Southern Oregon University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Southern Oregon University
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Southern Oregon University Admissions Overview:

With an encouraging acceptance rate of 95%, Southern Oregon University is accessible to the large majority of applicants each year. Students, in order to apply, will need to submit an application, high school transcripts, and scores from either the SAT or the ACT. For complete instructions, and to start an application, check out the school's website.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Southern Oregon University Acceptance Rate: 78%

Southern Oregon University Description:

Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts university located on an attractive 175-acre campus in Ashland, Oregon. Outdoor lovers will appreciate the school's proximity to hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. Outside magazine ranked Ashland among the top towns in the country because of its active arts community, recreational opportunities, vineyards, and beautiful location. Students at SOU can choose from 35 majors and over 100 areas of study. Pre-professional areas such as business, communications and criminal justice are among the most popular, but the university's location also makes it a great choice for fields like environmental studies and outdoor adventure leadership.

SOU prides itself on connecting classroom work to the community through internships, research, and capstone projects. Academics are supported by a 21 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Student life is active with over 50 student clubs and organizations. In athletics, the Southern Oregon Raiders compete in the NAIA Cascade Collegiate Conference for most sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 6,243 (5,607 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male / 60% Female
  • 65% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,523 (in-state); $23,170 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $999 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,756
  • Other Expenses: $3,252
  • Total Cost: $25,530 (in-state); $40,177 (out-of-state)

Southern Oregon University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 89%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 79%
    • Loans: 54%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,767
    • Loans: $6,064

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Business Administration, Communication, Criminal Justice, English, Health and Physical Education, Psychology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 68%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 24%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 39%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Football, Wrestling, Cross Country, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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