Soka University of America

Soka University of America


Soka University of America provides students with a global and personal college experience. Soka is founded on the belief that student-centered education is the best way to promote peace and human rights by fostering a global humanistic perspective on the world in which we live. Soka, which means "to create value", has established a tradition of humanistic scholarship and growth. The university requires a semester of study abroad in the junior year for all students (included in tuition.) With a 8:1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 12, about 60% of Soka’s students are from the US and about 40% are international (over 40 countries have been represented). Full tuition Soka Opportunity Scholarships assist admitted B.A. students whose annual family income is $60,000 or less.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Soka Club Outreach

Soka University of America has over 35 clubs devoted to arts, dance, music, sports and community outreach. Club members visit local elementary, middle and high schools to share international cultures and to discuss the college experience.

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Lions Roar Student Campus Day for Juniors and Seniors

Lions Roar is offered two times in the fall to high school juniors and seniors. It includes workshops with faculty, admission and financial aid information, student-led campus tours and a free lunch in the Soka Bistro. This is your chance to explore Soka University and get all of your questions answered! RSVP online at Tours available Monday through Friday at 10am and 2pm, check website for details and registration. Learn more about Lions Roar Student Campus Day for Juniors and Seniors

Scholarship & Financial Aid Soka Opportunity Scholarships

Full tuition Soka Opportunity Scholarships are available to admitted B.A. students whose family’s annual income is $60,000 or less. Additional SUA scholarships are also available for higher family incomes. Merit-based and athletic scholarships are also available. Learn more about Soka Opportunity Scholarships

Summer Bridge & Orientation Orientation

First-year students come onto campus in mid-August for orientation and for their first Core I classes. They have the entire campus to themselves for three and a half weeks so they can become comfortable with campus life and support each other. Learn more about Orientation

Student Life & Support Opportunities for Multicultural Study

Close to half of Soka University of America’s students are international, hailing from more than 50 countries. All undergraduate students study a non-native language and every student participates in a semester abroad during their junior year. Soka also offers a master’s program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change.

Student Diversity

  • 417
  • 40/60
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • 2%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 30%
  • 8%
    Black or African American
  • 15%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 31%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 11%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 38%

Student Success

  • 99%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 92%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 99%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 99%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 48
    Full-time faculty
  • 16
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 8:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Liberal Arts, with concentrations in Environmental Studies, Humanities, International Studies or Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Ghungroo (Indian Dance), Global Brigades, Humanism in Action, Josho Daiko Club (Taiko Drums), Ka'Pilina Ho’olokahi (Hawaiian Dance), Keep Soul (Hip Hop Dance), Youth in Politics, Queeriosity, Sualseros (Salsa Dance), Soul Wings (Acapella Group)


Cost of Attendance

  • $29,373
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $932
    Required Fees
  • $11,812
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $12,918,518
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $29,458
    Average aid package
  • $17,000
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 19%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 87%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 500
    # of applicants
  • 38%
  • 3.91
    Average HS GPA
  • 28
    ACT Composite
  • 490—630
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 580—740
    SAT Math
  • 550—650
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $45
    Application Fee
  • $30
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date