Sonoma State University Admissions

Sonoma State University Admissions

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Accepted students at Sonoma State University generally have C averages or better in their high school coursework. Applicants will need to submit, along with high school transcripts, scores from the SAT or ACT. With an acceptance rate of 76 percent, the school is largely accessible, and applicants with solid grades and test scores within or above the ranges posted below have a good chance of being accepted. Be sure to visit Sonoma State's website for more information, and to start an application.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Sonoma State University Acceptance Rate: 76 percent
  • Sonoma State GPA, SAT and ACT Score Graph
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 440 / 540
    • SAT Math: 440 / 540​
    • ACT Composite: 19 / 24
    • ACT English: 18 / 24
    • ACT Math: 18 / 24

Sonoma State Description

Sonoma State University's 269-acre campus is located 50 miles north of San Francisco in some of California's best wine country. The school owns two nature preserves that provide research opportunities for students in the natural sciences. Sonoma State's schools of Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, and Social Sciences are all extremely popular among undergraduates. The university offers 45 bachelor's degree programs and 16 master's programs. In athletics, the Sonoma State Seawolves compete in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association. Sonoma State is one of the 23 Cal State schools.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 9,323 (8,631 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 37 percent male / 63 percent female
  • 90 percent full-time

Costs (2016 -17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,388 (in-state); $18,548 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,790 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,146
  • Other Expenses: $2,854
  • Total Cost: $25,178 (in-state); $36,338 (out-of-state)

Sonoma State Financial Aid (2015 -16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 72 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 62 percent
    • Loans: 46 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,430
    • Loans: $5,717

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, English, Environmental Studies, Health and Physical Education, History, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Psychology, Sociology
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Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 6 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 28 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 61 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Golf, Baseball, Tennis, Soccer
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Golf, Volleyball, Water Polo, Track and Field

Admissions Profiles for Other Cal State Campuses

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More California Public University Information

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics