#6 Best Public Universities in Oregon

Southern Oregon University

Ashland, Oregon

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Southern Oregon University overview
Location Ashland, Oregon
Online sou.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize Suburban
Southern Oregon University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Southern Oregon University (SOU), located in Ashland, Oregon, is a public liberal arts college nestled in the Rogue Valley near the California border. Established in 1872, SOU enjoys a scenic campus that blends modern and traditional architecture, with ample green spaces and views of the surrounding Siskiyou mountains. The university offers a diverse range of academic programs, with particular strengths in environmental science, business, and the arts. SOU's academic philosophy emphasizes interdisciplinary learning and hands-on experiences. While admission to SOU is moderately selective, the university seeks to accommodate a broad spectrum of students with varied academic backgrounds. On-campus living is provided through a variety of housing options, and the university promotes a comprehensive learning environment incorporating both academic and residential life. SOU is known locally for its vibrant campus atmosphere, with easy access to the cultural offerings of Ashland, including the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

In the most recent statistical year 2,126 prospective students applied, and 1,870 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 567 enrolled in the school.  2,581 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,623 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $9,405 plus fees of $2,286. Southern Oregon University is ranked 895 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Southern Oregon University is rated within the lower 34% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Southern Oregon University overview
SAT 980/1230
ACT 18/25
GPA 3.34

Applications Accepted

Southern Oregon University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend

Oregon Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Southern Oregon University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$999
Other Fees$2,286
Room and Board $15,819
Budget for Other Expenses$1,500
Total One Year Cost$30,009

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Southern Oregon University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$999
Other Fees$2,286
Room and Board $15,819
Budget for Other Expenses$1,500
Total One Year Cost$48,369

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$41,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

33% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Southern Oregon University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 18%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
Education 9%
Psychology 9%
Social Sciences 8%

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