The Soka University of America is a private institution, located in Aliso, Viejo, California. Established in 2001, SUA witnessed a total of 428 enrollments (2018) undergraduate students. 50% of the students in SUA have come from over 40 different countries. Laptop computers for every undergraduate student are included in the tuition.
The university is built upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life and follows the motto to be world citizens in solidarity for peace.
US News (2020) ranks SUA-
|Year of Establishment||2001|
|Location||Aliso Viejo, California, USA|
|University Type||Private (non-profit)|
|Students Retention Rate||94%|
|Test Scores Accepted||IELTS/TOEFL/SAT/ACT|
|Number of countries represented||25|
The campus of this university is spread over 103 acres in the city of southern California. This suburban campus offers a great many facilities for students, including scientific research laboratories, creative art studios, language and culture lab, microbiology lab, Library, Soka instructional garden and aquacultural facility and many others.
Within the campus, you can explore new opportunities and take part in organizations, student activities and athletics. These events provide you to engage with on and off-campus community.
SUA provides housing facilities for both undergraduate and graduate students on campus and encourages students to live on campus for a better learning experience during their time at SUA.
Although it’s up to you whether you want to live on campus or off-campus, the on-campus life does have so perks that you might not get off campus, that includes:
SUA offers a limited number of undergraduate and graduate programs. Some of the most popular majors are Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies. Each class in the institution has fewer than 20 students.
The degree of B.A. is only available in Liberal Arts, though you can choose a concentration from either of these subjects-Environmental Studies, Humanities International Studies, Life Sciences, or Social & Behavioral Science.
Apart from the basic programs offered by SUA, the institution also offers a couple of special programs for undergraduate students. These courses count towards a master’s degree.
The Soka University of America has an acceptance rate of 37% (2018) with a 94% student retention rate. If you want to enroll in this liberal and arts university, you must fulfill these requirements.
Application Fee: 45 USD for offline application and 30 USD for online application
Early Action: November 1
Regular Admission: January 15
The table below shows the estimated cost of attendance 2019-2020. The tuition and fees may differ depending on your choice of program.
|Tuition and fees||33,320|
|Books and supplies||1,080|
|Room and Board||13,422|
Financial Aid is also available for international students. The financial aid application form for international undergraduate students and graduate students (form) start from October 1 and the deadlines for the same is February 15 for first-year students and March 2 for continuing students. The documents for financial aid include an official copy of your parent’s income tax return along with the application form.
International students who get accepted in graduate programs are automatically eligible for an academic fee exemption and are not required to pay university tuition and educational enhancement fees. This exemption is not income-based and also does not include admission fees, application fees, and registration fees.
This program allows students to work while they are studying, all the students of this university are eligible to work on campus. But if you want to work off-campus, you must have to take permission from the United States government.
One of the notable alumni of SUA is Tehereh Mafi, the best selling author of the New York Times. Also, the benefits of being SUA alumni include establish a strong network and engage with SUA alumni, membership of SOHAKAI association board representation and career counseling.
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Average Cost of Attendance||$32,250 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||1 : 1|
|Soka University of America Enrollment||434|
|Average Graduation Rate||94.3%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$32,250 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$32,250 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,854 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$12,166 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$1,572 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$13,294 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$2,570 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$2,138 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$2,704 / Year|
|Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary