Location
Aliso Viejo, CA
Undergrads
435
Tuition
$28,146
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 129 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The teams are okay, but it is always a fun community building experience to attend.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: You can get away with a lot on campus. They're all big talk when it comes to a lot of things. Keep the parties with drinking out of the freshmen dorms (which are dry no matter the ages) and everyone is happy.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Okay, let me be perfectly honest. There are times when I scream "I HATE SOKA UNIVERSITY." But when the end of the day comes, I'm so happy that I came. Despite every issue and challenge I have faced here, I would choose Soka a thousand times again.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: They encourage that students live on campus; it's a hard process to live off. Only 2 people as of the 2013-2014 year live off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are super nice. There is no "bad" dorm. Each one is the same, lol.

College Sophomore

Majors: You only major in Liberal Arts. That's it. The end. You pick a concentration in Social Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, Environmental Sciences, and International Studies.

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College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Aliso Viejo is a small suburb. People go over to Irvine and Orange or even San Diego or Los Angeles. But Aliso Viejo itself is pretty much your average town with little to do, but when you include Irvine only 20 minutes away, you suddenly get more options.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The menu is kinda repetitive, but overall the food is decent.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: About 60% of the school is from Japan, the other 40% is riddled with people of Japanese descent or members of SGI. While there are a lot of different people, many want everyone to act the same: be quiet during day, go to parties, study a lot. You feel a little judged if you don't follow these things. It's kinda awkward sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid office is full of really nasty people. I dislike any interaction necessary with them. (The only thing worse than them is the Office of the Registrar YIKES) But you get the aid you need, and if not, well, private loans are an option that a lot of kids take into consideration.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A lot of the girls are super fine, but the guys are definitely not as attractive in general. The relationship scene is always awkward because of the small campus, if something goes wrong, everyone suffers.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I mean we have some nice places near by, but some are just Del Taco or In-N-Out. I really enjoy the local restaurants, though there are few.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I am going to be a senior this coming fall and I have had struggles every year with the financial aid process

College Junior

Greek Life: We have no Greek life here on campus.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I really got to bond with my roommate and dormates. The campus housing is the best from all the other universities I have toured in the past. People respect others' privacy.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I am not very much a sports person. But I would like to commend the strong dedication of the athletes and the strong school spirit.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: This university is located in the mountains and secluded in area of houses and neighborhoods. It is located in Aliso Viejo, a pretty new city in OC. There are rarely any crimes. The security and the school is really helpful and resourceful. I love the environment and how the school treats the student's safety as one of many top priorities.

4 College Junior

Weather: I love the weather of SUA. It is not too cold and not too hot, since its located in Southern California.

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.

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