Sonoma State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (13)
While Sonoma State is a public university, it felt like a private school. My class sizes ranged from 8 students to 250 - which, compared to other state schools, is small! I always felt like my professors knew me and were willing to meet outside of class during office hours for any questions I had. While I attended Sonoma, we had about 8,000 students with around 2,000 living on campus. This made for a very inclusive community. It seemed as if everyone knew everyone and you couldn't walk 10 feet without running into someone you knew. Even without a football team to rally the students school spirit, Greek Life and clubs made up for it. Being surrounded by farming land and wine country, getting involved in student life is the way to go! I can't say enough about my amazing experience at Sonoma and how beautiful the campus is. It's a small town but the school becomes your home away from home. I'm so thankful I went there and have strong friendships and connections because of it.
Sonoma State University is a great option for students already living in the area who would like to further their education. As a first-generation college student, I was a overwhelmed with the idea of leaving home and having to balance being a full-time student with working full-time so that I may pay for my education and living expenses. I was able to live in the comfort of my childhood home and commute to and from school without having to worry much about my expenses. The courses within the Sociology department were both challenging and insightful; I was very grateful for the professors in my major: they had great insight in the field of Sociology and continually encouraged their students to succeed.
I attended Sonoma State University as a Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Acting and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I created bonds with fellow students I still keep in contact with today and formed great relationships with faculty members who still mentor me from time to time. I established a great foundation in terms of acting and was provided the tools to work in the field. However, in this competitive profession I am now looking to acquire an MFA in Acting in order to make myself stand out. If you are looking for a school with lots of hands on time with faculty and a great community then enroll at Sonoma State. It's a great place to dive in and get the training needed to be knowledgeable in the arts.
My time at Sonoma State was incredibly educational to me as a person. While I may not have connected with as many people within my department as I probably should have, I met many important and interesting people all over campus. Throughout my last 2 years at SSU I was involved in a student leadership position that gave me a lot of insight into how administrators and professional staff members work constantly to help students and I learned a lot about how important communication is towards humanizing people. Part of being in a leadership position allowed me the flexibility to become familiar with several professors and staff members of different departments, although some of it was also partly because of SSU's relatively small size for a university. The overall campus community was a bit more like a community college filled with "traditional" students. Demographics wise, the students of Sonoma were mostly young white, and female, which was caused me to experience plenty of culture shock. As a person of color on a predominately white campus, I found community building with other people of color to be a vital part of my ability to cope with stress and express my culture.
Sonoma State University is a great college for the person who is looking for a home town environment feel. Rohnert Park is not a crazy college town, but still has its perks. I enjoyed Sonoma State because I grew up in the area and it was close to home. While I attended the school, we got a great new student center and a musical hall that host many popular artist and groups. It's a small school and the Hutchins Liberal Arts, teacher track program, has small classes so making friends was quite easy!
Beautiful campus. Great atmosphere. A place that anyone can call a home and everyone can find their calling.
Attending Sonoma State University was a great experience for me. It was very flexible with my work schedule, and the advisors were top notch. I took classes through the extended education program and it was very accessible for working adults. The education I received left me feeling intelligent and a worthwhile individual of society. I was able to think for myself, read wonderful literature and develop myself as a critical thinker. I also completed my special education credential at Sonoma State and it was a wonderful program, I can’t recommend it enough. The professors were wonderful because they had all worked in special education classrooms previously. They did not just teach us from a book, but from real life experiences. I felt when I left my credential program that I was ready to work in the classroom. The advisors in the program also worked hard to match us with wonderful mentor teachers. The advisors worked with my closely to make sure that all requirements were filled and that I was on track. I was able to meet many students who shared the same interests as me and we were able to form friendships that now are great for networking with other professionals in my field of study. I had to have student loans while at Sonoma State, and the financial aid department was always very easy and accessible to talk to. They made sure that I was up to date on all due dates and were always available to answer questions or concerns.
My school is a small liberal arts and business school in a small, country-esque community. They have a huge Greek life and student organizations. Their "dorms" are basically apartments and consistently rated among the country's best living facilities. They also just built a brand new student center/dining hall/restaurants
I really enjoyed my time at Sonoma State University. The programs provided depth of study and the professors really cared about my educational career. The campus is in a very beautiful location in California and is a smaller community of educators. These attributes of SSU helped me to want to be on campus and continue taking courses. The campus and community was never overwhelming for me, a small town girl. I felt the teachers believed in me. One of my environmental studies teachers let me know that she felt I would be a good masters degree candidate. I had not considered this option before she shared her thoughts with me. I was very inspired by this share and felt seen as well as appreciated for my efforts in her courses. I never forgot her words, and after time and saving up, I did in fact go back and earn a masters degree. The entire experience was a positive one.
College is a great experience as you learn how to balance your life an prepare for the real world. Make sure to get internships and stay focused on your goals. Join clubs, study, but have fun