Soka University of America

United States

About Soka University of America

About Soka University of America

Soka University of America is an emerging small private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school. Soka is ranked in the top 10 colleges in California (USA Today), Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges and Top 10 Best Value Liberal Arts Colleges in the country (US News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2017) 

Soka is founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life with the mission to “foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life.” Daisaku Ikeda, the founder of Soka University of America, desired to create an educational institution to help students create value in a nurturing learning environment. The university offers a non-sectarian curriculum designed to empower learners to develop character, cultivate wisdom and intellect, and become global citizens contributing to positive societal change.

Soka is widely known for its intimate class size, offering an 8:1 student-faculty ratio. Currently the university offers two unique programs, the Liberal Arts undergraduate program (BA) with concentrations in Environmental Studies, Humanities, International Studies, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and new Life Sciences concentration beginning in 2020, as well as a graduate program (MA) in Educational Leadership and Societal Change. Admission is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs. About 60% of the students come from the United States and 40% have come from more than 50 other countries.

Soka’s small classes, led by dedicated and accomplished faculty, provide for an intimate learning environment. Soka students benefit from having one-on-one interaction with their professors, more enhanced and engaged learning experiences, and increased interactions with their learning peers from disoka - 1fferent cultures and countries. Also each undergraduate studies a non-native language and experiences study abroad for one semester in their junior year. This is included in their tuition.

In addition to being dedicated to their teaching, the faculty at Soka is highly devoted to the ongoing contribution of scholarly literature. Soka faculty are actively engaged in curriculum development, student-faculty interdisciplinary research, publications, and faculty initiated externally sponsored research.

The Pacific Basin Research Center (PBRC) conducts research on the humane and peaceful development in the countries of Oceania, Southeast Asia, East Asia, North America, and Latin America.  The center adds to the academic discourse on campus by sponsoring special lectures, seminars, and conferences. Support from the center also includes research and travel grants awarded annually to faculty and students studying public policy interactions in the Pacific Basin in such areas as international security, economic and social development, educational and cultural reform, environmental protection and human rights.

Soka University of America is located on 103-acres in Aliso Viejo, California bordering the San Joaquin Hills and the City of Laguna Beach in south Orange County. The campus is a hidden oasis that majestically sits on a coastal ridge overlooking the 4,000-acre Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Tuscany inspired buildings and beautiful Peace Lake welcome you to a stunning campus only three miles from the Pacific Ocean (if you’re a bird…seven miles driving!)

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