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Southern Oregon University

Ashland, OR

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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 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 81,600 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, running, and camping are available

Helpful Information

SOU is a small, friendly campus of about 6,200 students. 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 | 6,182
Language | English
Calendar | Quarter
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/30-12/13
Winter | 01/06-03/20
Spring | 03/30-06/12

Campus Diversity

White | 59%
Black | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 11%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 2%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Two or more | 7%
Other | 16%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs


Notable Academic Programs

  • Recreation Leadership - As part of SOU's Outdoor Adventure Leadership 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.
  • Digital Arts - The major in Emerging Media/Digital Arts Arts 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.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies

Area Studies: American Studies, First Nation Studies, International Studies, Native American Studies

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

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, Wine Business

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, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Multimedia, Writing/Editing

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

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Criminology, Forensic Science

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Hydro-Meteorology, 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, Poetry, Professional Writing, Writing

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

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

Languages: Language and Culture, Spanish

Mathematics: Mathematics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC

Performing Arts: Acting, Design/Technical, Music, Music Performance

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Optometry Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Counseling, Psychology

Recreation: Adventure Education, Outdoor Education, Recreation Leadership

Sociology/Social Work: Human Services, Sociology, 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 08/12/19.
  • Estimated cost: $3523.
  • 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 ($189 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 16 ($189 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Quarter
Figures are current as of 08/12/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Recreation Fee $113 Quarter Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee $137 Quarter Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $140 Year Plan A Optional
Building Fee $45 Quarter Plan A Mandatory
Incidental / Matriculation Fee $393 Quarter Plan A Mandatory

Important Notes: These fee charges are based on 1 credit over 16 credits. For a full list of tuition and fee charges visit www.sou.edu/enrollment/tuitionandfees . These are the rates as of 8.12.19

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

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 08/12/19

On-Campus Housing Per Quarter
  • 17% living on campus
  • Double: $2562
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $650
  • Proximity to campus: 5
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Please check Housing website at www.sou.edu/housing for complete description of room options.

Meal Plans Per Quarter

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1865 per quarter for 11 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Please check the Housing website at www.sou.edu/housing 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.
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