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 Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University - Rohnert Park, CA

1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, California 94928-3609

General information:(707)664-2880
Awards offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:Suburb: Large
Campus housing:Yes
Student population:8,668(7,792 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:24 to 1
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Financial Aid
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC(Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for student's children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
More than 3%
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $5,290 $5,508 $6,862 -20%
Out-of-state $16,450 $16,668 $18,022 -8%
Books and supplies $1,732 $1,704 $1,746 -2%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $10,418 $10,522 $10,961 -4%
Other $4,110 $4,074 $4,362 -7%
Off Campus
Room and board $11,970 $12,414 $12,276 1%
Other $4,128 $4,086 $4,380 -7%
Off Campus with Family
Other $4,386 $4,344 $4,650 -7%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $21,550 $21,808 $23,931 -9%
Off Campus $23,120 $23,712 $25,264 -8%
Off Campus with Family $11,408 $11,556 $13,258 -15%
On Campus $32,710 $32,968 $35,091 -9%
Off Campus $34,280 $34,872 $36,424 -6%
Off Campus with Family $22,568 $22,716 $24,418 -8%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $5,472
In-state fees $1,390
Out-of-state tuition $16,632
Out-of-state fees $1,390
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan X
Other alternative tuition plan
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $6,738
In-state fee $1,390
Out-of-state tuition $15,666
Out-of-state fees $1,390
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 885 57% --
Grant or scholarship aid 602 39% $5,456,358 $9,064
Federal grants 430 28% $2,373,380 $5,519
Pell grants 430 28% $1,896,853 $4,411
Other federal grants 425 27% $476,527 $1,121
State/local government grant or scholarships 389 25% $1,016,465 $2,613
Institutional grants or scholarships 457 30% $2,066,513 $4,522
Student loan aid 627 41% $3,281,423 $5,234
Federal student loans 620 40% $3,036,696 $4,898
Other student loans 21 1% $244,727 $11,654
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 2,642 36% $20,561,501 $7,783
Pell grants 2,027 27% $8,385,980 $4,137
Federal student loans 2,883 39% $18,913,255 $6,560


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price $13,099 $13,076 $12,128
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $7,577 $7,865 $7,955
$30,001 - $48,000 $11,051 $11,702 $10,301
$48,001 - $75,000 $16,072 $16,294 $15,409
$75,001 - $110,000 $18,856 $20,101 $20,110
$110,001 and more $18,923 $20,457 $20,640

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 8,668
Undergraduate enrollment 7,792
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 672
Graduate enrollment 876

Undergraduate application fee (2012-2013):$55

Graduate application fee (2011-2012):$55

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 12,609 4,669 7,940
Percent admitted 81% 83% 79%
Percent admitted who enrolled 83% 13% 12%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPA X
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record X
Completion of college-preparatory program X
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Test scores:Fall 2011(enrolled first-time students)

Students submitting scores Number Percent
SAT 1473 94%
ACT 553 35%.
Test Scores 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile**
SAT Critical Reading 450 560
SAT Math 460 570
SAT Writing . .
ACT Composite 20 24
ACT English 19 24
ACT Math 19 25
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 70 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


NCAA Division II (without football)MenWomen
Baseball 38-
Basketball 1917
Golf 1010
Soccer 3230
Softball -17
Tennis 1410
Track and Field, X-Country -15
Volleyball -20
Water Polo -25


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities01/31/1969 Accredited


National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation

Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs

09/01/1982 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation

Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

09/01/1972 Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

10/22/2005 Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program

10/01/1991 Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program

06/01/1974 Accredited


Illegal weapons possession421
Drug law violations3527 0
Liquor law violations172726
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession 200
Drug law violations 1270
Liquor law violations 3119
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 221
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 010
Aggravated assault 030
Burglary 655
Motor vehicle theft 400
Arson 000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 211
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 020
Burglary 443
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 000
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate3.5%
Number in default49
Number in repayment1,394

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00115600

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMBachelor's degree Master's degree
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies Colleges
African-American/Black Studies2-
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies1-
Women's Studies8-
Category total42-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Biology/Biological Sciences, General637
Category total757
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Business Administration and Management, General244
Category total35344
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Speech Communication and Rhetoric1-
Category total81-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Science14-
Category total14-
Education Colleges
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-37
Education, General-53
Category total-90
Engineering Colleges
Engineering Science21
Category total21
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
English Language and Literature, General112
Category total7812
Family and Consumer Sciences Human Sciences Colleges
Human Development and Family Studies, General2-
Category total59-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
French Language and Literature4-
Spanish Language and Literature613
Category total2813
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse3652
Category total3652
History Colleges
History, General18
Category total558
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies2-
Category total71-
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies2-
Category total171-
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Mathematics, General1-
Statistics, General5-
Statistics, Other1-
Category total21-
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis-11
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other15
Category total116
Natural Resources and Conservation Colleges
Environmental Science3-
Category total91-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies Colleges
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General76-
Category total76-
Philosophy and Religious Studies Colleges
Category total7-
Physical Sciences Colleges
Chemistry, General10-
Geology/Earth Science, General1-
Physics, General3-
Category total32-
Psychology Colleges
Psychology, General622
Category total18822
Public Administration and Social Service Professions Colleges
Public Administration-8
Category total-8
Social Sciences Colleges
Economics, General10-
International Relations and Affairs8-
Political Science and Government, General2-
Category total244-
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Art/Art Studies, General1-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General4-
Fine/Studio Arts, General1-
Music, General1-
Category total86-
Grand total71273