Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 552-6411
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Located in Ashland, Ore., Southern Oregon University is a public four-year institution. The school was originally established in 1872 as Ashland Academy and underwent a series of name changes before becoming known by its current name in 1975. As of 2011, the school serves more than 6,500 students. U.S. News & World Report ranked Southern Oregon 33rd on its list of the top public schools in the nation and 80th among the best regional universities in the west. Bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs are available in a variety of areas to suit students with a range of academic interests and goals.

Programs Offered

Although it is primarily a liberal arts college, Southern Oregon University also offers a number of pre-professional and career-oriented programs. Some examples of available majors include art history, biology, business administration, communications, computer science, elementary education, English and writing, health and physical education, mathematics, dental hygiene, medical technology, pre-engineering, pre-occupational therapy, and pre-veterinary medicine. Online classes are also available to serve the needs of students who are working full time or are trying to balance family responsibilities while attending school. Programs include management, business administration, criminal justice, early childhood development, teaching, and non-profit management, among others.


Southern Oregon University has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1928. The school’s programs in music have also been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


Prospective Southern Oregon students can submit an application online or via standard mail, whichever they prefer. In addition to their application form, students will need to request their official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT score reports be sent to the admissions office. There is a $50 application fee for undergraduate students. In 2010, 59% of undergraduate applicants were admitted to the university and 51% enrolled. For more information about the admissions process for graduate and international students, please visit SOU’s website or contact an advisor.

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