Sonoma State University

Public, Four-years School Located in Rohnert Park, CA

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How much is the Sonoma State tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Sonoma State's tuition & fees is $8,190 for California residents and $20,070 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $27,482 for California residents and $39,362 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

Sonoma State Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
California Residents Tuition & Fees$8,190
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$20,070
Books & Supplies Costs$1,044
On-campus Room & Board$14,926
On-campus Expenses$3,322
Off-campus Room & Board$17,784
Off-campus Expenses$3,364
2023-2024 Projection
California Residents Tuition & Fees$8,060
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$19,940

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Sonoma State for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $81,597 at Sonoma State. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $160,552. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $128,674.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$20,201$39,027$31,134
Sophomore (2024-25)$20,333$39,754$31,811
Junior (2025-26)$20,465$40,502$32,506
Senior (2026-27)$20,599$41,270$33,222
4 Years Total$81,597$160,552$128,674
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$20,333$39,754$31,811
Sophomore (2025-26)$20,465$40,502$32,506
Junior (2026-27)$20,599$41,270$33,222
Senior (2027-28)$20,733$42,058$33,958
4 Years Total$82,129$163,584$131,497
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$20,465$40,502$32,506
Sophomore (2026-27)$20,599$41,270$33,222
Junior (2027-28)$20,733$42,058$33,958
Senior (2028-29)$20,868$42,869$34,716
4 Years Total$82,664$166,698$134,403
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$20,599$41,270$33,222
Sophomore (2027-28)$20,733$42,058$33,958
Junior (2028-29)$20,868$42,869$34,716
Senior (2029-30)$21,004$43,701$35,495
4 Years Total$83,203$169,898$137,391
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$20,733$42,058$33,958
Sophomore (2028-29)$20,868$42,869$34,716
Junior (2029-30)$21,004$43,701$35,495
Senior (2030-31)$21,141$44,557$36,297
4 Years Total$83,746$173,185$140,467

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Sonoma State' tuition is higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is higher than the average tuition of $13,259.
Sonoma State University$8,190$20,070
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Sonoma State and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Sonoma State UniversityRohnert Park, CA$8,190$20,070
Mississippi University for WomenColumbus, MS$7,866$8,092
University of Massachusetts GlobalIrvine, CA$12,520$12,520
Northwest Missouri State UniversityMaryville, MO$10,181$16,623
Bowie State UniversityBowie, MD$8,999$19,889
University of Colorado Colorado SpringsColorado Springs, CO$9,712$20,492
Nicholls State UniversityThibodaux, LA$8,173$9,266
University of Northern IowaCedar Falls, IA$9,728$21,272
Southern Connecticut State UniversityNew Haven, CT$12,828$26,104
Louisiana State University-ShreveportShreveport, LA$7,327$20,481
University of Illinois SpringfieldSpringfield, IL$12,252$22,017

Financial Aid and COA

At Sonoma State University, 4,159 students (63%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $7,841.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Sonoma State is $31,521 for students living on-campus and $34,421 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 650 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $7,287 and the average amount of student loans is $6,350.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
California ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$27,482$39,362
COA (off-campus)$30,382$42,262
Tuition & Fees$8,190$20,070
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$19,292$19,292
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$22,192$22,192
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$19,641$31,521
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$22,541$34,421
Average Financial Aid$7,841$7,841
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship4,15963%$7,841
Pell Grants2,26134%$4,647
Federal Student Loan1,75127%$6,350
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid65081%-
Grants or Scholarships61977%$7,287
Federal Grants27634%$5,176
Pell Grants27434%$4,938
Other Federal Grants618%$1,237
State/Local Grants39749%$2,704
Institutional Grants50863%$3,954
Student Loan Aid23129%$6,350
Federal Student Loans22728%$4,999
Other Student Loans243%$13,840
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level402377$9,338
110,001 or more8367$1,754

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Sonoma State's acceptance rate is 93.73%. A total of 10,598 applicants applied to and 9,934 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 822 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 8.27%.
To apply to Sonoma State, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and Completion of college-preparatory program.
Acceptance Rate93.73%92.15%94.80%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)8.27%7.65%8.68%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Neither Required Nor Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

Sonoma State University has a total of 6,637 students including 5,934 undergraduate and 703 graduate students. By gender, there are 2,739 male students and 4,632 female students attending Sonoma State. The school offers online degree programs and 384 students enrolled online exclusively (5.79% of all students).
Total7,371 2,7394,632
Undergraduate6,587 2,4954,092
Graduate784 244540

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered64 Programs
Graduate Program Offered20 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate94.00%
Student Population6,637
Graduation Rate59%
Transfer-out Rate6%
Retention Rate76% (Full-time), 47% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate18 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties261 (Full-time), 247 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs958 (Full-time), 283 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$94,434
Average Staff Salary$73,875