Experience Sofia

Student Life

Sofia is rich with opportunities to participate in the community, develop relationships with like-minded passionate individuals, form special interest groups, and gather together in numerous ways to learn. Sofia University students stem from a broad range of professional backgrounds including education, business, health, law and theology who have reached a point in their lives when they desire to pursue areas of personal growth, career development, and community contribution. 


Location Matters

Whether your journey brings you to Sofia's Palo Alto or Costa Mesa campus, you will embrace everything California has to offer.

The Palo Alto Campus – Northern California

Sofia University offers its northern California students the best of many worlds. The accessibility of the Palo Alto campus to a diverse mix of cultural, educational and recreational resources gives students a little bit of everything. 

Venture to the Santa Cruz mountains and foothills and relish in lush wine country, miles of public beaches and a protected state park habitat for coastal redwoods. Explore the rich history of San Francisco, a bustling metropolitan city that is home to the Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill and the birthplace of humanistic psychology.

Or network with fellow innovators in Silicon Valley, home to various cutting-edge and exciting tech startups including Google,  Facebook, Apple, and HP. 

Beautiful Santa Cruz

Bay Bridge, San Francisco

The Costa Mesa Campus – Southern California

Sofia’s Costa Mesa campus is nestled in the heart of Orange County, a thriving community that houses several Fortune 500 and 1000 companies. Known for its proximity to many beaches and resorts along the Pacific Ocean, the Orange County economy includes leaders in business and professional services, healthcare services, information technology, and logistics and transportation. 

The universities prime location to several major freeways makes it easily accessible to neighboring city, Los Angeles, home to an equally thriving community. 


Orange County

Los Angeles Skyline

A Diverse Community

We are dedicated to highlighting, supporting and celebrating the diversity of our students, staff, and faculty at Sofia University. Our community has a deep commitment to developing and maintaining an environment where all members of the community are valued and respected regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status, religion, age, physical ability, medical condition, or political orientation.

Diversity at Sofia University is supported on multiple levels by committed action. For example, faculty must demonstrate highly developed awareness and skills in diversity/cultural competency. We routinely provide training, either on campus or through participation in off-site training programs and workshops for faculty, students, and staff. We have also initiated a major project designed to facilitate the inclusion of literature representing diverse perspectives into our courses and to ensure that diversity issues are explicitly addressed in course work.

We also have a team that is dedicated to raising awareness of and celebrating diversity here at Sofia. The Committee on Diversity and Equity (CODE) is a cross-constituency diversity-focused advisory and support committee consisting of students, staff, and faculty. CODE is dedicated to mobilizing Sofia’s community (staff, faculty, students, and board of trustees) to create a culture that supports all the diversities within Sofia and works to ensure equity within each of the sub-communities as well as in the whole community – especially as related to those diversities. The team does this through acting as sponsors for events, dialogue with the administration about diversity matters, and working on strategic projects. The team meets every two weeks during the on-campus academic year and new members are welcome.

For more information about diversity at Sofia or the work of CODE, please email us at diversity@sofia.edu 

Our Community is Our Classroom

Palo Alto students, collaborate and network in one of the most innovative and forward-thinking states in the nation while continuing your education in Silicon Valley.

Google HQ

Facebook HQ

Apple HQ

Success After Sofia

I was searching for more than 10 years to find a master’s program that best suited my artistic, spiritual, and educational needs. Sofia combined both academic rigor and self-exploration in unison. I feel empowered to pursue a career that is grounded in ecological stewardship, creative expression, and spiritual discovery.

- Lisa AguilarMA in Transpersonal Psychology Alumna Class 2018

I enrolled in Sofia University’s MSCS program for its rigorous curriculum in advanced computer science topics such as artificial intelligence, drones and robotics, its Silicon Valley location and its faculty’s technology industry experience. The course content turned out to be innovative and cutting edge, and the program exceeded my expectations. I strongly recommend it!

- Ankur Saxena MS in Computer Science Class 2019

My time at Sofia University–the course work, the opportunity to collaborate so closely with the faculty, and the commitment to whole person education– allowed me to refine my vision for the Inner Explorer program, develop and pilot it in various iterations and finally to rigorously study the effects. These have all proven critical steps in my ability to co-found this nonprofit company, launch several programs, and most importantly, help children succeed in school and ultimately in life.

- Laura Bakosh, Ph.D.Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology Alumna Class 2013

Start Your Sofia Journey

We understand that enrolling in a university to begin your academic journey is a big step. Our dedicated admissions team is here to guide you through the admissions process and identify the right program for you and your career goals. 

If you’re ready to learn more, simply fill out our Request Information form and we’ll reach out to you. 

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