Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Sonoma State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Sonoma State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Sonoma State University was awarded 183 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, SSU is ranked #706 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

SSU is also ranked #108 out of 203 schools in California.

See all of the rankings for Sonoma State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into SSU?

Acceptance Rate

Sonoma State University has an acceptance rate of 82%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

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 is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Sonoma State University, this rate is 22 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Sonoma State University is 49%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  49 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Sonoma State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 78% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Sonoma State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At SSU this rate is 28%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  28 out of 100

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

Sonoma State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 8,143 undergraduates at SSU with 7,416 being full-time and 727 being part-time.

How Much Does Sonoma State University Cost?

The overall average net price of SSU is $17,478. 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 +
$12,263 $13,248 $17,644 $21,753 $24,667

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 44% of students took out student loans averaging $5,574 a year. That adds up to $22,296 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SSU is 4.7%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from SSU make about $49,200 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future SSU graduates since it is 24% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 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 located in Rohnert Park, California. Rohnert Park is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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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 44 majors graduated from Sonoma State University. Of these students, 2,235 received undergraduate degrees and 248 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 432 $49,400
General Psychology 213 $28,300
Liberal Arts General Studies 148 $29,000
Sociology 132 $31,300
Other Education 115 $25,700
Communication & Media Studies 106 $34,100
Health & Physical Education 102 $33,100
General Biology 88 $34,700
Criminal Justice & Corrections 85 $35,400
General English Literature 80 $27,200

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 2018-2019, 1,618 students took at least one online class at Sonoma State University. This is an increase from the 1,294 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 1,618 90
2017-2018 1,294 26
2016-2017 1,147 39
2015-2016 1,025 21
2013-2014 155 19

Learn more about online learning at Sonoma State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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