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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  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 3,397 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Southern Oregon acceptance rate is 76%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 40% of students, Southern Oregon alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,400.
1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, OR 97520
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About Southern Oregon...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Frontier Conference

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.

Southern Oregon Admissions

Acceptance Rate
76%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
920-1150
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$10,240/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,432/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
84%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
26:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.54 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.64 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.64 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    21%
  • On Campus
    73%
  • Online
    6%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,397Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,965
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 42 responses
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  • Unique
    48%
  • Friendly
    45%
  • Immature
    5%
  • Highschool
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
71%
of students say they don't have Greek life.59 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.80 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • Accepting of each individual
    29%
  • Free-spirted
    29%
  • Outdoorsy
    16%
  • Inclusive
    13%
  • Back in highschool again
    7%
  • Best school ever
    4%
  • Community of like-minded people
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
40%
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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Southern Oregon University is a great school for anyone looking to go to college. You can get the same education anywhere. I'm very happy about how much everything was. The yearly cost of how much everything was, was half of what my sister had to pay at her college. The life on campus is awesome! Everyone is friendly and it is all a nice community. Ashland isn't a very big place so you get to know everyone.
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I love Southern Oregon University! The staff and people there are very kind and helpful. The town is super cute and very pretty with lots of scenic spots. One thing about the school is we don't have Greek Life which doesn't bother me but may bother others. The school is small however I enjoy that aspect because you get to know more people and the student to professor ratio is small. The overall experience has been amazing!
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!