• Address: 1069 East Meadow Cr, Palo Alto, California 94303

  • Phone Number: (650) 493-4430

  • Website: http://www.sofia.edu

About

Sofia University is a private for-profit university founded in 1975. The university is located at Palo Alto in California. The university aims at offering quality education in recognized programs to cultivate a sense of responsibility and instill leadership qualities in its students.

  • Sofia University accreditation is done by WASC Senior College and University Commission.

  • The university has a student-faculty ratio of 10:1.

  • There are 293 students in total at the university. This includes 198 full-time students and 95 part-time enrollments.

  • Gender division at the university has projected enrollment of 34% male and 66% female students.


Online

  • The university offers 10 online programs across 4 majors. The online majors offered at the university are related to the fields of Business Management, Computer Science, Psychology, and Education.

  • Online classes are delivered through the Canvas learning management system of the university. Students are presented with a clutter-free online interface with crisp content and efficient teaching methods. Students can also get data and statistics pertaining to their academic performance, pedagogic engagements, admission procedure, and other university-related data through the Sofia University portal.

  • The online programs are designed with a flexible schedule. Students can attend classes and complete academic activities at their own pace. This helps adult learners and working professionals to enroll in these programs and pursue higher education without compromising their career-centric life and busy schedule.


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Schools

The university provides online education through 3 schools of varying disciplines.

  • School of Transformative Education

  • School of Business and Social Entrepreneurship

  • School of Technology and Engineering

Reviews

  • Sofia University provides a unique education. Class sizes are often small, providing more direct interaction with faculty. The focus is on transpersonal psychology at the Masters and Doctoral levels. 

  • This school will allow you to explore almost any area of research. The faculty and staff genuinely care about the students. The community provides support and guidance in the areas needed to succeed as a graduate student.

  • Faculty members are knowledgeable and helpful. The non-teaching staff also guide the students through the campus to make it easier and know about the technicalities of the university.

  • The quality of education and the regularly updated syllabus is a real advantage to the students since they are rendered familiar with the latest aspects of the industry.

  • The infrastructural provisions and scholastic resources provided at the university are world-class and help students to understand the course materials and concepts in a much better manner.

Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Private For-Profit

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Headquartered at

Palo Alto, California

FAFSA/Federal School Code

G22676

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Institutional Accreditation

WSCUC

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Historically Black College or University

No

Data Source: http://www.sofia.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Campus Life

  • The university has many activities and events throughout the year.

  • Some of the events observed and celebrated at the university are the Chinese New Year, Black History Month, and various Art Exhibitions.

  • The university community also observes global seminars, community town hall meetings, and the Diwali Harvest Potluck and Talent Show.

Statistics

Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 10: 1
Total Population 293
Student Population Full Time: 198 Part Time: 95
Gender Division Male: 34 % Female: 66 %

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Majors and Online Programs

Sofia University offers 10 online programs across 4 Majors

Business Management

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Computer Science

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Psychology

Offering 6 programs accross 3 degrees

Education

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Admissions

Application Fee
Undergraduate Application Fee $55
Graduate Application Fee $55

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Students are provided with various monetary support schemes at the university. These financial aids are given in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study options. Students can make use of these provisions to pay fees and meet other expenses related to their academics.

There are various eligibility criteria to be met by the students to avail of these facilities. Some of the eligibility factors include citizenship, nationality, academic performance, submission of certain projects or assignments, a military background, and proof of financial instability. Eligible students are required to fill in the FAFSA form.

Sofia University federal school code is G22676. Some of the financial aid provisions at the university are given below.

  • Federal Aids such as Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study option, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loan, and Grad PLUS Loan.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill is provided as the Military Aid.

  • Institutional Aid provided by the university is the Moving Humanity Forward Scholarship.


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Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $1,376 An Undergraduate student. U.S. National or Eligible Immigrant. June 30th, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal work-study Varies U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Maintain satisfactory academic progress. June 30th, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Subsidized Loan $3,465 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds. June 30th, 2019
Direct Unsubsidized Loan $3,465 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds. June 30th, 2019
Direct PLUS Loan $3,465 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds. June 30th, 2019
Grad PLUS Loan $3,465 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen, enrolled at least half-time, Should not have an adverse credit history. June 30th, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military and Veteran Benefits

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Post 9/11 GI Bill $14,927 Honorably Discharged from the military Varies

Data Source: http://www.sofia.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Moving Humanity Forward Scholarship $500 New students who have never attended Sofia University. November 1st, 2019

Data Source: http://www.sofia.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 67% $1,009
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 6 $7,662
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 6 $7,662

Data Source: http://www.sofia.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Library

  • The university library has a wide variety of virtual and physical resources. The library helps with all the research needs of the community at the university in a professional, supportive environment.

  • The library houses more than 17,000 books, 170 journal titles in print form, more than 7,000 online journals and over 100,000 electronic books along with dissertations and theses collections.

  • The strength of the collection is in the six major areas of the university’s curriculum - transpersonal theory and research, spiritual psychology, emotional and clinical psychology, bodywork disciplines, expressive arts, and the social aspects of the transpersonal.

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