Sonoma State University (SSU) was founded as a teacher’s college in 1960 through the signature of Senate Bill 43, creating SSU as a member of the California State College System. It moved to its present 274 manicured acres in 1966 after the completion of Stevenson and Darwin Halls. University status was granted in 1978 and the name was officially recognized as Sonoma State University.
Sonoma State is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Its mission statement says in part, “The university offers a wide range of traditional disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary programs, so that students are able to explore diverse modes of inquiry, the understanding gained with the various disciplines, and a global spectrum of ideas, institutions, values, and artistic expressions.” Sonoma State University is classed as a Master’s College and University I by the Carnegie Institute.