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Reviews 666 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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College Freshman

Scholarships: Maybe it's just me, I don't know, but I received nothing from FAFSA because of that lovely "how much does your family make" rather than "who is actually going to pay for all of college?" factor. I tried repeatedly to gain some form of financial aid from SOU because I simply cannot afford going there on a minimum wage job, but they said that their hands are tied and all I can do is take a year off and reapply, which for personal reasons is not an option for me. The WUE is helpful to get rid of a good portion of the cost, but for out-of-state-students, going to SOU still costs an arm and a leg.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Tourist town, so everything is over priced but there are a lot of places to go. It might get boring after a while though. Outdoor program is fantastic.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you're over 21, have fun. If you just want to go dancing, tough luck. There aren't any places for that.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Facilities are great except for Greensprings, which is a nightmare. If you like moldy walls and carpet that hasn't been washed since the housing complex was created, go for it. The rooms were tiny as well and they recommended bunking beds to create more space...by 7x3 ft. The rest of the dorms are really nice, the dining hall is fantastic, athletic centers could be better but they are building a new track and field and there are rumors of a gym. Haven't seen one specific student center, library is nice, green spaces are plentiful when not near the housing part of campus, and there are a lot of activities for students to participate in, esp. the extensive outdoor program.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is AMAZING. I am on the unlimited meal plan with $100 Raider Cash, which I can use to get snacks or necessary items from the small 7-11-like store on campus. There are about 8 different food type options for each meal with full-on Thanksgiving dinners in the evening and anything from cereal to pancakes and hash browns for breakfast. Hours are limited so if you have an irregular schedule you will have trouble getting meals which sucks because I plan on working, but hopefully it will work out.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: No personal experience, only what I have heard from friends staying off-campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports aren't big. The football team has support but it's not a major team, from what I have heard.

College Freshman

Overall Experience: Just starting school this fall so I haven't had classes yet

College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not sure yet, but SOU does have a name for theatre because of OSF.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Daunting. Majority of the school is a theatre major and it is highly competitive. Don't know about workload, facilities are great, job opportunities are tight and only for those who really stand out or are in the BFA program, from what I understand. We are right near OSF so that's pretty nice, but it just makes it all the more difficult to get anywhere.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am a theatre major and coming from a school where very few were interested in pursuing it so I was seen as one of the top, coming here I encountered a highly competitive atmosphere with students whose parents are extremely supportive of their decision to pursue theatre, something that I do not have, so the environment is very daunting and I feel like I will have to fight tooth and claw to be able to get anywhere in this major. I almost wish that I had gone to a different college where theatre wasn't such a huge focus.

College Freshman

Majors: I have not had an internship with SOU. I definitely plan on having one because it will create contacts as well as give me experience. I am worried that since majority of the students are theatre majors, there will be an onslaught of students wanting to find internships but only a few would be available.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: SOU was on the list of colleges that accepts not only various sexual orientations, but also all gender identities, which is a very positive aspect. Dorm rooms are divided by gender preference (you can request a single-gender room, such as two females, or you can opt into the female/male/other dorm rooms). There were not that many minorities on campus so racial diversity wasn't major, but overall the campus has amazing acceptance.

College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I have not had any run-ins nor have we received much of a lecture on restrictions. The only ones I saw that applied above were in the housing handbook regarding visitors, parking, and drinking.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lot of options because it is a tourist town, but it is also very expensive for that same reason.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security centers located around campus with a bright blue light, can call campus security to escort you to your dorm if you don't feel safe, very well lit, safe community even if coming back from classes or town late.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many places available.

3 College Junior

Athletics: .Students are kind of involved.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everybody is in a relationship towards the end of the year.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Its an amazing town with a lot of young college students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really lover the social atmosphere I met apt of friendly people.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: SOU is a very diversity school. They accept everybody.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really enjoyed the small class size and all the teacher I had were very caring.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The teachers were great. There isn't much employe recruiting.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It provides a lot of good, but typical food, like pizza, sandwiches, salads, etc. The menu is pretty much the same, a little creativity on your part is required. The late night store is perfect for junk food, but not too great on fresh produce or healthy options, but good to use your flex points at. One a term the dining hall throws its pancake feed on finals week and also does a seasonal food party theme, like street fair. The meal plan options are ok for dorm living. The best place to eat on campus is at Elmo's in the SU, but the hours are very limited. The options change more and the food tastes fresher, but it doesn't run on the meal plan, you can use your flex points or pay cash. The library coffee house has some wonderful smoothies and pastries at good prices.

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