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Sonoma State: Student Life

Student Profile

U.S. region where majority of students come from:West

Campus Environment

Campus size:269 acres
City or town school is located in:Rohnert Park, CA
Population of city/town:41,232
Locations of branch/satellite campuses:Branch campus in Ukiah.
Nearest major city:Santa Rosa, CA
Distance of nearest major city:7 miles
Population of nearest major city:170,685
Online campus map:

Living on Campus

Institution offers housing:yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year:yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms
  • single-student apartments
  • special housing for disabled students
  • other housing including Wellness, focus-learning, freshman seminar, healthy living, and women in math/science housing.
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing:90%
Percent of students who live in school housing:37%
Percent of students who live off campus:63%
Student conduct policies: class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited, Smoking prohibited in buildings.
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age:yes

Study Facilities

Every student is required to lease or own a computer:yes
Every student is required to take a computer course:no
Computer equipment is provided in:residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s)
Total number of microcomputers available to students:200
Other computer facilities/services:24-hour computer lab.
Internet access provided to all students:yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students:yes
School has a library on campus:yes
Additional library facilities/collections: Archives.
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus: Nature preserve, observatory, electron microscope, seismography, wildlands preserve; performing arts, music, information/technology, and environmental technology centers.

Assistance Services

Remedial learning services: reading, writing, math, study skills
Additional services offered: nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, women's center, day care, Multicultural center.
Counseling services: minority student, military, veteran student, older student, birth control, career, personal, academic, psychological
Career placement services: co-op education, internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Services for students with disabilities: note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, reader services, special housing, adaptive equipment
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped:100%

Social Activities

Number of social fraternities on campus:8
Percent of men who join fraternities:20%
Number of social sororities on campus:10
Percent of women who join sororities:13%
Student activities: student government, student newspaper, literary magazine, radio station
School newspaper(s):The STAR, published bimonthly
Newspaper homepage:
Number of honor societies:4
Total number of registered organizations:109
Campus-based religious organizations: Christian Challenge, Hillel, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Newman Club, Pax Christi
Minority student organizations: Asian Pacific Islander, Black Scholars United, Filipino American Association, MEChA, Multicultural Leaders of America, Raza Native American Council, Hillel
International student organizations: International Education/Exchange Council, Indian culture club
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees: Bi-Glass (LBGT), Student Alumni Ambassadors, Students with Disabilities and Friends; leadership, peace, and student athletic advisory clubs


School has an athletic program:yes
Athletic director:Bill Fusco,
Director of Athletics
Athletic department's mailing address:Director of Athletics,
Bill Fusco,
Sonoma State University,
1801 East Cotati Avenue,
Rohnert Park, C
Athletics homepage:
School colors:navy columbia and white
School mascot:Seawolves
Athletic conference memberships:California Collegiate Athletic Conference, Western Water Polo Association
Sports offeredScholarships?Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballyesNCAA Div. II
Men's basketballyesNCAA Div. II
Men's cheerleadingno
Men's golfyesNCAA Div. II
Men's lightweight footballno
Men's socceryesNCAA Div. II
Men's tennisyesNCAA Div. II
Men's ultimate Frisbeeno
Men's volleyballno
Women's basketballyesNCAA Div. II
Women's cross-countryyesNCAA Div. II
Women's golfyesNCAA Div. II
Women's socceryesNCAA Div. II
Women's softballyesNCAA Div. II
Women's tennisyesNCAA Div. II
Women's volleyballyesNCAA Div. II
Women's water poloyesNCAA Div. I
Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports:6%
Percent of students in intramural/recreational sports:33%
Athletic facilities: field, gymnasium, recreation center, track, tennis court
Intramural/Recreational sports: basketball, bowling, flag football, group fitness, indoor soccer, personal training, rock wall climbing, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball
Club sports for men: aikido, cheerleading, fencing, golf, lacrosse, rowing, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball
Club sports for women: aikido, cheerleading, dance, fencing, golf, lacrosse, rowing, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee

Getting Away

Public transportation serves campus:yes
Nearest international airport:San Francisco (70 miles)
Nearest other airport:Oakland, CA (60 miles)
Nearest passenger train service:Oakland, CA (45 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service:Santa Rosa, CA (7 miles)

Paying the Bills

Institutional employment is available:yes
Percent of full-time undergraduates working on campus:15%
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are:good
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term:no

After Graduation

List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:Contra Costa County, Kaiser Permanente Hospital, KRCB Television & Radio, KQED TV, Sonoma County, U.S. Geological Survey.
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Ed Sayres, president, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, New York City
  • Peter Rooney, deputy staff director of U.S. House of Representative Science Committee
  • Laurie MacDonald, co-head with Walter F. Parkes of DreamWorks Pictures, Motion Picture Division.