Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, California

#79 National Colleges

40.08% Admission Rate
Somewhat Selective

406 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, very small, highly residential

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Soka University of America (SUA) is a private university in Aliso Viejo, California. Originally founded in 1987, it was established on its current campus in 2001 by Daisaku Ikeda, the founder of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist movement. Though affiliated with Soka Gakkai, it maintains a secular curriculum which emphasizes pacifism, human rights, and the creative coexistence of nature and humanity.: 6 A much larger and older sister school, Sōka University in Japan, is located in Hachiōji, Tokyo. SUA encompasses both a four-year liberal arts college and a graduate school offering a Master's program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change. SUA also hosts the Pacific Basin Research Center and the newly created SUA Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Human Rights.

The university has an endowment of $1.2 billion as of 2017, giving it the second-highest endowment per student of any college or university in the United States.

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Aliso Viejo, California

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Suburb: Large (outside principal city, in urbanized area with population of 250,000 or more)

Far West (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 100.0%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1337 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 750 700 650
Verbal 680 635 590

ACT Scores

29 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 32 29 25
English 34 30 25