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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  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 University is ...
Public
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
Report
  • 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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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.
Most people here aren't very motivated which makes for a pretty deflated learning experience. Not a ton of class choices as expected for a small school. The food is pretty bad unless groups are visiting in which case, it's fantastic... However, most people are incredibly friendly and I've had a fun social experience. It's pretty easy to make friends if you're simply willing to talk to strangers. Once people are sophomores they move off campus because it's cheaper, this makes meeting older students really hard. The faculty is made up of all good people. Ashland is great busy town for its small size, most people don't see the potential activities within the city limits. Any hippy kind of activity or hobby you might have you can find in the town. Meditation, kundalini yoga, drum circles, you name it. I found it to be surprisingly diverse also. Parties are thin, only been to one that didn't make me walk away before reaching the door.