Sonoma State University is a public school in California’s wine country and one of the smallest campuses in the California State University system. Sonoma State grants bachelor’s degrees in 46 academic programs including the only Wine Business programs in the United States. In addition to classroom facilities, SSU oversees the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve, a 4,000-acre wilderness where students study environmental sustainability. For sports fans, Sonoma State fields 14 varsity sports teams known as the Seawolves.
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Beautiful campus, amazing dorms, comfortable weather but kind of pricey.
I love it. I love it. I love it.
J from Glendale, CA
Beautiful campus, diversity, perfect class sizes!
Maribel from Sonoma, CA
Beautiful campus that is the perfect size - not too big and not too small. One of the things I love the most about SSU is seeing people I know whenever I'm walking to and from class or am just out and about, Many opportunities to get involved - there is something for everyone.
Sonoma State has a beautiful campus, excellent teachers, and an amazing environment for everyone to fit in. Just being on campus gives you a sense of pride and the students here are genuinely happy to be a Seawolf.
Zoey from San Francisco, CA
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.
Andrea from Folsom, CA
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.