State University, founded as a teacher education center,
has evolved into a liberal arts and sciences university.
It is the only university in California invited
to join the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, a prestigious
national group of institutions. Sonoma State’s Wine Business
Program, unique because it focuses on business management,
has an endowment goal of $1 million and receives broad support
and recognition from the wine industry.
Sonoma State University’s annual impact on the Bay Area
region is enormous.
Annual spending related to Sonoma State University in the
Bay Area region ($216 million) generates a total impact
of $383 million on the regional economy (a $4.97 return
for every $1 spent). This impact sustains more than 5,300
jobs in the region, and generates nearly $20 million per
year in tax revenue. Even greater—$528 million of
the earnings by alumni from Sonoma State University are
attributable to their CSU degrees.
State University improves California’s economy with research,
education, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
The CSU significantly contributes to the skilled workforce
of California’s technical industries. Sonoma State University’s
School of Science and Technology established undergraduate
and graduate programs in engineering and computer science
in response to the urging of the regional telecommunications
industry. Telecom businesses invested more than $8 million
to help the university create state-of-the-art laboratories
and establish an endowment.