SOKA UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 1 University Dr Aliso Viejo CA 92656 USA

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3 people found this review helpful

I am a proud volunteer at Soka University of America (SUA) for the last 10 years, co-chairing the gala committee for the last 8 where we raised over $6.1 million for scholarships since inception 10 years ago.

From the first time I read about SUA, I was drawn to it's mission, i.e. to educate young men and women around the world who want to lead a contributive life. I do not know of any other university that has a similar reason of teaching the younger generation about humanistic principles along with academic rigor. As I got to know SUA I also came to appreciate its unique approach to teaching in small learning clusters where student to faculty ratio is 8 to 1. Imagine having the undivided attention of one teacher amongst 8 of you and your classmates thoughout your four years in college! The objective of such approach is to encourage every student to participate in dialogue with their teachers and colleagues, a more difficult undertaking in more traditional universities where you may be one in hundreds holding class in a large lecture hall. The more personalized approach definitely bodes well for learning in almost all instances.

In addition, opportunities to stretch and grow both as scholars and people are numerous and open to all students. Such activities include a semester of study abroad in the country where the student is learning it's language, work side by side by professionals at the UN, assist nonprofits dealing with Aids in Africa, learn from renowned global thought leaders on various subjects that impact us here and the rest of the world. These are just a few examples of the quality of education one can get from SUA.

The US News & World Report clearly agrees in its rankings of SUA in "Best Colleges 2014". SUA which was founded in 2001, tied for 41st place as Best National Liberal Arts College along wih 2 other colleges, one founded in 1795 and the other in 1837. Other awards include #1 in faculty resources and financial resources, #5 Best Value among National Liberal Arts Colleges (behind Amherst, Williams, Pomona, and Wellesley), #1 in proportion of international students, and #5 in etchnic diversity among National Liberal Arts Colleges.

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My mother was a pioneer woman in the field of chemistry and education. She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr and in 1944 was the first woman to earn a PhD from Harvard University in field of chemistry. When she died my father and I decided to create a scholarship in her name. The logical choice would have been to endow it at either Harvard or Bryn Mawr. Coinciding with her passing my cousin (my mom’s favorite niece) left a position at Harvard University to teach at Soka University. Soka was a fledgling institution that held great promise. Founded on Buddhist ideals, it began with a great founding faculty, a curriculum that embraced global perspectives, and an ethos of rigorous course work. The scholarship to Soka was one of the best decisions we ever made. The university quickly flourished, received accreditation and began sending its graduates to top tier universities for graduate studies. Today one of my greatest joys is attending Soka University’s graduation and watching my mother’s scholarship recipient cross the stage – always a woman of whom my mother would be proud.

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From the moment you step foot on the campus of Soka University you know you have arrived someplace very special. Not only is the campus gorgeous and well thought out, but everyone you encounter-- staff and students alike, are happy and inbuded with a sense of purpose and mission. The university pulses with the underlying tenets of peace, culture and education, seeking to produce capable people who will not only excel in their fields of study but will contribute to the world at large while doing so. And by making it so that every qualified student can attend without it being a financial hardship on themselves and/or their families, Soka University has quickly proven itself to be an educational institution that many other universities will undoubtedly seek to model themselves after.

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My husband and I are committed to making a difference in the World. For that reason, we have become aware of Soka University and their Mission to create the next generation of Global citizens who are committed to World Peace, Humanism and the Environment. After volunteering to raise money for the scholarship fund. and looking deeper into Soka University, we have set up our own scholarship fund and created our legacy for the World. The University is not only highly ranked for academics, but also a unique environment where students can thrive, grow and connect in a beautiful, peaceful environment, and define their purpose for their own lives as Global citizens.

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Soka offers opportunities not available at larger colleges. My child has strong relationships with all the faculty and students. She has already traveled extensively and is beginning to fine tune her career goals as a result of her varied experiences.

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SOKA University is run by a top notch administration that cares for the students success both inside and out. The campus is BEAUTIFUL and it exudes a sense of a higher purpose, both academically and as a person. If you want the world to unite and become a peaceful place to raise your children from any background, then this is the place to begin the journey and create the reality.

Thank you SOKA for allowing me to share some of my time with you.

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I had a meeting at Soka University of America recently and was amazed at the careful attention to all aspects of scholarship that make a great institution. I was moved by the welcoming architecture that fit so beautifully with the natural landscape of the region. I spoke to students whose eyes sparkled as they discussed their experiences at Soka. I met administrators who were so passionate about the goals of the institution that they inspired me into action. I ate at the dining hall and sat next to students who were dining with the head of the university. Alumni joined them at the table and introduced their babies to the students and the administrators. A few students stood up and announced their solidarity with their black brothers and sisters and informed everyone of an event later that day. There was such love, knowledge, compassion, activism and humility that pulsated throughout the soul of Soka University of America that I am constantly checking the jobs website to see how I can be part of this amazing community. These are some of the luckiest students in the world!

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Volunteering at Soka is like meeting up with new friends every time and also getting to enjoy a 1st class show! Soka seems to attract the nicest people to work in the volunteer roles. The venue is very state-of-the-art and the staff is very helpful and friendly. I highly recommend it to anyone with a little extra time on their hands.

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