Soka University of America
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-8081


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 430
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 8:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 472 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Soka University of America is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 500 applications and only 192 students were granted admission. Soka University of America is at the #36 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 33% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 82% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1070 to 1370
ACT26 to 30

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Soka University of America's tuition was $29,372 for all students regardless of residency (9.6% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of Soka University of America's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 27% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $5,084 (which is 15.5% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Soka University of America in 2016-2017, was 42, which is 33% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $4,681 (which is 20.6% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Soka University of America has enrolled a total of 430 students (430 students full-time and 0 on a part-time basis). The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 38% men and 62% women and 417 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 13 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Non-resident alien: 44%

White: 19%

Asian: 15%

Hispanic: 10%

Two or more races: 5%

Black/African American: 4%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 2 largest majors offered at Soka University of America.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 63% 192
Education 4% 12

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Soka University of America full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Soka University of America graduates 6 years after enrollment is $25,600. Last year, out of the total 638 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 472 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 605 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 417 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $25,600 $27,500
Employment Rate 74% 69%
Total Graduates 638 605

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