall application due : Jan 15

Major and Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Calendar type : Semester

Degrees Offered in : Bachelor's, Master's degrees

Graduating in 6 years : 89.0%

Returning for sophomore year : 94.0%

Accreditation and Associations

Regionally Accredited

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

College Board Member

Most Popular Majors

Bachelor's
Liberal Arts : 100.0%

All Majors

Levels at which colleges offer undergraduate majors are designated by these letters :

A = Associate degree, B = Bachelor's degree, C = Certificate degree, D = Doctor degree, M = Master degree

Education
Educational Leadership and Administration, General M

Liberal Arts & Sciences, Gen Studies & Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies B

Learning outside the classroom

Many colleges offer special programs like the opportunity to study abroad or participate in internships to get on-the-job training. Nearly all colleges provide extra academic help or tutoring to students who need it.

Special Study Options

Liberal Arts/Career Combination

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Independent Study

Internships

Off-Campus Study Options

Study Abroad

Extended Class Availability

Extensive evening or early morning classes

Computer Services

100 Public computers, available in: Computer Center, Dorms, Libraries, Student Center

Wireless network available

Dorms wired for access to campus-wide network

Dorms wired for high speed internet connections

Computer repair service available on campus

Where Graduates Go

Within one year of receiving their bachelor’s degree:

Law : 6.0%

Business : 2.0%

Medical : 2.0%

Other : 20.0%

Campus Life

Campus General Information

Size : Small

Unique Facilities : performing arts center complex, black box theater, dance studio, writing center, language lab, darkroom, aquatic center

Geographic Location : 70 miles from Los Angeles, 75 miles from San Diego.

Large Town

Suburban

Residential Campus

Total undergraduates : 406

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 108

Degree-seeking undergrads : 406

Graduate enrollment : 13

Student General Information

All students average age : 21

Full time students average age : 21

In state students : 54.0%

Out of state students : 46.0%

Race/Ethnicity

Two or more races : 5.0%

Black African American : 3.0%

Asian : 15.0%

Hispanic/Latino : 12.0%

Race Ethnicity Unknown : 3.0%

White : 17.0%

Non-Resident Alien : 45.0%

Other Activities & Organizations

Other Activities & Organizations : Students required to live on campus.

Student Newspaper : The Pearl

Student Newspaper URL : www.soka.edu/student_life/student-activities/the-pearl-student-newspaper.aspx

Housing Policies

First-year students living in college housing : 100.0%

All undergraduates living in college housing : 99.0%

Housing Options

Wellness Housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)

Special Housing For Disabled Students

Special Housing For International Students

Theme Housing

Coed Housing

Additional Housing Options

Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.

Car is allowed for freshman

Pet is not allowed in the Dorm

General Athletics

Team Name : Lions

Sport Member : NAIA

Sport's Levels Available

Club

Intercollegiate

Scholarship

Counseling And Wellness

Economically disadvantaged students services

Veteran's counselor

Women's services

Alcohol/substance abuse counseling

Placement services for graduates

Career counseling

Employment services for undergraduates

Financial aid counseling

Health services

Personal counseling

Additional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Services and/or facilities for hearing impaired

Services and/or facilities for visually impaired

Wheelchair Accessibility

Partial services for students with learning disabilities

Academic Support Programs

Study skills assistance

Tutoring

Writing center

Activities

Y indicates available and N indicates not available

Activity Name

Available on Campus

Campus Ministries

N

Choral Groups

Y

Concert Band

Y

Dance Activity

Y

Drama/Theater

Y

Film Society

N

Fraternities

N

Government or Political Activity

Y

International Student Organization

Y

Jazz Band

Y

Literary Magazine

Y

Marching Band

N

Model United Nations

Y

Music Ensembles

Y

Musical Theater

Y

Opera

N

Pep Band

N

Radio Station

N

Sororities

N

Student Newspaper

Y

Symphony Orchestra

Y

Television Station

N

Yearbook

Y

Sports

Sport Name

Levels Available

Archery

Men's Club

Women's Club

Baseball

Men's Club

Basketball

Men's Club

Women's Club

Cheerleading

Men's Club

Women's Club

Cross-Country

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Diving

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Football(non-tackle)

Men's Club

Golf

Women's Intercollegiate

Soccer

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Swimming

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Tennis

Men's Club

Women's Club

Track and Field

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Volleyball

Men's Club

Women's Club

Applying

General Applying Information

Application Fee: $45.00

Application fee notes: Paper application (reduced fee for online application)

Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes

Total applicants : 502

Admitted : 202

Enrolled : 108

Very selective 40.0% of applicants admitted

Applied early admission : --

Admitted early admission : --

Applied early action : 177

Admitted early action : 35

Plan Available for early admission : Early action - not restrictive

Offered place on waitlist : 65

Number accepting place : 45

Accepted from list : 19



Admission stats are based on first-time, degree seeking freshmen from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.

Very Important

Academic GPA

Application Essay

Character/Personal Qualities

Extracurricular Activities

Recommendations

Rigor of secondary school record

Standardized Test Scores

Important

Level of Applicant's Interest

Talent/Ability

Volunteer Work

Considered

Class Rank

First generation college student

Geographical Residence

Interview

Racial/Ethnic Status

State Residency

Work Experience

Test Policies for Admission Decisions

SAT score use policy

All SAT Scores Required for Review

Additional requirements for home-schooled students

Special requirements for home-schooled applicants:

(in addition to any polices listed)

Statement describing home school structure and mission

Transcript/record of courses and grades

State high school equivalency certificate

Letter of recommendation from person other than parent

Other Test Policies

SAT/ACT results must be sent directly by the testing agency.

A note from the college

High school curriculum, test scores, essays, and recommendations are very important. Commitment to service, active leadership, and extracurricular activities are also considered during the reading and selection review period.

High school class rank of incoming freshmen

Top Tenth : 62.0%

Top Quarter : 38.0%

Top Half : 100.0%

GPAs of incoming freshmen

3.5 - 3.74 : 16.0%

3.25 - 3.49 : 10.0%

3.00 - 3.24 : 3.0%

2.50 - 2.99 : 1.0%

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

700 - 800 : 22.0%

600 - 699 : 50.0%

500 - 599 : 28.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

SAT Math

700 - 800 : 51.0%

600 - 699 : 40.0%

500 - 599 : 9.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

ACT Composite

30 - 36 : 37.0%

24 - 29 : 56.0%

18 - 23 : 7.0%

ACT Math

30 - 36 : 33.0%

24 - 29 : 52.0%

18 - 23 : 15.0%

ACT English

30 - 36 : 52.0%

24 - 29 : 26.0%

18 - 23 : 18.0%

12 - 17 : 4.0%

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Information

Offers credit for AP Exams : No

Offers placement into higher-level courses for AP Exams : Yes

Offers sophomore standing for qualifying AP scores : No

AP credit policy depends on student’s major, school, or program : Yes

From the college: AP courses and grades used only during admission application review process.

High school Coursework

High School diploma required, GED accepted

Course Name

Required

Recommended

History

0

2

English

0

4

Math

0

3

Science

0

2

Science Lab

0

2

Social Studies

0

1

Foreign Language

0

2

TEST Scores

Percent who submitted SAT scores : 82.0% and Percent who submitted ACT scores : 25.0%

Test Subjects

Middle 50% of First-Year Students

SAT Math

650 - 750

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

590 - 680

ACT Composite

26 - 32


Paying

Financial Aid Distribution & Stats

% of scholarship / grants : 84.0%

% of loans / jobs : 16.0%

% of freshmen with need who received financial aid : 100.0%

% Applied for need-based aid : 100.0%

% Judged to have need : 86.0%

% that were offered aid : 86.0%

% that had need fully met : 56.0%

% of need met : 93.0%

Average 1st year financial aid package : $36,260.00

Avg non need-based aid : $12,602.00

Avg need-based scholarship or grant award : $27,881.00

Avg need-based loan : $2,916.00

Avg indebtedness at graduation : $26,058.00

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Priority Deadline : Feb 15

Regular Financial Aid Deadline : Mar 2

Respond By Date : May 1

Contact Information

Financial aid contact name : Andrew Woolsey

Financial aid office phone : (949) 480-4342

Financial Aid Forms

Domestic first-year financial aid applicants must submit the following forms, if applicable:

FAFSA

State aid form

Institution's own financial aid form

Part-Time Costs

Cost per credit hour (in-state): $1,344.00

Cost per credit hour (out-of-state): --

Note: These costs are tuition fees only. In some cases, fees and other expenses can be additional.

Financial Aid Policies

This school practices need-blind admissions.

Scholarship Opportunities

Global Merit Scholarship: Full Ride (up to cost of attendance); annually; renewable up to 8 semesters. Soka Merit Scholarship: renewable up to 8 semesters. Makiguchi Scholarship: Full Ride (up to cost of attendance); annually; renewable up to 8 semesters; to one international applicant who has graduated from high school in an African nation.

Need-based financial aid determined by

State/District Residency

Non need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Athletics

Leadership

Minority Status

Work Study Programs

Nights

Weekends

Tuition payment plans

Credit card payment

Installment payment

Annual College Costs

Cost Category

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home

Comprehensive Fee (tuition, fees, room and board):

--

--

--

Books and supplies:

$1,080.00

$1,080.00

$1,080.00

Estimated personal expenses:

$4,322.00

$5,496.00

$4,938.00

Transportation expenses:

$324.00

$858.00

$938.00

Estimated Total In-state:

$5,726.00

$7,434.00

$6,956.00

Estimated Total Out-of-state:

$5,726.00

$7,434.00

$6,956.00

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Athletic Scholarship Opportunities

Sport

Male

Female

Cross-Country

Available

Available

Diving

Available

Available

Soccer

Available

Available

Swimming

Available

Available

Track and Field

Available

Available

For Transfer Students

Credit Information

Minimum number of credits: --

Minimum college GPA (on a 4.0 scale): --

Lowest grade earned for course that may be transferred for credit (on a 4.0 scale): --

Maximum credits/courses from a 2-year institution: --

Maximum credits/courses from a 4-year institution: --

Minimum credits transfers must complete to earn bachelor's degree: --

Students who applied for transfer

Terms in which transfer students may enroll

Transfers accepted as

Special Requirements

--

For International Students

Admission for International Students

International Application Due for Fall 2021: Jan 15

Application fee: $45.00

Annual College Costs

Tuition and Fees: $33,962.00

Room & Board(on-campus): $13,032.00

Room & Board(off-campus): $16,580.00

Additional estimated expenses: $1,000.00

Costs per credit hour: $1,344.00

Financial Aid

International students eligible for need based aid

International students eligible for non-need based aid

Total Amount Awarded: $9,623,408.00

Number of enrolled international undergraduates received aid: 181

Non-resident aliens must submit the following financial aid forms:

Foreign Student Financial Aid Application

Foreign Student Certification of Finances

Tests for International Students

TOEFL Required of non-resident alien applicants

TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: 87

TOEFL (internet-based test) minimum score: --

TOEFL (paper) average score: --

TOEFL (paper) minimum score: --

Services for International Students

Special International Student Orientation Program

International Student Adviser

English as a Second Language Program On Campus for International Students