Parents and Family
SOU is a great place to study and learn. Did you know that SOU was recently chosen by the New York Times as one of 20 hidden gems in American higher education, recognizing our commitment to excellence in teaching? With a small, intimate and friendly campus of 5000, a 21 to 1 student to faculty ratio, and our commitment to high academic standards in teaching and learning, your student is in great hands. Courses at SOU are taught by faculty, not by graduate assistants. Easy access to this faculty means your student is intellectually engaged.
College is where the connections of a lifetime are made and friendships are sewn in preparation for the professional world, where networking means the difference between success and failure. With 30 computer labs across campus, wireless access in all academic buildings, the celebrated Ashland Fiber Network, and the Hannon Library as part of a consortium with access to ten million volumes, ample opportunities for civic and professional engagement, and a multitude of academic, cultural and special interest clubs, SOU is connected.
Community and Region
Your student's creativity will be stimulated in this active community and beautiful natural region. With the world renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival in town, the nearby Britt Music Festival, the Schneider Museum of Art on campus, and an abundance of internships, there are many opportunities for students to gain the knowledge and experience that will lead them into successful careers. SOU is also in the middle of a dynamic natural region that includes Crater Lake, Mt. Shasta, winter sports on Mt. Ashland, and an abundance of rivers and lakes.
Resources For Student Success
We'd like you to know that your student is in good hands. We encourage you to visit our campus and meet the faculty and staff that will work with your student as they build their future lives. We recognize that your role as a primary source of support for your student continues as they begin to build their own lives. So we invite you to learn about the resources available to your student here at SOU, so you can inform them of these resources should the need arise.
The resources page also has information about what we can and cannot share with you about your student due to FERPA regulations. We consider you a vital partner in ensuring your student's success and look forward to working with you.
SOU maintains a number of helpful resources in our parent guide. We have published this guide with the mission of helping you easily navigate the university and its surrounding community. It also provides helpful tips and resources.