Southern Oregon University (SOU)

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SOU can be found in Ashland, OR, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 6,700 students enrolled per year at Southern Oregon University.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores in the range of 980 (25th percentile) - 1200 (75th percentile) on the SAT and within the range of 18 (25th percentile) - 25 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is usually submitted among applicants accepted to SOU. We were able to estimate the SOU average GPA (2.89 - 3.33) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 78% of all those who apply are accepted to Southern Oregon University, from which 33 percent choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SOU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Southern Oregon University was reported as 78.2% in Fall 2020 with over 2,510 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SOU ACT Scores: 18 - 25
  • SOU Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Southern Oregon University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Southern Oregon University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Southern Oregon University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 78.2%
  • 2017-2018: 78.5%
  • 2018-2019: 76.5%
  • 2019-2020: 78.2%
  • Projected SOU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 72.3%

How Does SOU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Southern Oregon University is thirty-eight percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Oregon Institute of Technology97.1%
Humboldt State University92.2%
Western Oregon University84.6%
Corban University85.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SOU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading490 - 620
Math490 - 580
Total Score980 - 1200
ACT®Score Range
English16 - 24
Math17 - 24
Composite Score18 - 25
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