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Sonoma State University

The information provided in this section addresses many important institutional contributions to California. This small collection of data is designed to ensure that many of our public universities are recognized for their societal contributions as well as demonstrating greater accountability to individual students, parents, and the public-at-large.

Degrees Granted 2014-15
Total Degree Awards Sonoma % of CSU CSU % of State
Bachelor's 1,911 2% 86,862 43%
Master's 248 1% 18,372 24%
Doctoral 0 0% 459 2%
Total 2,159 2% 105,693 35%
Bachelor's Degree Awards 2014-15
by Racial and Ethnic Background Sonoma % of CSU CSU % of State
African American / Black 28 1% 3,459 32%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 16 5% 310 41%
Asian 78 1% 14,306 37%
Hispanic 385 1% 26,607 53%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2 0% 416 43%
White 1,094 4% 28,348 41%
Two or More Races 121 3% 3,753 44%
Race and Ethnicity Unknown 164 3% 6,414 44%
Non-Resident Alien 23 1% 3,249 37%
Total 1,911 2% 86,862 43%
in High Demand Fields Sonoma % of CSU CSU % of State
Criminal Justice 97 3% 2,923 50%
Nursing 65 2% 2,954 41%
Business and Professional Services 365 2% 16,721 45%
Agriculture 27 2% 1,416 76%
Information Technology 29 2% 1,914 28%
Media/Culture/Design 152 1% 11,183 43%
Regular and Internship Credentials 2013-14
  Sonoma Percent of CSU CSU Percent of State
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Single Subject 84 4% 2,330 46%
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Multiple Subject 64 3% 2,498 52%
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Educ. Specialist 43 3% 1,503 43%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), and Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Economic Diversity: Access & Completion
Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients (2013-14)
Sonoma State Undergraduates 8,028
Sonoma State Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients 2,798
Sonoma State Pell Percentage of Undergraduates 35%
System Pell Percentage of Undergraduates 52%
National Pell Percentage of Public Four-Year Undergraduates 49%
National Pell Percentage of Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Undergraduates 45%
Bachelor's Degree Pell Grant Recipients (2014-15)
Sonoma State Bachelor's Degrees 1,911
Sonoma State Pell Grant Bachelor's Degree Recipients 727
Sonoma State Pell Percentage of Bachelor's Degrees 38%
System Pell Percentage of Bachelor's Degrees 55%
Source: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), College InSight
Sticker and "Net" Tuition & Fees
Average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to public four-year full-time instate undergraduates in AY 2014-15 $8,725
Average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to private four-year (not-for-profit) full-time undergraduates in AY 2014-15 $30,583
Sonoma State average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to all full-time undergraduates in AY 2014-15 $7,276
Sonoma State average tuition and fee "net" paid by full-time undergraduates in AY 2014-15 $2,798
Sonoma State "Net" percent of "Sticker" Tuition & Fees for full-time undergraduates in AY 2014-15 38%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) IPEDS Data Center
Loan Debt of Baccalaureate Recipients
Percent of 2013-14 Baccalaureate Recipients who
Started as Freshmen and Assumed Loans
Sonoma State Percentage 25%
State Percentage 53%
National Public Four-Year Percentage 60%
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Percentage 64%
Average Loan Debt of 2013-14 Baccalaureate
Recipients who Started as Freshmen and Assumed Loans
Sonoma State Average $16,114
State Average $19,476
National Public Four-Year Average $25,902
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Average $29,657
Loan Debt Three-Year Default Rate (2011-12)
Sonoma State Default Rate 3.5%
CSU Default Rate 4.93%
National Public Four-Year Default Rate 7.6%
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Default Rate 6.8%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), "The Project on Student Debt" of The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), U.S. Department of Education, The Institute for College Access & Success, College InSight, and the U.S. Department of Education 2012 three-year official cohort default rate for schools.
Salaries of Baccalaureate Recipients
- PayScale (2015-16)
National average early career median salary of graduates from public universities $44,580
Sonoma State graduates' median early career salary $46,500
National average mid-career median salary of graduates from public universities $74,716
Sonoma State graduates' mid-career median salary $82,700
Source: "Best Public Universities by Salary Potential", PayScale Inc.