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Soka University of America

Soka University of America is college with 412 students located in Aliso Viejo, CA.

Offers Baccalaureate Degrees, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College


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Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103-acres in south Orange County, California in the City of Aliso Viejo. SUA is just three miles from the beach (if you are a bird - seven miles driving) and located in the heart of Southern California's abundance of cultural, educational, sporting and adventure opportunities.

SUA offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio (average class size 12) and study abroad is included in tuition so that every undergraduate spends a semester in their junior year living and learning another culture. Proudly founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA offers a non-sectarian curriculum that is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs. About 60% of our students come from the US and 40% have come from more than 40 other countries.

SUA offers generous financial aid to both US and International students, with free tuition available to eligible admitted students whose earned family income is $60,000 or less (room and board fees still apply.) The mission of Soka University is to "foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life."

Mission Statement

The mission of Soka University is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life.


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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 412
Gender 36% Male / 64% Female
Geography 38% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 26% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
White 18%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 3%
International 39%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 5%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 21%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%


  • Photography Club
  • African Dance
  • Hip Hop
  • Indian Dance
  • Modern Dance
  • Salsa
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Flag Football
  • Outdoor Track
  • Personal Training
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field and Cross Country
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Lifting
  • Zumba
  • Student Government
  • Student Newspaper
  • Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensembles
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Environmental Club/ Environmental Awareness Association
  • Drama/Theater
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Debate
  • Model UN

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: Faculty advisor, writing center, peer tutoring
  • Career And Alumni Services: Internships, interview and resume coaching, job postings
  • Computer Services: All students receive a laptop computer as they enter SUA. There are over 3,400 ports on campus and a wireless network.
  • Counseling Services: Counselor on staff.
  • Libraries: Ikeda Library has over 80,000 volumes, more than 200 journals and newspapers in print and over 75 electronic databases.
  • Study Abroad: Semester of Study Abroad in the junior year is included in tuition and is a requirement for graduation.



Popular Majors

Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (100%)

Majors Offered


A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

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Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

Administration & Faculty

President Daniel Habuki
Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Full-time Faculty 47
Student : Faculty Ratio 9 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 55 : 44
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 61
Tenure Track Faculty 19
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 19
International Faculty 4


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Selectivity Score: 73/100

Acceptance Rate: 43.4% accepted of 422 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite25 - 29
English25 - 31
Math24 - 28
SATMath580 - 700
Reading500 - 640
Writing540 - 630

Admission Considerations

Also Considered: Academic GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Admissions Tests, Application Essay, Recommendations




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Regular Decision

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Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $13,065 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $9,312
$30K-$48K $8,313
$48K-$75K $10,745
$75K-$110K $17,364
$110K+ $9,172

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $27,950, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $27,950 Same as On-Campus
Fees $1,194 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,916 $12,540
Books $1,000 $1,000
Total (before financial aid) $41,060 $42,684

Students Receiving Aid

100% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 32% $5,017
Federal Scholarships/Grants 27% $3,754
Institutional Grants 100% $25,295
Other Federal Grants 1% $2,500
Other Loans 14% $9,610
Pell Grants 26% $3,800
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 17% $8,362
Student Loans 46% $6,385

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Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

78% of students graduated on time.

84% of students graduated in six years.

96% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.



Soka University of America participates in the NAIA for college athletics.

Sport Contact
Soccer Marine Cano (Get recruited )
Water Polo Adam Crossen (Get recruited )
Track and Field and Cross Country Gigi Freeman (Get recruited )
Sport Coach
Soccer David McLeish (Get recruited )


U.S. News & World Report

#41 National Liberal Arts
#183 National Liberal Arts Colleges High School Counselor Rankings

Washington Monthly

#13 Liberal Arts Colleges - Graduation Rate Rank
#78 Best Bang for Buck Colleges - Overall Rank
#105 Liberal Arts Colleges - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#125 Liberal Arts Colleges - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#125 Liberal Arts Colleges - Community Service Participation Rank
#138 Liberal Arts Colleges - Research Expenditures Rank
#139 Liberal Arts Colleges - ROTC Rank
#208 Liberal Arts Colleges - Peace Corps Rank
#214 Liberal Arts Colleges - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
#218 Liberal Arts Colleges - Overall Rank
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