Sonoma State University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,742
2022 Average Net Price
$15,507
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.46%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
94%
10,806 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
6,637
81.5% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
59.7%
1,059 Graduates

About

Sonoma State University is a higher education institution located in Sonoma County, CA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Sonoma State University were General Business Administration & Management (421 degrees awarded), General Psychology (213 degrees), and Sociology (142 degrees).

In 2022, 2,454 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sonoma State University. 63.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,107 degrees), 1.35 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (823 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sonoma State University is $5,742, which is $−18,254 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Sonoma State University is $5,742, which is $−18,254 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,507.

In 2022, 63% of undergraduate students attending Sonoma State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 27% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$5,742
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Sonoma State University was $5,742. The cost of tuition at Sonoma State University is $−18,254 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$15,507
2022 Value
120%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Sonoma State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,507. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Sonoma State University grew by 120%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,881
Room and Board
$1,022
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sonoma State University was of $15,881 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 2.92% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,022. The cost of books and supplies increased by 3.65% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

63%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
27%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

63% of undergraduate students at Sonoma State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 6.78% with respect to 2021, when 59% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.46%
2019 Default Rate
25
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Sonoma State University was 1.46%, which represents 25 out of the 1711 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Sonoma State University received 10,806 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 1.96% annual growth. Out of those 10,806 applicants, 10,158 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 94% acceptance rate.

There were 6,637 students enrolled at Sonoma State University in 2022.

Sonoma State University has an overall enrollment yield of 9.52%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

94%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
10,158
Accepted Out of 10,806

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Sonoma State University was 94% (10,158 admissions from 10,806 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 93.7%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 1.96%, while admissions grew by 2.25%..

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Enrollment

Sonoma State University had a total enrollment of 6,637 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Sonoma State University is 5,410 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,227. This means that 81.5% of students enrolled at Sonoma State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sonoma State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42% White, 39.6% Hispanic or Latino, 5.47% Two or More Races, 4.84% Asian, 2.79% Black or African American, 0.407% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.377% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Sonoma State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (27.9%), followed by White Female (24.4%) and White Male (15.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (42.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (23.4%) and White Male (12%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sonoma State University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,637 students. The full-time enrollment at Sonoma State University is 5,410 and the part-time enrollment is 1,227. This means that 81.5% of students enrolled at Sonoma State University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

76%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Sonoma State University was 76%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Sonoma State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,790 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,628 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    363 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Sonoma State University is 42% White, 39.6% Hispanic or Latino, 5.47% Two or More Races, 4.84% Asian, 2.79% Black or African American, 0.407% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.377% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 258 students (3.89%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 652 more women than men received degrees from Sonoma State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Sonoma State University is white (1,107 degrees awarded). There were 1.35 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (823 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Sonoma State University is General Business Administration & Management (421 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (213 degrees) and Sociology (142 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Sonoma State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Language & Linguistics (56 degrees awarded), English (89 degrees), and Social Sciences (317 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sonoma State University are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (489,114 people), Other managers (340,023 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (303,286 people), Postsecondary teachers (218,477 people), and Secondary school teachers (193,917 people).

The most specialized majors at Sonoma State University in 2022 are Language & Linguistics (56 degrees awarded), English (89 degrees), Social Sciences (317 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (116 degrees), and History (49 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sonoma State University are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Sonoma State University are Language & Linguistics (56 degrees awarded), English (89 degrees), Social Sciences (317 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (116 degrees), and History (49 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sonoma State University are Elementary & secondary schools (732,378 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (480,960 people), Legal services (389,952 people), Computer Systems Design (261,877 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (235,717 people).

The most specialized majors at Sonoma State University are Language & Linguistics (56 degrees awarded), English (89 degrees), Social Sciences (317 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (116 degrees), and History (49 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Sonoma State University.
Most Common (2021)
  1. 403 degrees awarded
  2. 202 degrees awarded
  3. 148 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Sonoma State University was General Business Administration & Management with 403 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

901
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,553
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 901 degrees were awarded to men at Sonoma State University, which is 0.58 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,553).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 265 degrees were awarded to men at Sonoma State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.35 times more than the 197 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 197 degrees were awarded to men at Sonoma State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.743 times less than the 265 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

35%
100% Completion Time
60%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 35% of students graduating from Sonoma State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 60% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 62% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Sonoma State University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 8.59% of graduates (91 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,107 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    823 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    143 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sonoma State University is white (1,107 degrees awarded). There were 1.35 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (823 degrees).

4.56% of degree recipients (112 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    670 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    565 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    437 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Sonoma State University is white female (670 degrees awarded). There were 1.19 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (565 degrees).

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Operations

Sonoma State University has an endowment valued at nearly $49.4M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−14.9%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Sonoma State University had a total salary expenditure of 201M. Sonoma State University employs 114 Professors, 56 Associate professors and 41 Assistant professors. Most academics at Sonoma State University are Male Professor (67), Female Professor (47), and Female Associate professor (35).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sonoma State University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 161 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 137 employees, and Service with 86 employees.

Endowment

$49.4M
2022 Endowment
7.5%
growth from 2021

Sonoma State University has an endowment valued at about $49.4M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Sonoma State University grew 7.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.81M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $10.8M - Federal
  2. $1.57M - State
  3. $347k - Local

As of 2022, Sonoma State University received $10.8M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.57M from state grants and contracts, and $347k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$77M
2022 Salaries
2.5%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Sonoma State University paid a median of $77M in salaries, which represents 38.4% of their overall expenditure ($201M) and a 2.5% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$24.2M
Instructional Salaries
233
Number of Employees

In 2022, Sonoma State University paid a total of $24.2M to 233 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
114 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
161 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sonoma State University were Professor with 114 employees, Associate professor with 56 employees, and Assistant professor with 41 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sonoma State University were Business and Financial Operations with 161 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 137 employees, and Service with 86 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sonoma State University was Male Professor with 67 employees, Female Professor with 47 employees, and Female Associate professor with 35 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Sonoma State University.

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