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Location:Rohnert Park
On Campus:40%
  • Fall 08/25-12/18
  • Spring 01/25-05/20

Tuition & Payments
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room Only:

Additional Information
Receive From Canada

Campus Diversity
1%Native/First Nation
1%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
8%Two or more races

Campus Links
Home Page
Outgoing Students
Incoming Students

NSE Links
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
Member Campus Links

How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
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Biking On Campus Near The Lakes
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Sonoma State University is a small campus with big ideas. With a tradition of promoting intellectual and personal growth, leadership opportunities, and technological proficiency, SSU offers its students a friendly, safe, and informal atmosphere on a beautiful campus setting. Currently, campus housing accommodates students in both apartment and residential suite style facilities.

With approximately 40 percent of its student body living on campus, it is one of the most residential campuses within the California State University system. The SSU educational experience fosters intellectual, cognitive, social and personal growth.

Residential Life department and the Center for Student Leadership, Involvement & Service organize a wide variety of social and educational activities to ensure there activities for students.

Campus Location - Located in California's premier wine country, Sonoma State University is 1 hour north of San Francisco.

Helpful Information - Check out our online exchange student handbook!

Closed Programs
Overseas campus programs, Chemistry, Nursing, or all credential programs.

Communications, Hutchins School (Liberal Studies), and Wine Business are all high demand majors. Students wishing to study Biology must have advising meetings with Biology adviser, (over the phone, internet, or other prior submitting course requests.) Business, Psychology, and Criminal Justice are all impacted majors and courses may be limited for NSE students.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Wine Business
  • Psychology
  • Business Administration

Unique Academic Programs

  • Wine Business
  • Jewish Studies

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies, Evolutionary Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology

Area Studies: American Multicultural Studies, Art Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Cinema and Cultural Studies, European Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Gerontology, Hispanic Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, International Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies, Multi-Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies, Popular Culture

Art/Design/Fine Art: Applied Art, Art, Art History, Arts Administration, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Commercial and Advertising Art, Computer Graphics, Digital Arts, Drawing, Fine Art, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Adapted Physical Education, Athletic Training, Coaching, Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Fitness Management, Health and Fitness Teaching, Movement Studies, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Applied Biology, Aquatic Biology, Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Administrative Office Management, Advertising, Business, Business Administration, Business Law, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Operation Management, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, International Business, Labor Studies, Local Public Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Marketing Communication, Marketing, Retailing and Merchandising, Organizational Studies, Public Administration, Wine Business

Communications: Audio Production Technology, Broadcasting, Communication, Film, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism, Journalism and Contemporary Media, Mass Communication, Newspapers, Organizational Communication, Print Media, Radio and Television Studies, Television, Writing/Editing

Computer Science: Computer Network Security, System Administration

Criminal Justice: Administration of Justice, Corrections, Crime and Society, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement/Police Sciences, Systems of Justice

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences, Physical Sciences, Planetary and Space Sciences, Science

Economics: Applied Economics, Economics, International Economics

Education: Child Development, Early Childhood

English: Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Language and Literacy, Linguistics, Literature, Writing

Environmental Studies: Coastal Environmental Studies, Conservation, Ecology, Energy/Environmental Policy, Environmental Biology, Environmental Education, Environmental Education, Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Environmental Technology, Natural Resources, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Renewable Natural Resources, Resource Recreation Management, Sustainability Studies

Food Science: Nutrition

Foreign Language: English as a Foreign Language, French, French as a Foreign Language, German, Language and Culture, Languages, Spanish

Forestry: Forestry

General Studies: Arts and Science, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Humanities, Individualized Degree Program, Individualized Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, Liberal Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Spanish Literature

Geography and Urban Studies: Environmental Planning, Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Planning

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Science, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Wellness

History: History

Information Studies: Applied Computer Science, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Information Technology, Systems Programming

Interdisciplinary Studies: Popular Culture

International Studies: International Relations, International Studies

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology, Marine Sciences, Marine Studies, Oceanography

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Computation Science, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, Mathematics-Physics, Pure Math, Statistics

Performing Arts: Ballet, Choral Music, Dance, Design/Technical, Jazz Composition, Modern Dance, Music, Music Education, Music History, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Theory and Composition, Music Therapy, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Technical Theater, Theater Arts Administration, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Ethics, Humanistic Studies, Philosophy, Religion, Religious Studies

Physics: Applied Physics, Astrophysics, Geophysics, Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, Government, International Affairs/Relations, International Studies, Peace Studies, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs, Public Policy Studies

Psychology: Behavioral Science, Child Psychology, Counseling, Human Development, Psychology

Recreation: Outdoor Education, Parks Administration and Management, Recreation, Recreation Leadership

Sociology/Social Work: Community Services, Gender Studies, Social Change and Development, Social Science, Social Service, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Technology: Computer Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing

Registration Priority
  • Before seniors
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Students must meet the individual requirements for any courses they wish to take. It is often a requirement for students to be declared that or a related major. Students wishing to take Business courses must meet all of the Pre-Business courses.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500 paper, N/A computer or 61 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • No post-baccalaureate students
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A with full-term enrollment
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 8/3/2015.
  • Estimated cost: $3,665.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan A: 16
  • Plan B: 16
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 8/3/2015.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit: $400 Year Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee: $94 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: Please visit this website, and scroll down to 'List of campus-based fees' to view the breakdown of each one.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $500 per semester.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001156

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
  • Figures are current as of 8/3/2015.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Apartment: $4,460
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $650
  • Proximity to campus: 1 mile
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Space in housing is generally available for students who are placed at the March conference. Any student accepted post-conference cannot be guaranteed a space in housing. Housing contracts are signed for a full year. Students who are staying for only one semester must hand in the "Petition to Vacate" by November 15 to avoid a $250 fee. For on-campus housing information:

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans
A description of the meal plans available is listed here:

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.