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We are excited to announce that international students can now take GO (Guaranteed Outcome) Programs at Southern Oregon University through a new partnership with Kings.

The Southern Oregon University Advantage

  • Live on campus and enjoy close proximity to classes and exciting campus events
  • Three start dates per year offer maximum flexibility
  • Stunning 175-acre campus surrounded by amazing scenery
  • Small class sizes and student to faculty ratio for personalized attention
  • Access to a huge range of outstanding facilities
  • Great variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • Kings Progression Advisors to support transfer to Top 50 and Top 100 universities
  • Live and learn in the safe, progressive and student-friendly city of Ashland
  • Guaranteed transfer pathway to the University of Oregon (ranked #105)
Great location
  • Campus location: Ashland, Oregon 16 kilometres north of California
  • Ranked in Top 10 of "100 Best Small Art Towns in America"
  • Home of the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Great place for outdoor adventures such as hiking, mountain biking and whitewater rafting
  • Nearest airport: Medford, 26km away

Key facts

Southern Oregon University (SOU) is a contemporary, public liberal arts university which offers a varied range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs taught in Ashland, Oregon.

SOU has a reputation as a forward-thinking institution that values creativity, critical-thinking, practical skills, and both intellectual and personal growth.

Founded: 1926

Student population: 5,172

Location: Ashland, Oregon

Student/teacher ratio: 20/1

Average class size: Less than 20 students

International student population: 2%

Three start dates per year

Southern Oregon University operates a quarter system with 3 start dates per year in:

  • Fall (September)
  • Winter (January)
  • Spring (April)

This offers students maximum flexibility when finalizing their study plan.

#64 in Regional Universities West (US News & World Report 2022)

#32 in Top Public Schools

#76 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

The New York Times declared SOU a “hidden gem” of higher education

Median starting salary of SOU 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.

Undergraduate Programs at SOU

Bachelor of Arts or Science



Business Administration*



Computer Science*

Criminal Justice*

Digital Cinema*


Education Studies*

Emerging Media & Digital Arts*


Environmental Science & Policy

Financial Mathematics

Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies*

Healthcare Administration

Health & Physical Education*


Honors in Mathematics

Interdisciplinary Studies

International Studies*


Mathematics – Computer Science


Outdoor Adventure Leadership*

Political Science*


Sociology & Anthropology*

Spanish Language & Culture*


Bachelor of Fine Arts


Creative Writing


* Participants in the three-year Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree Program.

Graduate degrees at SOU

Master of Arts or Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration: Arts Management Concentration

Master in Interdisciplinary Studies

Master of Music in Performance

Master of Outdoor Adventure and Expedition Leadership

Master of Science in Environmental Education

Master of Theatre Studies in Production & Design

Student clubs

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

They also provide the perfect means for students to build their profile and boost their chances of progressing to their dream university.

  • 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 


SOU has several residential complexes located on-campus offering quality student accommodation.

The vast majority of SOU students live on-campus and benefit from close proximity to classes as well as the extensive range of campus facilities and events.

Students live and learn alongside local American students and feel like a part of the college community.

Residence halls at Southern Oregon University include:

  • Fully-furnished bedrooms with bed, desk, and closet/dresser
  • Modern amenities
  • Social lounges
  • Wireless and ethernet internet throughout
  • Free laundry facilities
  • Meals available at campus dining facilities
  • On-site Security and Safety Officers
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SOU offers a variety of dining facilities on campus with options to suit all preferences and dietary requirements.

  • The Hawk serves everything from home-style classics to ethnic and healthy entrees and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free options are always available.
  • Elmo’s offers Stack Burger, Chilaca, The Green Leaf salad bar.
  • Einstein’s Bros. Bagels serve coffee, smoothies, bagels, and more.
  • Southern Grounds is a coffee shop in the Hannon Library serving drinks, sweet treats, sandwiches and soups.
  • The Landing offers a quick snack, Starbucks coffee, beverages, salads, sandwiches and groceries.

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The Kings Admissions Team