Combining real world projects with intellectual rigor, The Honors College at Southern Oregon University aims to provide a challenging learning environment. Our creative curricula will take advantage of the university’s unique location by drawing on the rich natural, cultural, and artistic resources that are Southern Oregon.
Southern Oregon University seeks to create a community of learners prepared for a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, inquiry, scholarship, and service.
There are a wide variety of benefits for students who join the Honors College at SOU:
Tuition scholarships, which are automatically renewed each year for Honors College scholars in good standing, for up to four years, in any major offered at SOU.
Outstanding SOU professors who see it as a distinction to teach Honors College courses, and who genuinely enjoy working with undergraduate students.
Guidance and assistance in undergraduate research, leading to publication or presentation at academic conferences.
A curriculum specifically designed for Honors College Scholars that satisfies all general-education requirements.
Individualized advising and priority registration.
Small classes (usually with fewer than 25 students each) conducted as interdisciplinary discussion groups in the same format as graduate-school courses, allowing for greater interaction and enhanced development of critical thinking skills.
Assistance in coordinating study-abroad opportunities and international travel.
Interaction with honors students at other Oregon universities, and through the Western Regional Honors Council and National Collegiate Honors Council.
Co-curricular events, activities, and programs designed to work in tandem with classroom educational experiences.
An Honors College Lounge / Study Space.
Assistance in applications for national honor societies, National Collegiate Honors Council Awards, Western Regional Honors Council Awards, and prestigious scholarships (such as the Rhodes, Fulbright, Marshall, Churchill, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholarships).
Participation in the Community Partner Mentor Program, which merges classroom instruction with real-world application and regional networking opportunities.
Career preparation, internship coordination, electronic portfolio support, and assistance in graduate-school application.
The notation of “Honors College” recorded on diplomas.
A lifelong and diverse network of high-achieving colleagues.