If you want to make a difference, start from a totally different place. Soka University of America.
Soka was founded upon the belief that student-centered education is the type of education this world needs. We focus on preparing you to think globally simply by giving you a broad, humanistic perspective of the world.
A new university for a new millennium
Soka means “to create value.” In May 2001 a new 103-acre campus in Aliso Viejo, California, was dedicated to provide a distinctly different college education—one that is student centered, fosters a love for humankind, and inspires contribution to society.
Our founder, Daisaku Ikeda, said, “What our world most requires now is the kind of education that fosters love for humankind, that develops character—that provides an intellectual basis for the realization of peace and empowers learners to contribute to and improve society.”
The non-sectarian undergraduate curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts to give you the critical-thinking skills, creativity, flexibility, and adaptability to succeed in an ever-changing world. About half of our students come from 40 other countries, so cultural perspectives are woven into our courses.
Everyone studies a non-native language, and you will spend a semester abroad during your junior year—it’s included in tuition (as is your laptop!).
Our average class size is 12. Our curriculum is rigorous. Our students are activists, intellectuals, peace keepers, pioneers, and active dreamers. Are you one of these students? Are you ready for a Soka education?
Students at Soka are on their way to earning a B.A. in liberal arts with a concentration in environmental studies, humanities, international studies, or social and behavioral sciences. Within each concentration, students can pursue what they are passionate about without being confined to the borders of their discipline. We practice an interdisciplinary approach to learning, one that is more reflective of global thinking; academic disciplines no longer stand alone. Once our students mark a concentration, they are encouraged to explore that particular discipline more profoundly with small seminar-style classes, faculty-directed research, field studies, local and overseas internships, and their capstone project.
Humanities: Art history, history, literature, music history, philosophy, and religion
International Studies: Regional, national, and global studies; development; economic trends; human rights; and third-world countries
Social and Behavioral Studies: Anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology
Environmental Studies: Environmental economics, environmental philosophy, environmental policy and planning, and environmental science
Where in the world would you like to go?
Study abroad is required at Soka! The world needs you to explore it, touch it, and interact with it. We believe that students should know at least one foreign language as a window into another culture, its values, and its distinct ways of thinking. Here we offer Chinese, Japanese, French, and Spanish. We want you to start thinking globally and, more than that, thinking globally in a foreign language. Often this experience is quoted as being the most life changing of students’ experiences here. Our students come back changed, affected, and renewed in their passion for global awareness and ready to start their work for the world.
Residence halls: safe, spacious, scenic
• Private bathroom for each room
• Intranet and Internet access for each student
• Cherrywood twin bed, desk, armoire (closet), and bookcase provided for each student
• Exercise rooms and living rooms
• Multi-faith rooms
• ID card security access
• Indoor bicycle storage
• Free parking
• Spectacular views from both inside and outside roomsu
Mission Statement: The mission of Soka University of America is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life.
— Daisaku Ikeda, Founder, SUA
Soka University of America is one hour south of Los Angeles in Orange County, California, in the City of Aliso Viejo. Soka is just three miles from the beach and located in the heart of Southern California’s abundance of cultural, educational, sporting, and adventure opportunities.
Type of university: Private, nonprofit, non-sectarian, four-year liberal arts college
Size of campus: 103 acres
Number of students: 450 students
Number of faculty: 54 full-time faculty
Colleges, programs, and degrees: Eastern and Western thought are taught across a broad interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum. Concentrations in:
• Environmental Studies
• International Studies
• Social and Behavioral Sciences
Geographic diversity: 40% of students international from 40 countries; six continents
International student services: We provide our international students visa support and assistance in maintaining their legal status. More information can be found at soka.edu/admission.
International student budget: 2015–2016
Room and Board$11,468
Books and Supplies$1,570
Financial aid: International aid is available to students. All admitted students to the B.A. in Liberal Arts program whose annual earned family income is $60,000 or less will receive free tuition. Students whose annual family income is above $60,000 may be eligible to receive a partial Soka Opportunity Scholarship in their financial award after federal and state funds are applied. Visit soka.edu/financialaid to learn more about Soka’s financial aid opportunities.
TEst score requirements: SAT or ACT with Writing required
Application deadlines and fees:
Early Action: November 1
Regular Admission: January 15