Southern Oregon University: Narrative Description

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1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
Tel: (541)552-7672
Admissions: (541)552-6411
Fax: (541)552-6329
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Oregon University System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1926. Setting: 175-acre small town campus. Endowment: $13 million. Research spending 2003-04: $765,605. Educational spending 2003-04: $8087 per student. Total enrollment: 5,162. Faculty: 312 (194 full-time, 118 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 2,329 applied, 85% were admitted. Full-time: 3,693 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 979 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 33 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 2% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 21% 25 or older, 24% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies; visual/performing arts. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at National Student Exchange, other members of the Oregon University System. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, 2.75 high school GPA or minimum SAT score of 1010, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $3738 full-time, $98 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,565 full-time, $98 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1125 full-time, $25 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $7560. College room only: $4536. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 65 open to all. Most popular organizations: Native American Student Union, International Student Association, Impact (religious club), Ho'opa'a Hawaii Club, Omicron Delta Kappa. Major annual events: homecoming, International Week, One World (performing arts series). Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,100 college housing spaces available; 1,000 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Lenn and Dixie Hannon Library with 315,000 books, 797,000 microform titles, 1,949 serials, 7,800 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.1 million. 750 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Ashland, a town of 20,000 people, is nestled at the base of the Sikiyou Mountains in the Rogue Valley of Oregon. Culturally the community has gained national recognition through the Oregon Shakespearean festival and associated legitimate theatres, annually drawing over 300,000 patrons. The town is surrounded by natural forests, mountain lakes and rivers, spectacular for outdoor sports and ecological studies. For the skier, it's only 30 minutes to the 7,000 foot Mt. Ashland Ski Resort.

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