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  1. Academics
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  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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Southern Oregon is a public university located in Ashland, Oregon in the Medford Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,670 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Southern Oregon acceptance rate is 78%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Psychology, and Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies. Graduating 39% 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
900-1130
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$8,939/ 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
    $5,659/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,584/ year
  • $49-75k
    $7,936/ year
  • $76-110k
    $11,467/ year
  • $110k+
    $12,895/ 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
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.61 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.61 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,670Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
20%
Pell Grant
40%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
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  • Friendly
    46%
  • Unique
    46%
  • Immature
    5%
  • Highschool
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
71%
of students say they don't have Greek life.56 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.77 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 42 responses
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  • Free-spirted
    31%
  • Accepting of each individual
    29%
  • Outdoorsy
    14%
  • Inclusive
    12%
  • 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
39%
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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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.
Honestly, I love this school. It's a small, intimate school, and the professors are helpful and care about the wellbeing of their students. The campus is lovely, though filled with hills, and the sense of community is incredibly welcoming, which is nice at a small school. Most of the students, clubs, and sports are eager to connect with other students. Many of the issues on campus, however are structural, such as parking and the never-ending construction that the students must pay for. I would say that, as a community, SOU is great. Academically, it is a wonderful school for arts and STEM. But there is a disconnect between administration and students.