The Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend SOU
Southern Oregon University (SOU) wants you to succeed at every level – during and after your time on campus as a Raider. Our belief in honing creativity, imagination, community, and academic achievement delivers a holistic education.
Here are the top 10 reasons to become a Raider:
- Inclusivity and equity – SOU wants all students from all backgrounds to feel comfortable, supported, and heard. We also want you to be your authentic self and champion diversity, equality, and inclusivity.
- Outstanding programs – You’ll find unique programs at SOU, many of which are ranked and offer hands-on learning. Our regionally renowned Criminal Justice program or our specialized Theatre program are just a few examples of SOU’s strong academics.
- Smaller classes – Our class sizes ensure you will find a sense of belonging, mentorship, and personalized engagement like nowhere else. Don’t get lost in a sea of students; make sure you get the educational experience you pay for with classes sized for your ideal learning.
- Location – It doesn’t get any better than the scenic beauty and variety of activities Ashland has to offer year-round. Enjoy the mountains, the parks, and the water features around SOU.
- Recreational activities – SOU’s programs and services help you live a healthy, balanced life, from our Student Recreation Center’s relaxation room to our fitness floor to adventuring indoors or out. Get involved and find what drives you!
- Community – Whether on campus or off, Ashland provides a special sense of community. SOU students agree that the college community they create here leads to lifelong opportunities.
- Personalized degree counseling – College is about learning and growing. SOU’s Student Success Coordinators are here to help you find your passion and couple what you love with what you learn.
- Campus support – We are here to holistically support your academic growth. With our many campus support resources, you are never alone during any part of your educational journey.
- Sustainability pledge – SOU leads by example in sustainability and environmental stewardship through programs and innovative rankings. Several of our facilities have even earned LEED Gold certifications by the U.S. Green Building Council.
- Leadership opportunities – Empower your academic experience with our tutoring and mentoring, which develop leadership skills most sought after by employers. SOU also offers leadership opportunities through the Honors College, ASSOU, and more.
“When looking for colleges to attend, I found it difficult to find a school that could give me both the outdoor education I wanted along with the requirements for my major area of study. When I found SOU, it was like everything fell into place.”