Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Sonoma State University is one of the 50 public 4-year colleges in California. Its campus is medium in size and located in a suburb in Rohnert Park. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,831 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 1,446 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 79%).

Every year 58% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

Sonoma State University's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $5,742, and fees were $1,982. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $17,622 and $1,982 respectively.


Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio24:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate79%

Nursing Programs Offered

The Sonoma State University Nursing Program is intended to prepare students who practice within a understanding of multi-cultural perspective able to develop professional leadership and who are flexible and resilient.

The Sonoma State University nursing programs are approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, from which information about tuition, fees, and length of program may be obtained.

The program provides the opportunity for students to learn how to employ a range of traditional techniques and technology intensive strategies.

Courses in the running program may be taught via tele-video conferencing, real time electronic communication and other forms of interactive technology via computer inter connection for lectures, seminar discussions, small groups and self-directed and self-paced independent study and internet tools that enhance lifelong professional development.

The nursing program collaborates with healthcare facilities in the service area to offer students clinical experience opportunities in a range of community based hospital and health care agencies.      

For more information about the Sonoma Nursing program please attend one of the information sessions published on the official website. The information sessions offer detailed information on the nursing program, admission requirements for entrance and the application processes for prospective students. 



The Sonoma State University Master of Science in Nursing, program is designed to prepare advanced level nurses. The program comprises of core instruction in the basic theoretical and conceptual framework for advanced nursing practice and research.

The MSN program offers specialization tracks in Nursing Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Management in administration, education or Clinical Nurse Leader.

The different graduate specialties develop core theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for practice at the graduate level. The program includes foundational courses in nursing theory, health policy, nursing research, ethical practice and healthcare systems financing.

Graduates from all tracks are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification.

Admission Requirements

  1. A Bachelor of Science Degree from an accredited college and university nursing program
  2. Minimum Grade point average of 3.0 for the last 60 units of undergraduate coursework
  3. Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in California
  4. Successfully complete basic college statistics and community health nursing course
  5. Two years of experience for the Family Nurse Practitioner option

The particular tracks may have specific requirements in terms of nursing pre-requisite courses taken at the undergraduate level and may require students to show proof taking these courses or equivalent credit. 



Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 9 57
Master's degree 2 39

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
01/31/1969 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
10/01/1991 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
06/01/1974 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT980 to 1170
ACT19 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $55
Graduates $55

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students--
In State Students--
Out of State Students$396
Graduate courses
In District Students--
In State Students--
Out of State Students$396

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 -- -- $17,820
ADN 70 -- -- $27,720
BSN 125 -- -- $49,500
FNP 50 -- -- $19,800
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 71% of Sonoma State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 33% $4,500
Other Federal Grant 5% $1,204
State Grant & Scholarships 47% $2,192
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 37% $4,975
Federal Student Loans 44% $5,053
Private Loans 3% $13,609


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$11,813
$30,001 to $48,000$13,230
$48,001 to $75,000$18,078
$75,001 to $110,000$21,597
Over $110,000$23,856

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.

Sonoma State University
1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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