Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University


SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid Success at Southern

Success at Southern/Student Support Services is a federally-funded TRIO grant program that helps eligible students (low-income or first-generation students, as well as those with disabilities) succeed in college and eventually graduate. Success at Southern provides a range of services, including college success classes; tutoring; academic advising; mentoring; assistance with completing scholarship applications; access to cultural activities; and career, personal, and financial counseling. Learn more about Success at Southern

First-Year Experience & Transition American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

SOU was selected by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to be part of the Re-Imagining the First Year of College project. This is a national project aimed at ensuring success for all students, particularly those who have historically been underserved by higher education: low income, first generation, and students of color. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USA Funds, AASCU created a coalition of 44 member institutions, including SOU, that will work together for three calendar years (2016-2018) to develop comprehensive, institutional transformations that redesign the first year of college and creates sustainable change for student success. Learn more about American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

Academic Courses & Service Learning The Bridge Program

The Bridge Program is designed to invest in the strengths of Oregon college students, especially underrepresented populations: first-generation college students, second language learners, students from low-income families, and under-served minority groups. Oregon high school seniors with strengths such as leadership, active citizenry, creativity, innovations, passion, or other characteristics that may not be recognized by a SAT score or a borderline GPA may be nominated for this program. Learn more about The Bridge Program

Student Diversity

  • 6,100
  • 40/60
  • 17%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 2%
  • 2%
    Black or African American
  • 9%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 48%
  • 7%
    Two or more races
  • 28%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 2%

Student Success

  • 73%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 38%
    Six-year graduation
  • 38%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 78%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 16%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 172
    Full-time faculty
  • 25
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 23:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Theatre, Criminology, Communication, Business, Psychology, Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Music, Education

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union Hawaii Club Spanish Club Latino Student Club Tango Club International Student Association The Women's Resource Center Queer Resource Center Multicultural Resource Center


Cost of Attendance

  • $6,615
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,530
    Required Fees
  • $11,295
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $16,060,124
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $6,919
    Average aid package
  • $24,294
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 1700%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 47%
    Students with financial need
  • 44%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 44%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 48%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 2,411
    # of applicants
  • 95%
  • 3.31
    Average HS GPA
  • 22
    ACT Composite
  • 460—590
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 450—560
    SAT Math
  • 430—550
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • Rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • $60
    Application Fee
  • $60
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 02/28
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date