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Colleges / Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University

Ashland, OR 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate90%
Acceptance Rate90%

About SOU

Southern Oregon University Overview

Southern Oregon University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Ashland, Oregon. SOU was founded in 1926 and currently enrolls around 5,059 students a year, which includes 4,449 undergrad students. SOU provides on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from SOU by September 15.

Student Activities at SOU

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of SOU's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? SOU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at SOU, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? SOU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at SOU on the Student Life page.

2022 SOU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Quarter
Overall Acceptance Rate 90%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.3
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 71%
Percent of Need Met 87.5%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $12,764

Is SOU a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how competitive a university is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better look at what SOU offers and if the college seems like a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Southern Oregon University

It is moderately difficult to get into SOU. Around 90% of applicants get into SOU each year. Last year, 2,317 students applied to SOU and 2,093 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SOU

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It guages how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 68% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at SOUcome back their sophomore year. 46% of SOU undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for SOU Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with SOU directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Southern Oregon University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

SOU's endowment was valued at $24.6 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $6,996 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at SOU

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

SOU meets 87.5% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend SOU full-time are awarded $12,764 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $38,371 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at SOU.

Based on this information, how does SOU sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is SOU a good school for you?

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Where is Southern Oregon University Located?

SOU is located in the small town setting of Ashland, Oregon.

If you would like to see SOU for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 5 to Ashland, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Medford-Jackson County.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what SOU and Ashland are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1250 Siskiyou Boulevard Ashland, OR 97520

Campus Setting: Small Town

SOU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SOU is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

SOU ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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SOU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

990 - 1200


Math SAT Range

490 - 580


Reading SAT Range

490 - 620

SOU Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at SOU is like? There are approximately 5,059 students enrolled at SOU, including 4,449 undergraduate students and 610 graduate students. 63% percent of students attend school full-time, 63% percent are from OR and 37% percent of students are from other states.


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