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Sonoma State University

Located in California's premier wine country one hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma State is a small campus with big ideas. With a tradition of promoting intellectual and personal growth, leadership opportunities and technological proficiency, SSU offers its students a friendly, safe and informal atmosphere on a beautiful campus setting. 

Master's Programmes

Computer Science & IT (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



In 1960 legislation was signed establishing Sonoma State College. It first opened to 274 students in Fall 1961 in leased buildings in Rohnert Park. The move to its permanent site of 215 acres took place in 1966, upon completion of Stevenson and Darwin Halls for classrooms.


The university offers selected professional and graduate programs leading to master's degrees, teaching credentials, and certificates in various career fields. These programs respond to regional and state needs within the academic, business, education and professional communities.


The Office of Reporting and Analytics is the primary source of statistical information for Sonoma State University. Our office is responsible for managing campus data, conducting research, and presenting findings to advance strategic university planning and decision making. In addition, Reporting and Analytics supplies information to the Sonoma State campus community, the California State University system, external publications, and other interested organizations. We are committed to timely, high-quality work accomplished with teamwork, innovation, and reliability.


Sonoma State Career Services provides comprehensive career services to students through career development, experiential learning, resume development, on-campus recruitment and employer networking. We serve as the bridge between Sonoma State’s college experience and employment or graduate school, helping students make the connection between what they have learned and how they may apply the framework into the world of work. We provide students and recent graduates the assistance to make career decisions, connect with employers, and attain their life goals.

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Housing services

The residential community provides some of the most attractive suite-style housing in the area. Non-dormitory suites are served by a dining hall and are clustered in villages, offering students a similar experience to living off campus. Freshmen generally live in residential suites; sophomores and upper-level students in the apartments. Available to all are swimming pools, spas, computer labs, a convenience store, a pizzeria, and outdoor recreational areas. The newest complex, Tuscany Village, opened in Fall 2009.

Library services

The University Library is a dynamic and innovative partner in the Sonoma State University community. Students are at the core of what we do, and we leverage technology and creativity to promote discovery of and access to collections, to help students learn to use information effectively, and to encourage lifelong learning. 

ICT services

We manage resources, both print and digital, assist the community in using library resources, and provide a welcoming environment that facilitates collaboration and creativity.

Medical services

The Student Health Center(SHC) provides high quality medical, public health & health education services designed to support the retention, academic achievement & success of SSU students, facilitate healthy lifestyle choices & help promote a safe, healthy campus environment.

Student Life

Campus life

 Make your college life exciting and challenging by becoming involved in one or more student clubs and organizations on campus. 

Sports facilities

Sonoma State University offers over 20 competitive sport clubs.  Sport clubs are student organized and operated and provide students with an opportunity to play a sport in a fun, yet competitive environment.  All skill levels are welcome! 

Student clubs

Categories of organizations range from academic/departmental, cultural, spiritual, political, special interest, performing arts, fraternity and sorority life, and competitive sport clubs. 


Sonoma State University is fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). In addition, individual program accreditations have been granted by the American Chemical Society, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the National Association for Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and the Association to Advance Colleges and Schools of Business. Programs in SSU's School of Education are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Student Reviews

My Experience at Sonoma State
GiGi Williams rated 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed how lovely the views of nature on when I was walking to class. The ponds with geese, the green grass and trees and the comfortable weather! There is always somewhere to study outside on the grass near a pond in the shade. My second favorite bit was the library. Many students do not take advantage of the services here. You can borrow a laptop, reserve a study...

Rohnert Park, California, United States

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