Southern Oregon University

quality education in beautiful surroundings

SOU provides career-focused and comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students on both its Ashland and Medford campuses.

Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, the SOU community is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. SOU primarily serves the state of Oregon with a focus on southern Oregon and the northernmost counties of California.

Theoretical and experiential learning programs taught by a host of exceptional faculty provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, about 6,200 students explore the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, and professional programs offered by SOU. North Campus Village provides gorgeous, comfortable residential facilities and a dining hall featuring home-style classics, ethnic cuisine and healthy entrees.
We think about more than statistics and research when it comes to our students. We think about real life.

You’re Home at SOU.

Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520

Don’t forget to cheer for the fearless SOU Raiders as they compete in football, wrestling, basketball, soccer, volleyball and other valley sports. SOU won the 2014 NAIA National Championship in Daytona, Florida. #RaiderUp!

The Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU is an important pillar of the Ashland community, bringing distinguished luminaries to the Southern Oregon University campus as well as presenting their own highly acclaimed music, theatre, art exhibitions, and other public events. The Schneider Museum of Art, part of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, houses four galleries comprising of 4,000 square feet of exhibition space.  The Museum is a vital force in the intellectual life of Southern Oregon University that promotes an understanding of the visual arts within a liberal arts education.

Serving both an academic and community audience, it builds a challenging environment that engages with the visual arts through exhibitions and programs supporting interdisciplinary study, research, and discourse.  Please check out their seasonal contemporary art exhibitions, free docent-led Tuesday Tours at noon, FREE Family Days, artist and curator lectures, and performances by visiting  The Museum is open Monday–Saturday, 10 am–4 pm. Free and open to the public.

The Center for Visual Arts (CVA) Galleries, located in the Art Building and the Marion Ady Building, give students and community artists the opportunity to exhibit their current work. Visit the CVA Galleries Monday–Friday. Their Theater and Music concert events feature faculty, students, alumni, and visiting artists. See events listing and purchase tickets online at: or in person at their Box Office located in the Music Building.
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The Honors College at SOU
Students of the Honors College of SOU experience an intensive education that provides challenges to help identify true passions and preparation for graduate school and rewarding careers. Their students begin making a difference the day they set foot on campus.

Small classes are taught by faculty who actively engage students and push them to exceed their own expectations. The Honors College at Southern Oregon University provides opportunities for students to transform themselves from learners into leaders.

Hannon  Library  is  one  of  the  cultural  and intellectual centers of the university, advocating the advancement of  knowledge by providing access to quality information and actively guiding the discovery process. In support of the diverse programs available at  SOU, the library cultivates extensive resources in each area of study. Students can find a designated librarian that specializes in whatever subject they are studying and receive one-on-one research assistance. The library also provides numerous services ranging from tutoring, career advising, and special event venues. It is a dynamic institution that embraces new technologies and trends, responding to the evolving needs of the campus.

The Ashland experience begins with a restful sleep. Awake, breathe in the fresh air and take a morning walk. Enjoy choosing from nationally recognized bed & breakfasts to historical or contemporary hotels, suites and guest accommodations. Whether you seek proximity to Ashland’s vibrant, historical downtown or being tucked away with secluded, mountain views, we invite you to be our guest and enjoy your stay.

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