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Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate92%

Sonoma State University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Sonoma State University. The acceptance rate at Sonoma State University is 92%. Last year, 14,129 students applied to Sonoma State University and 13,036 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Sonoma State University, the application fee is $55.

Sonoma State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Sonoma State University's admissions stats.

Sonoma State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 84%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 43%
Waitlist No

Sonoma State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Sonoma State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Want to Apply Early to Sonoma State University?

Sonoma State University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Sonoma State University Admissions

How To Get Into Sonoma State University

Getting into Sonoma State University is moderately difficult. Sonoma State University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Sonoma State University accepted 92% of all applicants, around 13,036 of the 14,129 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Sonoma State University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into Sonoma State University is very difficult.

Transferring to Sonoma State University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Sonoma State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Sonoma State University

What does Sonoma State University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
State Residency Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Sonoma State University for more information on admission factors.

Sonoma State University Application Requirements

To apply to Sonoma State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Sonoma State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Sonoma State University?

Students admitted to Sonoma State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Sonoma State University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 84% of Sonoma State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 43% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Sonoma State University students scored 580 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Sonoma State University students scored 590 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

To be most competitive at Sonoma State University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 24 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 24 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Sonoma State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24, and three out of four students scored lower than 24 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Sonoma State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

More Information on Transferring to Sonoma State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Sonoma State University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Sonoma State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Sonoma State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Sonoma State University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Sonoma State University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Do I have to submit test scores to Sonoma State University?

✅ Sonoma State University is not test optional.

What is Sonoma State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Sonoma State University has an acceptance rate of 92%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Sonoma State University?

❌ Sonoma State University does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About Sonoma State University?

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Sonoma State University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Sonoma State University? Sonoma State University is a somewhat selective institution. The Sonoma State University acceptance rate is 92%. This means that the institution accepts 92 out of every 100 applicants.


Sonoma State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Sonoma State University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Sonoma State University is Continuous processing.

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

Sonoma State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

480 - 580


Reading SAT Range

500 - 590

Sonoma State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Sonoma State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.4. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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Campus Setting

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