Soka University of America: Educating students to change the world

By JULIA HLAVACIK,
West York Area High School

Soka University of America is located in beautiful Aliso Viejo, Calif. Among its many positive aspects, the college undeniably has a very beautiful campus that sits on 103 acres of flowing, well-kept land.

Soka was founded in 1994 and is a very selective liberal arts college. All students are required to travel abroad for at least one semester during their college career, and the cost is built into the tuition. Students whose families make less than $60,000 a year are eligible for a full-ride scholarship and need to pay only for books and room and board.

Soka is unlike most colleges because it offers only a Liberal Arts degree. However, students may choose to concentrate in environmental studies, humanities, international studies, or social and behavioral sciences. This might limit a prospective student’s options, but this one major holds true to the school’s stated mission, “to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life.”

The school’s primary goal is not to prepare a student for getting a job, but rather to prepare a student to become someone with the power to change the world. Liberal arts coupled with study abroad offers students a platform from which they can grow into a “global citizen.”

Name: Soka University of America

Location: Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Size and type of campus: Rural campus

Student/Faculty ratio: 9:1

Number of undergraduates: 431

Most popular majors: Liberal arts

Degrees offered: Liberal arts

Web site: www.soka.edu

Tuition: $27,214 (according to website, for 2012-2013)

Athletics (what division): NAIA

Average SAT score: 1730

Public/Private?: Private

Acceptance rate: 32 percent

Retention Rate: 90 percent

Source: www.soka.edu, collegeapps.about.com

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