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Sonoma State University Reviews

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  • 11/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 13 people found this review useful. 1 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are a motivated student who enjoys getting to know your professors, are looking for a liberal arts education, and you don't like a really large, bustling school, Sonoma State would probably be a great choice for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard! Sonoma has a $1,000 Presidential Scholarship at entry for those students who have a 4.0 GPA from the second semester of their freshman year of high school through the first half of their senior year. And as long as you keep a 3.8 GPA throughout your semester at Sonoma, the scholarship is renewed every year. Also, I would recommend mixing your GE classes in with you major classes, as that will make your class load more bearable.

    Bang for the buck

    While Sonoma is a CSU campus, and therefore less expensive than some other colleges you could go to, it is still one of the most expensive in the CSU system. So, if you're looking for something that costs less than around $20,000 a year, Sonoma might be a bit out of your price range unless you get a nice scholarship package. Also, tuition has been increased due to the budget crisis in California, and it will most likely be going up again.

    Am enjoying being here

    Sonoma is an absolutely beautiful campus. If you love a semi-coastal environment with foggy fall/winter mornings, then you will love it here. not to mention that almost the entire campus is filled with trees, grass, and green in general. Sonoma is also nice and small, enabling you to walk from one side of campus to the other in the space of about fifteen minutes, so you really don't need a car unless you plan on living off campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at Sonoma State will definitely challenge you to learn more and expand your horizons. Granted, you may run into one or two who are not exactly stellar professors, and you may get a few that are just plain difficult, but overall, the professors are willing to work with you and help you learn all you can. Not only are the professors really good, but the class sizes are generally nice and small. If you are planning on sitting in the back and snoozing during class, I wouldn't recommend it unless you want the professor to know that you could care less about their class because they will know you by name. The small class sizes make it really great for getting to know your professors really well, which is a big plus for you when you want to really get to know professors in your major.

  • 04/28/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 2 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    -I would try and check out the school and as many schools that you are interested in. -Research your major/minor and programs and see if the school has a good reputation -Keep your grades up! -Always check your Sonoma State online portal to make sure you meet all the deadlines -Make a pro/con list of each school you visit and make your decision for you.

    Bang for the buck

    College now a days in general is expensive, and Sonoma state costs roughly about $20,000-$21,000. If you try to get scholarships, grants, and apply for your FAFSA ahead of time, I'm sure you can get at least half of your tuition and fees paid off.

    Will enjoy being here

    Being from a big city, I am already used to and accustomed to the city life. I like that Sonoma is part of a small, quiet community and different from the busy, bustling city. Because it is in wine country it smells like cow manure, but you will get used to it like I did. In addition to clubs and activities around school there is a lot to do outside such as bowling, lazer tag, shopping, etc. The housing is also really nice and the weather is usually sunny and warm. Oh, and you can have a car as freshman, a big plus.

    Will learn a lot

    I am planning to major in Criminal Justice and minor in psychology and they have really good programs for both of them. The classes are small (about only 20-30) with some classes as big as 80. I like that the classes are small enough for me to get personal attention from the professers and I won't feel overwhelmed.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 3 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Looking for an education first, social life second.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour, you will fall in love.

    Bang for the buck

    I wish the dorms cost less, but it is relatively cheaper than living off campus. The cost of education is cheap, but is high quality.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful. The buildings are new and made of reusable materials. The dorms are spacious. The food is great! I love the fresh air. The brand new music building is so nice. There are lots of things to do on campus. I am very happy here!

    Am learning a lot

    As a music education major, I am taking six music classes my first semester. The teachers seemed to want me to get into the classes I need and sat down with my for over an hour, one-on-one, to help me get the education I need. I'm in 3 general education class. I have no problem getting classes and the teachers care about my education. They are very helpful at office hours. While they make learning easy, you have to do your fair share too.

  • 02/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 4 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy small class sizes and speaking up during class, as well as students who enjoy having a personal relationship with their professors. You won't get away with missing a class, more often than not they will contact you in some may. My Education professor called me when I missed class due to illness!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to your professors, they don't bite! They are always willing to help you understand outside class, it is their job and they love to teach. Stay on top of your work as well, 5 lengthy deadlines quickly turns into 5 massive assignments the next week so spend your time wisely.

    Bang for the buck

    The CSU system has been hit hard in recent times due to the economic turmoil in the state of California, but it is hard to beat a federally subsidized education. A comparable education at a private school would be at least double the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    This school has one of the most gorgeous campuses I have seen, the greenery is abundant and well cared for. The living accommodations are second to none in my opinion, and anything you could ever want is on the Rohnert Park Expressway.

    Am learning a lot

    The best part of Sonoma by far is the teaching staff. All of the professors are informative and accommodating; they are more than willing to meet with you outside class if you are having any sort of problems with the subject material. My largest class was an intro to psychology, and it was 80 students. All other classes have been 20-30, which really helps you form a bond with the professor.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus because of the small town it is located in.

    Great for these types of students

    This is the perfect place if you do not like hot weather and enjoy the rain, are looking for comfortable housing in an easy to navigate town, and not into urban areas, (a suburban kind of person).

    Bang for the buck

    This CSU is one of the most expensive however that is because the area it is in. Very nice home-townish feel but you pay the price for it (about $20,000 in tuition alone)

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are the most spacious and well kept of all the CSU's. You will not find anything better in California (public schools anyway)

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, amazing dorms, comfortable weather but kind of pricey.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Located in a small town that many people are not familiar with. Thus safety is very good. Also the campus police station is near the front entrance by the freshmen housing. If you give them a call they will get to you in minutes wherever on campus.

    Greek Life

    Very well known and seen on campus. Im not involved but gets very expensive.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and activities availiable to get involved with. Its very easy to start your own club if the school doesnt already have it. As long as you have some friends that have the same interest then you can be an established club on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like small schools, Small class sizes, Nice surroundings and has amazing weather, although when it rains, it rains, not a hot atmosphere.

    Bang for the buck

    College can be and will be very expensive. Things are not cheap. Better to live on campus, get a job on campus, and dont drive very much. Fees are always rising and classes fill up fast.

    What to do for fun

    San Fran is about 45 minutes away one direction and Bodega Bay the other. Go to the gym and work out, play ball or even go rock wall climbing. Swimming pools on campus. We have buses that periodically will take trips to places if you want to go. They also have days where you get cheaper prices on tickets for like six flags but you have to buy the pass for it.

    Food and Dining

    Not the greatest but you can find food on campus you like. It will get pricey as for all the good food is expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Nice, spacious, not like most schools, more of apartment style.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are rather small but require you to be in attendance and an active participate. Depending on the class will depend on the work load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once you take a tour you will fall in love; if you like small schools. AP courses will be in your benefit to have some credits. Get involved. Talk to people, make new friends. Cars are very handy.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State is like a small little community because of its size. It is beautiful and small with small class sizes allowing the Professors to be able to build personal relationships with students. Very good resources always availaiable. Wouldn't reccomend it for everyone but if you like small school in small towns then its good for you.

  • 04/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    SSU is great for students who want a smaller campus, and who love scenery. It's also great for Music Majors, as we're just finishing an AMAZING Music Hall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take AP classes! They come in handy when you need to fulfill your G.E.'s and you have classes you WANT to take instead.

    Bang for the buck

    These classes are amazing and FUN! And the dorms are exquisite!! I can't wait to live in the brand-new dorms next year!

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE it at SSU. Everyone's friendly and understanding, and the classes are actually interesting.

    Am learning a lot

    I learn SO much in my music classes! I have improved in my singing so much, and I'm looking forward to being in Psychology classes next year - including a class on the psychology behind Myths, Dreams, and Symbols!

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    we have officers taking rounds around the school, which makes students feel protected.

    Greek Life

    it's very common, and mostly seen all over campus, i'm not interested in at all.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one unusual tradition is our annual seawolf howl, were all students take a few second to simply howl.

    What to do for fun

    there isn't a lot to do for fun here, you'd have to go out of the city, in order to find fun places to be.

    Dorm Life

    it'd be better if we had some sort of survey we can take, in order to see how we can be compatible with others. the roommates are picked at random

    Tips for prospective students

    sign up for classes the you've never thought of taking. the fact that we offer a variety of courses allows us to gain different perspective. second make sure to take the time to attend office hours, or si session for extra help.

    In three sentences

    what sonoma state lacks in diversity in alumni, makes up for it with the quality of their staff and courses. the professors are what make my experience enjoy able, because the are very unique not just personality wise but in their teaching methods, the also like to interact with students and are approachable. the courses which are very exciting in my perspective, because they are courses that take me out of my comfort zone, but allow you to get comfortable at your own pace, which makes me excited to join classes.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food sucks horribly. But they are putting in a new dining hall, so that might be better.

    Dorm Life

    The suites are set up really nicely, but you don't get the dorm hall experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are college level, but nothing extremely hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you actually talk to regular students when you visit. If you do decide to go there, get involved right away.

    In three sentences

    I went there for one semester and I hated it. It was extremely boring, and the school doesn't do anything to help freshmen get involved.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Who can deal with living in a somewhat small city but being about 45 minutes away from San Fran is pretty nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to have a plan when you get there and know what you want to major in. Also go and get a guidance counselor in your major asap and get advise on classes from them.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for. The school facilities are mostly new and they have great service. The on campus gym is great. The clubs and other activities are fantastic.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being here because I came up with a lot of friends and that ahs also been a good experience. The school has a beautiful and enjoyable campus.

    Am learning a lot

    This school has some of the best teachers that really want to get involved in your academic career and they want to see you be successful.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are introvert to extrovert. If you like to be near San Francisco and want a great college experience and education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus!

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other CSU's and UC's, Sonoma really seems to provide you the most for less. If you look up their dorms online you'll see what I mean.

    Will enjoy being here

    The area it is in is beautiful. I could not ask for a better campus or atmosphere. It is almost indescribable and you really just need to visit to see what I mean. Also the dorms are above and beyond and well worth the money.

    Will learn a lot

    My major is Psychology and overall the Psychology Department is well rounded and very helpful to its incoming undergraduates. The school overall seems this way also

  • 08/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Sorority girls

    Tips for prospective students

    The food hours on campus aren't too great! If you are living on campus, a dorm with a kitchen would be good.

    Bang for the buck

    With cuts and fees going up it can be difficult to get the classes you need. Also the scholarship program here is not very good. Expect to do a lot of scholarship research on your own!

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful. It is not too large. I really enjoy the duck pond, butterfly garden, and the creek on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    I like most of my GE classes and can't wait to start my upper division course work. The class sizes are nice. They range from 20-200 people.

  • 09/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Self motivated students will have a hard time not succeeding at Sonoma State.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of Sonoma State. Also, having some AP credit from high school will make your life a lot easier.

    Bang for the buck

    Do some comparison shopping and see if you can find a better deal. You will be hard pressed to.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am loving every second of college years here.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are small, teachers are wonderful, and there is something for everybody at SSU.

  • 09/09/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Compared to places like APU or USC, you save over 10 to 20 thousand dollars a year.

    Will enjoy being here

    Hour from the beach and hour from the city. Its perfect.

    Will learn a lot

    I hear that their nursing program is fantastic!

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 people found it offensive. 15 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    this campus is very safe. there are panic alert button kiosks everywhere, there is ample lighting on the main walkways, and the campus police are very reliable and patrol regularly. the only time a rape is reported is when a girl brings a guy back to her dorm after a frat/soror party and the bookstore has only been held up twice in the last year. there was a scare a few years ago when someone was spotted on campus with a rifle but the cops took their time to check it out (only five minutes) because it turned out to be fake.

    Greek Life

    you see them everywhere during the first few weeks with their megaphones and fliers and then they blissfully disappear. don't know where they go and don't really care. besides, they ignore you if you look even slightly intelligent.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for every group imaginable. and they all do activities. it varies.

    Great for these types of students

    someone who has parents to pay for them to miss classes so they can take that all-important cycling class at the gym.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the rooster got killed by racoons a few years back so no, not anymore.

    Bang for the buck

    certainly more reasonable than other schools price-wise but classes can fill up quickly and new ones aren't opened to accommodate the students who need them.

    What to do for fun

    there is always some frat or soror house throwing a party if you're into that and there's usually some cheap comedic or theatre venue. the gym is always open and they have classes regularly.

    Food and Dining

    only two decent places to eat on campus and both are over-priced. the commons is tiny and the food there is terrible. save your money and eat off campus if you must, but it's better to brown-bag it. plus, you can buy beer on tap at the pub but it closes by 5pm.

    Dorm Life

    didn't live on campus but a lot of classmates did and they didn't have any unreasonable complaints. if anything, they tended to think that the dorms were pretty decent.

    Academic Rigor

    loads of busywork regardless of department (though some professors are more reasonable than others). as a four-year university, the administration and teachers don't assume you'll go anywhere else so the quality of education is a bit retarded by this assumption. for the most part, don't expect a berkeley-level education here (again, some instructors are exceptions to the rule). as a smaller out-of-the-way university however, there are some resources available to certain departments that other universities cannot match. check out the department and take a tour before signing anything!

    Tips for prospective students

    talk to a professor from your chosen department rather than a counselor because they know more. don't assume you'll be able to get the classes you need. join the club relevant to your major because you can find seniors and other experienced students there who know the ins and outs of the department.

    In three sentences

    knowledgeable instructors, significant amount of busywork, over-priced food given the quality, good resources but classes are being limited for funding reasons.

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe campus. there is a police station on the campus, and they assure that it is safe and sound.

    Greek Life

    joining the greek life is a great way of getting involved around campus and having a social life.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are various and many clubs on campus, from cooking club to tennis club, there is a club for every interest.

    Great for these types of students

    students who like nature, laid back, and a low key lifestyle.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is the russian lake on campus, which is beautiful. there are ducks in it, and you can go sit on the bench and watch the lake, and even feed the ducks.

    What to do for fun

    if a student is involved, then that program or club will instantly fill up the student's time. although the campus is fairly small and quiet, people are friendly and through clubs and such, a social life is possible.

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria food is pretty good, there are different types of foods every night, for example, there is indian night, and then there is chinese night. the chefs make food for vegetarians and meat eaters.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are spacious, beautiful and comfortable. the environment is clean and fresh.

    Academic Rigor

    since the ratio between the professor and the students is very small, every student is able to get the attention and help in order to succeed. depending on each class, the rate of rigor varies.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved!

    In three sentences

    sonoma state university is a pro-environment campus that focuses on the important issue of sustainability. the ration between the student and the professor is very small, as every student gets close attention. there are many ways for a student to shine in sonoma state university through involvement in clubs, affiliations, and other volunteer opportunities.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    alot of greek life on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    they have tons of clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    who like small class room sizes, and a quiet relaxing area.

    What to do for fun

    bowling is free on thursdays, movie theater, and go to the gym free rock climbing

    Food and Dining

    they have good restauraunts on campus the cafeteria is ok.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are great they are like living in an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    great teaching

    Tips for prospective students

    not very diverse, but great class sizes

    In three sentences

    quiet a very small community. nice classroom sizes where you can actually get to know you professor. you have a good amount of free time. the gym is very nice, and they have free rock climbing.

  • 03/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    excellent

    Greek Life

    lots of clubls

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of them

    Great for these types of students

    it is a young peoples campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    live off campus

    Bang for the buck

    wish I could live on campus, save on travel and gas

    What to do for fun

    no time, too much work

    Food and Dining

    dining halls in each dormitory building

    Dorm Life

    live off campus..

    Academic Rigor

    no shortcuts here. lots of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    do not overload yourself, start out with nine units until you are used to the workload.

    In three sentences

    Excellent educational atmosphere, terrific professors, wonderful course selections. Would recommend this school to anyone.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always there to help you, if you need it.

    Greek Life

    Super fun. Almost everyone who wants to join will get invited to join one of the chapters.

    Clubs and Activities

    SSU has an awesome Greek Life! It is very safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking for a smaller, more quiet campus, but not too quit. Very liberal ideology.

    Bang for the buck

    Of course a CSU will be way cheaper than a UC; however everything is getting more expensive. Ask family members to send you money or get a job, and spend it wisely.

    What to do for fun

    There is a movie theater just 10 minutes away and a bowling alley same distance. Also there is always something fun going on on campus.

    Food and Dining

    It has a variety, but is a little expensive. It has a delicious cafe called Charlie Browns.

    Dorm Life

    If you like a clean tidy room, make sure you get a single. You'll most likely have messy roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes you're taking. Some are really difficult, and some aren't.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club if you're having a hard time making friends. Have a car, because you'll get bored sitting in your dorm. Don't be shy in class, professors like students who respond and ask questions in class.

    In three sentences

    SSU has a beautiful campus. The weather is always changing. There are many activities on and off campus.

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Sonoma State is a very safe school! Since it's rather small in size, campus police are always close and easy to get to! There are always Community Service Advisors that walk around campus at night time to ensure safety for students.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at Sonoma is huge! Although there are no Greek houses, the fraternities and sororities are amazing! The Greek community is extremely close and always hosts wonderful events like dances, philanthropy events, and other fun things for students!

    Clubs and Activities

    Sonoma State University thrives on student involvement which is why there are so many amazing Clubs and activities! Clubs range anywhere from Vampire club to Rugby Club. Activities are always happening on campus thanks to Residential Student Association and other campus organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Sonoma State is great for any student looking to get involved socially and/or academically!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Something very unusual about Sonoma State is that in the middle of campus, there is a large statue of bacon and eggs!

    Bang for the buck

    Sonoma State is a state university so it is fairly reasonably priced! Tuition is very cheap for the amazing classes offered! The housing options, both on campus and off campus, are decently priced as well keeping the overall cost of attendance very low and well worth it to attend SSU.

    What to do for fun

    There are many different options for fun on campus! Activities range from Jello Wars to Greek Dances. Off campus, there is not much to do; however, most students prefer the activities happening on campus anyways because they are always fun and different from the last!

    Food and Dining

    The Cafeteria serves a very diverse menu of food ranging from Cereal to Salmon with Mango Salsa; however, always check the menu before you commit to eating there! Ameci's, Charlie Brown's, and The Pub are other dining venues on campus which offer a variety of foods such as pizza, sandwiches, and smoothies.

    Dorm Life

    Student living on campus is incredible! The 'worst' dorm is a suite consisting of two bedrooms, a full bathroom, and living room. There are no halls which allows for a much more private dorm life. Student on-campus residential buildings are very close-knit communities which helps bring an easy away-from-home transition to Freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    Because class sizes are rather small, most classes require both attendance and participation. This forces students to become attentive both inside and outside the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Because Sonoma State is such a small school, it's very important to get involved as much as possible! Whether it be through Snow Club, joining a Fraternity/Sorority, or holding Student Government positions, a student's happiness at SSU solely revolves around on campus involvement.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State University is a great college for anyone looking for a close community and a liberal arts education. SSU is a fairly new campus, therefore the facilities are exceptional, such as the new Recreation Center and the currently under construction Student Union. Though small, the people on campus are very friendly and there are many opportunities to get involved socially, academically, and professionally.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is currently high, however that is a state issues, not the sole fault of SSU. However, the small campus feeling provides a huge, positive affect on the academic experience.

    What to do for fun

    There are loads of clubs and activity groups on campus. The recreation center provides dance and exercise classes, along with rock climbing walls and a heated outdoor pool. Outside of campus, there are state parks that are excellent for bike riding and hiking. The ocean is relatively close by. San Francisco is about one hour away.

    Food and Dining

    There are several food options located on campus that provide tasty meals in between classes. My only complaints would be that not all dining areas are open past four o'clock and there is a lack of ethnic foods available on campus. However, only a mile down the road there is a great supermarket with lots of delicious food!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are amazing! They are large in size, equipped with appliances and are located in a community area!

    Academic Rigor

    Of the professors I have encountered, they all expect you to learn. Professors expect a lot and are eager to push you academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use all the resources! Financial aid, office department staff, admissions office staff...they are all waiting and willing to help you earn admittance to SSU!

    In three sentences

    Where many California State universities are large commuter school, Sonoma State provides a more intimate setting. Class sizes are small to average which allows for better teacher-student interaction and there are plenty of clubs and activities to join. Professors and faculty have been a great help in my academic success and they are always willing to sit and discuss any issues a students might have.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus is extremely safe, police are present constantly.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge on campus. There are many fraternities and sororities.

    What to do for fun

    There are many intramural teams as well as clubs.

    Food and Dining

    There are many food options on campus and the choices are healthy.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Sonoma are unlike any other school. They have more of an apartment style of living that is unlike any other state school that I have seen.

    Academic Rigor

    There isn't too much pressure on students academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs, teams, organizations, and etc. It is important to get involved in school activities so they do not feel bored. The school has so much to offer, but if you sit around and do not get involved it will be harder to build relationships with others.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus with small class sizes. Professors are able to build personal relationships with students. Campus is small so students are more of a community.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 69

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I'm sorry to say that though the occurrences are rare, there have been incidences on campus that are cause for concern. This past semester alone two girls fell victim to rape in their dorms. There was a home-made bomb thrown into one of the dorms living areas. Lucking no one was hurt from the latter, but it is still something to be mentioned. The school does have an on-campus police station, but sometimes they just aren't fast enough. So be careful about walking alone late at night, especially if your a girl. But I personally have never been in a position where I felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    There is a large Greek Life at Sonoma State consisting of 13 fraternities and sororities. About 500 students out of 9,000 are in Greek Life, which may not seem like much, but trust me when you're walking around campus to go to class, or getting a coffee at Charlie Brown's, you'll notice the sweatshirts, tote-bags, and 'What's up bro!' at almost every turn you make. However, not all of them are only dedicated to partying, there are some that are actually all about giving back to the community. So if you're not all about the party, but more about creating a community for yourself, it is possible!

    Clubs and Activities

    Sonoma State does have clubs, but the most active on-campus organizations are Associated Student Incorporation(or student council), and Greek Life. You will find clubs in your major, but they probably will meet off-campus to discuss how to fund certain activities for your club. For instance, I am in Painting club and we were able to put on art shows throughout every semester for painters in the Sonoma State Art Department. The campus also has a great study abroad center! I'll bet you didn't know tuition to study abroad stays the same for Cal State students? Well if that is something you're interesting in go check it out in the International Programs office and Marissa will help you out with everything! I know I'll never regret my year abroad in Florence, Italy!

    Great for these types of students

    Sonoma State is great for students who either know what they want to do, or have the initiative to figure it out. As I warned you earlier, the campus lacks a strong community and most students find their own smaller group of friends. Sonoma State does have Greek Life and other opportunities to get involved, you just have to go out and try! There is also a large liberal community in Sonoma State, so watch out republicans! If you can't deal with seeing hippies and artsy folk, probably not the best school for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some events that go unnoticed at Sonoma State are the Music Department shows and the Art Gallery openings. The Music Department has monthly music shows which show off their very talented students! The Art Gallery has four openings a semester for various visiting artists and student shows which serve free wine and food at every opening. These events are a great way to have a good time, just when the campus seems it's a little un-lively.

    Bang for the buck

    Lagunitas Brewery is my favorite brewery of all time! There are brewery tours M-F for free starting at 3pm. They offer you 6 very generous free tastings of their delicious IPA brews, which they all brew right there. After some great Lagunitas story telling from the very charismatic tour guide Louis, you will stumble through the brewery and see how they do things. Careful of the Gnarley Wine!

    What to do for fun

    When I was in my pre-21 years, there were surprisingly a lot of things to do that I still love to do today. The campus Recreational Center has a rock climbing wall which offers free lessons. There are a lot of great hiking spots and places to go camping(you can also rent out camping gear from the Rec Center). In the nearby cities Petaluma and Santa Rosa there are weekly music shows and art events. I always look forward to the Hand-Car Regatta every year(which was founded by Sonoma State students). There are also events in Cotati every now and then like the state-famous Accordion Festival where well-acclaimed accordion players gather and play music. Once you turn 21 you'll find that Sonoma State is in the center of wine country! Take a beautiful drive throughout the county and go taste some great wines! You'll find the Cotati Crawl pretty easily too! It's a strip of bars in Cotati where all the students go to have some fun after all those semi-harsh studying hours during the week.

    Food and Dining

    Rohnert Park has actually been criticized in northern California dining reviews as having the worst selection and quality of restaurants in the state. However, Oliver's Market, El Rancho Taqueria, and Mike's Sourdough sandwiches will save your taste buds while you're in school.

    Dorm Life

    The Sonoma State dormitories are really nice! All brand new appliances and facilities for the most part, but even the less-expensive housing communities are overly accommodating. It's like living in a 4-star hotel! However, if you're looking for that party scene, you're going to have to take it off-campus. Sonoma State monitors their facilities closely, and will not hesitate to kick you out without giving your deposit back if you are caught just once with bulk alcohol/other substances.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Sonoma State are easy depending on your high-school education. I went to a college preparatory school so college has been considerably easier than high school for me. However, I know others have struggled with those oh-so irritating General Education required courses. However, I will not dumb-down my art professors. They have been a true blessing in my college experience and I've learned so much from them. I'm sure it is the same in other majors once you get further along in your degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending this university I suggest trying to find a similar niche, because no one I knew freshman year continued their education without one. There are many opportunities for finding your network if you get out and find one! Mine just happens to be in the art department, but there are many other options in all majors if you stay involved with them. A lot of students at Sonoma State just don't take the initiative to do so.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State University as a whole has been a great experience for me, but only because I made it that way. It is a beautiful campus, but lacks your general campus lifestyle due to lack of community and student involvement. I found my niche in the Sonoma State Art department and have developed a network of professors, mentors, and friends.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe here even at night.

    Greek Life

    Is dominant here, but don't feel pressured to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join InterVarsity! These clubs are the only way to get to know people.

    Great for these types of students

    Small classrooms, smaller school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Copeland Creek is beautiful and relaxing. The Lakes are something Sonoma students take for granted, they are incredible.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is beautiful. Explore it. Find the creek. The butterfly garden. Lay out on the grass.

    What to do for fun

    Travel outside the school. Go to San Francisco. Just get out and find places.

    Food and Dining

    Just your average college food.

    Dorm Life

    Not your typical dorms, but they are so much nicer than other colleges. You can have some of the best memories with the people you meet here.

    Academic Rigor

    You will get back as much as you put forth.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. The dorms here are not set up as your typical college dorm would be posing a difficult problem getting to know people. So go out, join clubs, and MEET PEOPLE.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State University is a one-of-a-kind, small university surrounded by nature itself. The ratios of students to teachers allows for personal growth with your professors allowing them to get to know you. I recommended this university if you prefer smaller settings in a beautiful area.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus is small and well lit at night. police services are always there to help as well

    Greek Life

    not affiliated but have a lot of friends that are and love it. they sponsor a lot of dances which i know get sold out all the time

    Clubs and Activities

    club for every department, snow club, wine club, JUMP (community service organization), Sports teams, Rugby and ultimate frisby team/club, Greek life, dances

    Great for these types of students

    laid back and low-key, outdoorsy, environmentally conscious, studious, interested in viticulture and microbreweries, interested in music, nursing or teaching, looking for a great all around school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the spring semester live musicians play every Wednesday in the quad. Earth day becomes Earth Week. Bar crawls and barrel tastings in surrounding wine country (also Lagunitas brewery is fun). The pub on campus is very popular for students to eat and drink and hang out. The butterfly gardens and the creek are peaceful and beautiful. The new music building is supposed to be incredible for acoustics, Yo-Yo Ma came and played to test it out. The Recreation center is amazing complete with rock wall and all built environmentally friendly and LEED certified.

    Bang for the buck

    The CSU system is struggling with budget cuts but considering the attention I receive in my small classes, and the facilities available to me its worth it. Financial aid options are available as well. Also the woman who runs the study abroad office is awesome at getting you to go abroad and the school has great options.

    What to do for fun

    Explore surrounding cities/towns, Hike, bike, walk trails nearby, Volunteer at SSU's nature preserve, at the creek, or nearby farms, Bars in Petaluma, parties, Parks throughout city (accessible by bike), Clubs, School organized trips (really cheap and convenient!), Greek life

    Food and Dining

    Typical cafeteria food (with the exception of the grill in the mornings, yum!) To-go boxes and utensils are environmentally friendly. On campus restaurants, cafe and pub are delicious and a really great place to meet/up with people.

    Dorm Life

    The newer and/or apartment style dorms are beautiful. Its easy to get comfortable and seclude yourself, so you have to put in an effort to meet people outside of your own dorm and within other types of dorms. Lots of community activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are what you put into them. The more in depth you get into your major the harder classes become, but also a lot more enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not bring a car freshman year, buy a bike! Make sure to get involved to make a lot of friends. Live on campus for first two years (take advantage of the beautiful dorms!) Expect your teachers to actually care, but only if you do.

    In three sentences

    Small school and community, but with beautiful campus. Personal and intimate classes with great teachers. Considerate of environmental impact.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The recreation center is a good place to go for fun. You can play a variety of sports and many games including pool and table tennis. The city of Rohnert Park has many places to go such as the theater and bowling.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has on and off days during the year i'm afraid. The breakfast is always good, as long as you are up in time. Italian nights are the best for dinner but otherwise the food isn't the greatest.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms are beautiful. They aren't like dorms you would find at other schools but instead they are similar to apartments. You live in a comfortable environment where everything is very close by.

    Academic Rigor

    The work isn't too rigorous as long as you are on top of your homework and don't leave everything to the last minute. The teachers are fair with all their students and will answer any questions you have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to live in a very strict uptight area. If you are a party animal, I wouldn't consider this school. But if you really want to focus on actually learning, this school is the one for you.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State is a beautiful campus with a lot to offer. When you drive in the front entrance of the school, you feel that you are driving into a resort, it's that beautiful. On the academics side, all teachers are very fair and well trained. I would recommend this school to anyone considering.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs.... or head down to San Francisco

    Food and Dining

    Not bad actually...

    Tips for prospective students

    Before making a decision to go to a certain university, do yourself a favor and evaluate as to whether you're intrinsically motivated to go to that specific college in the first place....

    In three sentences

    A somewhat lively outdoors campus, it's perfect for anyone who's looking into going to a quiet and serene campus. However, it's not the most exciting campus to be in.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join greek life!!

    Food and Dining

    The freshmen dining hall is only so-so, but other places to eat on campus are yummy.

    Dorm Life

    Appartment style dorms are great. You can share a bathroom with only 3 other people instead of a whole hallway.

    Academic Rigor

    The psychology department is challenging, but all of the professors want you to suceed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Play a sport or join a sorority or fraturnity. If you don't get involved in something, you will be bored here.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State has a beautiful campus with a great gym and a new student center coming soon. The psychology department is wonderful. The town is a little dull, but you'll never be bored if you join greek life.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Fairly big on campus. Don't know much more than that.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a part of the German Club and Glee club, both of which were struggling with membership, but I don't know much about the other clubs on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students with wealthy parents. As someone who doesn't have wealthy parents, I felt out of place on occasion, as few students I knew seemed to have the problems of paying for school and housing, since parents paid for it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One part I really enjoyed is the Holocaust and Genocide Lecture series, which is a pretty unique part of Sonoma State. The series has a guest speaker every week, from Holocaust and other genocide survivors (Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur), as well as academics in the field, such as Carl Wilkins, James Waller, and Michael Berenbaum. Sonoma State also has one of very few saplings from the Anne Frank tree and a Holocaust memorial grove by the lake.

    Bang for the buck

    All California campuses are too expensive. I had some great teachers at Sonoma State that made me feel as if it were a little worth it.

    What to do for fun

    In Rohnert Park, there isn't a lot to do. There's a movie theatre, a bowling alley (with free bowling for SSU students every first Thursday, but get there EARLY), a skating rink, Scandia, Hooters. Cotati has what is known as 'The Cotati Crawl', which hits all the pubs in Cotati. On campus, there is a gym, which is free for student use, though some of the classes, like Zumba, are an additional fee. There are also a lot of clubs to join, including Glee, language clubs, political clubs and all the departments have clubs. The campus often has events for students and there is a weekly newsletter for those who live on campus to get about all these fun events.

    Food and Dining

    I've tried a few of the places on campus and The Pub is great, with awesome sandwiches, but can be really loud. Charlie Brown's has okay food and severely overpriced drinks. The University Restaurant, which is sort of a secret more up scale place to eat, has both okay service and okay food. In 2012, though, they started building a new building, which is supposedly going to have more food options, maybe even ones like Subway, or other fast food places, so future students might have more options.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Sauvignon, which are one of the more rundown areas to live. Nothing is new - the stoves are gas and ours we had trouble with the burners, so we had to use a lighter to light ours. One of the great things about Sauv, though, is that, compared to the other villages, the rooms are fairly large, especially the living room. Tuscany and Beaujelois villages, are much more up to date with their appliances and really gorgeous, so there are options.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what classes you are taking, whether they are difficult or a bit on the easier side.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to take advantage of your advisors. Buy rainboots because when it rains, the campus can flood.

    In three sentences

    Like most California universities, Sonoma State is filled with overpaid administrators, underpaid professors, and more paperwork than really needed. However, there are a lot of talented and intelligent professors, particularly in the political science and geography departments. The campus is nice, nothing fancy, but fairly compact, which is great for those who don't like walking.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety on campus is great. There are campus police who are always there to help if you need anything at all. And if you are living on campus, the CSA's are a good source for help for less serious issues.

    Greek Life

    I wasn't personally a member of any sorority, but I had a lot of friends who were. You often see people walk around with their sorority or fraternity shirts. It is a great way to make friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of options of clubs that fit the interests of all kinds of students. There is everything from religious clubs, to sports clubs, to clubs for specific majors, and fun clubs like a Disney club. And all kinda of activities are always happening on campus. They have trips to baseball games, movies and shows, site seeing places, and volunteering trips. And every so often, they put on an event where you can win prizes, including money!

    Great for these types of students

    Sonoma State is great for students who want to go to a University, but don't want to be in a big city, or a small town. The city of Rohnert Park is just the right size. And the campus isn't too small, or too big. Everything is easy walking distance on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    As one of the more inexpensive colleges in California, Sonoma State is a great choice. Tuition rates aren't as high, and the book store is helpful for getting books for lesser prices. The campus also has a Recreation Center that you get free usage to, and even the classes aren't very expensive. There is also a health center on campus that you pay for in an additional fee, but it is not expensive, and is really convenient for any type of medical needs.

    What to do for fun

    If you are living on campus, the 'Residential Life Association' puts together many different kinds of trips and events for people with different interests. Aside from that, there are many clubs to choose from, and Greek life is big on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Sonoma State not only has the cafeteria and commons for students with meal plans, but they also have other individual restaurants you can go to. Amicii's is a great place to get pizza and hang out. The Pub has great sandwiches and is right in the center of campus. And Charlie Brown's cafe is a quick stop for healthy food, right in the library.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is a great experience for anyone! Most freshman have to live on campus, but SSU also offers transfer student housing. As a transfer student, it was an easy transition from home to school while living on campus. Classes are a five minute walk away. Theres pools, laundry facilities, and a lot of residential life activities. It would be silly not to give yourself the opportunity to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what your major is will determine how hard classes are. As an English major, English classes involve a lot of weekly reading.

    Tips for prospective students

    The library is a great place during finals week, with 24 hour study hall! Make sure to spend time on campus before, after, or between classes, because all kinds of activities, events, and club/greek promoting happens!

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA is an amazing school, and I'm not just saying that because I go there. It is the perfect size for students looking for not too big or too small campuses. And the amount of activities and things to do are endless.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Associated Students always has some type of fun activity for students. There is always near by places you can go to and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are places who sell food on campus but if you get tired of campus food there are restaurants near by.

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure to always do your work and set time to study

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved, find a club to join

    In three sentences

    It is a good school to attend. There are some great instructors who try to help their students. Associated Students program always tries to plan fun activities for Sonoma state students.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 69

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    Campus Safety

    Police services often around, as well as safety buttons or whatever those things are called. I feel pretty safe and whenever anything happens on campus they send out an email.

    Greek Life

    Both sororities and fraternities. Very active Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot, one club for each major, and then many more. Easy to start new ones as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Socialites, not those focused on academics.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for. This is the cheapest four year school I could find. The education is mediocre as expected from a school that costs much much less than any other four year in California.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, sororities, fraternities, plays, comedy, improvisation shows, study groups, tutoring, bowling nights, lectures, Nerf wares, ultimate frisbee, telescope viewings... other things as well.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices off campus and pretty good on campus. Most places take cards, there's a pizza place, a coffee shop with smoothies, bagels, and pastries, but off of campus is definitely better than on. There's Asian, Mexican, American, fast food, all sorts and not too far from campus.

    Dorm Life

    Not too sure since I live off campus, but I've been in the freshmen dorms and they are okay for dorms but no kitchens. I think the senior dorms are a lot nicer as usual.

    Academic Rigor

    It's what you make of it, work really hard and you'll learn a fair amount, but you will pass and get by if you put in average amount to little amount of effort. You would really have to mess things up to fail out of this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Unless you have to go here because of money issues and location constraints like me, go somewhere else!

    In three sentences

    This college is lacking in academic areas-with typically large class sizes, except for the technical classes luckily. Social life is given much importance, even financially, and the money being spent is going to those areas rather than into improving the education where it's more needed. Understandably California is going through a lot of financial difficulties, but the money available should not continue to be used for new social oriented buildings, especially while students continue to be unsatisfied with the quality of education and the teachers, the student to teacher ratios, the unnecessary emphasis on being involved in student life, and the limited availability of courses.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police can always be seen and are willing to help with even the most seemingly personal, insignificant problems (i.e. letting you into a locked classroom or cracking down on your stolen bike or laptop).

    Greek Life

    Very visible, active, and engaged in community involvement. Close-knit and plenty of options available.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs, and new clubs are being created every year. Plenty of ethnic, religious,

    Great for these types of students

    Perfect for those who are intimidated by the idea of being at a big school. Good for students who are independent and can find their own entertainment and activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    School mascot is a Seawolf, which is not even a real animal, but rather a mystical one out of folklore.

    Bang for the buck

    Fees are increasing, and class options are diminishing.

    What to do for fun

    Drive 40 minutes south to San Francisco for the most diverse and entertaining activities and the best food around. Unless you're into wine tasting and love the locally-produced goods of Sonoma County.

    Food and Dining

    Could be better. Although it's usually relatively healthy, most students are now looking forward to the completion of the new Student Center (expected completion date Spring 2013) to experience SSU's most diverse and tasteful dining options yet.

    Dorm Life

    Super comfortable dorms that are close to everything happening on campus. Plenty of residential life activities to participate in and meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    There are plenty of challenging courses, but it's far too easy to get by with just the minimum difficulty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan your career path early, because changing paths or majors after your second year is extremely difficult. Always have a plan B and a plan C. Pick classes very early.

    In three sentences

    Small class sizes that allow you to get one-on-one attention with professors. Beautiful campus. Excellent and comfortable on-campus housing.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is very safe. There are always security guards at each event so no one gets out of line. Also, campus police can be at any place within five minutes or less. They even offer to give you rides back to your dorm late at night! I never feel unsafe or scared when walking throughout SSU's campus, despite it being open to the public.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm apart of BSU (Black Scholar's United) on campus and I absolutely love it. I'm now on the Board of Director's for this upcoming year and I can't wait to bring some fresh ideas into this amazing club. Also, I joined FLP (Freshman Leadership Program) this past year and it made my freshman year that much more exciting and relieving. Knowing I had these two amazing groups of people to keep me on track helped me immensely my freshman year.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of fun things to do! Join a club. Get involved with Greek Life. Join a sports team, either through the school or intramural sports through the gym. Go to many of the campus events. There's literally something for everyone at SSU, you just have to go out there and explore.

    Food and Dining

    The food here at SSU is pretty good! They have a little something for just about everyone. If you can't find what you're looking for on campus, there are also plenty of inexpensive dining facilities located just off campus in any direction.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at SSU are incredibly nice; they are easily the best in all of the CSU system. And with such a friendly and understanding staff of CSA's and such, they make it a very fun and exciting environment to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here can difficult, but as long as you put the work and dedication into them, they are definitely easy to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with something on campus! With so much that SSU has to offer, it would be a shame to not take advantage of any of these valuable opportunities. Also, get to know your professors. It makes their class a whole lot easier to manage and you can also use their knowledge and reccomendations in the future.

    In three sentences

    This school has absolutely everything to offer any type of student. With such a diverse variety of clubs and organizations on campus, there is something out there for every student. The class sizes are generally small & the professors are always willing to go out of their way to help a student in need.

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You do feel safe and secure on this campus due to the various rules/regulations that are enforced. At the same time, patrol is all over.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is fantastic!

    Clubs and Activities

    Numerous clubs and activities to join. As well as many events that are put on by various members of the school. Both sports and non-sports related.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for studious, serious students who want to study, obtain a degree, learn a lot, and expand their horizons but at same time have fun with it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing too unusual that I found on campus. I did like the nice BBQ orientation for family right before school started.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition has gone up - as it has all over the state. If the classes that one needed were available the first time around, it would make it more pleasant.

    What to do for fun

    There are various fun acitivities and clubs to join on campus. A bunch of fun and exciting events are also offered throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food unfortunately is not that great. We did a bunch of cooking in our kitchen which helped a lot.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was great! you do have to abide by strict rules and regulations but they are for our own safety. The dorms are more like apartments. VERY NICE!

    Academic Rigor

    The instructors are there to help you as best they can. The classes do fill up fast and many times you will be put on a waiting list but nowadays, that's the norm with most colleges. I have found the classes to be very interesting and informative.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely pay attention during the 'Open House' sessions and learn all you can about the various departments and places to go. It's a very nice size campus with lots to do in a very good location.

    In three sentences

    This is my second year at Sonoma State and I'm loving it. I'm learning so much from my various classes and great instructors. I lived on campus the first year but due to financial limitations, I moved off campus for this year.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The beach is thirty minutes away as well as the city, shopping in Santa Rosa, hanging out by the pool.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is not exactly fresh food and the restaurants on campus are only okay.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice, but the traditional college dorms help you meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    You definitely have to put in the work in order to receive a good grade in your courses. Extra help from professors and engaging in class is vital.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to your professor's office hours, it helps you excel and understand the material better. Get involved-join a sorority, volunteer, join a club, participate in sports.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State is very impacted and I have found it extremely difficult to find classes that I am interested in taking. Becoming involved by joining a sorority made living here easier. The housing and campus is very beautiful.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are on-campus events like movie nights, dances, games, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is MUCH better than I could have imagined it to be. There are different meals every day and they provide meals for those with different diets, too.

    Dorm Life

    Cabernet is a great little community on campus. All of my neighbors are friendly and I have the best group of housemates!

    Academic Rigor

    The class sizes are much smaller than that at virtually any other university, so the help and attention from your professors are easy to get.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're planning on living on campus, apply for Cabernet! If you're in Cabernet, you'll be in FIG (Freshmen Interest Group) and it adjusts you to college so well!

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State has an absolutely beautiful campus. It has a fantastic Liberal Studies program (Hutchins School of Liberal Studies). The FIG program is adjusting me to college very well.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe walking at night, and there are call stations all around campus where a police escort will meet with you right away.

    Greek Life

    About 20% of the student population is Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs, Greek Life, and Sports are pretty prominent on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a smaller class size, while going to a beautiful university. Definitely for someone who wants to hang out at a new student center in the hub of campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Toast, Bacon & Eggs statue in the middle of campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Even with tuition increases, it is affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Becoming involved is the best way to have fun. Going on a short drive to San Francisco or Bodega Bay is a great way to spend a day.

    Food and Dining

    Definitely needs more venues, it is only locally owned places on campus. But other major food places are close by.

    Dorm Life

    Princeton Review just rated it as the top public school in the country for dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers can be more difficult than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and live on campus!

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State University is a great small campus that is on the rise. It has one of the best campuses, dorms, and teacher to student ratios in the country. It has a brand new state of the art Student Center and Green Music Center as well.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since I started here I have never run into any issues with safety on the campus.

    Greek Life

    Have not tried any of the Greek groups, however they the sororities seem very active as they tend to have many group events on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Most schools have at least one club per major and several athletic clubs. If you like indoor soccer or play football versus your rival majors SSU is for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Definitely great for those who wish to remain in Sonoma county, love nature and enjoy the small city scale. The campus is also based on small scale classes with few auditorium classes in the upper level classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus pond was built on the wrong soil. Created on alluvial fan soil the pond drained so fast they had to fill it with concrete to create walls so the water does not drain. Only a few yards south is clay soil which would have retained the water without concrete walls.

    Bang for the buck

    Provided at California's high level of upper education and the lowest prices in most of the country you'll get your bang for your buck at SSU. However prices in Sonoma county are high, because of the county taxes.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is a wet campus so if you like to hang out with friends at a bar and watch a Gaint's game this is the campus for you. It is also home to one of the best music centers and the city of Santa Rosa is only a couple miles north with plenty to do.

    Food and Dining

    Have not tried their student dining plans, however their student eating facilities if not on the plan vary very little in food choice and most of it is sub-standard.

    Dorm Life

    As far as I have seen the dorms look excellent, however I do not live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    On the level with most California State Universities with different departments having different standards for student performance. Most schools at up to the standards of any other CSU and more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a pass to the regional parks. Sonoma county has so of the most unique regional parks.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State University campus is located in Sonoma county. Schools are provided in the fields of environmental science, economics, history, and more. The university is also home to several Greek houses.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Residential Life is always putting things on at school, whether it be a movie screening or a school basketball game there is always something to do at SSU!

    Food and Dining

    Food here is basic college/cafeteria food. We've moved up from cafeteria food, but it's not always the best. Like any food place it has its good days and it has its bad days.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is by far better than any other school I've seen. Dorms are basically apartments, most of which are furnished and have kitchens. There is also many things to do in the dorms just seek Village Counsel for all activities.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor here is as difficult as any other college. The only thing that separates Sonoma from those other colleges is the size. Sonoma offers classes probably no bigger than 200 students, if that, so there is plenty of attention you can get from professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and don't stress about things just make sure all forms needed are in on time. Contact Admissions for any concerns you may have, and I mean any. They will be more than happy to help you.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State University is absolutely amazing and I love it. Not only is it beautiful it's in the lovely wine country and only about an hour from the famous San Fransisco. You get the typical college experience you;re looking for here.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Affordable college

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, dorm parties, close cool places to go as long as you have a car.

    Food and Dining

    Decent food but the new Caf next year may change that, finally.

    Dorm Life

    Nice dorms granted you have the right roommates but do not get the classic college dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Not excessively difficult but not insanely easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be happy whatever you decide, get involved with clubs and other such things. Ask questions and be engaged.

    In three sentences

    A small school with an atmosphere to fit it. You won't find the luxuries and parties of the bigger schools here but you will get a decent education at a good price. Do your research before attending.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Coming from a big city Sonoma State is secluded. At times it seems like there isn't much to do. The majority of students are Caucasian.

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the duck ponds which is the most beautiful spot on campus. We have the famous afro duck that walks around. We have a bacon and eggs statue, along with Toast which serves coffee and breakfast items.

    What to do for fun

    TONS of on campus events, like The Vagina Monologues, The Big Cat Show (tigers and stuff), The Chainsaw Juggler, etc.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State is absolutely beautiful. We have the best and nicest residence hall (NOT dorms). We also have a bacon statue.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police station on campus who are available 24/7. Also, there are these posts on campus with blue lights at the top that you can go to walking home at night, if for any reason you don't feel safe, and a police officer will come right away and escort you home or help you if needed.

    Greek Life

    HUGE at Sonoma State University. Almost 60-80% of campus is involved in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for almost everything! Sports, biology, equestrian, etc. You name it, I'm pretty sure SSU has it.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of activities to do on campus! One of my favorites was Big-Screen Night, where the school rents a huge blow up screen and plays recent movies on there.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food was good at first, but after a while it can get repetitive. This is why I suggest the 8 meal-plan because you'll be able to use up your meals, but also you have more dining dollars that you can spend at other food locations on campus. This will give you more variety in your food selection.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great! However, one may encounter some bug problems here and there, but maintenance on campus should take care of that. Also, CSA's provide lots of activities to get involved in.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers give fair amount of homework, but really work to challenge the student to excel in their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go for the 8 meal plan if you plan on buying any food at all outside of campus! You most likely won't even be using all of the meals on your 14 meal plan, but possibly your 10 meal-plan if you decide to only go to the cafeteria for food.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State University has one of the most beautiful campuses I've seen on the West Coast. The education you receive here is also just as great because the class sizes are smaller, allowing teachers to work more one-on-one with students. Also, almost all the dorms are apartment style, meaning most have kitchens and single bedrooms, and this is available for all students, including freshmen.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Nature loving food conscious

    What to do for fun

    Theres clubs, fraternities and sororities and many activities around the school.

    Food and Dining

    The food comes from local stores and there is always so many options.

    Dorm Life

    I have the cheapest dorms and they are nicer than other campus' dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus! Make sure a very nature-like college is what you want.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State has the most beautiful campus. Their food in the cafeteria is delicious, and you can tell they care about the environment because they get food from local stores. Also, there are many activities that are so enjoyable here.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety is a big role on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Active student body and many clubs on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal Arts majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I am aware of.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is easier on the wallet.

    What to do for fun

    Different things.

    Food and Dining

    Good food.

    Dorm Life

    Clean dorms and nice people.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are difficult so making a study group early in the semester will be very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with counselor and plan your classes carefully, early on. Stay up on the classes and the requirements for graduation or transfer.

    In three sentences

    A relaxed atmosphere for learning. Teachers approachable and eager to assist students. Beautiful campus.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sonoma State is one of the safest universities. You can walk to your car or dorm late at night without fear of being attacked. However, there are still those who go out searching for trouble, such as those who get involved in drugs and alcohol too much. For those actually interested in an education and in related academic pursuits, there is nothing to worry about.

    Greek Life

    I think there is more Greek Life than usual at SSU. It is quite noticeable when you first arrive. However, if you don't live on campus, and you don't want to be a part of it, it's pretty easy to avoid. You stop even noticing it once you get involved in your classes and own interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    SSU has clubs and honor societies for everything, and it is very easy to create a new organization. There is an unusual amount of funding available for clubs to use for travel events and to put on programs for the whole university. Associated Students also offers many free activities for students who aren't interested in a particular club.

    Great for these types of students

    There are quite a few young women of wealthy families from LA or Orange County. However, there is a niche for everyone. Students in similar majors tend to group together, since they tend to have like interests, so I don't think anyone is really excluded.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Most traditions are pretty normal here, except there is a Geek Week, which pokes fun at Greek Week. Geek Week happens every Spring semester in March, and is a time for students in math, technology, science and engineering classes to participate in contests and generally conduct activities related to these subjects. All students can participate, not just STEM majors.

    Bang for the buck

    For upper division years, SSU cannot be beat. You'll get an education here that will prepare you for future studies or for your career. There are also lots of research opportunities, since professors care about undergraduates here, and lots of social opportunities. However, lower division classes can be done much cheaper at a community college.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of free activities for students. Associated Students offers low cost camping trips and shopping trips throughout the year, as well as free movies, bowling and concerts. There are also about a hundred different student organizations that plan their own activities and trips, many of which are completely or partially funded. There's a rock wall in the recreation center that can be fun, too.

    Food and Dining

    The food is overpriced, but good quality. If you have the option, shop at a local grocery store (there are many within driving/bus/walking distance). You'll save money and you'll eat healthier. It's difficult to make healthy choices eating campus food.

    Dorm Life

    SSU has some of the best dorms in the nation. Students get their own rooms and share a kitchen and living room area. Some of the buildings are very new, and all of them have plenty of parking. However, some of the younger students can be difficult to live with due to excessive partying.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a pretty easy school, but that doesn't mean that students don't learn anything. It's easy because professors are willing to help their students, and there are many forms of academic support, such as free tutoring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your first 2 years of classes at a community college, because you'll save money. Lower division classes are also difficult to get into at SSU, so you'll have an easier time if all of your classes are just upper division.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State is a great school for the price. This university has some of the best professors in California, who really care about their students learning and are happy to help anyone who asks for it. There are so many opportunities, whether you are looking to study, do research, meet friends, start your career or get involved with the community.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Cops are nice if you arent a trouble maker. They love to catch people. Drive the speed limit, and just dont be stupid, and youre fine. They will even walk you home from late night classes if you are scared.

    Greek Life

    Frats&sororities are big here.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, go to the mall. Get netflix. Join a club/Greek life

    Food and Dining

    The food venues around campus are nice. I enjoy the food at the cafe.

    Dorm Life

    There isnt much to do except hang out with your friends, Stay away from sauv if you are trying to party, you will get caught if you go there.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes arent hard, but they are a challenge, go to class and do your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you really do all your work and take notes in class. Go to class! That's a big one

    In three sentences

    Its a very beautiful campus, And i really like the way the dorms are set up like little apartments. The classes are interesting and really get you involved. There isnt too much course work, but enough to keep your mind busy.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    EXTREMELY safe! Campus is very well lit! Everywhere you go, there are emergency call boxes that link directly to on campus police department. There are blue lights marking them and there is nowhere outside you can go without seeing one. There are a lot of patrol police for such a small campus and it is very secure and safe.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternities on campus. However, Rohnert Park has laws against greek houses and so does Sonoma State, so there is no fraternity or sorority houses that are official. Also you cannot live with more than 6 people in an off-campus house because of local laws, so you cannot even make an un-official greek house. However, the greek life is really predominant on campus! About 15% of the population is affiliated and growing!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs on campus and it is easy to get involved. Chances are there is a club for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Independent, small town

    Bang for the buck

    It is worth tuition! You get free visits to the on campus health facility. If you need an x-ray, it is included in your tuition. Tuition is definitely worth all the perks you get!

    What to do for fun

    Drive to Santa Rosa, drive to San Francisco. Go shopping, hang out in the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    Food is okay. The other dining venues on campus other than the cafeteria are excellent!

    Dorm Life

    Some of the best dorms in the country! Even as a freshman you can live in apartment style dorms with a kitchen, living room, and balcony. You never share a bathroom with more than 3 people, most often you share with one other person.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to TRY to fail a class to actually fail it. It is nearly impossible to fail a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour to fully get to know the size of the school, it is very small compared to other CSU's. You can walk end to end of the school in about 10 minutes or less.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State Has a beautiful campus. The people are very nice. You get to know everyone.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe, the worst thing that has happened while I've been here is peoples cars getting broken in to.

    Greek Life

    Theres a lot of frats and sororities. If you're looking in to joining one you'll have plenty of opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities they aim towards for incoming freshmen.

    Great for these types of students

    Chill students who are into small class sizes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Sonoma Aroma! I don't think anyone actually know where it comes from but when it gets hot out after the rain the campus smells really weird.

    Bang for the buck

    For the amount you pay you really get a lot out of it. The dorms are all really nice, they're pretty much all like little apartments. Class sizes can range from pretty small (24 kids, usually for discussions or labs) to 700 (for lectures

    What to do for fun

    The beach and San Francisco are only an hour or so away so theres always a lot to do off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The caf is really hit or miss but we also have Charlie Brown's, Ameci's, Toast, The Pub, and The Commons that all offer amazing food.

    Dorm Life

    Sonoma State has the best dorms in California for sure.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm only a freshmen so the classes I've taken haven't been too hard. I'm a Bio Major so its definitely going to get harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come see the campus before you commit. But that goes for any school you apply to really hahaa.

    In three sentences

    Super chill campus. Theres not a lot to do in Rohnert Park but if you venture out of the city you'll find a lot more.

  • 03/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe walking around my campus!

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of sororities and fraternities to get involved with including: national and local.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, clubs, Greek life, events on campus and plenty more!

    Food and Dining

    The caf does not have the best food for students, but the rest of the campus venues are great. Ameci's is an amazing pizza place and i love the smoothies at Charlie Browns.

    Dorm Life

    This campus has the best dorms I have ever seen! I loved living in them! They are not too crowded and the newer Tuscany/Beaujolis dorms are amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say that there are some challenging classes at Sonoma State, but overall the academics are not the hardest. It's a good school for academics, but definitely not the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State is a small, but beautiful campus with much to offer students. Class sizes are small and the people are awesome!

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police station on campus

    Greek Life

    One of the most affiliated campuses in california (sorority and fraternitys)

    What to do for fun

    Like i said, there is not much to do in rohnert park but you are close to some cool places. Only 45 min to the San francisco, 30 min to bodega bay and the ocean, 20 min drive to the Russian river area and 10 minutes to santa rosa.

    Food and Dining

    I worked at the dining hall, it is good food and all you can eat at the main dining hall. There also a good pizza place, a pub, a Mexican place and a market. Lots of choices and a meal plan is included.

    Dorm Life

    Very nice dorms. Some built in 2011. Alot of student mixer type events and Co-op groups.

    Academic Rigor

    It is what you make of it. For some classes it is easy to slip by and pass, while others require more work. Depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit the town and see what you think, if you like a fun town with a cool downtown area and lots of college kids walking around, SSU is probably not the best place.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very beautiful and there is some construction going on for an awesome new student center building. Rohnert park is not a college town, not much going on. There are however many things nearby, like SF and the ocean. The dorms are the nicest I've ever seen.

  • 04/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The gym is a fun place with rock-climbing and more. Events are always being held in the quad and theatre shows are performed weekly.

    Food and Dining

    Great food options with 5 different restaurants on campus. Much food to choose from so everybody can be happy.

    Dorm Life

    This is great because they hook you up with people that are like you! No more having to be quiet in the morning because your dorm mates aren't morning people!

    Academic Rigor

    I am a chemistry major, and I believe the academic rigor in my courses is very high. The teachers challenge you just enough so that you learn and are compelled in the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like small colleges, this is the choice for you! It has great major programs and every teacher is great! The tuition is small comparable to other universities but the benefits are enormous!

    In three sentences

    It is a very nice small school so the teachers are very helpful and you have time to talk to them. If you live on campus, you nearly know everybody you see, which is a great thing! I love this campus and recommend it to everybody.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sonoma State University sends out emails to all of the residents with a big list of things to do every single week! There's karaoke, comedy night, BBQ, music performances, theater performances, and even off campus events that the school will take you to!

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of places to eat on campus, including a cafeteria, a cafe, and a pizzeria! The food is a little above standard price but definitely worth it. Variety is good and the food is even better.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are wonderful! You will definitely love the set up of these mini apartments. And for the upperclassmen, townhouses are available! Such a comfortable stay, and such fun people staying in them! Definitely a treat.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a pretty easygoing school, but it does push you in your own way. Do not expect to graduate with good grades if you do not try. However, the course load is not overwhelming, even for majors like physics and biology.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning in majoring in psychology, nursing, or business you should assign that as your major immediately, as these majors tend to be very hard to get into and pretty impacted.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State University has a lot to offer to today's students. Sonoma State is known for their excellent academics, especially in nursing, psychology, and business. The professors are great, and the subject matter is easy to understand.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is actually really great at Sonoma, and they always have a variety of dining areas. From pizza, sandwiches, nachos, Mexican food, hamburgers, smoothies, pastries, salads and much more!

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms was the best experience! I have made long time friends by taking part in the residential community and I highly recommend for all student to engage in this experience at least for one year. I live so close to SSU but my decision to live on campus was truly worth every cent. You can really tell those who stay on campus and those who live at home, have very different college experiences. When living on campus you become closer and more engaged in campus life, become more involved and grow to be independent.

    Academic Rigor

    The result of academics is what you make of it. Do the work, study hard and go to class, is what will lead you to succeed academically. Going into SSU you are required to take certain courses that may not be of your interest. These GE classes are what will make you a well-rounded student academically and soon focusing on your intended major will become less difficult because they are classes in your interest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and/or organizations and engage in community service as much as possible. Being involved on and off campus is what will truly make your experience at Sonoma State Univeristy the most memorable and enjoyable. Take on leadership roles and make a difference in you community and you will make a difference upon yourself in the process. You are guaranteed to grow as a person and meet amazing people, faculty and staff along the way by getting involved.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State University is a community based school with endless opportunities and incredible faculty and staff. It's a university that builds, inspires and creates new leaders that will eventually give back to their communities to make a difference. This university gives what you need to succeed and continue a higher education.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    New student center is amazing with great food choices and local beer on tap.

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful dorms, probably one of tops in the country. CSA's can be picky.

    Academic Rigor

    Relatively easy academically, especially if you get the right teachers. The hardest part about classes are getting into them.

    Tips for prospective students

    School work here not too hard if you get the right teachers. Not many fun school related events which can be frustrating at times.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State is an average university. Not much school spirit and campus life can be boring at times. Nice campus in the heart of wine country.

  • 07/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs and organizations that one can join for fun along with the greek life and intramural play. San Francisco is about a 40 minute drive which is full of entertainment and great places to sight see.

    Food and Dining

    The dining and food are just like any other location with the same meal plans and food. We are currently opening up a new dining court that will hopefully boost the experience to a five star experience.

    Dorm Life

    One thing that attracts most students are the amazing student dorms or should I say suites. These are one of the best on-campus living situation in the nation and I really enjoyed my time in them.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are small and the teachers are very nice and helpful making the classes that much easier to pass. There are also an abundance of tutors that will help anyone at anytime.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for prospective student is to make friends as soon as possible, all though most of the students are very friendly the best thing to do is make as many as quickly as possible. Everyone is just like you willing to make friends so it will be very easy to make friends the first month compared to the last.

    In three sentences

    I have enjoyed my time so far here at Sonoma State. As a californian i have felt comfortable here because of all the local student body that attend it. I also enjoy the location and campus of the school, away from it all yet close enough to San Francisco to go during the weekends.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    On campus, there wasn't much to eat. There were more options a few minutes away, though.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seemed comfortable.

  • 09/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do at Sonoma. ASP (Associated Student Productions) are always making events for students to go to. Also, on the first thursday of every month there is free bowling night for SSU students. Not to mention that by joining clubs or sororities you will always have something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food here at Sonoma is okay but it can be better. There is always something new to eat everyday. However, the food and dining is bound to change when the new student center opens and we get a new chef.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is great. Everyone in the villages are nice and you get to meet really great people. Everyone is always out mingling with their neighbors and getting to know each other.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are challenging and you get the education that you payed for. The teachers also know what they are teaching and offer a lot of help. Also, at Sonoma you are given a lot of free time to do homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Something that I would tell future students is to be yourself and get out of your comfort zone. You will have a great college experience if you go out and try something new like joining a sorority or clubs. Also make sure to ask for help when you need it and use all the resources that are offered at Sonoma.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State is a great school to go to. It is very peaceful and beautiful. Everyone here is nice and they are all willing to help out. You also make great friends and will have a great time.

  • 11/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Its quite on weekends at times and the police station is located in the middle of campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is definitely very active on campus and Sonoma has a wide variety and lots of options to choose from. If your interested in joining one you'll just need to find your fit.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of different clubs available on campus ranging from special interests to general major related clubs. You just need to be motivated to find them and see what your interested in.

    Food and Dining

    Its college food not very artistic but can be very good at times. Lots of organic food stands close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    Absolutely wonderful housing. Lots of side activities happening in the res life.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what your thinking about going into, the courses you take, and how dedicated you are the work can become very big.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely do your research on the area your interested in. Look for clubs and classes you'll be interested in taking. Don't be afraid to email questions you might have sometimes big hurdles only look big when you refuse to walk a little farther ahead.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma provides numerous opportunities to those willing to seek them and determined to establish themselves in their interest area. Very friendly campus and abundant in clubs and academic opportunities. Excellent library and campus residential area.

  • 11/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek life makes up a large population of our students but most everyone who is affiliated loves it. There are plenty of soroities and fraternities to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are about 300 clubs to become involved in!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many fun traditions/events put on by ASP and ResLife that are unforgettable.

    What to do for fun

    By getting involved with stuff on campus is your best bet. The actual city of Rohnert Park can be a little boring.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorm areas to choose from are great!

    Academic Rigor

    Not too hard but enough to push yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit it!! Take the time to see what SSU has to offer. Find out what there is on campus that you would want to get involved in because the more involved you are the better your overall expierence will be.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and the professors that teach here really care. Classes can be hard to get but my overall experiences with classes have been positive. In general people are friendly and due to the small campus faces become familiar.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hanging out with friends on campus is the majority, hard to find places off campus but there are hidden gems

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    cops patrol all the time very safe.

    Greek Life

    A+ lots of fun and involved in many philanthropies.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life is very good on campus

    Great for these types of students

    Very good business school.

    Bang for the buck

    Great price for the great education your getting

    What to do for fun

    Get involved with Greek life on campus. Plenty of outdoor adventure trips.

    Food and Dining

    Brand new student center with a four star dining service.

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful dorms on campus and everyone is really fun and nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Once you start your upper division/ major classes, is when you'll have a hard time. Take advantage of the wonderful library.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to get all the classes you want your freshman year. Get involved with organizations on campus.

    In three sentences

    The campus is surrounded by beautiful wine country. The professors are very helpful. One of the smaller CSU campuses.

  • 01/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a nice section to walk around the campus and they also have a rock wall to climb.

    Food and Dining

    great selection of food.

    Dorm Life

    never been in a dorm over there.

    Academic Rigor

    Makes a student actually have to read and pay attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to go to every class and not skip. Skipping classes will make it difficult to get good grades.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State is a nice campus that is very safe and easy to roam around without a car. The buildings are sectioned off and they have a nice gym. The food services they have is a very healthy choice.

  • 02/15/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police station on campus, very safe.

    Greek Life

    Most of the freshman are in it.

    Great for these types of students

    Lazy party stoners.

    Bang for the buck

    Poor school, poor education.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing, really. If you were a music major like me, you could practice. Other than that, you can rot in your dorm. The school makes zero effort to provide entertainment for it's students.

    Food and Dining

    Forget about eating, they never have any food out. When it is, it is severely burnt.

    Dorm Life

    Very nice dorms but people constantly smoke weed inside all of them.

    Academic Rigor

    I didn't try and I got a 3.7 gpa.

    Tips for prospective students

    Avoid this school!!! Most of the student body are pot heads and are very immature. They are also not very intelligent. There is never any food in the cafeteria and there is nothing to do in the surrounding area. The curriculum is too easy. There are better choices than this school!

    In three sentences

    Very poor school. Does not serve the need of it's students. I dropped during my second semester here.

  • 04/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I like going to the rec center and working out or if I see anyone playing soccer I try to join them. We have a lot of intramural teams for different sports if that's something you're into.

    Food and Dining

    I've never eaten here except for Charlie Brown's but they say the Kitchens is really good, Buffet style and $11 to get in.

    Dorm Life

    I recommend living in Tuscony or Bouj if you're upper classmen instead of Sauv.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course, it depends on the instructor and your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living on campus is definitely a plus to getting to know people. Make sure you get to know our professors, for they will be a great resource when applying to scholarships, internships and Master's/PhD programs.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma is a very green, small school. By that I mean, it takes you no more than 10 minutes to get across campus and you see nothing but nature all around you. Sonoma is a predominantly Anglo-American student body but with great support system for those of different cultural backgrounds.

  • 05/11/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Dorms are to die for. Campus is very pretty. MUSIC HALL IS WORLD-CLASS.

  • 06/04/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Sonoma State has been rated the top safety school in California this year!

    Food and Dining

    At my week long stay at Sonoma State I must admit the food gets quite tiresome. Like I said I was only there for a week and in a mere week they were already repeating the same meals. I can't imagine eating there for four years lol. But for the money, I guess you can't really complain!

    Dorm Life

    I'm only a Junior in high school, but this summer thanks to 10,000 Degrees a college program I'm in I got to spend a week at Sonoma State in the new dorms. All I can say is WOW, they're by far the best college dorms I've seen, not to mention spacious!

    Academic Rigor

    I gave it five stars because I heard the classes are great, of course you have your occasional stressful final papers, but I heard classes aren't super stressful or rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're a student that lives locally near Sonoma I'd suggest applying because I heard students who live in Sonoma County get preference and higher rate of acceptance!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, diversity, perfect class sizes!

  • 06/10/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are security guards and alarm stations set up around campus, as well as plenty of street lamps. I felt very safe going on walks at night.

    Greek Life

    I was not a part of Greek Life, but everyone I met who was a part of it was very nice.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are club fairs and activities going on all the time at Sonoma State! One of my favorites was Movie Night, when we used one of the lecture halls as a movie theater and showed films that recently came out.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to go to a smaller school will enjoy Sonoma State.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The lake is a great place to relax. There are geese and ducks here, and it can be therapeutic to watch them glide across the water. It is also a great place for a picnic!

    Bang for the buck

    There is a lot of support at Sonoma State, and because it is a small school a student can get to know their professors better. It is easier to get a good grade when the student can talk to the professor about something he or she did not understand, rather than be passed over as another face in the crowd like at bigger universities.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs on campus. When the weather is cloudy, a student could join a film appreciation club, staying inside watching movies. When the weather is nice during Spring semester, a student could join an extreme frisbee club. There are plenty of possibilities.

    Food and Dining

    The food served on campus is very good! There is plenty of variety, and it is not too expensive to get a meal plan. Eating in the dining hall is a good place to meet people and also get a nice, hot meal.

    Dorm Life

    It is easy to meet people as a student living in a dorm. The R.A.s are always helpful when a student has a problem. Students are allowed to choose who their roommates will be a lot of the time. It's a really great situation to be in when a student can live peacefully and happily with his or her friends!

    Academic Rigor

    There are plenty of students willing to help with studying (study groups, one-on-one tutoring). The environment for studying and getting good grades is not as rigorous and stressful as some schools, which can actually make getting good grades a more tangible aspect for students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living on campus is a great way to meet people. Getting involved with activities will help a prospective student to learn more about the campus culture and about themselves. When the weather is nice, I would encourage new students to explore the campus landscape for new, beautiful places to study.

    In three sentences

    Sonoma State has a beautiful campus and a culture that promotes success in academics and life. The professors are intelligent and personable. A student can really thrive at Sonoma State.