Ashland, OR
Southern Oregon University


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Recent Reviews

Catharine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college is one of the most important things you can do. I was not able to have someone give me advice and would have only been so lucky. I have attended four colleges since I graduated from high school. Looking back at my experience, I know it would have been nice to have someone to talk to about how to find the correct fit in a college. My first piece of advice, know what you truely want. It may change through out the course of your education, but if you are true to your self then it is easier to find what you want. My second piece of advice is do not fall short of your goals. If you are waitlisted for the college of your dreams, do not throw your dreams away, it can still happen. To make the most of your college experience, is what I have learned most of all during my transitions. The most important thing to learn, no matter how long it takes, is believe in yourself and do what is true to you. You should also have faith that no matter what is going on, some day it will be okay.

What's unique about your campus?

It is located in a small town, which makes a nice area to go to school and stay focused. People are very helpful and understanding in Ashland. There is a large diversity at the school which allows for growth as a student. Which is one of the most important things to experience while going to school.

Jennifer
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all it is best that the student find a place where he or she is comfortable to study and live. It is also very impor...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all it is best that the student find a place where he or she is comfortable to study and live. It is also very important that they look into the programs available at the college to make sure it fits the student's needs.

What kind of person should attend this school?

People who are serious about getting their education and maturing.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

That the teachers are great and it is a great environment.

Ben
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Keep your options open cause theres a good place for everybody

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

To get all my general education done a a junior college.

andrew
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make the decision carefully, visit the school. dont jump into a school that "looks good" go there and see for your self and g...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make the decision carefully, visit the school. dont jump into a school that "looks good" go there and see for your self and get a feel for the campus.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

My friends always complain about portland university because it is surrounded by buildings. i tell them that i love the open air and out door campus that sou has to offer. also i mention that all my professors know me by name i'm not just a face in the classroom, i am a student ready to be taught.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about my school is the financial aid office. they told me they would give me a certain dollar amount and gave me a lower one instead. also they made me reapply for enrollment at the end of last year and for my student loan as well.

Rachel
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are open-minded and willing to help each other with difficult class work by sharing notes and ideas.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are open-minded and willing to help each other with difficult class work by sharing notes and ideas.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I considered this school because it was close to home and relatively cheaper to attend than state universities. It also has a great nursing program.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Whatever field you are going into, make sure to enjoy your classwork and integrate your own ideas into the learning process. Why spend thousands of dollars to attend a prestigous college miles away for a degree in something you don't enjoy when right around the corner is a school that has just as many opportunities for a career you'll actually be able to joyfully contribute to.

Timothy
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would have to say, that you should choose your college according to what you want and not just where all of your friends ar...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would have to say, that you should choose your college according to what you want and not just where all of your friends are going. College is an experiance in its self and you should embrace every minuite of it. I think that a students should be involved in alot of activites, rather it be joining the football team or just going to the games. Your college experiance will change your life. College is where you grow into a contributing member of soceity and i think if you embrace the experiance it will be alot easier for you to overcome. I also think that when parents take their children on tours of colleges, they should be open minded to different options. Each student has different assets that they can contribute to a school, its just a matter of finding the right school.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish i would have known some of the resources that are availible to students, such as the ACESS center, financail aid and the different study halls and computer labs that are avalible on campus.

What kind of person should attend this school?

I think that this school offfers alot of diversity. So I think that somone who has a lot of diversity or culture should attend this school. I also think that Southern Oregon University has alot to offer in acedemics, the proffessors are really supportive of the students and challenge the students when they need to be challenged. I think that anyone who wants to have fun, learn and by around different cultures then Southern Oregon Univerity is the place for you.

Brittany
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best know for being the only school in Oregon and in the top twenty school progressive in "going green." Our Thr...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best know for being the only school in Oregon and in the top twenty school progressive in "going green." Our Threater program is top ten in the nation, especially since we have the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The out doors program is known among Oregonians. SOU is still known as a party school across the state despite the fact that we have moved far from that more than thirty years ago. We have closed down a couple of times so we now know how to sacrafice and cut programs when neccessary like we did two years ago.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure both the parent(s) and student(s) start looking at colleges early. The saying, "the earlier, the better" is true when it comes to college. That goes the same for scholarships since college fees are steady increasing at least two-three grand each year therefore the more money for scholarships, the less both parties will have to go into debt. Extracurriculars are okay but students should take their studies seriously; having their essay writing skills polished and SAT/ACT preparation courses done once they become eligible to apply for scholarships as well as search for what they want to study once they get to college. Scholarships for undeclared majors are slim so have an ideal, research it, and get an internship or at least get some hands-on experience before going to college. Afterwards, both student(s) and parent(s) look, pick, and visit together at least five schools to choose from that will most benefit you pocketwise and maintain a balance in your student(s) studies, social life, and their involvement in student activities as well as look into studying aboard (doing this before college is prefered) for graduate school to make the best college experience great.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who knows exactly what they want to do in their career that the school is know for (ex. Our Threater program is top ten in the nation). Since we are in the mountains, they should take advantage of the out door activites offered. This school, especially the city caters to non-traditional students very well, often leaving traditional students out sometimes.

Caleb
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When looking for the right school one should look for the best school in their field. Don't focus on things like "It's Prin...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When looking for the right school one should look for the best school in their field. Don't focus on things like "It's Princeton, that'll look good on your resume!" look for the reputation of the department you want to study. How many graduates are successful at working in the field they studied. This is the most important aspect of college research.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A closed minded individual would have a very difficult time at SOU.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about SOU is the difficulty of the theatre department. You may have one, maybe two attempts to get into the acting emphasis in theatre. If you fail these auditions you must choose a different track (costumes, stage design, lights...).

August
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you visit the school before deciding.

What's unique about your campus?

I love the environment and how close it is to home. It is a very friendly environment and more like a close nit community and i love it. People smile when you walk by them.

Leah
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right school is about making sure it has the programs you are interested in. It should be in the right sized tow...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right school is about making sure it has the programs you are interested in. It should be in the right sized town for you. Having access to buy food and transportation is great. Being in a location that is stimulating and soothing and provides extra curricular activities. The professors should be helpful and engaging. The student body should be diverse and a good size.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

There are not any kinds of people who should not attend this school. The people who attend SOU are open minded and welcoming to all students. It makes the campus and student base more diverse to have a wide variety of people attend.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I brag about the size. Not to big or little. Also the location. Very scenic and beautiful. Near a ski resort and lake. Very fun little town. The professors are very caring and supportive.

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