SUA Ranked Among Top 50 Nationally

Soka University of America is ranked among the top 50 national liberal arts colleges.

Visionary—Daisaku Ikeda established Soka University of America on May 3, 2001, to foster global citizens committed to living a contributive life. Photo: Eric "Mitsu" Kimura.

Soka University of America is ranked among the top 50 national liberal arts colleges, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings.

The Aliso Viejo, California-based university is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. It also places in the top 10 in Best Value, #3 in Ethnic Diversity, #1 in Foreign Student Factor (highest percentage of international students), #1 in Most Students Studying Abroad and #1 in Faculty Resources. New this year is its #18 spot in Least Debt (student loan debt).

USA Today and rank SUA in the “Top 10 Colleges in California,” while places the university in the No. 3 spot for Happiest Freshmen nationally (after Yale and the University of Chicago).

SUA President Daniel Habuki said that he is proud of the school’s rankings among its peers given the university’s budding age. “Our mission is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life . . . people who will give back to their communities and make this world a better place,” he said.

Soka University of America was established on May 3, 2001, by Daisaku Ikeda, a Buddhist leader, prolific writer and founder of numerous cultural, educational and peace research institutions around the world.

The nonsectarian liberal arts institution is grounded in the humanistic ideals of Soka, or value-creating education, which centers on the happiness of the student.

The university is known for its small class sizes and its international appeal. The school has an 8:1 student/ faculty ratio, and roughly 40 percent of students come from other countries. SUA also has a mandatory study abroad program for undergraduate students.

The university in 2014 also introduced a new master’s program in educational leadership and societal change. The two-year full-time program is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and skills to become transformational leaders in any field where education plays a central role.

Another unique feature of SUA’s undergraduate program is that it provides full tuition to admitted students whose annual family income is $60,000 or less. Said President Habuki: “We encourage top students of all nationalities and beliefs to apply, and our scholarship endowment helps make it possible for students of all economic backgrounds to attend.”

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