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Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, California, United States
Soka University of America is a private, nonprofit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103 acres in Aliso Viejo, in south Orange County, California. Three miles from the coast as the crow flies (nine miles driving), SUA is in the heart of Southern California’s abundance of cultural, educational, sporting, and adventure opportunities.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Humanities (1)

About

History

Soka University has a proud heritage. Soka education has its origins in the work of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, a Japanese educator and Buddhist leader. During World War II, Makiguchi was arrested by Japanese military authorities for his opposition to the war and for his defense of religious freedom. He died in prison in 1944.

Education

The Soka Performing Arts Center strives to create value in our community through arts engagement with our local schools. The arts are a pathway to creating awareness of ourselves, our community and the world around us. By providing outreach programs for school-aged youth, we can enhance the existing educational curriculum and promote creative learning for all.

Research

Soka University of America students have diverse educational opportunities to engage in and receive funding for advanced research. Below are various examples of sustainability-related research conducted by Soka students through either the Pacific Basin Research Center, Learning Cluster, Internships, or the Capstone Research Project. 

Career

Career development is a process that changes with time and experience.  Exploring the many options available—identifying one’s skills, interests, and values—and focused preparation are keys to success after Soka. 

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GSSA 2019

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Services

Student services

The Office of Student Accounts manages and accepts payments for the student financial accounts, including tuition payment plans, and all other fees due to the university. We strive to provide efficient, timely and personalized service for students and/or parents to comfortably manage their financial matters.

Housing services

The residence halls are a place for students to live in diverse community while furthering their academic learning. 

Soka has a four-year live-on requirement for students and offers eight residence halls where students are housed according to their classification (first year halls, second year halls, etc.). Soka provides housing only for currently enrolled students; family housing is not available on-campus. Each semester, students have the opportunity to petition to live off-campus.

Library services

All SUA students, faculty, and staff can take advantage of the library’s reference services, which include personalized research sessions.

ICT services

Internet access is available to all students and while on campus.  While there are no limits on the use of available 4.5 megs of internet bandwidth, certain services are guaranteed to have a minimum performance level and security measures are in place to ensure safety and privacy.

Medical services

Health Services provides, creates and maintains an environment of promoting preventative health practices. These services include, but are not limited to, first aid, treatment of acute illnesses, health maintenance and screening. The clinic is staffed by a California licensed medical practitioner from South Coast Medical Group (SCMG). We use the SCMG Urgent Care for after-hour/weekend services. 

Student Life

Campus life

Soka is located in Aliso Viejo, California, in south Orange County, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Sports facilities

SUA has made a staunch commitment to the pursuit of extraordinary student-athletes and providing the requisite facilities to assist in their training and competition. The existing facilities have been designed to accommodate training at the most elite levels, as evidenced as by those who have chosen Soka for their professional athletics training.

Student clubs

Club Senate is the branch of Soka Student Union (SSU) that manages and supports student clubs. It consists of three officers (President, Secretary, and Treasurer) who are elected into office every spring. The goals are to create and maintain a sense of unity among club officers and members alike, to unite the student body through club activities, and to ensure that students' club experiences are positive and beneficial. Club Senate strives to provide opportunities for collaboration among clubs and encourages students to participate in club events and activities while in pursuit of academic excellence.

Accreditation

Soka University of America has been accredited since June 2005 by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Student Reviews

Don't Do It Unless You Live in the Area
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

The graduate school program is secondary to the undergraduate programs, which makes sense because there are only 10-15 grad students to the 400 undergrads. But this means that you aren't going to get all of the services you need or deserve. Undergraduate students get preference for positions on campus. This program claims to be for global citizens, but most of the time...

My Experience at Soka University of America
Dominic Goshert rated 5 out of 5 stars

Soka University of America offered a unique curriculum focused on global comradery and the creative coexistence of nature and humanity. My environmental studies concentration taught me about the important of preserving the world's biodiversity and the many issues our planet is currently facing. Through Soka I was able to travel to Peru twice to study invasive species of...

Aliso Viejo, California, United States

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