A Top Liberal Arts University

Soka University of America ranked high for best college, best value and diversity.

Photo by Mitsu Kimura.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—U.S. News & World Report, considered the global authority in education rankings, has again ranked Soka University of America among its Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges in its “Best Colleges 2018” report. The four-year nonsectarian college and graduate school ranked No. 39 among liberal arts colleges.

The university also topped the list at No. 1 for liberal arts colleges in “Faculty Resources” and “Foreign Student Factor”; No. 2 for “Ethnic
Diversity”; and No. 7 as a “Best Value School.” SUA President Daniel Habuki said that he is proud of the school’s rankings among its peers, especially since the liberal arts college is only 16 years old (the Aliso Viejo campus opened in 2001). “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 founded by Daisaku Ikeda, the Buddhist leader, prolific writer and founder of numerous cultural, educational and peace research institutions around the world, and is grounded in the humanistic ideals of Soka, or value-creating education, which centers on the happiness of the student. The Aliso Viejo campus was dedicated on May 3, 2001.

SUA is known for its small class sizes and international appeal. The school has an 8:1 student/faculty ratio, and roughly 40 percent of students have come from more than 45 countries. It also has a mandatory study abroad program for undergraduate students.

The university’s undergraduate program provides full tuition Soka Opportunity Scholarships to admitted students whose annual family income is $60,000 or less.

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