Sonoma State University: Narrative Description

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1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
Tel: (707)664-2880
Admissions: (707)664-2846
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of California State University System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1960. Setting: 280-acre small town campus with easy access to San Francisco. Endowment: $21.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5431 per student. Total enrollment: 7,977. Faculty: 505 (262 full-time, 243 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 24:1. 8,392 applied, 70% were admitted. Full-time: 5,822 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 976 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 29 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 2% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 20% 25 or older, 35% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other units of the California State University System, National Student Exchange, Mills College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 12/31. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,176 full-time, $339 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $3408 full-time, $1215 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $8805. College room only: $6001. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 6% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Accounting Forum, Sonoma Earth Action, Re-Entry Student Association, Lacrosse Club, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. Major annual events: Welcome Week, Student Orientation, Science Night. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 2,480 college housing spaces available; 2,353 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Jean and Charles Schultz Information Center with 636,613 books, 1.7 million microform titles, 21,115 serials, 29,529 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3 million. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 40,000. Rohnert Park is a rapidly growing suburban community with temperate climate. Located near Santa Rosa (pop. 180,000) in Sonoma County. Buses and airlines serve the area. Community facilities include many shopping centers, civic and sports clubs. Recreational facilities include swimming pools, baseball parks, a community park, golf courses and others within a 20 mile radius. Rohnert Park has the annual Founders Day Parade. There are five hospitals within a 10 mile radius. The Valley of the Moon, San Francisco, the Russian River recreation areas, Redwood National Park and Lake Tahoe are all within driving distance from an hour to a half day. Sonoma county produces premium wine and is the location of many famous wineries.

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