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SOU Student Life

SOU is on a 175-acre campus in a small town setting in Ashland, Oregon. SOU has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

SOU does not have fraternities or sororities.

SOU has a thriving Native American Student Union. In fact, more students participate in Native American Student Union than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at SOU include International Student Association, Impact (religious club), Hoopaa Hawaii Club and Omicron Delta Kappa.

The SOU community comes together each year for Southern Oregon Arts and Research Symposium, International Week and One World (performing arts series).

Does SOU Offer Student Housing?

SOU offers housing for students. Students are required to live on campus through freshman year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most SOU students live off campus. In 2021, 15% of undergrads at SOU lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 85% of students lived off-campus or commuted to SOU. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

SOU offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

SOU Athletics

At SOU there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at SOU:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Rugby Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Tennis Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Track And Field Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport
Soccer Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Sport
Basketball Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport

Is SOU Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Southern Oregon University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The SOU campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

SOU offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Plan a Visit to SOU

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit SOU, take Interstate 5 to Ashland, OR. If you need to fly, book your flight to Medford-Jackson County airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Oregon you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore SOU's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

Keep Reading About SOU

Click below to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.

Overview

Admissions

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Tuition & Aid

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SOU Students

61%

Women

39%

Men

63%

Full Time

37%

Part Time

63%

In State

37%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

58%

12%

11%

11%

2%

2%

1%

1%

1%

Undergraduate Students

4,449

Graduate Students

610

Non-Resident / International Students

32

SOU Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

5,059

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

90%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$9,615

Out-of-State

$25,545

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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