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Soka University of America

Soka University of America is a private, nonprofit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103 acres in Aliso Viejo, in south Orange County, California. Three miles from the coast as the crow flies (nine miles driving), SUA is in the heart of Southern California’s abundance of cultural, educational, sporting, and adventure opportunities.

History

Soka University has a proud heritage. Soka education has its origins in the work of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, a Japanese educator and Buddhist leader. During World War II, Makiguchi was arrested by Japanese military authorities for his opposition to the war and for his defense of religious freedom. He died in prison in 1944.

Education

The Soka Performing Arts Center strives to create value in our community through arts engagement with our local schools. The arts are a pathway to creating awareness of ourselves, our community and the world around us. By providing outreach programs for school-aged youth, we can enhance the existing educational curriculum and promote creative learning for all.

Research

Soka University of America students have diverse educational opportunities to engage in and receive funding for advanced research. Below are various examples of sustainability-related research conducted by Soka students through either the Pacific Basin Research Center, Learning Cluster, Internships, or the Capstone Research Project. 

Career

Career development is a process that changes with time and experience.  Exploring the many options available—identifying one’s skills, interests, and values—and focused preparation are keys to success after Soka. 

Soka University of America Scholarships

Below you will find scholarships related to Soka University of America. Distinction can be made between scholarships provided by the University and those provided by independent providers.

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Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF)
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Education USA
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Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
01 Dec 2024
The Next Genius Foundation Scholarship
Merit-based

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Next Genius Foundation
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Independent provider
Grant
300000 HKD
Deadline
30 Sep 2024
Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships For Overseas Studies
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
300000 MXN
Deadline
08 May 2025
South-East Regional CONACYT Scholarships
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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
85000 AUD
Deadline
31 Mar 2025
World Universities Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship
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Education USA
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Grant
76800 MXN
Deadline
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Becas CONACYT-FUNED
Merit-based

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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
67000 AUD
Deadline
31 Mar 2025
St. John’s College, Annapolis, Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
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Grant
50000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
Beca De Excelencia Rafael Del Pino
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Education USA
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Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
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Becas Fulbright - Ampliación De Estudios
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
30 Sep 2024
Study Abroad Graduate Scholarships Of Chungcheongnam
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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2025
Study Abroad Master/Doctoral Program Of Lotte Foundation
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2025
Study Abroad Graduate Scholarships Of Jeollanam
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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
40000 AUD
Deadline
13 Oct 2024
Veterans’ Fund Indigenous Scholarships
Merit-based

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American Australian Association (AAA)
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Grant
35000 USD
Deadline
31 Jan 2025
Fulbright Scholarship
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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
33600 USD
Deadline
01 Oct 2024
German Academic Exchange Service - Scholarships For Graduate Studies
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
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Grant
30000 CZK
Deadline
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Olomouc Region Study Scholarship
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Education USA
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Grant
30000 USD
Deadline
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Baltic American Freedom Foundation Scholarships
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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
30000 USD
Deadline
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International Education Center's Study Abroad Programs
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
28000 USD
Deadline
01 Dec 2024
Fulbright Program
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
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Independent provider
Grant
24000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
Becas Fulbright - Realización De Master
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF)
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
01 Dec 2024
The Next Genius Foundation Scholarship
Merit-based

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Next Genius Foundation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
300000 HKD
Deadline
30 Sep 2024
Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships For Overseas Studies
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
300000 MXN
Deadline
08 May 2025
South-East Regional CONACYT Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
85000 AUD
Deadline
31 Mar 2025
World Universities Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
76800 MXN
Deadline
Not specified
Becas CONACYT-FUNED
Merit-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
67000 AUD
Deadline
31 Mar 2025
St. John’s College, Annapolis, Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
50000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
Beca De Excelencia Rafael Del Pino
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
Becas Fulbright - Ampliación De Estudios
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
30 Sep 2024
Study Abroad Graduate Scholarships Of Chungcheongnam
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2025
Study Abroad Master/Doctoral Program Of Lotte Foundation
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2025
Study Abroad Graduate Scholarships Of Jeollanam
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
40000 AUD
Deadline
13 Oct 2024
Veterans’ Fund Indigenous Scholarships
Merit-based

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American Australian Association (AAA)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
35000 USD
Deadline
31 Jan 2025
Fulbright Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
33600 USD
Deadline
01 Oct 2024
German Academic Exchange Service - Scholarships For Graduate Studies
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
30000 CZK
Deadline
Not specified
Olomouc Region Study Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
30000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
Baltic American Freedom Foundation Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
30000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
International Education Center's Study Abroad Programs
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
28000 USD
Deadline
01 Dec 2024
Fulbright Program
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
24000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
Becas Fulbright - Realización De Master
Merit-based Need-based

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Education USA
Location not available

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Student services

The Office of Student Accounts manages and accepts payments for the student financial accounts, including tuition payment plans, and all other fees due to the university. We strive to provide efficient, timely and personalized service for students and/or parents to comfortably manage their financial matters.

Housing services

The residence halls are a place for students to live in diverse community while furthering their academic learning. 

Soka has a four-year live-on requirement for students and offers eight residence halls where students are housed according to their classification (first year halls, second year halls, etc.). Soka provides housing only for currently enrolled students; family housing is not available on-campus. Each semester, students have the opportunity to petition to live off-campus.

Library services

All SUA students, faculty, and staff can take advantage of the library’s reference services, which include personalized research sessions.

ICT services

Internet access is available to all students and while on campus.  While there are no limits on the use of available 4.5 megs of internet bandwidth, certain services are guaranteed to have a minimum performance level and security measures are in place to ensure safety and privacy.

Medical services

Health Services provides, creates and maintains an environment of promoting preventative health practices. These services include, but are not limited to, first aid, treatment of acute illnesses, health maintenance and screening. The clinic is staffed by a California licensed medical practitioner from South Coast Medical Group (SCMG). We use the SCMG Urgent Care for after-hour/weekend services. 

Campus life

Soka is located in Aliso Viejo, California, in south Orange County, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Sports facilities

SUA has made a staunch commitment to the pursuit of extraordinary student-athletes and providing the requisite facilities to assist in their training and competition. The existing facilities have been designed to accommodate training at the most elite levels, as evidenced as by those who have chosen Soka for their professional athletics training.

Student clubs

Club Senate is the branch of Soka Student Union (SSU) that manages and supports student clubs. It consists of three officers (President, Secretary, and Treasurer) who are elected into office every spring. The goals are to create and maintain a sense of unity among club officers and members alike, to unite the student body through club activities, and to ensure that students' club experiences are positive and beneficial. Club Senate strives to provide opportunities for collaboration among clubs and encourages students to participate in club events and activities while in pursuit of academic excellence.

Soka University of America has been accredited since June 2005 by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2023

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Student Reviews

Do you want to grow as a global citizen and transformative leader?
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I had such an amazing experience.

100% recommend! LA program with great diversity
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

During my BA program at Soka, I explored varied subjects and figured out what interests me the most. Class size was generally around 12, and most class was discussion-based. 60% of Soka students are internationals from around 40 countries, so it was eye-opening to hear from people with diverse backgrounds. You can easily have close relationships with your professors....

Don't Do It Unless You Live in the Area
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

The graduate school program is secondary to the undergraduate programs, which makes sense because there are only 10-15 grad students to the 400 undergrads. But this means that you aren't going to get all of the services you need or deserve. Undergraduate students get preference for positions on campus. This program claims to be for global citizens, but most of the time...

Aliso Viejo, California, United States

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