Policies for Undergraduate & Graduate Admission

All students seeking to study at Soka University of America must be formally admitted. Soka University of America admits qualified students regardless of their race, color, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, religious creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, status as a disabled veteran, marital status, medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law and thereafter accords them all the rights and privileges generally made available to students at the institution.

Students are responsible for managing their checklist and ensuring the Office of Admission receives their required documents by the deadline for the round they applied to.

All documents delivered to Soka University of America or is contained in the application become the property of Soka University of America and cannot be returned, including official transcripts submitted for credit earned at other institutions.

Soka University of America may require that an applicant obtain an evaluation of their academic credit from an outside organization that provides foreign credential evaluation services to evaluate transfer credits from foreign institutions.

Documents not in English will require English translations. Applicants must provide the English translation as well as the original document. All translations must be complete and literal with no attempts to interpret or evaluate the document, prepared in the same format as the original document and signed by a translator attesting to the familiarity with the foreign language. It is preferred for translations to be provided by either the institution providing the credential or a translation agency. Translations may not be provided by the student or members of their family.

The status of the file and the information it contains are confidential. Information will be revealed, at the discretion of the Office of Admission or Office of Graduate Admission and in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, only to the applicant or to individuals whose names the applicant has provided in writing to the Office of Admission or Office of Graduate Admission.

The university may deny and select its students or rescind any offer of admission at its sole discretion based on the best interest of the university and applicant’s qualifications. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Applicants who do not completely and accurately disclose required information or falsification of documentation (applicants found to submit altered, forged, or falsified documentation, may be denied admission or have any admission offer rescinded).
  • Inappropriate behavior by applicants, including those that pose a threat or present a danger to the college community or other behaviors where it is considered to be in the best interest of the college.


Terms of Admission

All offers of admission are conditional, pending receipt of final transcripts showing work comparable in quality as based when offer of admission was made and certifying the diploma/degree earned and official date of completion/graduation.

Students offered admission are expected to indicate their intent to enroll and submit a $400 enrollment deposit.  The University must receive the enrollment deposit for the student by the provided deposit deadline.

Admission offers are valid for the term the student has applied for. 

Students who seek to defer their admission may do so after confirming their intent to enroll with a $400 enrollment deposit. Admission offers can be deferred for up to one year (extended periods can be appealed to the Dean of Enrollment Services).