Southern Oregon University


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Type :Public university

Established: 1872

Academic affiliations :Space-grant

President: Rick Bailey

Provost :Susan Walsh

Academic: staff 320

Administrative staff :474

Students :6,114 (Fall 2018)

Undergraduates: 5260 (Fall 2018)

Postgraduates :854 (Fall 2018)

Location :Ashland, Oregon, United States.

Southern Oregon University (SOU) is a public university in Ashland, Oregon. It was founded in 1872 as the Ashland Academy, has been in its current location since 1926, and was known by nine other names before assuming its current name in 1997.

Its Ashland campus – just 14 miles from Oregon’s border with California – encompasses 175 acres. Five of SOU’s newest facilities have achieved LEED certification from the U.S.

Green Building Council. SOU is headquarters for Jefferson Public Radio and public access station Rogue Valley Community Television. The university has been governed since 2015 by the SOU Board of Trustees.


Southern Oregon University began as Ashland Academy in 1872, founded by Ashland’s Methodist Episcopal Church.[2] The Rev. Joseph Henry Skidmore served as its first president. In 1878, the school was renamed the Ashland Academy and Commercial College, and then renamed Ashland College and Normal School in 1882, Ashland State Normal School in 1886 and Southern Oregon State Normal School in 1895.

While Oregon lawmakers designated the institution in 1882 as an official state normal school – a teachers’ college – the state provided no funding. It closed in 1890 and reopened five years later, still relying on tuition and donations for revenue.

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Southern Oregon University’s ranking in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities West, #67. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,710; out-of-state tuition and fees are $27,990. Southern Oregon University, often referred to as SOU, is a public liberal arts institution located in the city of Ashland.

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The Southern Oregon Raiders football team represents Southern Oregon University in the sport of American football.

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Field surfaceTurf
LocationAshland, Oregon
ConferenceFrontier Conference