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On Campus:17%
  • Fall 09/29-12/12
  • Winter 01/05-03/20
  • Spring 03/30-06/12

Tuition & Payments
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Quarter
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Quarter
Costs For Room And Meals:

Additional Information
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Campus Diversity
2%African American
5%Asian American
2%Native American

Campus Links
Home Page

NSE Links
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
Member Campus Links

How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
Find Your NSE Office

Nestled in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains and surrounded by rivers, lakes and national forests, Ashland combines the relaxed atmosphere of a small town with the cultural advantages of a larger city. Nationally recogized for its distinct personality and performing arts, Ashland is a unique city of contrasts. The population is only 22,000, yet it plays host to more than 400,000 visitors yearly who attend a rich variety of cultural events, such as the Tony award-winning Oregon Shakespearean Festival, and enjoy diverse outdoor recreational opportunities.

Southern Oregon University offers a refreshing approach to a comprehensive liberal arts education. Many of the faculty are award winning teachers who have earned national and international recognition. Students from more than 44 states and 25 countries take advantage of an excellent liberal arts education with breadth and depth of programs combined with the personalized attention found in a small college.

Campus Location - The SOU campus is located on the main boulevard of town making it easily accessible by bike, car or bus. It is a mile from downtown shopping, and easily accessible from all residential areas. Ashland is 12 miles from Medford, a city of 60,000 people. The airport is in Medford along with expanded shopping and other amenities. Mount Ashland, a local ski resort is a short twenty minute drive. Other recreational activities such as hiking, mountain and road biking, fishing and camping are available.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies

Area Studies: American Studies, Cinema and Cultural Studies, First Nation Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, International Studies, Native American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Computer Graphics, Digital Arts, Drawing, Fine Art, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Fitness Management, Health and Fitness Teaching, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Applied Biology, Biology/Life Science, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Entomology, Evolutionary Biology, Field Biology, Forensic Biology, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Wildlife Biology

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Finance and Operation Management, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Personnel, Small Business Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Molecular Biochemistry

Communications: Communication, Electronic Media, Electronic Media and Culture, Electronic Media News, Electronic Media Production and Management, Film, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism, Multimedia, Newspapers, Radio and Television Studies, Writing/Editing

Computer Science: Computer Game Design, Computer Network Security, System Administration

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Criminology

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Earth Science, Geohydrology, Geology, Hydro-Meteorology, Paleontology, Planetary and Space Sciences, Science

Economics: Applied Economics, Economics, International Economics

Education: Early Childhood, Educational Administration and Supervision, Elementary Education, Health Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

English: Creative Writing, English, Literature, Professional Writing, Writing

Environmental Studies: Conservation, Ecology, Environmental Education, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Landscape Management, Sustainability Studies

Foreign Language: Language and Culture, Spanish

General Studies: Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Sciences

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer Technology

International Studies: International Studies

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Acting, Design/Technical, Directing, Music, Music Business/Merchandising, Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, Theater Arts/Drama

Physics: Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science

Psychology: Counseling, Psychology

Recreation: Outdoor Recreation Management, Recreation Leadership

Sociology/Social Work: Human Services, Sociology

Closed Programs
Theater, Education

Notable Academic Programs
Outdoor Recreation Management, Digital Arts, Environmental Education

GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Preferred
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 520 paper, 190 computer or 68 Internet
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Quarter - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 7/10/2014.
  • Estimated cost: $2,740.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Quarter
  • Plan A: 16 ($142.20 per additional hour)
  • Plan B: 16 ($142.20 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Quarter
Figures are current as of 7/10/2014.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee: $200 Year Plan A Mandatory
Activity Fee: $30 Year Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee: $119 Quarter Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee: $135 Year Plan A Optional
Building Fee: $45 Quarter Plan A Mandatory
Incidental / Matriculation Fee: $301 Quarter Plan A Mandatory

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003219

Plan B
For Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

  • Figures are current as of 7/10/2014.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Quarter
  • Double: $2,477
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $450
  • Proximity to campus: less than 1 mi
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Please check Housing website at for complete description of room options.

Meal Plans Per Quarter

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1,410 per quarter for 14 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Please check the Housing website at for complete description of meal plans.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.