soka university of america is a private, nonprofit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103 acres in aliso viejo, in south orange county, california. three miles from the coast as the crow flies (nine miles driving), sua is in the heart of southern california’s abundance of cultural, educational, sporting, and adventure opportunities.

Montage of Founders Hall and a Soka classroom scene
Video: A closer look at Soka University of America

What Makes Soka Special?

u.s. news & world report ranks sua as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation.

in most students studying abroad
student-to-faculty ratio
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Why Soka?

Undergraduate Studies

explore the interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum and concentrations at sua.

Graduate Studies

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Meet Our Faculty & Staff

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Visit Soka

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Frequently Asked Questions

Soka is a Japanese term meaning to “create value.”

Value creation is the capacity to find meaning, to enhance one’s own existence, and to contribute to the well-being of others under all circumstances. , the Japanese educator whose writings inspired the concept of elbailer.comcation, believed that individuals have the unique ability to create value and that education should guide us toward that end.

daisaku ikeda, founder of sua, gave three reasons for constructing sua’s campus in the united states:

  1. An outstanding Southern California location on the Pacific Rim
  2. The freedom in the US to develop educational institutions
  3. The US is the best place for students from around the world to study and experience human rights.

体育彩票365appsoka’s campus was built in 2001 and admitted its first 120 undergraduate students from 18 countries and 18 states on august 24, 2001, at its first entrance ceremony.

The 1000-seat Soka Performing Arts Center体育彩票365app and Wangari Maathai Hall opened in September 2011 as part of the campus’ 10th anniversary celebration.

体育彩票365appa 90,000-square-foot life sciences building and two new residence halls are currently under construction and are set to open in fall 2020.

Soka is located in Aliso Viejo, California, in south Orange County, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego.

sua is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated in california.

SUA welcomes and receives gifts and bequests from individuals and organizations interested in supporting a quality liberal arts education and graduate school.

sua’s primary source of funding is soka gakkai, a member-supported lay buddhist organization founded in japan. soka gakkai is part of  (sgi), which has members in more than 190 countries.

体育彩票365appthe elbailer.comcation fund provides assistance for sua’s greatest needs, including scholarships for students who would not be able to attend without financial aid.

The campus’s outdoor spaces are open to the public from dawn to dusk every day. Information on other spaces open to the public is available online. Private residence hall areas are not open to the public.

SUA provides guided tours体育彩票365app Monday-Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. by reservation only. Prospective students and families are encouraged to attend student days in the fall semester.

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Photography that requires permission is listed below. Please contact events@elbailer.com体育彩票365app at least four days in advance of the requested date in order to obtain permission.

  • Commercial or wedding photography
  • Photography using models, large props or cars, or a professional photographer
  • High school prom, athletic teams, or class photos
  • Any large group photographs

体育彩票365appplease respect the privacy of our students and ask before including them in any photographs.


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