The institution now known as Southern Oregon University can trace its earliest beginnings to the foundation of the Ashland Academy in 1872, a private preparatory school established by the Methodist Episcopal Church in Ashland. In 1895, the University was officially renamed Southern Oregon Normal School and held classes on a site located about a mile south of the present campus.
SOU students have plenty of degree path options and can pursue their educational goals through 37 areas of study in a dynamic range of fields. Internships, mentor relationships, field study, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities, and civic engagement allow our students to apply learning into meaning. Our supportive learning environment fosters creativity, innovation, and builds a solid foundation for success.
The Office of Institutional Research provides timely and accurate statistical analyses that are integral to the strategic planning process for Southern Oregon University including support for internal decision making and overall institutional effectiveness. The office responds to report and data requests from state, federal, and other external agencies as well as internal constituents of the university.
Southern Oregon University's Office of Career Connections provides resources to assist students from all academic programs and class years identify and achieve their individual career goals in order to lead lives of purpose. We welcome all students and embrace opportunities to collaborate with employers, graduate and professional schools, faculty and staff, and student organizations, as well as parents and alumni in order to provide the highest quality of service to our students.
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The Stevenson Union enhances the SOU community by providing programs, services and facilities that promote engagement and increase a sense of campus pride for students, staff, faculty, alumni and visitors.
The Stevenson Union offers:
The Student Health and Wellness Center provides access to a wide range of health services including primary medical care, mental health care, psychiatric care, preventive services and campus-wide health promotion.
Acute Care and Injuries
Alcohol and Drug
Birth Control & Safer Sex Supplies
Chronic Disease Management
College Drinking Prevention
High Risk Drinking in College
With a campus of over 6,100 students and a culture of engaged faculty, SOU supports strong, meaningful connections and emphasizes inclusion and sustainability. SOU strives to guide all learners to become knowledgeable and innovative, creating lives of purpose.
Southern Oregon University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The Department of Chemistry programs have earned the approval of the American Chemical Society. The programs of the School of Education are accredited by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. The Department of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Southern Oregon University was a great small school. Although known for the theatre program, the chemistry department is highly ranked in Oregon. The small class sizes and passionate professors made my SOU experience amazing. I felt very prepared to enter the work force/further study when I completed my degree.