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Sonoma State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Sonoma State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Sonoma State University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Sonoma State University was awarded 34 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

SSU is ranked #754 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list.

SSU also holds the #68 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

See all of the rankings for Sonoma State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into SSU?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Sonoma State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 82%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 87% of students accepted to SSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 590. Math scores were between 480 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Sonoma State University  ( 500 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Sonoma State University  ( 480 to 580 )
SSU received ACT scores from 43% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Sonoma State University  ( 19 to 24 )

Learn more about Sonoma State University admissions.

Sonoma State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Sonoma State University is 24 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Sonoma State University is 48%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  48 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Sonoma State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Sonoma State University has a freshmen retention rate of 79%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from SSU have a four-year graduation rate of 28%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  28 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Sonoma State University.

Average Overall Diversity at SSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 8,667 undergraduates at SSU with 7,887 being full-time and 780 being part-time.

SSU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

SSU scored 46.23 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  46.23 out of 100
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How Much Does Sonoma State University Cost?

The overall average net price of SSU is $17,296. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,813 $13,230 $18,078 $21,597 $23,856

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SSU, approximately 45% of students took out student loans averaging $5,905 a year. That adds up to $23,620 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SSU is 5.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do SSU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from SSU make around $49,200 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future SSU graduates since it is 21% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Sonoma State University make the most money.

Location of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University is a public institution situated in Rohnert Park, California. Rohnert Park is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Location of Sonoma State University

Contact details for SSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
Phone: 707-664-2880

Sonoma State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 41 majors graduated from Sonoma State University. Of these students, 2,284 received undergraduate degrees and 251 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 421 $49,400
General Psychology 206 $28,300
Sociology 161 $31,300
Liberal Arts General Studies 147 $29,000
Other Education 128 $25,700
Communication & Media Studies 124 $34,100
Health & Physical Education 104 $33,100
General Biology 93 $34,700
General English Literature 82 $27,200
Natural Resources Conservation 81 $28,800

Learn more about the majors offered at Sonoma State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SSU

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 1,294 students took at least one online class at Sonoma State University. This is an increase from the 1,147 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,294 26
2016-2017 1,147 39
2015-2016 1,025 21
2014-2015 662 36
2013-2014 155 19

Learn more about online learning at Sonoma State University.

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