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Reviews 159 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm not 21 yet so I don't know about the bar/club scene from personal experience, but there's nothing in Aliso Viejo. You have to go to at least Laguna to find anything, and it's pretty decent. You can only really go if you have a car, although Uber and Lyft have taken care of some of those issues.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you like raging on week nights, this isn't your school. There are never parties during the week, and the ones that do happen on weekends are definitely laid back compared to other schools. It's more of hanging out and drinking than anything. Also, everyone knows each other which can be a perk or downside depending on your perspective. Hookups definitely happen at parties, but be prepared for everyone to know about it. Floor parties are few and far between, but when they do happen they're a blast and the whole campus is welcome.

5 College Freshman

Academics: SUA is a phenomenal school academically speaking. There are some bad professors sure, but you have that at any school. Almost every professor is incredibly intelligent, and they all teach classes themselves. More importantly, they're incredibly accessible, and you develop some really close bonds with certain profs. The class size cap (with a couple of exceptions) is 18, and 12 for language classes, so you really get a lot of interaction. The class diversity isn't the greatest, but that's down to the small size of the school more than anything.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Internationally our statistics speak for themselves. Lots of Japanese students, but also very many from other countries. Economically there are people in varying economic situations from around the world, but Soka's financial aid is great enough to where that doesn't really make a difference for attendance and no one really talks about economic background. Religiously speaking, there are many SGI Buddhists (makes complete sense when you look at the origins of the school), but they're never in your face about it, and there's a variety of other religions practiced. I'm personally Christian and have never had an issue with my faith being criticized, but I have heard of some other students who felt like they didn't feel incredibly comfortable being Christian while in some class. From a sexual/gender perspective, Soka is also diverse for it's size. There are a number of students who identify as queer, transgender, pansexual or gender non-binary. Political diversity may be the one area where we don't have much variance. The campus is very left leaning, and any variation of thought really comes down to moderates vs hardcore liberals. It's difficult to express any sort of conservative opinion in class, something which I really think holds the school back. You lose sense of what the real world is like when you're only surrounded by one type of thinking, and it really feeds into some of the over idealism that can pervade Soka. Besides that one issue though, Soka's campus is incredibly diverse.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drink if you want, don't if you don't want to, nobody will pressure you. There's definitely alternatives if you don't want to be around it, and even at parties you won't be judged. As far as drugs, some people smoke weed but that's really about it. A few people play around with psychedelics but hard drugs are basically never used.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As far as direct safety is concerned, it really doesn't get better than Soka. Controlled access to campus, lots of security (who are friendly if you get to know them), and keycard access to most buildings. It's also in the middle of Orange County, meaning that this is realistically one of the safest campuses in the US. We have had some anger towards administration with their treatment of sexual assault cases, but this is hopefully improving.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Like any school, there are phenomenal professors and less than stellar ones. Overall I love how open the professors are (no TA's ever). They're easy to talk to, encourage you to come in outside of class, and I've even had dinner or hung out with a few off campus. Most try to keep classes interesting and engaging. That being said, the high number of prerequisites (Liberal Arts remember?) means that some classes can be a little stale. It's also really tough to disagree with certain teachers about politics without getting shouted down by both them and the class. This is a very liberal and idealistic campus, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it sometimes manifests itself in making more conservative leaning students uncomfortable, which is bad.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a Liberal Arts degree, so going straight into career searching with it isn't necessarily the best idea. That being said, this institution is only getting stronger and stronger in terms of prestige. We're rated as top 10 for schools in California, and especially for Grad School quiet a few people know who we are. The internship and career services departments are phenomenal, and will work closely with you to ensure that you get proper opportunities that suit your interests. This is actually a way that many students get jobs. As far as the alumni network, it's still very small because of the age of the school, but it punches far above its weight. It's also very tight knit because of its size.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: This isn't college, it's a resort. Freshies live in really spacious doubles (only two students per room, no forced triples) and the next three years singles are provided for everyone (apart from a few very unlucky people in the really big class of 2019). You never have to use public bathrooms, every room has its own. The dorms themselves are phenomenal and really clean. The only complaint is only the freshman dorms have a kitchenette, and there are no ovens for cooking. However, lots of students get around this by buying their own equipment for their rooms. Overall, we probably have the best living conditions of any college in the US.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: While the teams my be small, the athletes that participate are very good. The facilities themselves are beyond compare. Professional athletes will frequently come train in our facilities.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: SUA is a tiny Liberal arts, and that comes with a lot of ups and downs. However, I absolutely love my university. From the students to the faculty to the campus itself and the opportunities we are provided, this is a truly unique place with no parallels that has opened my eyes in so many ways. We may be a little spoiled, but where else are you required to study a language and study abroad in a country that speaks it, and where else will all of your friends be from different nationalities. I could write a novel.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most of the faculty are entirely unhelpful, and some of them will personally attack your character. I've had some pretty awful experiences with administration here.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some professors are really great, some of them are really terrible. Ask around before taking a professor.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It looks more diverse than it is. Religious and political diversity are low.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A lot of people here drink - a lot. Lots of them smoke, too.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school does a lot of suppress victims of sexual assault.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is pretty convenient. It can be a little difficult to pick out your room depending on what type of room you want.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school doesn't put much effort into supporting the athletic programs in any way other than monetarily.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors care about each student and are very willing to offer office hours.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dormitories are super nice. Students can enjoy there own space a lot. I am proud of SUA residential life.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: People here are from different cultures and countries, but we sincerely respect each other.

4 College Freshman

Academics: We have four concentrations, including Humanities, Social Behavior Studies, International Studies, and Environmental Studies.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I seldom see or hear about drug problems. I thnk it is rare.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Soka allows me to freely explore my interests, which I really appreciate.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: People here at soka are very nice and freindly.

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