Southern Oregon University

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1250 Siskiyou Boulevard

Ashland, OR 97520

Phone: (541) 552-7672
2013-2014 Tuition
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Regional Universities (West)

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Southern Oregon University is a public institution that was founded in 1926. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,660, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 175 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Southern Oregon University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,863 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,238 (2013-14).

Southern Oregon University, often referred to as SOU, is a public liberal arts institution located in the city of Ashland. Incoming freshmen and transfer students may be eligible to apply for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program, which offers a discounted tuition to students who live in one of 14 states in the western region of the United States. Students at SOU can study more than 30 majors and about 100 academic programs in the College of Arts and Science, as well as in the schools of business and education. SOU also offers special programs that don’t fall into the college and schools, such as Shakespeare Studies, through which students can earn a minor by exploring the works of the famous playwright.

Outside the classroom, Southern Oregon University students can get involved in more than 50 campus organizations, as well as intramural and club sports. Students can also try out for the orange and black SOU Raiders varsity teams, which compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Notable SOU alumni include Ty Burrell, who stars in the ABC television show Modern Family.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Southern Oregon University is well-known as the public liberal arts university of the West. As a public university, we are committed to affordability and access. As a liberal arts institution, we offer a personalized experience and a curriculum that prepares students to be productive citizens, creative thinkers, and effective problem solvers. Our graduates thrive in a rapidly changing world.

The university is recognized for fostering intellectual creativity. At SOU, we don't simply encourage students to be creative. We surround students with a culture based on creative expression and critical thinking. We expose them to different points of view. We challenge conventional thinking. And we provide an open, inclusive environment where students are free to speak their minds.

Southern Oregon has a long tradition of doing things differently. Not following the established rules and traditions. Being open to innovative ideas and innovative ways of thinking. This rich environment of creative individuals spans all fields of study and provides a common ground for SOU students from around the world.

The local arts community, including the internationally acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival, inspires our creativity. But it's more than just the arts that tap into critical thinking. Our culture reflects a way of thinking that stretches boundaries. SOU embraces a creative spirit in the way we interact with students. The way we teach. The way we involve the community. The way we learn together.

We push ourselves, our students, and our community to find creative solutions to tomorrow's challenges. Together we're discovering new ways to think and finding new ways to make a difference.

At SOU, it's not business as usual. Any university can teach theory. To learn, explore, and discover what really matters, students need to make a connection. And that's exactly what happens at Southern Oregon University.

For SOU students, learning goes far beyond the classroom. SOU professors encourage students to put into practice what they are learning, preparing them to learn more deeply and make immediate contributions when they enter the work force.

Through connected learning experiences--including internships, mentor relationships, field study, capstone experiences, volunteerism, civic engagement--SOU students translate learning into meaning as they apply classroom theory to the world around them. Beyond their own learning, they can be leaders, a force for change in the community, bringing a fresh and informed perspective to real challenges.

That doesn't happen just anywhere. But then, southern Oregon isn't just anywhere.

SOU is situated in a unique geographic location that provides a special learning opportunity. Our mountains and rivers are more than just an impressive backdrop. They serve as laboratories and classrooms for outdoor leadership, environmental studies, science research, and hospitality and tourism. Our students don't just read about grazing rights, land management, water quality and wine production; they are out learning firsthand. The wild and scenic Rogue River, the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Crater Lake National Park, Redwood National Park, and the Deer Creek Center offer learning laboratories within an hour or two of campus.

It all comes naturally at SOU - fuel for the intellect, inspiration for the spirit.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1926
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting city
2012 Endowment $19,967,109


When applying to Southern Oregon University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. The application fee at Southern Oregon University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 92.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 92.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Southern Oregon University is 20:1, and the school has 45.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Southern Oregon University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Visual and Performing Arts; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 16%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Psychology 12%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 8%
Social Sciences 8%

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Student Life

Southern Oregon University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,660, with a gender distribution of 42.8 percent male students and 57.2 percent female students. At this school, 24 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 76 percent of students live off campus. Southern Oregon University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,307
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Southern Oregon University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Southern Oregon University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Southern Oregon University, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Southern Oregon University.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Southern Oregon University, 74.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,153.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $7,863 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,238 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,340 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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