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Freshman Requirements

At Southern Oregon University, our admission decisions are based on a holistic review of all information- both academic and personal- presented in your application. For this reason we want applicants to be aware of our students' average academic profile, rather than minimum requirements.

2015/2016 Admitted Freshmen Averages:
GPA: 3.30
SAT: 1110 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing + math)*
ACT: 22 (composite)

* SAT average is based on the new SAT format.

Applicants should complete the following college preparatory subjects with a C- or better, and a 3.0 GPA minimum.

    English (4 years)
(3 years: 1 year each of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II)
(3 years: 2 years of a lab science)
    Social Sciences
(3 years)
    Second Language
(2 years of the same language)

Applicants who feel they fall below our averages or who may not meet minimum requirements are encouraged to submit any or all of the following with their application for admission:

    Letters of recommendation
(from academic sources)
    Writing sample
    Other supporting materials

Students who have earned a GED are not required to submit SAT scores, ACT scores, or high school transcripts. 

The date of your GED score makes a difference.

  • If you earned your GED after 2013, your standard score on each of the four exams must be at least 150, with a minimum total score of 680.
  • If you earned your GED between January 2002 and December 2013, your standard score on each of the five exams must be 410, with an overall average score of at least 550. 
  • If you earned your GED before January 2002, your standard score on each of the five exams must be at least 40, with an overall average score of at least 58.
  • Additionally, if you earned your GED in the spring of 1997 or later, you must also demonstrate second language proficiency.


Home-schooled students, or graduates of nonstandard or unaccredited high schools, must complete the following:

  • The SAT test with a combined score (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing + Math) of 1090 and a score of 27 on the SAT Writing & Language test; or, complete the ACT with a composite score of 21 and an ACT writing score of 18.
  • Two SAT II subject tests: Math I or IIC, and another test of the student's choice. Students must score an average of 470 or above (940 total) on both tests. 
  • Satisfy the second language admission requirement (if the student graduated from high school in 1997 or later).

Non-Admitted and Returning Requirements