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Sonoma State University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB+ Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB+ Excess CompetitionA-
Academic SuccessB+ Creativity/ InnovationA
Individual ValueA University Resource UseA-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeB+
Surrounding CityC+ Extra CurricularsB
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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She rated most things higher than other students did.
Date: Jul 14 2008
Major: Communications (This Major's Salary over time)
-Listen, Sonoma State University isn't like huge party schools such as UCSB, CU Boulder, Arizona State University, etc. But there are parties going on off campus most of the time. These parties are a lot more personable where you will most likely see a classmate or someone you know instead of seeing a million people put into one room.
  • Since Sonoma State is a small school (about 8,500 students) everything here is more personable, friendly, and you actually see students around more than once. The greek life is about 10-15% of the student body, which is the perfect amount because that leaves enough room for diversity other than greek.
  • The campus is beautiful. The size of the campus is perfect because it's big enough to have the college feel, but not too big enough where everything is spaced out and you might not make it to your classes on time.
  • The student housing is what blew me away. Sonoma doesn't have crappy and tiny dorm rooms like most colleges. Sonoma's housing are basically like suites or apartment styles such as the Sauvington and Cabernet, which have a kitchen, living room, and three bedrooms. Zinfandel, another on campus housing, has its own pool.
  • Sonoma also provides the options for students interested on living on campus to join "living areas" which includes First Time Freshman, Freshman Interest Groups, Freshman Year Experience, Substance Free Living, etc etc. Most of these programs are to help freshman become involve socially and academically with other freshman. I was part of the Freshman Interest Group and was part of Global Studies, I was able to live in Cabernet apartments and share 3 classes with the other students who were in the same interest group as me.
  • The education here is great. Teachers are very friendly and helpful. The class sizes here are small, somewhere around 25-30 kids, so you aren't just a number.
  • Negative:

  • The only downside of Sonoma is Rohnert Park. Rohnert Park is not really a "college" town and is quite boring. But students who live off campus around Rohnert Park usually throw parties or there is something at least going on campus. Plus, San Francisco is about 45 minutes away which always has something going on.
  • Bottom line:

  • If you want to go a big university such as a top 20 or pac 10 schools where most of the time frats and sororities rule the school and you only see most people about once, then Sonoma isn't for you.
  • If you want to go a smaller school where class sizes and friendships are more personable and the teachers here actually want to help you, then Sonoma is for you.
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