Aliso Viejo, CA
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Reviews 111 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Academics at Soka are great! Just make sure you talk to other students about which classes and professors are best. Remember that everyone has different opinions and learning styles though! The admissions counselors at SUA are super sweet and will help you through 100% of the process.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Really wonderful students attend Soka! Dating can be a bit difficult because the student body is so small but people do it.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: 98% of student receive some sort of financial aid. Financial need-based, athletic, merit and full-ride scholarships are available.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Registered nurse on campus for students every day of the week. Campus safety is on patrol 24/7. I've never ever felt unsafe on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The cafeteria is all-you-can-eat buffet style. It is included in your room & board. Most of the time the food is really good. All fresh ingredients. If you don't like what's being served you can make a salad or sandwich. You can also go to the grill and order stir-fry, hamburgers, hotdogs, and more. Usually at least one gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian option (but not always).

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are extremely nice - much better than the majority of colleges. Private bathrooms. Sophomore year and up you get a private room and you share a common room and bathroom with 1 roommate. Living rooms, computer rooms, free laundry, pantries with fridges, TVs.

5 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is free for students and there are lots all over campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic facilities are amazing! Sports are definitely part of campus life and the student body but not a huge amount.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is almost always sunny and warm. Sometimes it would be nice to get a bit of rain and clouds, but I really can't complain.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Soka was my first choice of colleges. It's definitely not the right school for everyone, though. If you really care about getting a transformative education inside and outside of the classroom, you should look into Soka. Being a student here can be very difficult but completely worth it.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Students are required to live on-campus all four years. If a student wants to live off campus they must write a petition and have it approved.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Aliso Viejo is a newer town that is pretty high income. There are nice restaurants, grocery stores, and a few places to shop. I wish there was more coffee shop sort of places, but it is a very residential neighborhood in southern OC so it makes sense. Campus is surrounded by a beautiful canyon that has lots of awesome paths. You can also hike through the canyon to Laguna Beach.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Soka does not have any sort of Greek life on campus.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Because the school opened to 2001, the entire campus is extremely nice and well kept. I have had friends who go to other older universities that have commented on how nice all the building are. The university works very hard to maintain its image. The buildings and landscaping are always well kept.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: There are many unique aspects to Soka, so I'll only list a few. Every student is required to take a foreign language and then study abroad in a country that speaks that language during their junior year. Almost every single faculty and staff member is so kind and truly cares about the students. Everyone from the shuttle driver to the president of the school cares about you.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Attendance is required for classes because it plays into your grade, but no one is going to hold you accountable. Underage alcohol and drug use are highly punishable.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's really not a party school. There is some drinking but students bond more over music, art, and other events. Peace Gala is an event where all our schools Donors come and eat dinner and dance with us- which is a lot of fun.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: All students have a Liberal Arts Major which is awesome because it's an integrated education. There are 4 concentrations, I am working towards one in Social and Behavior Science. There are so many resources- career counseling, internship, work and travel grants/opportunities. This school is the most supportive school where you work directly with the professors and are never taught by T/A's.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Workload is pretty large, but you will learn so much and be rewarded for it. Professors are all so smart and willing to work with their students on everything.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Del Taco and Subway are basically the only 24 hour options. There are lots of restaurants about a mile from the school in Town Center that are open until about 8-9.

1 College Junior

Transportation: There is a shuttle system on campus, but it only meets the most basic of students' needs. The current system is designed to run every 30 minutes along a circular route to AV Town Center, Target, and Walmart. In reality, it is a good day when the shuttle is able to stick to this 30 minute schedule. A simple trip to Target can easily become an hour long process with the more reliable shuttle drivers, and an hours (multiple) long process with the less reliable drivers.The shuttle can take you to other locations, but they must be within a 5 mile range of Soka (in Orange County, this not get you very far). The shuttle will not take students to the closest airport (John Wayne/Orange County International), and it can be difficult to arrange a ride even to the nearest train station (Irvine). On top of that, it is difficult for many students financially to get to the airport or train station as there are practically no reliable bus lines in the area, so your only options are a $40+ taxi ride or a similarly priced airport shuttle. All in all, while I understand that it must be difficult to operate any transportation service that is free to students, I do believe there is much room for improvement.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: sometimes i see and smell people smoking but its really easy to avoid those people when they're smoking... compared to other schools, soka kids dont really drink or smoke or do anything like that

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: most students got a full ride and the rest got really close it... tons of my friends even got refunds from the school to buy books and stuff.. soka was my cheapest option and i know that a lot of kids chose soka because of how much money the school can give... they give their students tons of money because the schools new and they can use that to get really awesome students :)

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4 College Freshman

Academics: we are taught ONLY by actual professors, no grad students; teachers have VAST experience (a lot come from poverty and rose themselves us) and lots come from big schools like harvard and stanford... of course, theres some boring teachers that focus only on memorization and lecture, but for the most part, theyre good

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: our teams are good and students support athletics.. but athletics are not as competitive as other schools (we dont have football or cheerleading at all)


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