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SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY - [SOU], ASHLAND, OREGON

Ashland, OregonLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1872Established Year
  6191Enrollment

Southern Oregon University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Southern Oregon University (SOU) is a public university established in 1872. It is located in Ashland, Oregon and is famous for its strong liberal arts and sciences curriculum which is balanced with career-focused preparation. The institute is a coveted name in the US Education System which offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, pre-professional and online degree programs to applicants around the globe.

Southern Oregon University provides admissions on the rolling basis round the year in the seasonal intakes of fall, winter, spring and summer. With an acceptance rate of as high as 78%, the institute is a very lightly selective institute. However, it does ensure that only the deserving profiles get enrolled and thus is highly comprehensive in its approach towards processing applications. 

Each year, the institute attracts some of the brightest minds from a large number of countries and is therefore a culturally and ethnically diverse site of education. The university is also the proud recipient of the Excellence and Innovation Award for Sustainability and Sustainable Development, 2019 and is one of the favourite choices for international students to study in the USA.

southern oregon university campus

Rankings

  • The institute has been ranked No. 25 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings for the best public, regional schools in 15 Western states. 
  • It was honored in the top #87 to #113 among all regional universities in the West by the US News 2020.
  • The university also ranked as Top 200 most liberal colleges in America by the rankings survey of Niche 2020.

Highlights

Type of UniversityPublic
Established1872
Percentage of International Students2.4% out of the total student body
Intake SeasonRolling Admissions
Application Fee60 USD
Annual Acceptance Rate78%
Test Scores AcceptedTOEFL or equivalent
Work StudyAvailable on campus
Financial AidAvailable as grants, loans and scholarships
Official websitesou.edu

Programs, Campus and Accommodation

Courses, Faculties and Divisions

Southern Oregon University offers a variety of courses for international students at undergraduate and graduate level. Along with the major courses many minor, certificate and online programs are also provided by the institute. The University offers a total of around 38 programs which are mostly taught in English. However, apart from the English language courses, it also offers Spanish Language and Culture courses. 

The available options are offered across its seven academic divisions namely, the Oregon Center for the Arts; Business, Communications and the Environment; Education, Health and Leadership; Humanities and Culture; Social Sciences; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Undergraduate Studies.

Some of the popular major fields of study provided at the institute are as mentioned below.

  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Nursing

Campus

southern oregon university campus sports

The university has a campus of about 175 acres. A large number of student activities and support are supplemented by resource centres on campus. The campus offers endless numbers of clubs promoting various hobbies, sports and music of different kinds to include students of different cultures and ethnicities together and help them live as a family.

The institute lays extra emphasis on athletics and provides a range of sport facilities on campus which includes basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track & field, volleyball and wrestling, among others

Also, there are several Residence Halls on campus, as well as family housing complexes.

  • The university’s campus provides accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • On-campus dining is available to on- and off-campus students and their guests.
  • There is an on campus clinic -The Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) which provides access to primary medical care, mental health care, preventive services and campus-wide health promotion.

Housing Facilities/Residence

The University provides on campus accommodation alternatives to its students in order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment that complements the candidate’s academic pursuits. The University Housing guarantees this very fact by overseeing Residence Halls, SOU Dining Services, Student Apartments and Family Housing, and conferences for students, staff, faculty and campus guests. Some of the features related to housing facilities at the institute are:

  • There are 4 residential complexes available for students namely- Greensprings, Shasta Hall, McLoughlin Hall and Madrone Hall.
  • Most of the complexes offer both single and double rooms and all rooms are fully furnished.
  • Many on-campus eateries with a large variety of food selections along with special dinners, brunches, and buffets are offered throughout the year.
  • Other utilities offered include Electricity, water, heat, an expanded cable TV service, Ethernet Access, Wi-Fi access and laundry.

Southern Oregon University Admission Process

Application Deadlines

The institute offers rolling admissions round the year with few priority deadlines which are as mentioned below

Season of IntakePreferred Deadline
FallFebruary 1, 2020
WinterDecember 12, 2020
SpringMarch 3, 2020
SummerMay 23, 2020

How to apply

Application Portal: International applicants are required to complete the online international student application for admission which is available on the official website of the university. 

Application fee: 60 USD

Admission Requirements:

The admission requirements for international students are: 

  • Official transcripts from high school or any completed university-level coursework.
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • Official English Proficiency exam results
ExaminationMinimum Score: UndergraduateMinimum Score: Graduates & Second Bachelor’s
TOEFL ibt6876
IELTS5.56.0

Note that the supporting documents can be either sent to admissions@sou.edu or must be mailed to the Office of Admissions.

Southern Oregon University Cost of Attendance

Prospective students of the university are advised to pre plan their expenses by having a basic idea of the expenses they will be incurring while staying in a foreign land. An estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US has been compiled as follows:

Tuition Fee

While the fee for a diverse range of programs offered by the institute may vary, a basic average for an academic year at the university is as mentioned below.

Undergraduate Courses – 26,904 USD per year

Graduate Courses – 17,319 USD per year

Cost of Living

Apart from tuition fee, some of the basic expenses to be noted while applying to the institute are as tabulated below.

Type of ExpenditureCost (in USD, per year)
Books and Supplies999
Room and Board10,166 to 14,589
Meals2,500
Personal1,698
Transportation999

Scholarship and Financial Aids

Southern Oregon University offers financial aid in the form of awards, loans and a large number of scholarships for international students to study in the USA. Some of these are mentioned below:

  • Ashland Rotary Scholarship: This scholarship is available for international students only. Selection criteria are based on academic performance, career goals, campus involvement and community participation, and financial need. Amount of the scholarship is 1,000 USD and is offered per year. Application deadline for it is March 15, 2020. Students who want to apply for this scholarship application are supposed to mail: intprogs@sou.edu.
  • Cascade International Student Scholarship: This Scholarship is a merit-based award for students who are new undergraduates, graduates or are graduating from the uniebvrsity’s Intensive English Program. The award amount varies from 1,000 to 9,000 USD per academic year and is a renewable scholarship. 

The Priority application deadline for this award is April 1, 2020.

Loans

  • Student Loans: These loans are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. A student must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and entrance counselling before receiving a Federal Direct Loan. Interest rates and fees for student loans are available for viewing on the federal student aid website.

Grants

  • Federal Pell Grant : It is the principal federal grant. It is a monetary gift and is available to low-income, undergraduate, full-time, 3/4 time or part-time admitted students throughout the year. The amount of the grant is up to 6,195 USD a year.

Work while you Study

The university offers on campus work study programs to the students. Eligible students can apply to these courses and earn money from these jobs that can further enable them to pay for educational expenses.

On Campus Programs

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides jobs on campus and at non-profit agencies in the community. It is available to Pell Grant eligibility Undergraduate students on a first-come, first-serve basis. To be considered, students must put on their FAFSA that they are interested in Work Study.

Alumni Network

Southern Oregon University has about 40,000 living alumni worldwide. Some of them are business leaders, educators, talented artists and craftspersons, dedicated service providers and community/civic volunteers who contribute to the well-being of the organizations they serve. The Alumni Association group of the university recognize the accomplishments of a few notable alumni every year and offer awards such as The Alumni Service Award, Young Alumni Award and Excellence in Education Award.

Some of the notable alumni of Southern Oregon University are: 

AlumniCurrent work profile
Ty BurrellBusinessperson, comedian, actor
Harry KloorFilm producer, screenwriter, Inventor
Kim RhodesActor
Todd FieldFilm Score Composer, Musician, Film Producer
Harry KimPolitician

Aspirants must note that though they can apply for the university round the year, it is highly advisable and encouraged to send in your applications before the priority deadlines to increase your chances of enrollment at the institute. Once you have applied and submitted all the documents, you must keep a close track of your application status as the organization often releases admission decisions within 2 to 3 weeks.

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Southern Oregon University Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population7889
FAFSA Code003219
Application Cost$60
Accreditation NWCCU
Average Cost of Attendance$15,780 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio2 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-76- -
IELTSCheck Detailed Score-6- -
Writing-5.5--
Reading-5.5--
Listening-5.5--
Speaking-5.5--
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score9958701120 71%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing495430560-
Mathematics500440560-
ACTCheck Detailed Score232026 40%
English231926-
Mathematics211824-

Southern Oregon University Acceptance Rate

78.5%

Acceptance Rate

2779

Total Applicants

7889

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

37.1%

Male

62.9%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program78.5%
Total Applicants8363
Total Enrolled6563
Graduate
Graduate Programs78.5%
Total Applicants1690
Total Enrolled1326

Southern Oregon University Enrollment

Enrollment
Southern Oregon University Enrollment7889
Undergraduate Enrollment6563
Graduate Enrollment1326
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate39.1%

Attendance Cost

$15,780

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$15,780 / Year
Post Graduate Program$16,140 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$999 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$13,764 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$2,698 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$9,894 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$2,698 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$3,252 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$2,698 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Program Wise Accreditations
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music
Nursing ProgramsAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
43461961238521

College rating

based on 2 students ratings

6.6/10

8/10academic
7.5/10infrastructure
4.5/10placements
8.5/10faculty
6.5/10extracurricular
4.5/10accommodation

Reviews

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Dewald scheepers, USA Business administration
Southern Oregon University
Recently passed out , Batch : 2019
7.5
STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

STUDY AT SOU!

The location of this college was the main draw. It is near an amazing town with beautiful scenery and lots of things to do. I also liked the size of the school, the classes are small and the teachers are personable.


Course Curriculum - 

The course at Southern Oregon University was a great one. I took the public accounting route, which included an extra year worth of classes to prepare me for the CPA exam. I was also required to do a business plan as a capstone

7 /10
academic
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faculty
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infrastructure
6 /10
accomodation/food
8 /10
placement
7 /10
extracurricular
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Mya, HAWAII Ohsu nursing
Southern Oregon University
Current student , Batch : 2021
5.7
STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

SOU DO'S AND DON'TS

To give other students information on college campuses. I was looking for something like this when I was applying and it would've been really helpful to see reviews (like a yelp for college campuses).


Course Curriculum - 

It depends on what professor you have. Some of my classes are moderate but manageable and not too much work and others are really hard material and the professor's don't help much with learning it in class so I usually have to re-teach myself when I go home. A professor will make or break a class.

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academic
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faculty
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infrastructure
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accomodation/food
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placement
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