Academic Excellence

Soka University begins our quest for academic excellence by recruiting top students of all nationalities and beliefs who are highly self-motivated.  In addition to a rigorous curriculum, a variety of distinctive elements combine to create an educational experience of superior quality.

Undergraduate Program | Graduate Program

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  • With an 8:1 student/faculty ratio (average class size of 12), our faculty can work individually with students to see how far they can go in exploring new concepts and learning opportunities.
  • Our outstanding faculty is the highest caliber and enjoys working closely with students.
  • Students study a non-native language, and experience a semester of study abroad in a country where that language is spoken.   The junior year semester abroad is a requirement for graduation and the cost is included in tuition.
  • Students focus on one subject for 3½ week blocks called Core and Learning Cluster classes.  Recent Learning Clusters have received grants to visit Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Guatemala, India, Japan, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Panama, Peru, South Korea and Turkey. Learning Clusters have also visited many cities in the United States of America: New Orleans, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Savannah and Seattle.
  • SUA is ranked in the Top 25 National Liberal Arts Colleges and the Top 15 Best Value Colleges by US News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2019" and is also ranked #1 among National Liberal Arts Collese in both Study Abroad and Foreign Student Factor (43% international).  See our Highlights brag page for other rankings!

The institutional student learning outcomes are:

  • To become integrative learners
  • To become skilled in inquiry
  • To become globally educated
  • To become civically engaged

Over 80% of our undergraduate students graduate in four years (compared to a national average of 61% at private colleges), and over 30% of our graduates have been accepted to graduate schools at many prestigious universities, including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Stanford, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCI, Georgetown, Columbia Teacher's College, Cornell, Duke, Boston, NYU, Cambridge and London School of Economics.   

Every undergraduate at SUA graduates with a BA in Liberal Arts, which has qualified our students for graduate school in such diverse fields as law, education, economics, statistics, urban planning, psychology, diplomacy, environmental studies, mathematical finance, international development studies, international education policy, international studies, conflict analysis and resolution, Japanese language and literature, Latin American politics and human rights, environmental legal studies, history, peace studies, East Asia regional studies, public affairs, sociology, anthropology, entertainment industry management, second and foreign language education (TESOL), creative writing, screenwriting, literature, global affairs, art education and medicine (with extra science classes).

Where can a Liberal Arts degree from Soka University take you?  Many places!