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:
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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