COVID-19 Updates

We understand that with the current situation surrounding COVID-19, things are changing frequently. As such, we’ve created this space to provide the latest updates from our leadership team, as well as any other information and resources we think would be helpful during this time. We truly appreciate your patience and cooperation and support we have received from our students, alumni, and the surrounding community. We are sincerely thankful and we believe that during this time, our commitment to our community and our transformative, transpersonal values is more important than ever before. 

As always, we are readily available during normal business hours, 9 am to 6 pm PST, as well as via email at student_services@sofia.edu. Please, stay safe and take care.

With gratitude, Sofia University. 


COVID-19 Return to Campus Announcement

July 1, 2021

Dear Sofia Community Member:

The following letter details Sofia University’s strategy to return to campus this September. 

Summer 2021 Announcement

May 17, 2021

Dear Sofia Community Member:

All in-person classes for Summer 2021 scheduled for the Palo Alto campus will continue to be conducted virtually.

As we mentioned in our March newsletter,  we are actively pursuing a goal to return to a normal on-campus experience with in-person classes, seminars, and intensives this fall. The rapid progress of vaccines presents hope and promise as we look toward the light at what has been a long and difficult tunnel. This continues to be our goal and our vision for Sofia. 

Thank you very much again for your patience and can-do attitude during this tremendously challenging time.

With Gratitude,

Steven J. Gold, PhD
Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs

Spring 2021 Announcement

February 17, 2021

Dear Sofia Community Member:

We are writing to let you know that all in-person classes for Spring 2021 scheduled for the Palo Alto campus will instead be conducted virtually. Mindful of the continuing public health crisis across the country, and especially here in California, we came to this decision after consultation with the Cabinet, faculty, staff, and students. We do believe that our foray into the virtual world, the combination of Zoom synchronous meetings and online course materials, since March has shown that Sofia faculty, staff, and students are adaptable, resilient, and know how to take a tough situation and turn it into a valuable learning experience.

We really appreciate everyone’s patience and can-do attitude during this tremendously challenging time.

Steven J. Gold, PhD
Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs

Being a student-centered university means putting our students at the top of our priority list and making sure we’re doing everything possible to continue to provide the best educational experience during this pandemic.


We recently sent out a survey to make sure we’re doing just that, and the response has been positive! We invite you to hear what our students have to say about Sofia’s transition from face-to-face to virtual course instruction. 

Access At Home Testing Kits

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:

  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January

COVID Home Tests | USPS



COVID-19 Resources & Information

Up to date information on COVID-19

We invite all of our current and prospective International Students to visit our International Student Offices page for more detailed information as it relates to COVID-19.


Sofia University - Campus Updates

  • All residential classes scheduled for the Palo Alto campus from March 11, 2020, through the Spring 2021 quarter have been moved to Zoom classrooms.  Classes are not canceled, and Canvas will not be used to replace the scheduled face-to-face class time.  Instead, classes will be conducted via Zoom teleconferencing.  If you have not received information about the Zoom classroom meetings, please reach out to your instructor.


  • The seminars (for MATP and PhD students) and intensives (MATP) have been modified, and will not be conducted in Palo Alto.  Here too, faculty will meet with students through Zoom.  If you do not receive meeting invitations for the Zoom classes, please reach out to your Program Chair or faculty advisor.


  • For students for the spring quarter, Orientation will be held remotely via Zoom.  The Dean of Student Services, Rosalie Cook at (rosalie.cook@sofia.edu) will shortly send announcements about the schedule and Zoom information for these Orientation meetings.

Federal CARES Act

November 16, 2020:

Update: Sofia University is proud to announce that thirty-two eligible students applied for the $15,000 fund and will be awarded $469 each. The students were notified on November 13, 2020. 

During this time of great difficulty and uncertainty, we the Sofia CARES Act Fund Committee, appreciate your continued commitment to the safety and welfare of our entire extended community.

For more information on the CARES Act Fund please visit our Emergency Financial Aid Grants Resources Page



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