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  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
    B-
Southern Oregon is a public university located in Ashland, Oregon in the Medford Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,640 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Southern Oregon acceptance rate is 78%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 38% of students, Southern Oregon alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,500.
About Southern Oregon University...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Frontier Conference
Address
1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, OR 97520
Website
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Southern Oregon University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
78%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
870-1120
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$9,924/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,213/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,542/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,280/ year
  • $76-110k
    $12,365/ year
  • $110k+
    $13,220/ year
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Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
21:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.54 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.62 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.62 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,640Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 40 responses
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  • Unique
    48%
  • Friendly
    45%
  • Immature
    5%
  • Highschool
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
72%
of students say they don't have Greek life.57 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.78 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 43 responses
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  • Free-spirted
    30%
  • Accepting of each individual
    28%
  • Inclusive
    14%
  • Outdoorsy
    14%
  • Back in highschool again
    7%
  • Best school ever
    5%
  • Community of like-minded people
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
38%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
69%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.42 responses
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My experience here at SOU has gradually increased and has become the best decision of my life. The school is small and you get well connected to lots of people and professors. The class sizes are small, and you can easily get to know your professors well if you choose so. The people in this community are welcoming and the culture down here is somewhat diverse and open to everything. The student life could be more lively, however, we always seem to make it happen. This university has changed my life and I'm so thankful that I decided to stay here for my undergraduate degree!
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I would like my college campus to be more inclusive and accessible for all body types. SOU already does a great job with being accessible with (dis)abled bodies, however there can be more ramps available throughout campus for those who have difficulties with stairs and there needs to be more automatic door openers on campus for all locations that have heavier doors. The campus can continue to progress by having more gender neutral bathrooms in all the buildings on campus, so everyone can use the restroom comfortably without sacrificing one’s gender identity by choosing the men’s or women’s restroom options. While this campus is doing great in many fields, there is always room for improvement and to further progress the university.
There are a number of things that I love about Southern Oregon University. Much of what I like lie within this school is the academics and the programs they provide for each student as they begin to study their major. Another big aspect is the athletics, this school is very well-known for is athletic program. For me personally this is a key factor because I am a student athlete here at Southern Oregon and I can say it is one of the best programs I have been apart of. Lastly, the schools overall atmosphere is amazing, all students and all faculty members are kind and whole hearted individuals who care about everyone regardless of who you are.