Ashland, OR
Southern Oregon University


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

Make sure to visit the campus, talk to the advisors/faculty and explore the campus life a little bit. There is no way to tell...

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

Make sure to visit the campus, talk to the advisors/faculty and explore the campus life a little bit. There is no way to tell if you like a university by sitting at home looking at a computer screen. Get out there and explore a little bit! It's well worth it in the end because when you are happy, you tend to do better in your classes and be more satisfied with your experience.

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

To get involved is the best thing you could do here! Everyone is really friendly and all you have to do is be yourself.

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

The campus is gorgeous. The students are friendly. The faculty is helpful and available the majority of the time. There are a ton of things to do around campus almost every night, and it seems like everyone on campus is intelligent and focused on being happy and successful.

Heather
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Southern Oregon University is best known for its small class sizes, liberal views and strong focus environmental issues. Th...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Southern Oregon University is best known for its small class sizes, liberal views and strong focus environmental issues. The community is very tight knit and supportive located in the small artistic town of Ashland, Oregon which is know for its annual Shakespear festival. Non-traditional students are abundant; many are coming back to school in their later years and the majority of students commute from nearby cities.

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

When choosing the right college it is important to keep in mind how you learn the best. Do you need individualized attention with professors or do you prefer to get lost in a crowd. Larger campuses can be a challenge for some students because you really need to take the initiative to contact your professors which are hard to get a hold of. However large schools have more academic programs to offer. It helps to know which area of study you plan to go into, this will help narrow down your options by looking at schools which offer the major that you plan to study. Keep in mind whether you feel more comfortable in a large or small city, this will help you adjust to your new surroundings. Most importantly visit each campus you are considering to get a feel for the environment. Ask lots of questions and talk to current students and professors to ensure that you make the best decision for yourself.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about Southern Oregon University is the lack of budgets for academic programs. Because it is a small university some majors such as geology have been cut in recent years. Often students may need to transfer to another school to finish the academic program of their choice.

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

I would tell parents and students who were looking for the right college that they should look at the schools size, and the l...

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

I would tell parents and students who were looking for the right college that they should look at the schools size, and the location of the school. I would also tell parents and students they should look at the majors the school offers as well as the financial resources availiable to the students. When looking at schools one should look at the housing availiable and the campous security. Students should try and get involved with different groups and clubs avaliable at the school and find a balance between being social and doing school work.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is homophobic and isnt open minded

Jonna
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is best known for its liberal arts. Its a small school with small class sizes in a nice town. We also have a great...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is best known for its liberal arts. Its a small school with small class sizes in a nice town. We also have a great theatre program because its in Ashland, home of the Shakespeare festival.

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

Don't just pick a college that your friends are going to, find somewhere that fits all of your needs. Make sure to take a campus tour and tour the city if you have never been there to see where you can get food, where a bank is, and gas sations. Ask questions, even if you think they are silly, they aren't! When you do find the right college, explore it. Make sure you know when buildings close and when food stops being served. Try to go to as many sporting events as you can, they are great places to meet people! It's ok if you and your roommate don't get along, your just roommates, not best friends! Go to class! Don't sit in the back row of class because its very easy to be disctracted. Go see the professor if you need help, they don't mind talking more about their favorite subject! If you dont pick a major until your deadline, dont worry, hardly anyone ever sticks with their first major! Call home and stay in touch with friends at outher schools! Have fun, its a time to explore!

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

Our school is great because of how good our sports teams are, how small our class sizes are, and how understanding, knowledgable and helpful our teachers are. It is in a great city it is in, we have a new, nice library. And it's very easy to make friends.

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

I would recommend parents to research the college advantages and inform their student. I would get the student acquinted with where everything is located before, and get them in to the health center before it is needed. I would get them sign into the gym because it is free to students. I would have them instructed on blackboard, etc.

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

how to develop my disable limitations better, I had to add as I went

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

The community is small and people get along great for the most part. There arent many social taboos and restrictions that sin...

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

The community is small and people get along great for the most part. There arent many social taboos and restrictions that single out any groups of students from socializing with other groups. There is a great level of tolerance for gays, same sex couples and transvestites. However, I do notice some closet racism, people who are accepting of diversity in front of their friends, but who reveal their discomfort with gays and ethic groups in a smaller gathering. The weather is pleasant for the most part.

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

College is not just an institution, its a way of life. From my personal experience, you change dramatically as your go through college, and the person you become at the end of of that journey is who you will be for the rest of your life. When picking a college, it is important to consider how developed a certain program is, so the student can learn the most for their money. It is important to find a place where there are strong student communities, varied choice for extra curricular acitivity, well developed campus facilities and a pleasant envirorment that encourages learning. Some students like being far from home so they can branch out while some prefer picking schools within short driving distances from their parents house. To parents - support your kids through college, help them when you can and hear them out when they decide to pick a certain college. State Universities are cheaper and offer more solid financial aid options and are the safest bet for those who rather not spend excessively for education. Research the place in and out and decide what best suits your personality, adademic needs and financial background. Good luck.

Chelsea
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A decent school for a decent price; nothing special.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A decent school for a decent price; nothing special.

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

Have an open mind. Everything else follows.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Liberal outlook, kind, not too concerned with academics, has a life outside of school/campus.

Colleen
Describe the students at your school.

Fun, and very entertaining.

Describe the students at your school.

Fun, and very entertaining.

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

For finding the best college I would say, go and see the different campuses, talk to teachers and current students. Make sure that you like the campus and it feels right. Get involved with different activities, try some new things. Join clubs even if your really not that interested in it, you might meet some really neat people, or have your world opened up to something that in the end you might actually like.

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

The small class sizes and easiness to talk to your professors

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

Go and see what the university life is like before accepting and attending. Also check all reviews you could find on the depa...

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

Go and see what the university life is like before accepting and attending. Also check all reviews you could find on the department that you will be focusing in.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who loves art and is environmentally safe.

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

that the business department is awesome. I am completely satisfied with how they go about teaching the course requirements.

Vladislav
Describe the students at your school.

A very diverse group of people to say the least. Many of them are from the surrounding countryside so they are from small com...

Describe the students at your school.

A very diverse group of people to say the least. Many of them are from the surrounding countryside so they are from small communities and might have a graduating class that is smaller than some of their classes. There are also a lot of artistic and theater oriented individuals at this school

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

Stop, drop, and roll! You're about to be in college. Stop, take a look around the campus and spend a day exploring the city, you should see yourself enjoying your time here as a student, otherswise stop. Drop, by your "uncle's friends" house or any other distant relative or family friend who has a child at this university. Take them out to coffee or lunch and pick their brains, parents makes sure to give the students some alone time, you don't need to know everything! Other good resources might be the internet as, if you don't like what you hear you need to drop. Roll, out the welcome mat, start by keeping a list of all the comforts of home you plan on bringing with you, the last thing you ever want is to be stuck far away from home without your favorite creature comforts. Your transition away from home will be much smoother if you take the time to plan out first year. So remember, Stop, Drop, and Roll, before you end up feeling all burned out from your first year at school.

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

How small the town was. The town and the college don't seem to be compatable with one another but for now they are living together. The town itself has some of the highest housing prices in Oregon and is seen as a vacation spot for the rich who enjoy the near by mountain. The police and campus security aren't looking out for the students best interest.

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