Profile: Sonoma State University

Fast Facts

Location:Rohnert Park
On Campus:32%
  • Fall 08/22-12/15
  • Spring 01/22-05/19

Tuition & Payments

You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

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Receive From Canada

Campus Diversity
1%Native/First Nation
1%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
7%Two or more races

Campus Profile

Sonoma State University is a small campus with big ideas. With a tradition of promoting intellectual and personal growth, leadership opportunities, and technological proficiency, SSU offers its students a friendly, safe, and informal atmosphere on a beautiful campus setting. Currently, campus housing accommodates students in both apartment and residential suite style facilities.

With approximately 40 percent of its student body living on campus, it is one of the most residential campuses within the California State University system. The SSU educational experience fosters intellectual, cognitive, social and personal growth.

Residential Life department and the Center for Student Leadership, Involvement & Service organize a wide variety of social and educational activities to ensure there activities for students.

Campus Location - Located in California's premier wine country, Sonoma State University is 1 hour north of San Francisco.

Helpful Information - Check out our online exchange student handbook!

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies, Evolutionary Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology

Area Studies: American Multicultural Studies, American Studies, Art Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Cinema and Cultural Studies, Comparative American Studies, European Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Gerontology, Hispanic Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, International Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies, Multi-Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Applied Art, Art, Art History, Arts Administration, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Commercial and Advertising Art, Computer Graphics, Digital Arts, Drawing, Fine Art, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Adapted Physical Education, Athletic Training, Coaching, Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Fitness Management, Health and Fitness Teaching, Movement Studies, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Applied Biology, Aquatic Biology, Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Administrative Office Management, Advertising, Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Operation Management, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, International Business, Labor Studies, Local Public Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Marketing Communication, Marketing, Retailing and Merchandising, Operations Management, Organizational Studies, Public Administration, Small Business Management, Wine Business

Communications: Audio Production Technology, Broadcasting, Communication, Electronic Media and Culture, Film, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism, Journalism and Contemporary Media, Mass Communication, Media News, Newspapers, Organizational Communication, Print Media, Radio and Television Studies, Telecommunications, Television, Writing/Editing

Computer Science: Computer Network Security, System Administration

Criminal Justice: Administration of Justice, Corrections, Crime and Society, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement/Police Sciences, Systems of Justice

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences, Physical Sciences, Planetary and Space Sciences, Science

Economics: Applied Economics, Economics, International Economics

Education: Child Development, Childhood Studies, Early Childhood

Engineering: Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering

English: Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Language and Literacy, Linguistics, Literature, Writing

Environmental Studies: Coastal Environmental Studies, Conservation, Ecology, Energy/Environmental Policy, Environmental Biology, Environmental Education, Environmental Education, Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Environmental Technology, Natural Resources, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Renewable Natural Resources, Resource Recreation Management, Sustainability Studies

Food Science: Nutrition

Foreign Language: English as a Foreign Language, French, French as a Foreign Language, German, Language and Culture, Languages, Spanish

Forestry: Forestry

General Studies: Arts and Science, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Humanities, Individualized Degree Program, Individualized Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, Liberal Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Spanish Literature

Geography and Urban Studies: Environmental Planning, Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Planning

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Science, Kinesiology, Wellness

History: History

Information Studies: Applied Computer Science, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Information Technology, Systems Programming

International Studies: International Relations, International Studies

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology, Marine Sciences, Marine Studies, Oceanography

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Computation Science, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, Mathematics-Physics, Pure Math, Statistics

Performing Arts: Ballet, Choral Music, Dance, Design/Technical, Jazz Composition, Modern Dance, Music, Music Education, Music History, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Theory and Composition, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Technical Theater, Theater Arts Administration, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Ethics, Humanistic Studies, Philosophy, Religion, Religious Studies

Physics: Applied Physics, Astrophysics, Geophysics, Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, Government, International Affairs/Relations, International Studies, Peace Studies, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs, Public Policy Studies

Psychology: Behavioral Science, Child Psychology, Counseling, Human Development, Psychology

Recreation: Outdoor Education, Parks Administration and Management, Recreation, Recreation Leadership

Sociology/Social Work: Applied Sociology, Community Services, Gender Studies, Social Change and Development, Social Science, Social Service, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Technology: Computer Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing

Closed Programs
Overseas campus programs, Chemistry, Nursing, Hutchins Program (Structured Liberal Studies Program), and all credential programs.

Communications, Political Science, Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, Psychology, Kinesiology, and Business/Wine Business are all high demand majors, therefore access to courses may be limited and specific classes could be restricted. Students in these majors should have flexibility in the classes they wish to take. Students wishing to study Biology must have advising meetings with Biology adviser, (over the phone, internet, or other prior submitting course requests.)

Notable Academic Programs
Business - Something very special happens when humanist psychologists create a school of business and economics. It attracts a different kind of faculty that aren't just teachers, and aren't just researchers: it attracts faculty who are reachers. It nurtures educators, students, alumni and staff to teach, support, and learn well beyond their specific discipline.
Psychology - The SSU Psychology department was a pioneer in the field of Humanistic Psychology. The program has evolved to include contemporary topics such as health and wellness, mindfulness, ecopsychology, optimal development, and multi-cultural competence.

Unique Academic Programs
Wine Business - Sonoma State offers a concentration in Wine Business Strategies as part of the undergraduate degree in Business Administration. The degree includes a pre-business program and a set of core course requirements that cover the basics of business operations. The concentration will provide an opportunity for a comprehensive education in wine production, operations, marketing and array of electives. Sonoma State is the first in the United States to offer an undergraduate degree (since 1998), an MBA (since 2008), and most recently an Executive MBA (since 2012) focused on the business of wine.
Holocaust and Genocide Studies -

Registration Priority GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences Mid-Year Exchange Non-Native English Speakers Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students Summer Exchange International Students (Visa Students)
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 6/30/2017.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit: $300 Year Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee: $94 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: Please visit this website, and scroll down to 'List of campus-based fees' to view the breakdown of each one.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $500 per semester.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

Use FAFSA CODE: 001156

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Space in housing is generally available for students who are placed at the March conference. Any student accepted post-conference cannot be guaranteed a space in housing, though usually we are able to offer every student a spot. Housing contracts are signed for a full year. Students who are staying for only one semester must hand in the "Petition to Vacate" by November 15 to avoid a $250 fee. For on-campus housing information:

Meal Plans Per Semester

Notes About Meal Plans
A description of the meal plans available is listed here:

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.