Soka University of America
Aliso Viejo, CA
Aliso Viejo, CA
The mission of Soka University of America is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life. — Daisaku Ikeda, Founder, SUA
What’s your mission statement?
Do you want to go global or stay local? Contribute or sit on the sidelines? The question shouldn’t stop at, “What do you want to do with your education?” It should be, “Who do you want to affect with your education?”
At Soka, we’re not afraid of asking hard questions in the classroom. Soka is founded upon the belief that student-centered education is the type of education this world needs. If we focus on preparing you to think globally, we will be well on our way to promoting peace and human rights simply by giving you a global, humanistic perspective on the world.
A new university for a new millennium
Soka means “to create value.” In May 2001, a new 103-acre campus in Aliso Viejo, California, was dedicated to provide a distinctly different college education—one that is student centered, fosters love for humankind, develops character, and inspires contributions to society.
Our founder, Daisaku Ikeda, said, “What our world most requires now is the kind of education that fosters love for humankind, that develops character—that provides an intellectual basis for the realization of peace and empowers learners to contribute to and improve society.” So we became that place.
The nonsectarian undergraduate curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts to give you the critical-thinking skills, creativity, flexibility, and adaptability to succeed in an ever-changing world. About half of our students come from 40 other countries, and cultural perspectives are woven into our courses. Everyone studies a non-native language, and you will spend a semester abroad during your third year—it’s included in tuition (as is your laptop!).
Our average class size is 12. The curriculum is rigorous. Our students are activists, passionate mobilizers, doers, intellectuals, peacekeepers, pioneers, and active dreamers. Are you one of these students? Are you ready for a Soka education?
Students at Soka are on their way to earning a BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Environmental Studies, Humanities, International Studies, Life Sciences, or Social and Behavioral Sciences. Within each concentration, students can pursue what they’re passionate about without being confined to the borders of their discipline. We practice an interdisciplinary approach to learning, one that is more reflective of global thinking; academic disciplines no longer stand alone. Once our students mark a concentration, they are encouraged to explore that particular discipline more profoundly with small seminar-style classes, faculty-directed research, field studies, local and overseas internships, and their capstone project.
Within the Life Sciences concentration (Pre-health available), you can study Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physics for Life Science.
Within the Humanities concentration, you can study Art History, History, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, and Religion.
Within the International Studies concentration, you can study Development, Economic Trends, Global Studies and Third-World Countries, and Human Rights (Regional and National).
Within the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration, you can study Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
And within Environmental Studies, you can study Environmental Economics, Environmental Philosophy, Environmental Policy and Planning, and Environmental Science.
Where would you like to go?
Study abroad is required at Soka. The world needs you to explore it, touch it, and interact with it. We believe students should know at least one foreign language as a window into another culture, its values, and its distinct ways of thinking. Here, we offer Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish. We want to move your generation to start thinking globally and, more than that, thinking globally in a foreign language. Often this experience is quoted as being the most life changing of students’ experiences here. Our students come back changed, affected, and renewed in their passion for global awareness and ready to start their work for the world. Does that sound like something you want to be a part of?
Soka’s new Life Sciences Facility
• Four levels totalling 90,000 square feet
• Five teaching labs, 10 research labs, and three classrooms
• Student workstations and collaborative spaces
• Gold LEED Certification Standards
Residence halls: safe, spacious, scenic
• Private bathroom for each room
• Intranet and internet access for each student
• Cherrywood twin bed, desk, armoire (closet), and bookcase provided for each student
• Exercise rooms and living rooms
• Multi-faith rooms
• ID card security access
• Indoor bicycle storage
• Free parking
• Spectacular views from inside and outside rooms
Ranked #29 among the top "National Liberal Arts Colleges" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022
Ranked #11 among the "Best Value Schools" in the nation | U.S. News & World Report, 2022
Ranked #70 among "Top Performers on Social Mobility" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022
Soka University of America is located on 103 acres in Aliso Viejo, in south Orange County, California. Three miles from the coast, SUA is in the heart of Southern California’s abundance of cultural, educational, sporting, and adventure opportunities.
Soka is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian four-year liberal arts college located one hour south of Los Angeles.
Mission: To foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life
Areas of Study: Eastern and Western thought meet on our campus; they are taught across a broad liberal arts curriculum.
• Environmental Studies
• International Studies
• Life Sciences
• Social and Behavioral Sciences
Study Abroad: Required; choose from 35 cities.
Enrollment: 450 students
Student-Faculty Ratio: 8:1
Average Class Size: 12 students
International Students: 40%; 50 countries and six continents represented
Technology: Students receive a laptop (which they can take with them after they graduate) and have over 3,800 on-campus network connections to choose from. The campus hotspots are wireless.
2023–2024 Tuition: $34,382
Living Expenses: $13,382
Financial Aid: Students whose total family earned income is less than $90,000 per year are eligible to have their full tuition covered with a Soka Opportunity Grant. The grant is prorated for students who come from higher income levels. Visit soka.edu/financialaid to learn more.
Early Action: November 1
Regular admission: January 15
Apply now at soka.edu/apply.