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Sonoma State University

Located in California wine country about one hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma State University (SSU) is a small campus with big ideas. With a tradition of promoting intellectual and personal growth, leadership ability and technological skills, SSU offers a friendly and informal atmosphere on a stunning campus setting. A large number of students live on campus, and campus housing accommodates students through both apartment and residential suite style facilities.

SSU strives to accept most qualified students who apply from local high schools, 80 percent of incoming freshmen and 55 percent of the junior transfer students come from outside the North Bay area. With almost half of its student body living right on campus, it is one of the most residential campuses within the system.

The SSU experience fosters personal, intellectual and social growth. The staff and faculty provide partnership relationships with students and classes foster ethical, civic, social and global awareness and responsibility combined with a solid foundation in the academic discipline. Many classes average less than 40 students, allowing close interaction between students and teachers.

SSU is committed to preparing graduating students to think critically and ethically and make effective use of information technology. There is a major move to develop a global perspective in much of the curriculum in order to prepare students for the needs of the new workplace.

The University is comprised of six schools:

1. Arts and Humanities,
2. Business and Economics,
3. Education,
4. Extended Education,
5. Social Sciences and
6. Science and Technology.

Degrees are offered in 46 majors and 47 minors at the undergraduate level and 15 at the graduate level. The school offers a joint master's degree in mathematics with San Francisco State University and a joint doctorate in educational leadership with the University of California, Davis. There are eight undergraduate and graduate certificate programs and nine credential programs. SSU also offers one of the few Wine Business Institutes in the nation.

Sonoma State University is accredited by the California State Board of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The School of Education is accredited at the state and national levels. The School of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Many departments and programs are individually accredited.

SSU has an active alumni association that maintains a connection between school and alumni, sponsoring projects, programs and activities to continue the relationship students have with their university.


The school's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 13 sports: five for men and eight for women. SSU is a member of the NCAA Division II and competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, the premier intercollegiate Division II athletic association in the country. It is also a member and part of the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Eleven of SSU's sports are in the CCAA, water polo is in the WWPA, and men's tennis is a Division II independent.

Sonoma State athletics got its start in 1964 with the school's first men's basketball team. Through the years, the Seawolves have had much success including national championships in 1990 (women's soccer), 2009 (men's golf) and 2002 (men's soccer).

Buildings and Learning Centers

The Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center is named after Charlie Brown and Snoopy cartoon creator Charles Schulz and his wife. It contains one of the largest libraries in the state with more than 400,000 volumes. A unique 750,000-volume automated-retrieval system is one of only four in the country. It also houses a valued collection of Jack London's writings, original letters and memorabilia.

The Recreation Center, designed with sustainable building methods, houses state-of-the-art aerobic equipment, a climbing wall, exercise studios, gyms, weight lifting and machine area, locker rooms and a spa. The Environmental Technology Center is a demonstration of sustainable architecture and energy efficiency that results in it consuming only half the energy of similar structures.

The Green Music Center has been designed and modeled after Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood in Massachusetts (the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra).

The Cerent Engineering Science Laboratories house equipment for research and teaching in engineering sciences and computer sciences and students have unique opportunities to work with high tech companies in the area.

The university also owns and operates the 411-acre Fairfield Osborn Preserve and the 3,200 acre Galbreath Wildland Preserve in Mendocino County. Both offer rare opportunities for research in the natural sciences.

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