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Southern Oregon University

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Southern Oregon University (SOU) is a comprehensive four-year university offering 35 undergraduate majors in over 100 areas of study within the liberal arts and sciences. The school also offers a number of career-based professional courses that prepare students for jobs in their chosen careers. SOU is located in Ashland, Oregon.


Southern Oregon University offers 35 majors and more than 100 areas of study with the scope of the liberal arts and sciences. The University’s courses are organized into four divisions: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, and Special Programs.

The College of Arts and Sciences is SOU’s largest division and it offers dozens of majors and courses of study in topics ranging from criminology and criminal justice to emerging media and digital arts. Students can pursue specialized diplomas within a major field, such as Shakespeare Studies within the Performing Arts major. Arts and Sciences students who do not already have credit for the two required writing courses are also required to take a freshman-year University Seminar course, which is an integrated program combining communication, critical thinking, and information literacy.

The School of Business and the School of Education offer career-based programs in business administration, business management, teaching, and education. Students will take courses that are designed to prepare them for their future careers with hands-on training and references to modern working environments. Students in the School of Business should pursue an internship or work experience within their desired field before graduating, while students in the School of Education will be required to complete a classroom teaching experience through one of the local school systems.

Special Programs

The Special Programs division encompasses a vast range of programs and opportunities. Students can participate in programs like the Center for Shakespeare Studies, the Distance Learning program, the McNair Achievement Program, and pre-professional programs. Senior citizens and high school students will be enrolled under this umbrella when they take classes for credit or not for credit through one of the community outreach initiatives. This is also the home of Honors and International programs, community-based learning, and the Western Undergraduate Exchange.

Honors Program

Exceptional students may qualify for SOU’s Honors Program. The Honors Program offers a select group of students the opportunity to experience smaller, specially-designed courses, close relationships with professors, a senior thesis or creative project, the Honors Residence Hall, and the Honors Club. Students may apply to be an honors student once they have completed at least one honors-level course.

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Unique Programs

The Ashland Center for Theatre Studies offers a training program specifically for teachers of high school and community college theater. This accelerated, intensive program gives teachers training in costume, lighting, script analysis, stage management, and more, preparing them to be better teachers and more effective theater managers. The program takes two weeks and is taught by both nationally and locally commended artists. Interested theater teachers can apply online.


Southern Oregon University is a competitive admissions university, meaning that not every student who applies will be accepted. Students can apply either online or on paper through an application that is available on the Admissions page of the SOU website. The more information students provide on their application, the higher their chances of impressing the application committee and earning an offer of acceptance.

In general, undergraduate applicants will need to complete and submit the Undergraduate Admission Application as well as a short personal essay. They will also need to submit an official high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, and any supporting materials like letters of recommendation, resumes, or counselor recommendations. Students are encouraged to visit the campus before applying to find out more about the school and its expectations.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid should begin by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at fafsa.gov. This form determines eligibility for federal aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study programs. It may also be required as a supplementary material for certain other, third-party applications for scholarships and loans.

Students are also encouraged to seek additional funding in the form of merit-based scholarships and grants. Third-party sponsors often award scholarship and tuition aid based on very specific characteristics such as county of birth, department in school, or desired career field. Students may wish to fill out the Souther Online Scholarship Application, which enters applicants into the SOU scholarship competition for various University-funded awards. The Financial Aid office has more information about available opportunities, and the trained staff will be able to help interested students seek out and apply for outside scholarships as well.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4549th for the average student loan amount.
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It’s easy to get involved with one of the many student clubs and organizations on the SOU campus. There are societies for everything from scuba diving to pre-law studies and the Honors Club. Students of all years and interests are welcome to attend club meeting or get involved in leadership for groups that they really enjoy.

One of SOU’s strongest involvement opportunities is its community service options. Students can participate in community service at a variety of levels, from donating an hour or two per week to a local service organization to spending spring break in helping people in need in places like the Dominican Republic and inner-city soup kitchens. Students in SOU’s Alternative Spring Break program have helped to build houses, worked with orphans, grown community gardens, and helped with the Emergency Food Network. There is also a Living Learning Residence Floor dedicated exclusively to students who lead a service lifestyle and want to live with others who share their passion.

Many students also get involved just by living on campus. There are four residence halls and apartment complexes on campus with a variety of floor plans and residential options. On-campus students enjoy hall amenities like vending machines, recreation areas, and computer labs as well as cable TV service and high speed internet. Living on campus makes it easy for students to meet new people, participate in hall and campus events, and take advantage of campus facilities like maintenance services and technical support.

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  • Southern Oregon University Home. Web. 30 Sept. 2011.
  • Southern Oregon University. Undergraduate Admission Application. Print.

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Ranks 15th in Oregon and 946th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.03
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson 3 0.04
Burglary 6 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 46 0.68

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 11 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 7 0.03
Robbery 7 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 68 0.34
Larceny 602 2.97
Vehicle theft 22 0.11

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Ashland, OR 97520
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population23,871 (20,488 urban / 3,383 rural)
Households10,280 (2.20 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,077
Families5,670 (2.77 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4102

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1039th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,399 $6,399 $19,881
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,395 $1,395 $1,395
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $142 $142 $442
FT Graduate Tuition $13,633 $13,633 $17,040
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,395 $1,395 $1,395
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $379 $379 $473
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,367 $21,367 $33,829
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,287 $20,287 $32,749
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,656 $11,656 $24,118

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,840 $7,109 $6,840 $7,109 $19,230 $18,978
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,260 $900
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,084 $9,651
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,484 $2,685
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,175 $8,220
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,895 $3,096
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,895 $3,096

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,615 (1,147 male / 1,468 female)
Admitted 1,910 (789 male / 1,121 female)
Admission rate 73%
First-time Enrollment 673 (296 male / 377 female)
FT Enrollment 641 (273 male / 368 female)
PT Enrollment 32 (23 male / 9 female)
Total Enrollment5,992

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Football Conference Frontier Conference
NAIA Basketball Conference Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Cascade Collegiate Conference

SAT Test Admission

738th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 86%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1130

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,437
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1863rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,930 ($67,355 male / $56,513 female)
Number of FT Faculty 209 (122 male / 87 female)
Number of PT Faculty 323
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $8,783,759

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