1-1 Sophia University Education (Undergraduate)

1-1-1 Number of undergraduate students

Since AY2011 the number of undergraduate students has shown a substantial upward trend and reached its peak in AY2016, stabilizing at about 12,500 thereafter. This is due to the establishment of the Department of Nursing under the Faculty of Human Sciences (AY2011); a change of the quotas of faculties and departments for entrance (AY2012); and the establishment of the Faculty of Global Studies (AY2014), as well as an increase in the full quotas of the Department and Faculties after their students have been promoted to higher years.

(calculations conducted as of May 1 of each academic year)

Recent establishments and reorganization of faculties

Faculty Academic Year Recent establishments / reorganization
Faculty of Human Sciences (established in AY 2005) 2005
Established the Department of Education, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Social Service.(Moved from the Faculty of Humanities)
Established the Department of Nursing.
Faculty of Liberal Arts (established in AY 2006) 2006
Established the Department of Liberal Arts.
(Reorganized the Department of Comparative Culture, the Department of Japanese Language and Studies under the Faculty of Comparative Culture)
Faculty of Global Studies (established in AY 2014) 2014
Established the Department of Global Studies.
Faculty of Science and Technology 2008
Established the Department of Materials and Life Sciences, the Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Department of Information and Communication Sciences.
(Reorganized the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Physics and the Department of Chemistry)

1-1-2  New undergraduate enrollees

The number of new enrollees was shifting around 2,500 until AY2011 but has increased to 2,800-3,000 since AY2012 due to changes made in the undergraduate admissions capacity in AY2012 and additional admissions capacity following establishment of the Department of Nursing in the Faculty of Human Sciences (AY2011) and the Faculty of Global Studies (AY2014).

✽ New enrollees were calculated as follows:
● Only first-year students were included (re-enrollments were not counted).
● Included autumn semester enrollments in the same academic year.

1-1-3 Undergraduate admissions trends

From the AY2015 general entrance examination, the Department introduced a method using TEAP, which is an external English test.

In AY2021, the Department changed this to a new general selection method consisting of three methods: a method using TEAP scores, a method using both the common university entrance test and the University’s own test, and a method using only the common university entrance test to determine a pass or fail.

1-1-4 Number of graduates

The number of graduates is subject to change from year to year depending on the number of new enrollees (refer to “New undergraduate enrollees”) and the holdover rate (refer to Four-year graduation rate). The number of graduates has followed a growing trend since AY2014, impacted by an increase in admissions owing to the establishment and re-organization of faculties and departments as well as admissions capacity changes beyond AY2011.

Number of early graduations

As of AY2021, faculties with early graduation programs are: the Faculties of Law, Economics, Global Studies, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology. The Faculty of Liberal Arts produces early graduates every year, and the Faculties of Law and Economics also graduate several students early almost every year, while the Faculty of Science and Technology has permitted only a total of three students to graduate early to date. The Faculty of Global Studies had its first early graduates in AY2019. In the Faculty of Law, the number of early graduates in 2021 increased due to the establishment of Legal Profession Course.

Four-year graduation rate

The chart below exhibits the percentage of students graduating within four years (8 semesters) against the total of students newly admitted (excluding transfers, re-enrollment and second degree students) during the period AY2007-2016. The percentage for the entire university has constantly remained within a range of 70-75%, with no radical change. Significant changes are observed in the Faculty of Theology due to the small number of new enrollees. The Faculty of Foreign Studies exhibits a relatively low percentage of students graduating within four years, presumably because a large portion of students study abroad (registered as “leave of absence” or “study abroad”). The system does not permit students taking leave of absence to graduate within four years. Students who miss a year for “study abroad (exchange programs or study abroad in general” are permitted to graduate in four years by the rule, but are often enrolled for at least five years due to the time required for job-seeking activities.

1-1-5 Undergraduate students on leave of absence

The number of students taking a leave of absence has shown a tendency to increase since AY2010 but has decreased significantly in AY2020. This is because study abroad that accompanies travel has been canceled owing to the spread of COVID-19, and thus study abroad, which used to account for about 40% of leave of absence, has decreased. While the percentage of study abroad has dropped sharply, the percentage of students taking leave of absence for financial reasons has increased.

1-1-6 Undergraduate withdrawals

The percentage of withdrawals (the ratio of total number of withdrawals during an academic year to total students as of May 1 of each academic year) has shifted within a range of 1.0%-1.3%. No significant trends can be identified and no particular differences can be observed among faculties or reasons of withdrawals.

1-1-7 Number of undergraduate courses offered

The number of full-year courses dropped drastically in AY2013 due to the reorganization of language courses into semester-based courses. Other courses followed and by AY2015, nearly all courses offered, with the exception of those offered to students under the former curriculum, became semester-based.

The number of courses offered has remained almost at the same level since AY2015 as a whole. Considering that the Faculty of Global Studies was established in AY2014 and increased the number of courses in 4 years until completion, it can be said that the number of courses offered by faculties other than the Faculty of Global Studies showed a downward trend in AY2015 to AY2017. The Guidelines on Undergraduate Course Curriculum Planning that are announced every June by the President stated that the basic policy is to reduce the number of courses offered for three years from AY2015 to AY2017. The fact that the downward trend is in accordance with the basic policy can be seen from the graph shown below.
From AY 2018 to AY2021, although the number of courses offered in AY2020 has decreased slightly as 133 courses were cancelled owning to COVID-19, the number of courses offered in AY2021 has become the same level as that of in AY 2019.

Further, the number of attending students for 70% of these courses is a rather small 40 students; those attended by more than 200 students are a small minority.

Note 1. Courses offered in summer sessions are included in the Faculty of Liberal Arts until AY2017 and in General Studies courses from AY2018.
Note 2. Courses offered by the Center for Global Education and Discovery are included in the Faculty of Foreign Studies until AY2014 and in General Studies courses from AY2015 (due to reorganization).。

1-1-8 Teaching / curator license Courses

The figure below exhibits recent trends in the number of students who have “completed teaching/curator certificate courses” and those who have “acquired teaching licenses.” Events to be noted for the academic years shown can be described as follows:

  1. For the teaching course in the Faculty of Law, the accreditation was withdrawn at the end of AY2014, and therefore students enrolled in AY2015 and after cannot acquire a teaching license.
  2. For the teaching course in the Faculty of Liberal Arts, the renewal application for accreditation was abandoned in AY2019, and therefore students enrolled in AY2019 and after cannot acquire a teaching license.

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