Overview

Applicants
2,766
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average HS GPA
3.32

GPA Breakdown

17%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 550
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
21:1
Total Faculty
283
with Terminal Degree
119

146
Women
137
Men
41
Minority
5
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other.
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
  • Biology, General.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomedical Sciences, General.
  • Botany/Plant Biology, Other.
  • Botany/Plant Biology.
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
  • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other.
  • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology.
  • Ecology.
  • Environmental Biology.
  • Zoology/Animal Biology, Other.
  • Zoology/Animal Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Broadcast Journalism.
  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism, Other.
  • Journalism.
  • Photojournalism.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other.
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other.
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General.
  • Information Science/Studies.
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Educational Administration and Supervision.
  • Environmental Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other.
  • General Literature.
  • Literature.
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing.
  • Rhetoric and Composition.
  • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, Other.
  • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies.
  • Writing, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other.
  • Corrections.
  • Criminal Justice and Corrections.
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
  • Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism.
  • Forensic Science and Technology.
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other.
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness.
  • Outdoor Education.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physical Sciences, Other.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Digital Arts.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Pedagogy.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, Other.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Ty Burrell
Emmy Award Winning Actor, "Modern Family"

Joel Moore
Actor, "Avatar" & TV series "Bones"

Mark Helfrich
University of Oregon Head Football Coach

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 2

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,919

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,981

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,420

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
89%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,179

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,728

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,813
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$21,460
Required Fees
$1,710
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$999

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,603
Transportation for Commuters
$3,252

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,610
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,314
Foreign Countries Represented
12

Demographics

1.15%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.76%
Asian
2.47%
African-American
11.89%
Hispanic
59.03%
Caucasian
10.13%
Unknown
3.16%
International

59% female
41% male
40% are out of state
68% are full time
32% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
17%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
80%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Shawn Foster

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
64
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Raiders)
5 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Raiders)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: The Queer Resource Center on the web at https://inside.sou.edu/qrc/index.html

Minority Support Groups: Various multicultural clubs and organizations located on the web at https://inside.sou.edu/mrc/index.html

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, whitewater rivers, and some of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems in the world, students at Southern Oregon University (SOU) are reminded every day of the magnificence of nature. An ACUPCC signatory, SOU’s Climate Action Plan promises a carbon-neutral campus by 2050. In order to help achieve this goal students initiated a Green Fund, which provides funding for SOU students to do sustainability projects on campus. Recent projects have included creation of a sustainability center, solar installations, and becoming the first university to offset 100 percent of its water use. A massive 56-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array (producing more than 70,000 kilowatt hours per year of useful energy) was installed on the roof of the Higher Education Center. The array helped earn the center LEED Platinum—the first building to achieve this highest level of LEED certification in the Oregon University system. SOU’s new Green House learning community offers students in all majors a unique and innovative approach to education. The Green House promotes active learning by taking students out of the classroom to learn about sustainability through hands-on projects and site visits, on campus and throughout the region. Proactive students can join the Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center (ECOS), a student organization striving to expand awareness of local and global issues while viewing sustainability through a diversity of lenses. ECOS manages a productive community garden learning laboratory, operates a bicycle program and sponsors educational events.

92/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
0%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Discounts to students available through Apple Computers and Dell.

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Admissions
Director of Admissions

Address
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

Phone
(541)552-6411

Email
admissions@sou.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Hannon Library
Center for the Visual Arts
Student Union
Theatre Building
Residence Halls

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mt. Ashland Ski Resort
Britt Music Festivals
Rogue River
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Downtown Ashland night clubs

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Contact Email Address for Visit
scottj@sou.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Rogue Valley International Airport, Rogue Valley Transportation District (public bus), Amtrak + shuttle

Driving Instructions to Campus
Traveling I-5 from north to south: 1. Take Ashland Exit 19. 2. Turn right onto S Valley View Road. 3. At light, turn left onto Rogue Valley Hwy 99 N. 4. Follow 99 N to SOU. Traveling I-5 from south to north: 1. Take Ashland, Klamath Falls Exit 14. 2. Turn left onto 66 W/Ashland St. 3. At light, slight right onto Siskiyou Blvd and SOU.


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