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.
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.
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 development is a process which changes with time and experience. Exploring the many options available, identifying one's skills, interests and values combined with focused preparation are keys to success after Soka.
Soka's Career Services Office is committed to promoting student success by providing a broad range of innovative services that address the needs of our students. We are committed to contributing to the broader academic mission of the university through our services, resources, and programs.
The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards
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.
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.
All SUA students, faculty, and staff can take advantage of the library’s reference services, which include personalized research sessions.
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.
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.
We hope you’ll be able to visit Soka University soon to take one of our 1 1/2 hour Guided Walking Tours.
This is your chance to see:
Founders Hall including the to-scale campus map, Art Gallery, 3rd Fl Meeting Room and Board Room
Soka Performing Arts Center
Maathai Hall with Blackbox Theatre, classrooms
Ikeda Library and 4th Fl Reading Room
Lily ponds and Campus Green
Student Center, with Soka Bistro and SUA Bookstore
Recreation Center will be shown to tours with prospective students
Residence Halls will be shown to tours with prospective students
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.
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).
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...
Soka University of America offered a unique curriculum focused on global comradery and the creative coexistence of nature and humanity. My environmental studies concentration taught me about the important of preserving the world's biodiversity and the many issues our planet is currently facing. Through Soka I was able to travel to Peru twice to study invasive species of...