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Study at Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University was originally established in 1872 as the Ashland Academy. It became the Ashland College and Normal School in 1879. However, due to lack of funds, the school closed down in 1890. In 1895, it reopened as the Southern Oregon State Normal School. In 1926, the campus was shifted to a new site, and it was eventually named Southern Oregon University in 1997. SOU is now a public liberal arts college in Ashland, Oregon, and offers Enrolment to more than 5, 000 students every year.

SOU offers classes in its main campus and its satellite campus in downtown Medford. The university consists of the:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
SOU offers graduate and post-baccalaureate degrees in subjects like arts, communication, computer science, business studies, history, mathematics, music, theater arts and social sciences, among others. It is particularly well known for its natural sciences, environmental science, criminology, theatre arts and Shakespearean studies programs.

SOU's athletics teams are known as the Raiders and participate in sports like football, wrestling, cross country, basketball, softball, track and field and tennis.

Profile of Southern Oregon University

Students attend Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR, a medium-sized suburb. The school is a public institution. Southern Oregon University degrees go up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in media, music, art studies, drama and performing arts, and conservation and resource management.

Southern Oregon University Selectivity

Southern Oregon University is selective and does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 440. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 460 and 560.


Southern Oregon University has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

There are 4, 832 students at the school .

Student Life

A lot of students at Southern Oregon University attend part-time. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Southern Oregon University values student athletics, and belongs to the Cascade Collegiate Conference and Division I Independents.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Southern Oregon University challenges individuals to grow intellectually and personally as life long learners. We are an inclusive community that fosters student success by teaching, serving, creating, and leading. We engage regional, national, and international partners in meaningful research and civic, professional and artistic contributions. (In the process of being revised. )"

Southern Oregon University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching237teacher education, elementary school teaching, education, middle school teaching, teacher ed, secondary teaching, early childhood Education
Business and Management179business management, finance, human resources, business and related services, accounting, MIS, electronic commerce
Liberal Arts172English, history, sociology, social services, anthropology, international studies, French language, economics, . . .
Therapy and Counselling108psychology
Media73communication studies
Security and Law Enforcement72criminal justice and safety
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy48health and physical Education
Art Studies41art studies
Science35biology, physics, geology, chemistry, biological and physical sciences
Conservation and Resource Management29environmental studies
Drama and Performing Arts27drama, acting
Computer Science and Engineering19computer and info science
Mathematics16mathematics, mathematics and computer science

Contact: Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University

1250 Siskiyou Blvd

Ashland, OR 97520

General Phone: (541) 552-7672


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