The first step to getting Raider Ready is Online Orientation, an easy-to-navigate program that provides students and families with essential information about academic planning, technology, resources, and community standards through the use of text, videos and quizzes.
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Join Us for Raider Ready!
All newly admitted students are expected to participate in Raider Ready programs.
Raider Ready programs will help you prepare, ensure your success, and connect you to campus resources.
The second step to getting Raider Ready is Virtual Registration, a scheduled advising appointment where students will meet with their Student Success Coordinator to review degree requirements, search for classes, and register for courses. This appointment can take place before or after Campus Connections.
Choose from a virtual or in-person experience! These events provide students and families an opportunity to connect with staff, faculty, and returning students. Participants will be able to tour campus and visit a variety of departments. These are half-day events that are strongly advised to ensure your success!
Campus Connection Dates
June 23, 2023 (In-person)
July 7, 2023 (In-person)
August 11, 2023 (Virtual)
Raider Ready – Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up for Raider Ready?
The key to unlocking Raider Ready access is submitting your enrollment deposit.
Events fill quickly! To ensure you can sign up as soon as possible follow the steps below.
- Activate your InsideSOU account
To activate, go to inside.sou.edu and select “Students – Activate Your Account” from the Account Help menu.
- Submit your enrollment deposit to unlock Raider Ready access.
Pay online (or defer the deposit until a later date) through your InsideSOU account.
- Check your email account.
After your deposit is paid, your link to access Raider Ready will be sent to your email address. For Fall 2023 students, emails will be sent in early April.
- Commit to Raider Ready.
Respond to your email invitation as soon as possible to ensure your preferred date.
What will I do at the Campus Connections event?
Campus Connections will help introduce you to resources, staff and other SOU students to get you Raider Ready. The tentative schedule for the in-person events are shown below:
9:15am – Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:45am – Opening Session
10:30am – Rotating Breakout/Interest Sessions and Tabling Information Fair
1:25pm – Lunch at The Hawk
2:30pm – Student Social & Academic Advising Assistance
*Campus and Housing Tours are optional and will be offered at the end of the day.
Where should I stay while in Ashland?
Our in-person Campus Connections are one-day events, so unfortunately overnight campus lodging is not provided. We recommend making reservations in Ashland or Medford well in advance during the peak summer tourism season. Visit the Ashland Chamber of Commerce for information about local hotels and lodging.
Can my family attend Raider Ready programs?
Yes! We strongly encourage your family to attend a Campus Connection Event and to complete the Parent and Family Online Orientation.
Are disability accommodations available?
Students with disabilities may contact our Disability Resources staff in advance to discuss accommodations. Please call 541.552.6213 to connect with Disability Resources.
Do I need math assessment?
Students required to take a math placement exam will be notified prior to Raider Ready. For more details, visit the math placement assessment information page.
When is New Student Orientation?
New Student Orientation is offered in the fall. After completing Raider Ready you will receive more information from New Student Programs.
What other resources are available for new students?
Student Life offers a list of Orientation Resources for new students on how to ease the transition to SOU.