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About Soka University of America

Soka University of America is a private, nonprofit school in an suburban setting in Aliso Viejo, California. Soka University of America was founded in 1987 and now enrolls around 403 students a year, including 392 undergrads.

Soka University of America offers housing for up to 600 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 95% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

Soka University of America's endowment was valued at $1.2 billion in 2021. There are 7 undergraduate students for every full-time Soka University of America professor.

2021 Soka University of America Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 40%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 47%
Average GPA 3.7
Mean ACT score 29
Mean SAT score 1288
Tuition $32,250

Soka University of America Regular Decision Deadline 2022

The deadline to apply regular decision to Soka University of America for Fall 2022 is January 1. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by March 1.

Soka University of America Early Admission

Soka University of America does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to Soka University of America is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Soka University of America admits 47% of students that apply early action.

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Soka University of America Acceptance Rate 2021

It is extremely difficult to get into Soka University of America. The acceptance rate at Soka University of America is 40%. Out of 502 applications received in 2021, 202 students were offered admission.

Soka University of America Waitlist

Soka University of America reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Soka University of America?

Soka University of America is considered extremely difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Soka University of America, applicants must submit the following items.

Soka University of America Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Other Requirements IERF evaluation for course work completed abroad
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Soka University of America

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Soka University of America is 3.7 out of 4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1288 on the SAT. The mean ACT score for Soka University of America students is 29.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Soka University of America.

Does Soka University of America Require Test Scores?

Soka University of America is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 83.3% submitted the SAT. 25.5% submitted the ACT.


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Does Soka University of America Offer Dorms?

Yes! Soka University of America provides on-campus housing for up to 600 students.

Soka University of America students are active in the school's Josho Daiko (Japanese Drum Club), Rhythmission (Hip Hop Dance Club) and Sualseros (Salsa Dance Club). The Festivals (celebration of art), The ASB (student volunteers in community service projects), and and Winter Formal are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Soka University of America.

Financial Aid at Soka University of America

Soka University of America meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $39,016 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Soka University of America a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Soka University of America

About 94% of students who start at Soka University of America come back for their second year of college. Out of the 113 students who started at Soka University of America as first-time freshman, 99 graduate within four years.

Soka University of America's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 89%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $23,404 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Soka University of America sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Soka University of America a good school for you?

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Where is Soka University of America?

Soka University of America is located in the suburban setting of Aliso Viejo, California, less than an hour from Los Angeles and San Diego.

If you want to see Soka University of America for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Interstate 5 Freeway to Aliso Viejo, or book a flight to the nearest airport, John Wayne (Orange County).

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Soka University of America and Aliso Viejo are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Campus Setting: Suburban

Soka University of America Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Soka University of America is Jan 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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Soka University of America ACT Scores

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ACT Range

26 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above

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26 to 32

Avg

26 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Soka University of America is 29. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Soka University of America. Students with an ACT score that falls between 26 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Soka University of America SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1200 - 1370

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Math SAT Range

620 - 760

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Reading SAT Range

560 - 650

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1370 and Above

Good

1200 to 1370

Avg

1200 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Soka University of America students is 1288. Applicants with SAT scores of 1370 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Soka University of America, while applicants with SAT scores between 1200 to 1370 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1200 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Soka University of America.

Soka University of America Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$48,322

In State

$48,322

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$32,250
$32,250
Fees
$1,916
$1,916
Housing
$13,032
$13,032
Books
$1,124
$1,124

Student Life

Wondering what life at Soka University of America is like? There are approximately 403 students enrolled at Soka University of America, including 392 undergraduate students and 11 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 45% percent are from CA and 55% percent of students are from other states.

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Full Time

Unknown

Part Time

45%

In State

55%

Out-of-State

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

403

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

40%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$34,166

Out-of-State

$34,166

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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