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Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Official telephone: (707) 664-2880

Website: www.sonoma.edu


Screen last updated on: March 2, 2015

The admissions information below is valid for the 2015-16 academic year.

Sonoma State University

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:
Natalie Kalogiannis,
Interim Director of Admissions
Contacting the office:
707 664-2778
707 664-2060 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?
Priority filing date for fall:
Oct 1 to Nov 30
Final filing date for fall:
Nov 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:
Percent of freshmen who enter in terms other than fall:
Application fee:
Can the application fee be waived?
Are refunds available on the application fee?
Is the Common Application form accepted?
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:
Admissions requirements:
Admission to Sonoma State University is competitive. Sonoma State University receives more applications than we can accommodate.

The following are the minimum requirements for admission:

Subject requirements must be completed with grades of C or better:
US History / Social Science - 4 semesters (including 2 semesters of US History or US History / Government)
English - 8 semesters
Math - 6 semesters (Algebra, Geometry & Intermediate Algebra)
Lab Science - 4 semesters (2 Physical / 2 Biological both with lab)
Foreign Language - 4 semesters (same language)
Visual / Performing Arts - 2 semesters (2nd semester must be a continuation of the 1st semester)
Electives - 2 semesters

Eligibility Index:
Minimum SAT eligibility index for California residents is 2900 using 10th thru 12th grade college prep GPA and SAT Critical Reading and Math scores. Non-California residents must have a minimum 3502 index.
Minimum ACT eligibility index for California residents is 694 using 10th thru 12th grade college prep GPA and ACT composite score. Non-California residents must have a minimum 842 index.

Note: Some majors require additional admissions criteria.
High school graduation is:
required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:
Campus visit is:
Standardized test requirements:
SAT or ACT required, SAT Subject Test not used
School's test preference:
no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:
Dates test scores should be received:
December 31 for SAT/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
4 required
Foreign language:
2 required
2 required
3 required
Social studies:
2 required
Academic electives:
1 required
1 required
15 required
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
  • The following majors may require a supplemental questionnaire or departmental review:
    Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:
School has formalized early decision program:
School has early action program:
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence considered
  • state residency considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Average secondary school GPA:
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:
Combined SAT middle 50% range:
450 - 560
Combined ACT middle 50% range:
19 - 24
Test taken by majority of applicants:
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores:
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score:

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission:
on a rolling basis, Notification is rolling starting in December with a notification termination date of March 31, 2015.
Acceptance of admission:
must accept by May 1

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received:
Number of applicants offered admission:
11,583 (80%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:
1,812 (16%)
School has a waiting list policy:
Number of students put on waiting list:
Tuition deposit amount:
$200, partially refundable May 1; 50% refundable if request is made in writing prior to the May 1st deadline for the fall term and December 15th for the spring term.
Room deposit amount:
$400, partially refundable May 1; 50% refundable if request is made in writing prior to the May 1st deadline for the fall term and December 15th for the spring term.
Admission may be deferred:

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