#16 Best Public Universities in California

Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, California

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Sonoma State University overview
Location Rohnert Park, California
Online sonoma.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Sonoma State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Sonoma State University, established in 1960 as a member of the 23-campus California State University system, is situated approximately 50 miles north of San Francisco in Rohnert Park, California. The suburban campus spans 269 acres and features distinctive architectural elements, including a modern take on Mediterranean-style buildings. Sonoma State offers a residential experience with on-campus housing that can accommodate nearly 3,000 students. Academically, the university is categorized as having a selective admission process and is known for its strong programs in Business, Psychology, and Environmental Studies and Sciences. The university does not have a significant profile in intercollegiate athletics, focusing instead on offering a comprehensive educational experience with a variety of activities and programs designed to complement its academic offerings.

In the most recent statistical year 10,806 prospective students applied, and 10,158 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 967 enrolled in the school.  5,410 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,227 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $5,742 plus fees of $2,318. Sonoma State University is ranked 675 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Sonoma State University is rated within the lower 45% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
Sonoma State University overview
SAT 950/1150
ACT 17/23
GPA 3.4

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend

California Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Sonoma State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,044
Other Fees$2,318
Room and Board $14,926
Budget for Other Expenses$3,322
Total One Year Cost$27,352

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Sonoma State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,044
Other Fees$2,318
Room and Board $14,926
Budget for Other Expenses$3,322
Total One Year Cost$39,232

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$49,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

57% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Sonoma State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 19%
Social Sciences 13%
Psychology 10%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 9%
Natural Resources Conservation 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=123572 IPEDS survey data for Sonoma State University.

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