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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.
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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.
|School type||public, coed college|
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.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||92.1%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||September 1|
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.
|4-year graduation rate||16%|
|Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates|
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.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NAIA|
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|
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