- SOU earns 5 stars from the Campus Pride Index, list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges
- One of the best hiking colleges in America, says Backpacker magazine
- Excellence & Innovation Award for Sustainability and Sustainable Development
About This CampusSouthern 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 InformationThe 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 InformationClass 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.