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Why Oregon?

  • Our partner, Southern Oregon University is a contemporary, public liberal arts university which offers a varied range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs.
  • SOU has a reputation as a forward-thinking institution that values creativity, critical-thinking, practical skills, and both intellectual and personal growth.
  • The Ashland region is surrounded by mountains, rivers, forests and lakes of breath-taking beauty.
  • Ashland is known as a Cultural Hub within Oregon and is home to the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


SOU is located in the safe, progressive and student-friendly city of Ashland, Oregon.
It is a contemporary, public liberal arts university which offers a varied range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs.

  • #64 in Regional Universities West (US News & World Report 2022)
  • #32 in Top Public Schools
  • #76 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • Median starting salary of OSU Alumni: $44,000
  • SOU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
  • The SOU School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • The Department of Chemistry programs have earned the approval of the American Chemical Society.

SOU operates a quarter system, with four start dates per year, giving students maximum flexibility when planning their study plans.


Key facts

Founded: 1926

Location: Ashland, Oregon

Students: 5,172

Student/teacher ratio: 20/1

Classes with fewer than 20 students: 51%

International student population: 2%

Housing: on-campus housing for first year students in apartments and dorms; on-campus housing for continuing students (limited availability)

Unconditional: GPA: 2.5, IELTS 5.5 / TOEFL 68 iBT
Conditional: From TOEFL iBT 20

Transfer: After 2 years

The Kings Advantage

Kings is on campus with you so you have all the support you need to succeed at SOU.

We will provide:

Academic and Career Support

  • You will be assigned a Kings Progression Advisor on the first day of Orientation.
  • They will set up your personalized study plan so you can earn as many credits as possible and transfer to your dream university

Campus Life Support

  • We are on hand to help you with all the things you need to settle in: housing, money, health services, as well as fun and relaxation outside of class

University Transfer Support

  • Your Kings Progression Advisor will also guide you through your transfer options after SOU.
  • They will prepare you fully for Year 3 entry at a Top university.
Great location
  • Campus location: Ashland, Oregon 10 miles north of California
  • Ranked in Top 10 of "100 Best Small Art Towns in America"
  • Nearest airport: Medford, 16 miles away

Typical Major Pathways

Below is just a sample of the wide range of majors SOU offers:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Finance
  • International Studies
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

GO:50 at SOU

Years 1-2 will be at SOU.

You will thentransfer to a Top 50 university for Year 3 entry. Guaranteed.

Your first two years (four semesters) are taught by the faculty of SOU.

After 2 years you will have gained the academic credits needed to transfer to a Top 50 University.

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Entry requirements

Minimum age: 17

English Language: TOEFL iBT 68* / IELTS 5.5

(TOEFL waived on completion of GO: Prepared Program at Level 3).

*If you are below this level you can still apply for this program but will need to take additional terms of the GO: Prepared Program beforehand.

Academic Entry Requirements:

  • Completed Senior High School
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

Clubs & societies

Southern Oregon University has many clubs and student organizations which offer a great way for students to get involved with the University community.

Examples of clubs include:

  • Accounting Student Association
  • Actors Club
  • Adventures Clubs
  • Ashland Nursing
  • Students without Borders
  • Creative Arts Engagement
  • Criminology Club
  • Dance Club
  • Game Developer Club
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management Club
  • Magic Club
  • Meditation and Yoga Club
  • SOU Climbing Club
  • SOU Film Club
  • United Nations Alliances at SOU
  • Video Gamer’s Coalition

..and many more!


SOU is a member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). SOU Athletes represent the following teams:

Men’s sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Track and field

Women’s sports:

  • Soccer
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Wrestling

Women’s sports:

  • Soccer
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Wrestling

Thank you for your enquiry.
We'll be in touch soon.
The Kings Admissions Team