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Colleges / Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University

Ashland, OR 4-Year Public

About SOU

Southern Oregon University is a public, state school located in the small town setting of Ashland, OR

Founded in 1926, the institution currently enrolls around 5,059 students a year, including 4,449 undergrads. The institution runs on a quarter academic calendar.

SOU's endowment was valued at $24,636,650 in 2021. For each full-time student, SOU spends about $6,996.

Admissions Facts About SOU

Acceptance rate: 90%

Average GPA: 3.34

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: September 15

SOU Acceptance Rate

Admission to SOU is moderately difficult. The acceptance rate at SOU is 90 percent.

The average high school GPA for a student at SOU is 3.34 on a 4.0 scale.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is SOU a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at SOU, around 68 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 636 students who started at SOU as first-time freshman, 175 graduate within four years.

Around 46 percent of students who started at SOU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $24,227 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does SOU sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is SOU a good school for YOU?

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All applicants should hear back from SOU by September 15.

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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

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer 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

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


18 to 25


18 and Less


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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

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at SOU is like? There are approximately 6,005 students enrolled at SOU, including 5,011 undergraduate students and 994 graduate students. 64% percent of students attend school full-time, 61% percent are from OR and 39% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


In State



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Campus Setting

Small Town

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Tuition and Fees

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