Soka University of America

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Daisaku Ikeda founded Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, Calif., on May 3, 2001, to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life. The private, nonsectarian liberal arts university is founded on the principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life. The U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2021” ranks SUA No. 28 among the nation’s liberal arts colleges. Photo by Mark Holtzman - West Coast Aerial Photography Inc.


U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2021” ranks Soka University of America in a tie for 28th among national liberal arts colleges and fourth among liberal arts colleges in California. SUA also came in at No. 1 for study abroad and No. 4 for faculty resources.

Daisaku Ikeda founded SUA’s undergraduate program in Aliso Viejo, California, on May 3, 2001, “to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life.” The nonsectarian university is founded on the principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life. SUA is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs. Admitted students whose annual family income is $60,000 or less may be eligible for full tuition Soka Opportunity Grants.

—This article was adapted from soka.edu.