Steps to Apply as an Undergraduate

There are three ways you can apply to Soka University of America. You may use the Soka Online Application, the Common Application, or the Soka Paper Application.

Note: Applications for Fall undergraduate admission are open from August 1 to January 15.

After completing the application information, you may submit your application. Your application will not be considered complete unless you have submitted all required application checklist materials.

Frequently Asked: Do I have to complete my essays before submitting my application? 
No, you may submit your essays after you submit your application. You have the option to upload your essays through your GoSoka! Account (see step 3).

For Students using the Soka Online Application: Once you submit your application, you will be redirected to your GoSoka! Account page.  

For Students using Common Application: Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email (within 2-4 business days) with instructions on how to setup and login to your GoSoka! Account.

Your GoSoka! Account is where you can follow your admission checklist, meet your admission counselor, receive admission information, and receive your decision for your completed application. 

To log into your GoSoka! Account, you will use the email address you included in your Soka Online Application or Common Application.

In order to complete your application for admission, we must receive all required materials for your application by the listed deadlines. There are some differences in the application process between domestic and international applicants. Please view the specific requirements for either type of applicant.

First-Year Applicants

First-year students are also known as domestic students. You will use the first-year admission checklist if you are:

• a US citizen
• a US permanent resident
• an undocumented or DACA status student

Homeschooled students who meet the above criteria may also use the First-Year Admission Checklist.

  • Application Form: the Common ApplicationSoka online application, or paper applicationA completed form, signed and dated by the applicant.
  • Application Fee: $45 for paper application and $30 for either online application. We also accept College Board and NACAC fee waivers.
  • Official transcripts: Official high school/secondary or college level transcripts showing all coursework completed. General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE) recipients must submit official score reports from the GED or HSE test and a copy of the GED or HSE certificate. Transcripts for any coursework completed outside of the United States must be sent to IERF for conversion to US grade equivalents.
  • Homeschooling: SUA accepts applications from homeschooled students. In addition to meeting all other admission requirements, applicants before enrolling must have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent by completing successfully a college preparatory curriculum associated with an institution, such as a college or unified school district, which is accredited by a regional, state or national agency. Mid-year reports are neither required nor accepted. Transcripts are still required for college coursework in-progress and/or completed while in high school.
  • SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing Examination Scores: Official results of the SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing examination scores must be sent directly to Soka University by the testing agency. Soka’s SAT code is 4066 and Soka’s ACT code is 0467. The name used for your SAT and/or ACT examinations must be your legal name that you use on your admission application. The Office of Admission does not accept SAT or ACT scores older than five years from the testing date. SUA does not require the SAT II-SAT Subject Test.
  • Two Academic Recommendations: Two written academic recommendations from your principal, counselor and/or teacher. If using Soka’s Online Application or the Common Application, recommenders may submit their letter online. If you apply using Soka’s Paper Application, please ask recommenders to use the Official Recommendation form.
  • Two Personal Essays: Two mandatory personal essays answering the questions put forth in the application. Each essay must be 500-750 words in length, double spaced:
    • Mandatory essay question 1: During January block, Soka students participate in a Learning Cluster or research seminar where students work in teams with faculty to propose, research, and model constructive approaches to local, regional, and/or global issues. What question would you investigate during a Learning Cluster? Describe why this topic is one you are passionate about and how you envision solving or supporting this particular issue.
    • Mandatory essay question 2: In today’s world, what is your purpose in seeking a liberal arts education? Among the many fine colleges and universities you might attend, how do you think SUA could help you fulfill that purpose?
    • Optional question: Do you have any special circumstances that you would like Soka University to take into consideration when reviewing your application? Please be concise. Essay should not be more than a paragraph.
  • List of Extracurricular Activities: A list of extracurricular activities or talents demonstrating outside interests and leadership experience or potential. 

Soka University students are students of intelligence and commitment who will provide leadership in the promotion of peace and human rights. The university serves highly motivated students of all backgrounds and beliefs who have excelled in a range of academic courses.

Soka uses an admission processes similar to those at other institutions and acts through its Admission Committee to review student applications and make selections for each entering class. Admission to Soka is competitive and selective as the Admission Committee evaluates an applicant’s ability to excel in the classroom and to develop as a thoughtful scholar. Although all successful applicants may have strong academic records, good grades and test scores are not enough by themselves for an applicant to be accepted. 

In addition to academic excellence, Soka values students’ commitment, service, active leadership, and the ability to interact well with others. The committee reviews an applicant’s extracurricular interests, activities, and talents. There is no ideal extracurricular profile for a Soka applicant. However, the committee strongly considers the variety of extracurricular activities in which the applicant has been recognized and, especially, has demonstrated leadership.

  • Applications, documentation, and application fees are due by November 1 for Early Action and January 15 for Regular Admission.  
  • Any applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a TOEFL score report. Soka University requires the TOEFL iBT and recommends a minimum score of 80.
  • Applications will be evaluated only when all required materials have been received. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of the required documents that you have requested of your school are submitted by your school on time. Soka University does not accept faxes, emails, or copies of official documents. Once all application materials have been received the file is considered complete and is immediately assigned for evaluation. Therefore, no additional materials will be accepted.
  •  All documents submitted to Soka University and/or contained in the application file belong to Soka University of America and cannot be returned.

First-Year International Applicants

First-year international applicants are also known as international students. You will use the first-year international admission checklist if you are:

• not a US citizen or US permanent resident
• currently studying in the United States on a current active visa—or—planning to study in the United States while on a current active visa

Homeschooled students who meet the above criteria may also use the First-Year International Admission Checklist.

  • Application Form:  the Common ApplicationSoka Online Application, or Paper ApplicationA completed form, signed and dated by the applicant.
  • Application Fee:  $45 for paper application and $30 for either online application. We also accept College Board and NACAC fee waivers.
  • Official transcripts or IERF Detailed Report: Official transcripts are required for any secondary school(s), college(s) or university(s) if attended in the US. Any national examinations or coursework completed outside of the United States must be forwarded to the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) for conversion to US grade equivalents.  All transcripts submitted to IERF must document completion of the US equivalent of the 11th grade. Do not send your transcripts or records directly to Soka University. Please request IERF to provide Soka University with a Detail Report of your completed education. Mid-year reports are not required. Transcripts and/or IERF reports are required for coursework in-progress and/or completed while in high school.
  • SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing Examination Scores:  Official results of the SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing examination scores must be sent directly to Soka University by the testing agency. Soka’s SAT code is 4066 and Soka’s ACT code is 0467. The name used for your SAT and/or ACT examinations must be your legal name that you use on your admission application. The Office of Admission does not accept SAT or ACT scores older than five years from the testing date. SUA does not require the SAT II-SAT Subject Test.
  • English Proficiency:  Any applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a TOEFL score report.  Soka University requires the TOEFL iBT and a minimum score of 80. Soka University’s school code for TOEFL is 4066. Please contact admission@soka.edu for questions. Students applying for International Admission and whose native language is English will need to contact admission@soka.edu for details.
  • Two Academic Recommendations: Two written academic recommendations from your principal, counselor, and/or teacher. If using Soka’s Online Application or the Common Application, recommenders may submit their letter online. If you apply using Soka’s Paper Application, please ask recommenders to use the Official Recommendation form.
  • Two Personal Essays: Two mandatory personal essays answering the questions put forth in the application. Each essay must be 500-750 words in length, double spaced:
    • Mandatory essay question 1: During January block, Soka students participate in a Learning Cluster or research seminar where students work in teams with faculty to propose, research, and model constructive approaches to local, regional, and/or global issues. What question would you investigate during a Learning Cluster? Describe why this topic is one you are passionate about and how you envision solving or supporting this particular issue.
    • Mandatory essay question 2: In today’s world, what is your purpose in seeking a liberal arts education? Among the many fine colleges and universities you might attend, how do you think SUA could help you fulfill that purpose?
    • Optional question: Do you have any special circumstances that you would like Soka University to take into consideration when reviewing your application? Please be concise. Essay should not be more than a paragraph.
  • List of Extracurricular Activities:  A list of extracurricular activities or talents demonstrating outside interests and leadership experience or potential.

Soka University students are students of intelligence and commitment who will provide leadership in the promotion of peace and human rights.  The university serves highly motivated students of all backgrounds and beliefs who have excelled in a range of academic courses.

Soka uses admission processes similar to those at other institutions and acts through its Admission Committee to review student applications and make selections for each entering class. Admission to Soka is competitive and selective as the Admission Committee evaluates an applicant’s ability to excel in the classroom and to develop as a thoughtful scholar. Although all successful applicants may have strong academic records, good grades and test scores are not enough by themselves for an applicant to be accepted. 

In addition to academic excellence, Soka values students’ commitment, service, active leadership, and the ability to interact well with others. The committee reviews an applicant’s extracurricular interests, activities, and talents. There is no ideal extracurricular profile for a Soka applicant. However, the committee strongly considers the variety of extracurricular activities in which the applicant has been recognized and, especially, has demonstrated leadership.

  • Applications, documentation, and application fees are due by November 1 for Early Action and January 15 for Regular Admission.  
  • Any applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a TOEFL score report. Soka University requires the TOEFL iBT and recommends a minimum score of 80.
  • Applications will be evaluated only when all required materials have been received. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of the required documents that you have requested of your school are submitted by your school on time. Soka University does not accept faxes, emails, or copies of official documents. Once all application materials have been received the file is considered complete and is immediately assigned for evaluation. Therefore, no additional materials will be accepted.
  •  All documents submitted to Soka University and/or contained in the application file belong to Soka University of America and cannot be returned.

Undocumented & DACA Applicants

Learn how to apply as an undocumented or DACA applicant.

Homeschooled Applicants

Learn how to apply as a homeschooled applicant.