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Sonoma State

Sonoma 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.


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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.


Sonoma 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.



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Last Updated: May 31, 2006