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Soka University of America Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 24th 2019By -  Sugandhi Sood

With an acceptance rate of 39%, Soka University of America ranks among the top 30 colleges of National Liberal Arts in the states. With a student: faculty rate of 8:1, it enrols less than 1000 students every year.

Soka University of America offers 5 streams of study with multiple courses for Undergraduate programs and one graduate program. Students of Soka are required to undertake a foreign language as a part of the curriculum. Seminar type of curriculum is used in the university.

  • TOEFL iBT score is accepted for non-native English speakers as proof of English proficiency.
  • Application submissions are to be done on time to be considered for admission.
  • International applicants must submit their visa, credential evaluation from IERF and English proficiency scores as part of the application.
  • The desired GPA for admission is 3.85.
  • Once the application is submitted, notifications will be sent to the students who are selected for admissions.


Three modes of application submission are available at SOKA, Online application, the common application and Paper application.

Application PortalOnline portal, Common Application, Paper Application
Application Fee (non-refundable)45 USD – Paper Application
30 USD – Online Application
Acceptance rate39%
Average SAT score1279
Average ACT score26 - 30
Mode of PaymentCash / Personal Check / Money Order / Online Payment
Academic CalendarSemester
Intake SeasonsSpring / Fall
Financial AidLoans, Grants, and Scholarships

Soka University of America Admission Deadlines

All applicants are advised to apply before given deadlines to be considered for admission:

Undergraduate & Graduate applicants
Early ActionNovember 1
RegularJanuary 15

Soka University of America International Student Admissions

For international applicants, the admission process does not differ much as that for the US applicants. However, additional requirements must be met by international applicants. They are as follows:

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • Complete the application through either of the three modes and with fee payment
  • Candidate must acquire US high school equivalent diploma and official transcripts from each school/university translated to English from IERF and sent directly to the Office of Admissions of the University.
  • TOEFL - iBT minimum score of 80.
  • Two mandatory essays of 500 – 750-word length, for which the topics will be given in the application form
  • Two letters of recommendation.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

TOEFL iBT is accepted to demonstrate English proficiency for international students. The minimum required score by the university in TOEFL (IBT) is 80.

Visa Process for International Students

  • Form I-20 will be issued from the university to apply for the student visa once the financial stability documents are verified.
  • Applicants will need to provide the following documents to receive the Form I-20:
    • Copy of passport
    • Complete the required financial document
    • Sponsor letter, if available
  • Applicants then need to apply for the F-1 or J-1 visa. Submit the form and pay the application fee.
  • Schedule and attend the visa interview

Soka University of America Undergraduate Admissions

Soka University offers a wide range of undergraduate courses to all the applicants. The basic admission process for all the courses is the same.

Where to Apply: Common Application or Soka Online Application or Soka Offline Application

Application Fee: 30 USD (online application) and 45 USD (offline application)

Admission Requirements: Applicants must provide the following documents at the time of admission:

  • High school diploma / Equivalent transcript from IERF
  • SAT/ACT score
  • Proof of residency
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English proficiency test score for international applicants
  • Two mandatory essays on the given topics as in application form.

Soka University of America Graduate Admissions

Soka University of America offers its MA program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change.

Where to Apply: Graduate Application Portal

Application Fee: 30 USD (online application) and 45 USD (offline application)

Admission Requirements: Applicants must provide the following documents for admission:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.7
  • GRE Score & Current Resume
  • Academic writing sample – academic research
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two Letters of recommendation

The university’s admission office reviews each application holistically and not just on the qualifications or scores presented, but based on the individual growth of the applicant and the way they have challenged themselves.

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