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Southern Oregon University

Ashland, OR

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  1. SOU earns 5 stars from the Campus Pride Index, list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges
  2. One of the best hiking colleges in America, says Backpacker magazine
  3. Students enjoy discount tix to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, March-October

About This Campus

Southern Oregon University is beautifully situated on 175 acres, in the heart of Ashland, nestled in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains. The campus features state-of-the-art laboratories, lecture halls and auditoriums, sports facilities, food courts and more. There are four main resident hall complexes including some with suite style living. SOU is committed to sustainability which is integral to all we do. It includes solar power production, bicycle and pedestrian initiatives, and recycling. Most food served on the SOU campus is sourced from local and organic growers. SOU 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 town.

Location Information

The SOU campus is located on the main boulevard of Ashland (pop. 21,000) making it easily accessible by bike, car or bus. It is a mile from downtown shopping, restaurants and bars. Mount Ashland, a local ski resort, is a short twenty minute drive. Other recreational activities such as hiking, mountain and road biking, running, and camping are available. The airport is located in Medford (pop. 82,000), 13 miles away.

Helpful Information

Class size averages 25 students. NSE students receive priority registration along with regular degree seeking students. Although not guaranteed our advising office will work closely with you to help you get the courses you need.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

Location | Ashland
Population | 22,000
Enrollment | 3,932
Language | English
Calendar | Quarter
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/23-12/11
Winter | 01/04-03/19
Spring | 03/29-06/11

Campus Diversity

White | 58%
Black | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 11%
Asian | 3%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Two or more | 7%
Other | 17%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Music, Theater

Notable Academic Programs

  • Outdoor Adventure Leadership - As part of SOU's OAL program, students will live in and experience a community that embraces the tourism and outdoor industries. Surrounded by mountains, the Siskiyou-Cascade National Monument, the Rogue and Klamath Rivers, Mt. Shasta and Crater Lake National Park, Ashland supports a plethora of outdoor activities, from skiing and whitewater kayaking, to mountain biking and mountaineering. SOU was also recently recognized by Backpacker Magazine as the sixth best Hiking College in America. The region supports a host of rafting companies, guide services, outdoor schools, mountain bike shops, the United Bicycle Institute, and other interests that serve and support the thriving outdoor industry.
  • Emerging Media & Digital Arts - The EMDA major combines interdisciplinary research and activity with a range of technical skills for the creation and evaluation of digital media. In addition to foundational courses in digital image, video, and audio, EMDA students may take classes like The Art of Data, Remix Culture, Robotic Art, and Digital 3D Modeling Methods.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Wine Business - Wine Business at SOU provides students the opportunity to learn many aspects of the wine trade from the history, geography, and environmental requirements to grow grapes, to the processes to make, bottle, and sell wine, to sensory evaluation techniques and communication about wine. Students will apply business principles from sales and marketing to effectively market and promote wine, along with learning management, accounting, computer applications, and hospitality and tourism factors that are important for successful wine businesses. SOU sits in the Rogue Valley, a prolific wine region that is the warmest and driest of Oregon's wine-producing regions. Southern Oregon's terroir creates distinctive viogniers, tempranillos, and pinot noirs.
  • Transgender Studies - Within the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's studies major, the Transgender Studies certificate (one of the first in the country) offers courses like Thinking Queerly, Decolonizing Transgender, and Trans History, Trans Futures.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Digital Arts
  • Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Film
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Studies
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Queer, Gay and Lesbian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Women and Gender Studies


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
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 520.00 paper, 190.00 computer or 68.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 5.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Quarter - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 07/15/20.
  • Estimated cost: $3639.
  • 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 Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (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 Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Quarter
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 16 ($196 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 16 ($196 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Quarter
Figures are current as of 07/15/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $150 Year Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $50 Quarter Plan A & B Optional
Matriculation Fee $350 Year Plan A Mandatory

Important Notes: For a full list of tuition and fee charges visit https://inside.sou.edu/enrollment/tuitionandfees.html. These are the rates for AY 2020-21 as of 7/15/2020.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (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 eligible 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

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/15/20

On-Campus Housing Per Quarter
  • 17% living on campus
  • Double: $3000
  • Per quarter unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $700
  • Proximity to campus: 5
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Family Housing and Apartment often has a waitlist. For all housing options, please review our webpage here: https://inside.sou.edu/housing/index.html

Meal Plans Per Quarter

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1921 per quarter for 17 meals per week.
  • $1612 per quarter for 14 meals per week.
  • $1310 per quarter for 10 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
For complete descriptions of meal plans available, please visit: https://inside.sou.edu/housing/reshall/roombordfees.html

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Quarter
Figures are current as of 07/15/20.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $610 per quarter.

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