Higher Education Partnerships

Providing Educational Opportunities to Transfer Students

Sofia University partners with universities across the U.S. and around the world to provide accessible education to everyone. Through higher education partnerships, our goal is to create greater access for transfer students to undergraduate and graduate programs.

Sofia University accepts transfer credits from nearly all accredited institutions in the U.S. and partners with several colleges and institutions.

Why Partner with Us

Sofia University understands what it takes to get students to where they want to be and looks forward to helping out your students as they transfer into a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral program.

Here are just a few benefits of partnering with Sofia University:

Supreme Location

Our Northern California campus in Palo Alto is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Students have the opportunity to network with professionals from companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, IBM, and explore the bustling and diverse metropolitan city of San Francisco. The accessibility of our Costa Mesa campus to beaches and resorts, along with access to several Fortune 500 and 1000 companies in Orange County offer students access to another thriving metropolitan community in California.

Affordable

Our programs are some of the most affordable in California, and nationally because, at Sofia, we believe our student's focus should be on their transformative academic journey, not their finances.

Innovative & Diverse

Since its founding in 1975, Sofia University has been a leader in transpersonal, transformative studies extended through its psychology, business, and computer science programs. Innovative curriculum, paired with a diverse student population are two of Sofia's strongest assets. Sofia's current student body comes from 20 different countries.

Accredited

Sofia is accredited by WASC Western School of Schools and Colleges Commission (WSCUC), the nation's premier regional accreditation body for higher education. Through its rigorous review process, WSCUC confirms that Sofia University possesses the resources, policies, and practices to achieve its educational goals and shows a dedication to the improvement and accountability of its programs.

Flexible

Many courses within our programs are offered in a weekly or bi-weekly format. Long before our students were juggling additional responsibilities due to shelter in place orders, we understood the importance of flexibility in higher education and our students need to schedule their work around their unique schedule.

Articulation Agreements

Sofia University has agreements with the following organizations.

Davis College

Founded in 1858, Davis College continues to provide excellence in career training for many students in Toledo, Ohio. Thanks to hands-on training led by expert instructors, Davis College gives you the tools for a brighter future. Davis College features a modern facility, knowledgeable instructors, and a thriving student culture. With a 9:1 student-teacher ratio, instructors at Davis College are ready to provide you with the support you need to graduate and pursue a career you are passionate about.

Poly Languages, English Language School

POLY Languages Institute is an accredited English language (ESL) school in California, USA. It has three English language (ESL) schools in California, specifically in the cities of Irvine, Los Angeles, and Pasadena.

POLY Languages Institute, founded in 1970, has assisted tens of thousands of students from all over the world in their pursuit of the English language proficiency needed to reach their educational and career goals, or simply for their own self-improvement.

As a result of many years of our dedication and commitment to better educate and serve our students, we can confidently assure our students that we are one of the best English language (ESL) schools in California USA.

Beifang International Education Group

 Beifang International Education Group was founded by the Northern Investment Group in February, 2013, as a platform for sharing resources, improving operations, and promoting internationalization in higher education. Since then, BIEG has undergone a period of rapid development, with a steady increase in both enrollment and overall quality.

Shantou University

Shantou University is a comprehensive university in Guangdong Province established with the approval of the State Council in 1981. It is a provincial-ministerial university jointly established by the Ministry of Education, Guangdong Province, and the Li Ka-shing Foundation. It is also the only private foundation in the world-Li Ka-shing. A public university continuously funded by the foundation. The school covers an area of ​​1990.20 acres, with a construction area of ​​570,100 square meters.

 

Our Story

Since 1975, Sofia University has been the leader in transformative, transpersonal education, offering students affordable, accredited, and flexible certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs.

Located in California, and WSCUC-accredited, Sofia is dedicated to bringing its unique perspective to contemporary challenges, giving students the tools to make a difference in their lives and their communities.

At Sofia, we’re focused on educating tomorrow’s thought leaders, psychotherapists, entrepreneurs, business, and tech professionals.

Message from the President

"Our goal is to partner with our students to help them on their learning and personal journey. As a result, the students who have passed through Sofia University have gone on to experience life-changing pursuits, as well as to positively impact the world around them."

Allan Cahoon, PhD

We look forward to partnering with your university. Learn more about our Partnerships and Recruitment team.

Raisa Velazquez

Director of International Partnerships and Recruitment

Raisa Velazquez, Director of International Partnerships and Recruitment, has been with Sofia University since early 2019. She earned her master’s degree in International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. She offers several years of experience in the field of international student immigration advising, international admissions processes, recruitment, and higher education enrollment practices. One of her main responsibilities is to actively work with other departments to increase our international enrollment and build organic partnerships with other organizations. She also serves as the main Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and oversees the execution of F-1 policies and best compliance practices at Sofia.

She works cohesively with other senior leaders to support the President and the school in advancing the mission of the University. With her background as an educated Latina, a worldly individual, and a dedicated specialist in varied professional settings, her previous professional experiences have culminated in professional growth to prove her passion for higher education. 

Yali Wang

Director of Global College

Yali Wang, Director of Global College, has been with Sofia University since 2017. She has her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from USC, and has several years of experience maintaining and developing relations with Asian higher education organizations.

Penny Li

Director of Enrollment Management & Alumni Affairs

Penny Li, Director of Enrollment Management and Alumni Affairs, has been with Sofia since 2021. She holds an MPA in Public Sector Management and Leadership from California State University, Northridge, and an MBA in Executive Management and Entrepreneurship from the California Institute of Advanced Management. She comes to Sofia with over 10 years of leadership in Outreach & Recruitment, Admissions, Student Services, and International Relations in U.S. higher education. Ms. Li’s professional experience in national and regional accreditation, compliance, articulation, student counseling, and SEVP regulations brings extensive knowledge of best practices in enrolling and serving international students.

Partnerships available for Palo Alto and Costa Mesa California campuses

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