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Reviews 141 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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.

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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: great campus, very liberal and accepting. most diverse school i know

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I absolutely enjoy being in this school. I chose to come to this school because I knew Soka would teach me about myself where other school won't.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Before I came to Soka University of America, I was a person who is not very confident of myself. I had a hard time reaching out to my classmates and talking to them. I felt very comfortable being alone because I did not have to think about how to interact with other people and how they would judge me based on my actions. But after coming to this wonderful school, I became a totally different person. I feel the caring and warmth from my classmates and upperclassmen. Whenever anyone on campus has a very tough time in his or her life, people will give him/her support. This school is small, so everyone is so close to each other. Thanks to Soka, I have the opportunity to broaden my view and interact with people from all around the world.

9 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This is my first year here at Soka. I actually came the year after I was accepted because they allowed me to defer my enrollment to take a gap year, which was an amazing opportunity. The atmosphere of the school is very peaceful, you get to know your teachers on a first name basis, the food here is absolutely amazing, and the facilities are in great shape since it's a relatively new school. The downside of such a small school is that it can feel empty at times when you crave a more lively atmosphere, although there are some events during the weekends that are usually fun.

The city of Aliso Viejo doesn't have much to offer in terms of entertainment or job/internship opportunities, as far as I have experienced. It's unfortunate that there is nothing to do around the campus. I've taken walks off campus and it's all just neighborhoods along a busy street. The only local attractions are the town center and some other shopping centers, which we can easily take the shuttle to access. There's a movie theatre, some grocery stores, and your usual shopping and fast food.

Internships are pretty slim since it's a very small, suburban city. Lots of teacher's aid internships at local schools, some local NGOs, the country club, the Laguna Hills organization that does conservation and education outreach about the nearby wilderness preserve. It really is what you choose to make of it, though. Many people have had rewarding internship experiences, and it isn't completely limited to what's nearby (if it's during the school year, if you don't have a car, then you are limited to what the shuttle can take you to). However, students have done overseas internships too, which can be a neat experience.

Highlights: very supportive of students' needs, campus is clean, safe and beautiful, living standard is very comfortable, professors are reviewed by students after every semester, high quality faculty, small class sizes, facilities are very well maintained, students are happy

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I will begin my freshman year of college this fall and have not yet attended classes. However, I have visited my school twice and talked to people that are attending and the whole atmosphere is fantastic. While I cannot give them five stars because I have not yet participated, I really love being there.

4 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Its great to have diverse options to choose from

1 person found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: No one can match the Financial aid opportunities offered at sua!~

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The food is good and the ingredients are prepared organically

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Students never have to share a room with more than one person in the entire student career. Students get personal bathrooms and have a lot of freedom in the dorms. The Housing is very luxurious

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining hall is amazing!!! It is just not open as much as I wish. And the food is really good. If you want to go to Soka, I recommend that you try the food. We are very welcoming to people around the community and so feel free to come by!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is the Aliso Viejo Town Center down the mountain (3 minute drive) that has a Chile's, Taco Bell, Subway, Jamba Juice, Panera Bread, Ralphs, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: We just post on the Soka facebook when we're bored. We find some people who want to hang out and go! It's very friendly and chill.

4 College Sophomore

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

4 College Sophomore

Administration: 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.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

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

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: 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.

5 people found this useful Report
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