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 21st-century approach to liberal arts
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. The 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.
Students at Soka are on their way to earning a BA 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. Students participate in dialogue-based, small seminar-style classes; faculty-directed research; field studies; local and overseas internships; and a final capstone project.
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?
A global community
At Soka, you will meet, live, and learn with people from all corners of the globe. About half of our students are international, representing more than 40 countries, and all of our students spend one semester studying outside the US. This makes for a globally diverse campus community where varying cultural perspectives are woven into daily academic and student life. On a campus where every student studies a non-native language, it is not uncommon to hear conversations in many languages when eating in the Bistro. Students choose to study one of four languages: Chinese, Japanese, French, or Spanish.
Student life at Soka offers a wide array of educational, cultural, service learning, social, and recreational programming that fosters student learning and development. The community creates an environment that empowers students to learn and grow, making connections within the University with friends, peers, faculty, and staff. Students at Soka have many opportunities to play active roles in all aspects of University life. Students will find a variety of activities to get involved in, such as student clubs and organizations, participation in the Soka Student Union, and organizing local community activities.
Soka’s location in Southern California gives students easy access to a diverse offering of educational, cultural, and career opportunities. The campus is located one hour south of Los Angeles and one hour north of San Diego, and the artist beach community of Laguna Beach is a short 20-minute drive from campus. With so much on and off campus to explore, the challenge is fitting it all into your four years as a Soka student!
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 rooms
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 SCHOOL: 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% international students from 50 countries and 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/oiss.
International student budget: 2017–2018
Room and Board $12,166
Books and Supplies $1,854
Personal Expenses $2,404
Financial aid: Aid is available to international students. All admitted students to the BA 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 with Essay or ACT with Writing is required.
English Proficiency Requirement: Any applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a TOEFL score report. Soka University requires the TOEFL iBT and a minimum score of 80.
Application deadlines and fees:
• Early Action: November 1
• Regular Admission: January 15
• Online: $30
• Paper: $45