Sonoma State University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$5,472

0% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$16,204

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

5.29%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

76.3%

16,487 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

9,323

87.8% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

61.2%

947 Graduates

About

Sonoma State University is a higher education institution located in Sonoma County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Sonoma State University were General Business Administration & Management (358 degrees awarded), General Psychology (198 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (147 degrees).

In 2016, 2,212 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sonoma State University. 63.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,219 degrees), 2.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (487 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sonoma State University is $5,472, which is $-14,688 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Sonoma State University is $5,472, which is $-14,688 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,204.

In 2016, 54% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 39% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,472

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Sonoma State University was $5,472. The cost of tuition at Sonoma State University is $-14,688 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$16,204

2016 Value

3.97%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Sonoma State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,204. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Sonoma State University grew by 3.97%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,124

Room and Board

$1,764

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sonoma State University was of $13,124 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,764. The cost of room and board increased by 5.63% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 3.4% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

54%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

39%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

54% of undergraduate students at Sonoma State University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 6.9% with respect to 2015, when 58% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

5.29%

2015 Default Rate

91

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Sonoma State University was 5.29%, which represents 91 out of the 1720 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Sonoma State University received 16,487 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 8.01% annual growth. Out of those 16,487 applicants, 12,575 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 76.3% acceptance rate.

There were 9,323 students enrolled at Sonoma State University in 2016, and 88% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Sonoma State University has an overall enrollment yield of 14.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

76.3%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

12,575

Accepted Out of 16,487

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Sonoma State University was 76.3% (12,575 admissions from 16,487 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 76.6%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 8.01%, while admissions grew by 7.61%.

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SAT Scores

88%

Submission Percentage

1,588

Scores Submitted

88% of enrolled first-time students at Sonoma State University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Sonoma State University has a total enrollment of 9,323 students. The full-time enrollment at Sonoma State University is 8,185 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,138. This means that 87.8% of students enrolled at Sonoma State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sonoma State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 47.1% White, 29.6% Hispanic or Latino, 6.4% Two or More Races, 5.07% Asian, 2.13% Black or African American, 0.408% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.215% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Sonoma State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (28.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (21.5%) and White Male (17.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (52.8%), followed by White Male (11.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.97%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sonoma State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,323 students. The full-time enrollment at Sonoma State University is 8,185 and the part-time enrollment is 1,138. This means that 87.8% of students enrolled at Sonoma State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

80%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Sonoma State University was 80%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Sonoma State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,393

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2,758

  3. Two or More Races

    597

The enrolled student population at Sonoma State University is 47.1% White, 29.6% Hispanic or Latino, 6.4% Two or More Races, 5.07% Asian, 2.13% Black or African American, 0.408% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.215% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 641 students (6.88%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 610 more women than men received degrees from Sonoma State University. The majority of degree recipients at Sonoma State University are white (1,219 degrees awarded). There were 2.5 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (487 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Sonoma State University is General Business Administration & Management (358 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (198 degrees) and Liberal Arts & Sciences (147 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Sonoma State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Natural Resources & Conservation (79 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (40 degrees), and History (51 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sonoma State University are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (415,936 people), Miscellaneous managers (371,196 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (317,174 people), Counselors (206,772 people), and Social workers (202,069 people).

The most specialized majors at Sonoma State University are Natural Resources & Conservation (79 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (40 degrees), History (51 degrees), Social Sciences (257 degrees), and Psychology (205 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sonoma State University are Chief executives & legislators, Physicians & surgeons, Sales engineers, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

The most specialized majors at Sonoma State University are Natural Resources & Conservation (79 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (40 degrees), History (51 degrees), Social Sciences (257 degrees), and Psychology (205 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sonoma State University are Elementary & secondary schools (662,225 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (426,911 people), Legal services (339,323 people), Hospitals (310,679 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (250,094 people).

The most specialized majors at Sonoma State University are Natural Resources & Conservation (79 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (40 degrees), History (51 degrees), Social Sciences (257 degrees), and Psychology (205 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Sonoma State University.

Most Common

  1. 358 degrees awarded

  2. 198 degrees awarded

  3. 147 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Sonoma State University was General Business Administration & Management with 358 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 801

  2. 1,411

In 2016, 801 degrees were awarded to men at Sonoma State University, which is 0.568 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,411).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 232 degrees were awarded to men at Sonoma State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.26 times more than the 184 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 184 degrees were awarded to women at Sonoma State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.793 times less than the 232 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

27%

100% Completion Time

55%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 27% of students graduating from Sonoma State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 55% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 57% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (68.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Sonoma State University is Female and White (68.8% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 5.49% of graduates (52 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,219 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    487 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    200 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sonoma State University is white (1,219 degrees awarded). There were 2.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (487 degrees).

9.04% of degree recipients (200 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    786 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    433 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    314 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Sonoma State University is white female (786 degrees awarded). There were 1.82 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (433 degrees).

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Operations

Sonoma State University has an endowment valued at nearly $35.2M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $638k (1.81%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Sonoma State University had a total expenditure of $181M. Of that $181M, they spent $72.1M on salaries and $181M on benefits.

Sonoma State University employs 127 Professors, 48 Assistant professors, and 47 Associate professors. Most academics at Sonoma State University are Male Professors (66), Female Professors(61), and Male Associate professors (29).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sonoma State University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 168 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 114 employees, and Service with 94 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$35.2M

2015 Endowment

8.81%

growth from 2014

Sonoma State University has an endowment valued at about $35.2M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Sonoma State University grew 8.81% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $6.31M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $6.92M - Federal

  2. $511k - State

  3. $106k - Local

As of 2015, Sonoma State University received $6.92M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $511k from state grants and contracts, and $106k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$72.1M

Salary Expenditure

$181M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Sonoma State University had a total expenditure of $181M. Of that $181M, they spent $72.1M on salaries and $181M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Sonoma State University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$72.1M

2015 Salaries

7.75%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Sonoma State University paid a median of $72.1M in salaries, which represents 39.8% of their overall expenditure ($181M) and a 7.75% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.9% growth from 2013 and a 0.341% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$19.6M

Instructional Salaries

246

Number of Employees

In 2015, Sonoma State University paid a total of $19.6M to 246 employees working as instructors, which represents 27.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

127 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

168 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sonoma State University were Professor with 127 employees; Assistant professor with 48 employees; and Assistant professor with 47 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sonoma State University were Business and Financial Operations with 168 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 114 employees; and Service with 94 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Professor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sonoma State University was Male Professor with 66 employees, Female Professor with 61 employees, and Male Associate professor with 29 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Sonoma State University.

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