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IPEDS ID: 123572
OPE ID: 00115600
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Sonoma State University
1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, California 94928-3609
General information:  (707) 664-2880
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  9,408 (8,654 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  25 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Athletic Graduation
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & 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
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty246299
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-38
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,665$1,788$1,826$1,764-3.4%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,961$11,545$11,799$12,8148.6%
Off Campus
Room and board$12,402$12,756$13,050$13,4342.9%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$24,262$23,295$23,655$24,6804.3%
Off Campus$25,727$24,572$24,972$25,3661.6%
Off Campus with Family$13,597$11,854$11,960$11,9700.1%
On Campus$35,422$34,455$34,815$35,8402.9%
Off Campus$36,887$35,732$36,132$36,5261.1%
Off Campus with Family$24,757$23,014$23,120$23,1300.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
In-state tuition$6,738
In-state fees$1,858
Out-of-state tuition$15,666
Out-of-state fees$1,858
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,32774%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,19266%$8,364,430$7,017
Federal grants63135%$2,981,917$4,726
Pell grants63135%$2,824,620$4,476
Other federal grants1166%$157,297$1,356
State/local government grant or scholarships96454%$2,132,752$2,212
Institutional grants or scholarships65236%$3,249,761$4,984
Student loan aid86148%$5,186,422$6,024
Federal student loans85147%$4,527,530$5,320
Other student loans483%$658,892$13,727
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • A new state grant program expanded the range of students eligible for state aid, but the amount of the grant was limited. As such, the average award was reduced.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid14,93558%$32,094,654$6,503
Pell grants2,78233%$12,053,320$4,333
Federal student loans3,50541%$22,216,020$6,338
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
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$14,396$12,914$15,585
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 Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$10,818$10,077$10,090
$30,001 – $48,000$12,732$11,877$11,579
$48,001 – $75,000$17,652$15,882$16,119
$75,001 – $110,000$22,350$21,062$20,892
$110,001 and more$23,497$22,362$22,443
  • 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.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment9,408
Undergraduate enrollment8,654
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment880
Graduate enrollment754
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 90%
Part-time: 10%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 38%
Female: 62%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 5%
Black or African American: 2%
Hispanic/Latino: 29%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 48%
Two or more races: 7%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 7%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 90%
25 and over: 10%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 99%
Out-of-state: 1%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 58%
Part-time: 42%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 6%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 93%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 2%
Enrolled in some distance education: 10%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 88%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $55
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants15,2655,4479,818
Percent admitted77%73%78%
Percent admitted who enrolled16%17%16%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Test Scores: Fall 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading440550
SAT Math440550
ACT Composite1924
ACT English1824
ACT Math1825
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
Student retention:
Full-time students: 81%
Part-time students: 54%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
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, 66 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 59%
Transfer-out rate: 7%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 26%
6-year: 54%
8-year: 56%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 28%
6-year: 59%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 57%
Female: 59%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 67%
Asian: 64%
Black or African American: 38%
Hispanic/Latino: 53%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 67%
White: 60%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 60%
Non-resident alien: 27%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMaster
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agricultural Business and Management, Other272
Category total272
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies5-
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies7-
Women's Studies13-
Category total25-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General7111
Category total7611
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General36541
Organizational Behavior Studies-13
Category total36554
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric80-
Category total80-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science29-
Category total29-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-37
Education, General-45
Education, Other48-
Category total4882
Electrical and Electronics Engineering9-
Engineering Science02
Category total92
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General694
Category total694
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies, General58-
Category total58-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature4-
Spanish Language and Literature115
Category total155
Health Professions and Related Programs
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse6540
Category total6540
History, General606
Category total606
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies97-
Category total97-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies157-
Category total157-
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General0-
Mathematics, General22-
Statistics, General3-
Statistics, Other1-
Category total26-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis-9
International/Global Studies12-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other14
Category total1313
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science76-
Category total76-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General726
Category total726
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total5-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General17-
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other11-
Geology/Earth Science, General12-
Physics, General10-
Category total50-
Psychology, General18512
Category total18512
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-11
Category total-11
Social Sciences
Economics, General21-
International Relations and Affairs3-
Political Science and Government, General33-
Category total232-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General9-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General20-
Fine/Studio Arts, General24-
Music, General19-
Category total72-
Grand total1,911248
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 60
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 12
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $5,502
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $10,644
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (without football) MenWomen
All Track Combined38
Water Polo20
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission1/31/1969 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)6/1/1974 -  Accredited
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program10/1/1991 -  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(!)9/1/1982 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1972 -  Accredited
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2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession013
Drug law violations033
Liquor law violations81612
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations010
Liquor law violations060
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible21
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault201
Motor vehicle theft500
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible21
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault200
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) 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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate3.9%3.5%5.7%
Number in default635684
Number in repayment1,5941,5611,466
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)