FAQs from Non-Admitted and Returning Students
If I was previously admitted to SOU, but never attended classes, do I need to re-apply for admission?
That depends. If more than five quarters have passed since your original entry term, you will have to re-apply.
If I previously attended SOU as an admitted student but have been away for a length of time, do I need to re-apply for admission?
No. You may register for classes via MySOU or at the Enrollment Services Center on campus.
If I want to be a non-admitted student, how many courses can I take?
Non-admitted students can enroll in classes up to a limit of 8 credits per term. Non-admitted students are not eligible to earn a degree until they apply for admission to SOU. At that time all coursework taken as a non-admitted student will be counted toward the degree you wish to pursue.
Are non-admitted students eligible for financial aid?
No. Non-admitted students are not eligible for financial aid. However, once a non-admitted student applies for admission to SOU and is accepted, then the student is eligible for financial aid.
Where do I go to tour and/or visit campus? Where do I park?
The Office of Admissions will provide you with a free parking pass which you may use in the lot directly off Siskiyou Boulevard next to the Britt Hall. If you arrange the tour in advance, you will receive a letter with instructions and a map. You can also download a parking map.
When can I register for classes?
Please consult the Academic Calendar.
Are internships available?
Most departments offer practicum or internship credit. You should contact the practicum coordinator of the department you are interested in for more information about how to attain such credit.
Do you have distance and/or online courses and programs?
Extended Campus Programs at Southern Oregon University serves the southwestern Oregon region with academic credit course work in the Master of Education Program, Continuing Professional Development for teachers, and a variety of upper division Criminology courses. Each year more people are taking advantage of Southern Oregon University's regional programs - completing degrees and taking classes via distance delivery technologies. These technologies include interactive television, the Web, and computer-based independent study. Additional information is available here.
Do you offer evening and weekend classes?
We have various courses available that are offered in the evenings and on weekends. For specific courses it is best to access the class schedule. Many courses are available through Extended Campus Programs.
Where do current students park and how much does it cost?
SOU has several campus parking lots at various points on the campus. To park in these lots you are required to have a parking sticker. More information is available through Parking Services You can also download a parking map.
Do you have on and off campus employment?
Yes, SOU offers work study jobs and positions for students without work study. SOU employment information is available through CareerLinks through the Career Development Services Office. CareerLinks provides a single location for any kind of employment needs students have while enrolled at SOU; for work-study and non-work-study positions, internships, off-campus employment during the academic year and through the summer, as well as career employment within the area or across the country and internationally as they near their graduation.
Where can I buy my books?
The SOU Bookstore stocks all required and recommended textbooks and supplies for classes. New and used textbooks are discounted 5 percent for SOU students. In addition, the Bookstore carries general merchandise such as computer software/supplies, general reading and reference books, classroom and studio supplies, Raider active wear, imprinted souvenir and gift items, backpacks, stationery, greeting cards, and health and beauty aids. The Medford campus has a bookstore that's open during the first seven days of the term. The hours are posted at the campus before the term begins. After the second week, if you need to return books, you must do so at the Ashland campus. The Bookstore in Ashland will take orders over the phone and mail the books to you (adding a shipping fee), if you are unable to make it to either the Medford or Ashland campus during the open hours.
What is the Ashland community and the Southern Oregon region like?
Region: The town of Ashland, Oregon is a community of approximately 23,000 people located in Southern Oregon at the elevation of nearly 2000 feet. On the border with California, Ashland enjoys a moderate climate like California with less rainfall per year than other locations in the Pacific Northwest.
Recreation: Ashland is located in a dynamically beautiful natural region with Crater Lake about 2 hours away, Mt. Shasta about an hour away, and an abundance of rivers and mountains where winter sports abound as well as world-class rafting and fishing. In a September 2003 article, Outside magazine rated SOU 20th in a list of the best places to study offering an abundance of recreational opportunities.
Culture: Ashland is also in the center of an active cultural region being home to the world renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Schneider Museum of Art, and the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The Britt Music Festival in historic Jacksonville is only 30 minutes away.