Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University was originally established in 1872 as the Ashland Academy. It became the Ashland College and Normal School in 1879. However, due to lack of funds, the school closed down in 1890. In 1895, it reopened as the Southern Oregon State Normal School. In 1926, the campus was shifted to a new site, and it was eventually named Southern Oregon University in 1997. SOU is now a public liberal arts college in Ashland, Oregon, and offers enrollment to more than 5,000 students every year.

SOU offers classes in its main campus and its satellite campus in downtown Medford. The university consists of the:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education

SOU offers graduate and post-baccalaureate degrees in subjects like arts, communication, computer science, business studies, history, mathematics, music, theater arts and social sciences, among others. It is particularly well known for its natural sciences, environmental science, criminology, theatre arts and Shakespearean studies programs.

SOU's athletics teams are known as the Raiders and participate in sports like football, wrestling, cross country, basketball, softball, track and field and tennis.

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Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland , OR 97520
General Phone: (541) 552-7672

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Southern Oregon University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching205education, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, kindergarten/preschool teaching, early childhood education, teacher education
Liberal Arts161French language, English, liberal arts and humanities, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, social services, anthropology, economics, geography, ...
Business and Management156business management, electronic commerce, accounting, finance, human resources, MIS, business and related services
Therapy and Counseling106psychology
Media67communication studies
Security and Law Enforcement66criminal justice and safety
Science38biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Drama and Performing Arts31drama, acting
Conservation and Resource Management27environmental studies
Art Studies26art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy23health and physical education
Computer Science and Engineering21computer and info science

Number of programs and degrees for Southern Oregon University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree66330
Master's degree26013
Postbaccalaureate certificate7810

Southern Oregon University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southern Oregon University had a total enrollment of 4,832 students (4,207 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 94%
Part-Time 6%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 81%
Graduate 19%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 77%
Black 2%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 4%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 25%
20-21 22%
22-24 20%
25-29 12%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Southern Oregon University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 35 %

Southern Oregon University Room and Board (2007)

Southern Oregon University offers campus housing for 1,300 of its 4,207 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Ashland, Oregon for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Oregon Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Southern Oregon University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440570
SAT Math440550

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT83%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Southern Oregon University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,667
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,669
Room and board $ 8,418
Books and supplies $ 1,350
Other expenses $ 3,750

Financial Aid:
Southern Oregon University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 321900)

Southern Oregon University Faculty

Southern Oregon University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1111
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3032

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year45$69,76419$68,490
Associate professoracademic year34$54,32927$54,326
Assistant professoracademic year16$46,32010$45,352
Instructoracademic year13$40,10821$38,785
All faculty totalacademic year108$57,86277$52,417

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southern Oregon University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Division I Independents
Basketball Cascade Collegiate Conference
Track Cascade Collegiate Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports163349

Southern Oregon University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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