UNDOCUMENTED AND DACA STUDENTS

Soka University is committed to providing an accessible education to students of all nationalities, backgrounds, and beliefs who are highly motivated and have excelled in a range of academic courses.  We extend our need-blind admissions policy and holistic application review to all students without regard to citizenship or immigration status.

How do I apply as an undocumented/DACA student?

You may apply using one of our three application methods that can be found on our How to Apply webpage. 

How will Soka protect my personally identifiable information?

Information regarding a student’s citizenship status is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) under Federal Law.  As a result, Soka views the citizenship status of all members of our community as confidential and will not disclose such information without consent, or as may otherwise be required by law.  Law enforcement, including immigration officials, will not be permitted to engage in immigration enforcement activities without a warrant or other legal process, or as may otherwise be required by law.  For more information, we encourage you to review our annual FERPA yearly notification.

What do I need to submit with my application?

Most students will generally follow the same admission checklist.  You may follow the First Year checklist that is available within the Apply Now webpage.  Your checklist requirement may differ once you have submitted your application.  Once submitting your application, you may follow the checklist within your GoSoka! Account (your admission application portal).

Do I need to fulfill an English Proficiency Requirement?

All prospective students applying to Soka whose native language is not English is required to fulfill an English Proficiency Requirement.  If you are a non-native English speaker who has completed at least 3 years of high school or graduated from a high school where English is the primary language of instruction, the TOEFL may be waived. Soka University requires the TOEFL iBT and a minimum score of 80.  Soka University’s school code for TOEFL is 4066.  Please contact admission@soka.edu for questions or visit our  FAQ for details regarding the requirement.

Do I need to provide official transcripts?

Yes, official transcripts are required for any Secondary school(s), college(s) or university(s) if attended in the U.S. Any national examinations or coursework completed outside of the U.S. must be forwarded to the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) for conversion to U.S. grade equivalents.  All transcripts submitted to IERF must document completion of the U.S. equivalent of the 11th grade. Do not send your transcripts or records directly to Soka University. Please request IERF to provide Soka University with a Detail Report of your completed education.

Am I eligible for Financial Aid as an Undocumented/DACA Student?

Soka University of America’s Office of Financial Aid partners with students and families in order to ensure that Soka education is accessible to all students who are admitted. In an effort to promote greater diversity and access, SUA has designed a comprehensive merit and need-based financial aid program that ensures the fair distribution of State and Institutional grants, scholarships, and university loan programs for undocumented and DACA students.  For more information, please visit our Financial Aid webpage.