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Colleges / Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University

Ashland, OR 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate90%

SOU Admissions

Southern Oregon University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Southern Oregon University is 90%. Last year, 2,317 students applied to Southern Oregon University and 2,093 were admitted.

If you are planning on applying to Southern Oregon University, the application fee is $60.

Students who apply to Southern Oregon University for fall semester should anticipate a decision by September 15.

Southern Oregon University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Southern Oregon University's admissions stats.

Southern Oregon University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 71%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 34%
Waitlist No

Southern Oregon University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Southern Oregon University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Want to Apply Early to Southern Oregon University?

Southern Oregon University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Southern Oregon University Admissions

Transferring to Southern Oregon University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Southern Oregon University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Southern Oregon University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Southern Oregon University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered

Make sure to check with Southern Oregon University for more information on admission factors.

Southern Oregon University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Southern Oregon University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Southern Oregon University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Southern Oregon University?

Students admitted to Southern Oregon University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Southern Oregon University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 71% of Southern Oregon University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 34% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Southern Oregon University?

To be competitive with other Southern Oregon University applicants, you should strive to score between 990 and 1200 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Southern Oregon University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1200 and 25% of scored lower than 990, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Southern Oregon University students scored 580 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Southern Oregon University students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

To be most competitive at Southern Oregon University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Southern Oregon University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Southern Oregon University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

More Information on Transferring to Southern Oregon University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Southern Oregon University.

Transfer students can enroll in Southern Oregon University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Southern Oregon University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Southern Oregon University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Southern Oregon University.

Does Southern Oregon University accept transfer credits?

✅ Southern Oregon University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Southern Oregon University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Southern Oregon University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Southern Oregon University?

✅ Southern Oregon University is not test optional.

What is Southern Oregon University's acceptance rate?

✅ Southern Oregon University's acceptance rate is 90%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Southern Oregon University?

❌ Southern Oregon University does not offer early decision.

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SOU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into SOU? SOU is a somewhat selective institution. The SOU acceptance rate is 90%. This means that the institution accepts 90 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

990 - 1200


Math SAT Range

490 - 580


Reading SAT Range

490 - 620


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SOU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.34. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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