Updated: Feb. 22, 2021

Fall 2021 Update

We understand that students and families have many pressing questions about their college search process, preparing for college, and paying for an education, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to provide answers and information as new policies are implemented and respond to your questions and concerns as quickly as possible.

In addition to our FAQ, you may contact us at admission@soka.edu.

Preparing for a return to campus in fall 2021

Currently, we are anticipating a safe return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. We are making preparations and are eager to welcome students on campus. We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy campus while supporting our fundamental purpose of delivering a quality education.

As we work with protocols to help reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure, we are closely monitoring COVID-19 data and patterns including rates of vaccinations and the resource strains on Southern California hospitals. As information develops, we will provide details and its impacts on a return to campus in the fall. Information will be provided below in our FAQ and on our university Coronavirus Update and Precautions webpage.

Admission Operations

The Admission staff is working remotely and is able to process materials and assist prospective students. However, there may delays in some processing.

Test Cancellations

We are aware of required tests and other examinations (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IB, AP) having been cancelled or have limited testing dates. If a test cancellation is preventing you from submitting any required materials, please contact us at admission@soka.edu.

School Closures

We understand that temporary school closures can cause difficulty in having transcripts sent to Soka University. The deadline for final school transcripts (for admitted students) is August 1, 2020. Please contact us at admission@soka.edu if your school’s closure is preventing you from submitting transcripts.

Current Admitted Students

In addition to our recent deposit reduction, admitted students can contact their enrollment counselor (can be found within their GoSoka! Account) or email us at admission@soka.edu to find out your options including the possibility of an enrollment deposit extension.

We have created a virtual and webinar style program that allows you to interact with our Soka community. Please visit your Admitted Student Webpage or GoSoka! account for details.

You may also visit our interactive campus map or our virtual tour to be able to view our campus and some of our campus facilities.

Students who plan to attend Soka University will need to submit their final high school transcripts and college transcripts.  Students will need to demonstrate continued academic success. Transcripts with any no-pass grades will be evaluated case-by-case.

If you find yourself in a difficult circumstance, please contact your enrollment counselor found on your GoSoka! account or email us at admission@soka.edu.

This will not affect your admission. Although your classes may not be in a traditional classroom setting, we look at your ability to maintain academic success among other factors.

The IBO released a statement mentioning examinations between April 30 and May 22 will no longer be held. We will be flexible about processing transcripts and work closely with you to ensure that we receive your transcripts in time.

We understand that there can be circumstances outside of your control such as illness, work closure, or unemployment, that will lead to financial hardship. You can make an appointment with a financial aid counselor through your Admitted Student Webpage (GoSoka!) and discuss your unique needs.

Additional information can be found on the Financial Aid Coronavirus FAQ and on the Financial Aid General FAQ.

The Office of International Student Services is continuing to monitor information from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it may impact our international students. To address the fluid and rapidly changing situation, we have created an FAQ page to provide answers for international students.

For prospective students

While our campus is currently closed to visitors, we have online options that are available and others coming soon. 

At the moment you can use our interactive campus map and virtual tour to experience our campus online. Soon we will also have online information meetings with our admission counselors.

Yes, our admission counselors are working from home and are available to speak with you! You can contact our counselors directly or email us at admission@soka.edu

Soon you will also be able to register for online information meetings with our counselors.

Yes, Soka University of America has adopted a test-optional policy for students applying for Fall 2021. The policy means Soka will not require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission consideration.  

We understand that schools may be altering their offerings and how education is delivered to you. We plan to be flexible and adapt to changes that are being made at your school (as long as changes are official policy). We will take into account courses that are no longer available to you. Visit our How to Apply page for information regarding how your application will be evaluated.

Don’t worry, we will not hold this against you in the admission process. Our wholistic review process allows us to consider the grades that appear on your transcript (and those that are pass/fail) as an indicator for your potential and overall academic performance.

Not at all. We understand that schools have had to make adjustments in how to deliver education.