Find Your Future at SOU

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Ashland and the Rogue Valley

Selected as a top 10 finalist in Outside magazine’s search for the “Best Town in America”, the vibrant and welcoming City of Ashland dazzles as a culturally rich mecca for tourism, entertainment, entrepreneurship, and breathtaking outdoor experiences. Our beautiful location provides ready access to an array of resplendent natural wonders, including Mt. Ashland, the Rogue River, and Crater Lake National Park. Ashland is a small city with big connections — and that’s why our graduates are so successful.

Southern Oregon University Campus in Ashland

Southern Oregon University

SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.

Southern Oregon University Visitors and Community Programs

Visitors and Community

Southern Oregon University is a proud member of the Rogue Valley Community and the City of Ashland, Oregon. Our treasured partnerships with neighbors, local businesses, and organizations help our beautiful campus thrive. We are proud to offer a host of programs and events open to the public, fostering community engagement and encouraging cultural diversity in the Southern Oregon region. Visit our “Friends of SOU” page and check out our list of affiliated partners and programs.

SOU Online Programs

Southern Oregon University offers online courses from a number of academic programs.

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Message from the President

“We welcome you to participate in the abundant opportunities at Southern Oregon University, joining talented scholars, scientists, artists, writers and others who have been drawn from all over the globe to learn, perform, create, and study in a place where everyone belongs.”

Dr. Linda Schott, President of SOU

What SOU Students are Saying

One of the main deciding factors in choosing to enroll at SOU would be the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). This scholarship gives Westerly state residents like Hawaii an opportunity to venture out to other western state schools with cheaper tuition rates.

Melissa BantilanPre-Nursing and Health & Physical Education – 2018

My favorite thing about SOU is the environment that it offers. It fosters a learning, developing, changing and growing environment that will only help you succeed during your time here at SOU and as a Raider.

Darius KilaCommunication Studies – 2017

I am an outdoorsy person. I like walking around Lithia Park, hiking the local trails, shredding the slopes on Mt. Ashland, and exploring new places. I also enjoy strolling through downtown Ashland and going into the wide range of shops.

Erika DetrickEnvironmental Science & Policy – 2018

There’s Plenty to do at SOU!

At Southern Oregon University, there’s always something fun to do. We proudly host an array of exciting events on a regular basis: athletic sporting events, art show openings, musical performances, dances, theatrical plays, special guest lectures, film screenings, community gatherings, campus themed fairs, symposiums, sustainability projects…and more!

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American Association of State Colleges has selected SOU to be part of the Re-Imagining the First Year of College project