Soka University

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Dorm life

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Hi. I am currently studying at SUA. Although I felt weird in the beginning to live with my friends and see them 24/7. Of course college life is sometimes tough and miss you family and friends back home. However, you feel sooooo encourage to overcome your struggles with your friends who encounter the same struggles. Through that, you are also able to deepen your friendships. I really love this dorm life now and want to encourage other people to experience this, too! :D
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Arnold
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Dorms :)

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I am currently studying at SUA. It was little weird to live on campus with all other students here. However, I learned a lot from 4 year dorm life. Although I miss my family and friends back home, my friends at SUA are always here to support me. On your birthday, everyone celebrates your birthday....isn't that so precious? :) Of course college life is tough sometimes, but you feel encouraged to struggle with your friends because you feel like you are not alone. I totally love this dorm life, and I will definitely encourage my future children to have the same experience!
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Arnel
5

Being senior at SUA

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I am currently studying at Soka University of America. I am so glad that I came here because Soka offers so many opportunities for us to learn in an amazing experience. By having small size classes (average 16 students per professor), I am more motivated to study harder. When I was in high school, I had many larger classes, and students were just there to listen to teachers' lectures. However, at Soka, we are all encouraged to speak up and ask questions or share our own ideas. In addition, Soka offers us a class called Learning Cluster during winter block. Students are all allowed to create their own class to learn their interests. For me, I was very fortunate to be able to go to Brazil to learn poverty and education in Brazil. Soka paid for flights and other expenses during the stay, so we were actually able to have first hand learning experience in a favela. This was just one of the life changing experiences that Soka gave me, and there are much more!!!! I really appreciate Soka and all the donors who support our university.
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Omari
5

opportunities

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As a current Junior at Soka University of America, I'm very grateful for the opportunity to be able to attend this school! Soka has given me many opportunities that allowed me to accomplish more than anything I can ever achieve elsewhere. As a first generation american coming from a middle class family, I would not have been able to afford my education if I did not receive the financial aid offered by Soka. For my past two and a half years at this school, I've traveled more than ever in my life; I've been able to go to South Korea to study about the comfort women, I've attended the Asia conference of Harvard project of Asia and International Relations in Taipei, Taiwan last summer, attend a conference in Pheonix, AZ held by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and much more. This March, I will be studying abroad in Sapporo, Japan to fulfill the one semester abroad graduation requirement. Throughout the yaers, I've gained so much knowledge and grown so much as a human being. This is a wonderful school with wonderful people. Please come visit when you get a chance!
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Jefferson
4.6

SUA

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I am a Senior at SUA. SUA is a small, private Liberal Arts degree and instead of majors we have Concentrations. Those concentrations are Humanities, International Studies, Social Behavioral Sciences, and Environmental Sciences. Our curriculum is interdisciplinary, which means we study different topics in addition to those of out concentration. For example, we are required to take a math course, an art course, a biology/physics/chemistry course, American experience, among other courses. These courses are in addition to the Concentration requirements. One of the most exciting things about SUA is that our classes are VERY small (13 students in average per class), we go studying abroad for one semester, and we have MANY opportunities to travel abroad in addition to Study Abroad as well. My absolute most favorite thing about SUa is my professors. they are SO intelligent, caring, and challenging. Thanks to them I have learned to enjoy learning!
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HOOD
4.6

Performing Arts Center

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Soka University is such a great university located in Aliso Viejo, CA. In addition to the great environment for study, the student body is very diverse, and we can learn various cultures and different ways of thinkings from interactions with my fellow friends! Students come from more than 30 different countries and territories. Also, last May, new Performing Arts Center opened and every week we have concert and performance by professional musicians! Of course it is open to community member, please visit our campus for the concert, and if you really like it, please come visit us sometime later!


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Someone

Amazing School

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I am a freshman, class of 2015, and my first impression of this school was: Wow, this is a beautiful campus and it would be a dream to live and study here. Fortunately, I was accepted and am in my second semester of my college life.

Soka University is a four-year private university that offers a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts. We have four concentrations that students can take classes on: International Studies, Environmental Studies, Humanities, and Social and Behavior Sciences. About 80% of the students receive some kind of financial aid. We have students from 23 states and 30 different countries, offering language courses in Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, and French. There is a chance for every student to go Study Abroad for one semester their junior year.

I have been fortunate to be part of such a beautiful school. Because I enjoy helping people and volunteering, I am interested in the International Studies concentration and I have been able to participate in many volunteering activities. Our school offers many opportunities for students to go abroad, with many students just returning from Indonesia, Argentina, Cambodia, Turkey, Korea, and many others.

This is definitely a school worth going to that will change your life completely.

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Someone
5

Do you prefer to live on or off campus?

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I go to school where this isn't even a question. Ridiculous right? Who would want to live on campus? But at Soka University 99% of the 400 student body lives together in what can only be described as "dayuuumm look at that view" hotel-like spacious rooms. Although you begin with a double, over the next three years you are GUARANTEED your own space either in a suite or a single room. It's pretty dope. All you share is a bathroom and that too, with a friend. So no walking down the hallway in your towel and flip flops, hoping that no one infects you with their athlete’s foot. But besides that Soka is really great. A lot of people get scared or turned off by the small student body but it’s actually really nice. I feel like the friends I've created here are family. Not just in the: we eat dinner, go to classes, and hang out all the time way. But because you see each other struggle, see each other inspired (and inspire each other), are part of the joyful moments when your friend (or you) have overcome something tremendously painful in life-- these intimate spaces where no one ever really gets to inhabit-- you inhabit with each other at Soka. In this sort of environment even finals are a bitter sweet fun. Huddling up in the living room with blankets, computers, stacks of books, too little sleep and too much chocolate. It's a delirious sort of fun-- even if you're a procrastinator and can't see the end of the tunnel at 4 in the morning when your paper is due at 8am. Did I mention the sunrises are amazing here? The fog recedes and ah it makes the all night worthwhile. But what's most amazing is being able to bounce ideas off each other and engage in spontaneous discussions about whether Genji (from Tales of Genji) has an Oedipus complex to the dominant power structures that reinforce ideologies around the American Dream. It's an amazing campus if you want to inhabit different spaces of learning. We may be small but size doesn’t shape the experience.
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Someone

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I am currently a sophomore at Soka University of America and I think that this is a place that has one of the best learning environments I have experienced. I also think that the cultural diversity on campus is fascinating because I have the opportunity of learning about various cultures around the world under one roof. Furthermore, the study abroad program that SUA offers is definitely one of a kind as it allows students to gain a practical experience, speaking the language they learnt in the classroom. I would urge all students, who are looking for colleges, to take one look at the school website or if possible, come for a guided tour, so that they can decide for themselves, what is the best for them.
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Someone

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I am currently a sophomore at Soka University of America and I think that this is a place that has one of the best learning environments I have experienced. I also think that the cultural diversity on campus is fascinating because I have the opportunity of learning about various cultures around the world under one roof. Furthermore, the study abroad program that SUA offers is definitely one of a kind as it allows students to gain a practical experience, speaking the language they learnt in the classroom. I would urge all students, who are looking for colleges, to take one look at the school website or if possible, come for a guided tour, so that they can decide for themselves, what is the best for them.
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Someone

Recent Other Professors at Soka University

Sandra Basabe Languages Professor
Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
 
Amparo Font Languages Professor
Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
 
Hong-Yi Chen Economics Professor
Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
 
Edward Feasel Economics Professor
Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
 
Seiji Takaku Psychology Professor
Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
 
Hao Yun Sato Languages Professor
Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
 
Lan Chen Economics Professor
Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
 
Jonathan Merzel Mathematics Professor
Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
 
James Williams Writing Professor
Aliso Viejo, CA, USA