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Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka University - Aliso Viejo, CA

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Soka University has a great study abroad program! Every students are required to take one of Chinese, Spanish, French, and Japanese. When they become junior, they will go abroad f...

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I'm sorry to say but you can tell by the terrible grammar of the above reviews that this school can not be that great academically! Never before have I seen such unwarranted prais...

Editorial review from Citysearch 2/5/2014

I am currently a student at SUA and I absolutely love it here. SUA has been a dream school for me and coming here is almost unbelievable. The main reason why I loved this school is because of it’s mission to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life. I love the fact that almost all the students and faculty are here for the same reason: to change the world for the better. Having everyone with the same mindset allows education for all to be easier. We all know why we are here and our purpose. SUA is also a beautiful school located in Southern California, therefore the weather is always amazing. The opportunity to study abroad without having to worry about it financially is also great, because every student will be able to really be a global citizen. As freshmen, all students also receive a laptop. Overall, SUA has met my expectations.\r more

Editorial review from Citysearch 2/3/2014

I am currently a junior at Soka University of America, and I like this university because it offers great opportunities for students to build a close relationship with their professors. Because this is a small liberal arts college with only 450 students in total, the size of a class is usually very small, like average 12 students in class. Therefore, a professor can know about each student, give them reflections on their quizes or essays every time, help them improve their studies and think about their future plan together. Because of these close interaction with professors, I think students can get encouraged timely and make a great progress in learning. As an international student, who have had a difficulty of learning in English, I truly appreciate each professor’s support, by which I am able to make sure that I understand the course content each time. Particularly, office hours and reflections on my work help me improve my understanding and critical thinking skills. Sometimes I go to my professors to talk about my future plan, concerns for the class and even very personal concerns about life in general. Each time I go to them, they listen to me and give me a direction or advice, which always makes me feel inspired or at ease. I believe that this kind of close interaction with professors is possible at a small university, like Soka. Although learning is not easy at all because we face something we do not know and try to expand our capacity, I feel I can do it and the process of learning will be wonderful because of my professors here. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 2/4/2013

I'm currently a junior in SUA looking forward to my study abroad in this coming April. The school has provided me with so many opportunities over the years and has widened my view of the world. It is a graduating requirement for every student to study a foreign language for two years and study abroad for a semester in the country that speaks this specific language. I personally will be able to travel to Sapporo, Japan to study Japanese. We also offer courses specific to SUA such as our Learning Clusters. Learning Clusters are a month long course that allows student to create a unique course that explores a specific topic. We are fortunate enough to be provided with a grant each year for a number of students who wishes to study the topic abroad during this period of time. In my freshmen year I was able to meet with former comfort women and visit NGOs in Korea to learn about the events in East Asia and how these different events affect education in peace in general. Our sports teams are also very welcoming to anyone with the will and passion to join regardless of their experience. Although I have never participated in a sports team in the past I was able to join our swimming team as a freshman and travel to different universities including University of Chicago to participate in meets. These are only a glimpse of what you can achieve in Soka and all of this has been supported by great financial aid and grant system. I personally came from a lower middle class family and would not have been able to afford college if it wasn’t for soka. Soka Provides full tuition for families with the income of less than 60,000 and for students with a strong application, soka also provides merit scholarships. Many people fear that the tuition would be unaffordable, but for most students on campus, soka is more affordable than most public colleges considering the recent budget cuts on education in the United States. Feel free to drop by for a visit. I assure you you’ll fall in love with this place just like I did. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 2/4/2013

So many opportunities to go abroad! There is a class called learning cluster (LC) during winter block. Basically, students are able to propose what they want to study, and many students get to go different countries. For example, I wanted to study about poverty and education in Brazil...so I actually made a class with my friends and we were able to go to Brazil and visit some favelas. This became such a precious experience in my life. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 12/5/2012

Great Academics. The professors are fully committed to giving you an exceptional academic experience. All professors encourage meeting outside of the class room. May incorporate tutorial session as part of their curriculum where they meet with you or one other student one on one to discuss course material. Some of the professors have come from Ivy League school because the support the mission of our school. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 12/3/2012

Great Scholarship Opportunity. more

the truth will set you free 5/8/2012

I'm sorry to say but you can tell by the terrible grammar of the above reviews that this school can not be that great academically! Never before have I seen such unwarranted praise towards an institution. Students are so eager to give a five star rating to a school that is lacking, only because they feel emotionally/spiritual connected to it. This is not smart at all. Not much critical thinking going on. There is a huge fear of speaking the truth and it is scary. Pros: null Cons: null more

Study Abroad 2/10/2012

Soka University has a great study abroad program! Every students are required to take one of Chinese, Spanish, French, and Japanese. When they become junior, they will go abroad for a semester and utilize their and develop their language skills! It is such a great opportunity to get to know the world. Pros: null Cons: null more

Great Study Abroad Program 2/10/2012

Soka University has a great study abroad program. All students are required to go to study abroad when they are junior. Students can take either Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, or French. Then, after studying the language at Soka for two years, you will go abroad! Every students can gain such a precious experience! Pros: null Cons: null more

Great Opportunities 2/7/2012

I am currently a sophomore at soka and loving this school so much so far. Pros: null Cons: null more

An all rounded curriculum and a complete learning experience 10/4/2011

I am a current junior at SUA pursuing a degree in BA Liberal Arts. Prior to declaring my concentration in Humanities and even afterwards, I've taken many classes related to concentrations other than humanities. This continues to be, for me, a truly enriching experience since I prefer learning over specialization. Since SUA receives no federal assistance and is instead run on donations received by benefactors, it has the freedom to structure its curriculum on the learner centered approach that is the guiding principle of Soka education. more

Education for Peace 5/18/2010

One of the greatest things about this school is the campus. When my friends came to visit me, they said that it was as if I was "studying in paradise." Because it's a new school, it has new facilities, the most updated technology, and the most beautiful architecture. Pros: campus, dormitories, small community, student attentio Cons: small community more

Beautiful four-year liberal arts college in South OC, CA 11/10/2009

SUA's 103-acre campus in Aliso Viejo, CA opened in 2001 and the university received WASC accreditation in 2005. About half of the students are from the US and half are from over 30 other countries. Everyone studies a non-native language, and everyone studies abroad for a semester during their junior year. Study abroad is included in the tuition and is required for graduation. SUA offers free tuition to admitted students whose annual family income is $60,000 or less. Pros: 9:1 student/faculty ratio, everyone studies abroad Cons: Only 435 students right now, growing to about 1000 more
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