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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.

2014/2015 Admitted Freshmen Averages:
GPA: 3.31
SAT: 1012 (critical reading & math)
ACT: 22 (composite)

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

    English (4 years)
    Mathematics
(3 years: 1 year each of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II)
    Science
(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
    Resume
    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 Reasoning test with a combined Math + Critical Reading score of 1010 and a score of 470 on the SAT Writing test; or, an 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 Undergraduate Students: 
Students who have a standard high school diploma or a GED and who wish to enroll in no more than 8 credits during a term may apply online as a non-admitted undergraduate student. If you already have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accreditted institution, you do not qualify to be a non-admitted undergraduate student - please see the section below for non-admitted graduate students. Non-Admitted undergraduate students will not earn a degree and are not eligible for Financial Aid. If you decide to pursue Admission to SOU at a later date, your coursework is counted toward the degree you want to get.

Non-Admitted Graduate Students: 
Students who have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and who wish to enroll in no more than 8 credits during a term may apply online as a non-admitted graduate student. Non-Admitted graduate students will not earn a degree and are not eligible for Financial Aid. Graduate programs may only accept a specific number of these credits prior to granting approval for admission into the program. Please contact the appropriate graduate program coordinator for further assistance. Non-admitted graduate students may take a mixture of undergraduate and graduate level coursework, but see the important note below regarding tuition. Important Note for Potential Non-admitted Graduate Students: Please note that if you become a non-admitted graduate student, you will pay graduate level tuition rates for all of your coursework, including undergraduate coursework. If you are only planning on taking undergraduate coursework, please consult the Office of Admissions about becoming a post-baccalaureate undergraduate student. Please see the formal policies for Non-admitted Undergraduate and Non-Admitted Graduate students for official information about qualifications and regulations.

Formerly admitted students who are returning to SOU do not need to apply for readmission. You are eligible to register for classes via SISWeb or at the Enrollment Services Center on campus. Check the academic calendar to see when registration is available for the term you wish to return.