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This section of our website serves as your complete guide to being an online student at Southern Oregon University. To avoid missing any important steps, please complete this guide in the order presented. Use the links below or in the box at right to access each topic.

Use the Online Student Checklist to check off each item as you complete it. If you need assistance at any point, refer to Student Support and Services Contacts.

  1. Online Courses at SOU 
    · Types of Distance Courses 
    · Schedule of Courses
    · Fees for Online Courses
    · Online Degrees & Programs
    · Program Coordinators 

  2. Preparation
    · How an Online Course Works
    · Hardware & Software Needed
    · Skills Required
    · Preliminary Steps
    · Prerequisite Courses
  3. Applying to SOU 
    · Non-Admit/Quick Admit
    · Applying for Admission 
       - Degree Completion
       - Graduate
    · Obtaining Financial Aid 

  1. Registering for Courses 
    · When & How to Register 
    · Logging into SISWeb
    · Your Network Account
    · Activating Your Account

  2. Managing Your Finances
    · Paying Your Bill 
    · Activating Your SOU OneCard 

  3. Taking Your Online Course
    · Getting Your Textbooks
    · Activating Your Account
    · Logging into Moodle
    · Scheduling a Proctored Exam
    · Contacting Your Instructor
    · Tips for Success

  4. Important Notes
    · Using MySOU
    · Student Resources
    · University Policies
    · Your SOU Email

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