Universities in California

Sonoma State University


University Information

Location: Rohnert, California
Founded: 1961
Undergraduate Students: 9 300
Campus Type: Suburban
Institution Type: Public state university
Website: www.sonoma.edu

About the University

Sonoma State University (SSUSonoma State, and Sonoma) is a public comprehensive university, part of the 23-campus California State University(CSU) system. The main campus is located east of Rohnert Park, and north of Cotati, California, United States, approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of Santa Rosa and 50 miles (80 km) north of San Francisco.

From the world-class Green Music Center to the beautiful lakes, SSU is a shining example of what makes Sonoma County one of the world’s most desirable locations. The stunning beauty of the 269-acre campus is just part of what makes Sonoma State a unique liberal arts university. We invite you to come see for yourself what makes Sonoma State one of the California State University’s most popular campuses.

The SSU educational experience fosters intellectual, cognitive, social and personal growth. The faculty and staff provide collaborative relationships with students and an education that fosters ethical exploration, civic engagement, social responsibility, and global awareness combined with a solid foundation in an academic discipline. Many classes average fewer than 40 students, allowing close interaction between students and faculty.

SSU has a commitment to graduating students who have the ability to think critically and ethically and can effectively use information technology. There is a strong move to develop a global perspective in much of the curriculum to prepare students for the needs of the 21st century workplace.

Excerpt from Sonoma State University’s website.

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 7,0

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

The California State University (CSU) system requires that all international students in either F-1 or J-1 status purchase and maintain health insurance that meets specific requirements. The CSU requirements for international student health insurance are:

  • Medical Benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness
  • Repatriation of Remains in the amount of $25,000
  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation to the student’s home country in the amount of $50,000
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness

Sonoma State University (SSU) offers such a policy through Aetna-Wells Fargo and requires that international students purchase our insurance policy. For more information, visit their website.

Cost: $1,686.85 (year), $721.58

CHARTIS is not accepted at Sonoma State.

Living on-campus:

Living on-campus is a great way to make friends and get involved in campus life. Visit the Housing Services website for details about living options. Housing is never guaranteed so it is important to submit your application as soon as possible after you confirm your intent to enroll.

Please contact Elizabeth Chelini at elizabeth.chelini@sonoma.edu or by phone at (707) 664-2541 with any questions of for more information. Be sure to identify yourself as a new international student for the upcoming term.

Semester at Sonoma and CSU IP exchange students must apply differently. Please refer to Step 3 on the Admitted Students webpage for more information on how you can apply for on-campus housing.

Cost: $5,229 – $7,834.00* per semster
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan. (Cost per semester: $2,899.00-$5,256.00)

Off-campus Housing: Campus life is a huge part of the American college experience. Living off-campus is suitable for more independent students who are not looking for this experience. If you are interested in living off-campus, there are several options to choose from. See the Housing Services website for Off Campus Housing Assistance. We also partner with International Student Placements to offer a homestay option to our international students.

The average budget per month is: $500-600 

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $7,200.00 per semester.