Ashland, OR
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$18,978 ($7,109)
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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.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime on campus is rare. Bikes sometimes get stolen or things out of a dorm room, but that in part to not locking things up and looking after them. the campus has several emergency callers, the post are blue with a light at the top and a red button to push. The school has an app that has the numbers of all the services to call if you want to get escorted to the dorms or call about a rape situation. The fire department is down the street same with the police. When a scare happens on campus a notice is emailed to the student body to send awareness. I feel very safe walking around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There's someone for every one. The diversity in people's attitudes and interest is great. We have hippies that don't shower and football players that dress down in nike. Rugby players throw awesome parties and if you're a fan you're welcome to it. Both guys and girls are tall-we have a great basketball (men and women's) and volleyball team, but also there are a lot of wrestlers that are shorter and bulkier. The outdoor program is very involved off campus, rock climbing and snow boarding but the theater department is full of students who can sing and dance amazingly. The Facebook gossip column is full of on and off relationship status, both gay and straight, it's campus wide.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I am an art major. However, after enrolling the BFA program was cut and fewer of the classes I wanted to take we available. I felt like the professors were great, laid back but have a lot of experience an knowledge. I really enjoyed the art history department classes. The workload is doable, but Art Foundation classes are only on Fridays for four hours. Internships and jobs within the program are available. The head of the department sends emails about locals looking for photographers or other artists for a job contract. The shows and art museum guest are all worked/run by students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are great and work with you. The class size is small and over the course of a term the students and professors have one on one time. The registration process is easy , online, for the most part the classes are available to anyone. Workload is what it should be. The school holds a study week with library hours open all night and off a midweek midnight pancake feed by the administration. The library has small work rooms that overlook the beautiful campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Working late in the art studio happens, but feels safe because they come in and lock the doors at night and secure the buildings. They roam the campus at night, but if you're not walking like a drunk they leave you alone. Not too strict, but enforce when problems occur. Rarely called into the dorms, or involved in the parties that stay under controlled.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: SOU does have a club I believe, but I haven' heard much from it or been involved. Greek life is almost non existent. It doesn't hold any social standing.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town of Ashland is beautiful. The locals accept that students make up the majority of the economy. Downtown Ashland is a good walk from the campus. Shopping can be pricy in downtown, but there are also a ton of thrift shops that are good shops. As far as attractions go, it's best if you're 21 for the nightlife and the events in the plaza. Lithia park is amazing and beautiful, great for students to hang, take photos, run, etc. The ice rink is open with good prices in the winter. In the fall and spring time there are some great farmers markets and the Shakespeare festive starts up with great shows, but brings in tourist and school groups that fill the shopping and parking lots.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's been very stressful. A lot of landlords don't want to rent houses to students, but apartment buildings are more liking to accept. Cost varies, living in town and close to the school is usually pricier, but some places aren't too bad. The school really pushes for on-campus living, but has family housing that students/professors can get, but it's hard to make it in.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I love that the school draws in Hawaiian and Alaska students. They come from such a different background and put on club events related to that. It adds diversity to the campus that would be otherwise limited. The exchange program is pretty good considering that on each floor of my dorm building were exchange students, it's interesting hearing Japanese on the floor above when visiting. As far as race diversity, there's not much. The school has pretty good sexual orientation tolerance and the gay/straight puts on a ball that is very well attended by most students. Politics and religion have clubs on campus, and invite people in all the time, personally never attended any.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The winter months bring a lot of people inside to watch the basketball teams and volleyball. The small stands are full of students and locals. For some of our popular club sports the fans will dress in the colors when its against the rival team, but other wise sports are what you make of it. Most events are all student run and with this being a small school the facilities are small.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Ashland has few bars and clubs but the night life through out town on Halloween and other events is amazing! Party houses in the hills are your typical keggers packed with people. The school held parties vary, The Erotic Ball is well known and the best of them, others have little participation. Parties go on rain, snow, bad weather, good weather, if you want to get off campus theres something going on. The dorms aren't too bad for kick backs.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city of Ashland is beautiful. Downtown is the place to be. There is Lithia Park, and a bunch of local restaurants and stores to shop.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Intramurals are not a big part but a lot of students attend football games and basketball games.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I feel like ashland is costy just because there is a bunch of local restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: SOU is a beautiful campus. The library is amazing and there are many study spots.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: If you live on campus, housing is strict. They have quiet hours and they patrol around the dorm rooms. I personally hate that.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Just like any other school SOU has parties. There are some every weekend but they are not easy to find. Ashland is fun when you are 21.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: SOU has small class sizes, which is amazing because an individual can have one on one time with professors, and they will know you by name. The academic support program is helpful as well.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Criminal Justice Program is fantastic at SOU. The faculty is friendly and we also have a criminology club.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: On-campus dining is absolutely amazing. They have many options to please any type of palate. The hawk is the absolute best place to go for food

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are many attractive guys at SOU, although we are not that diverse

2 College Freshman

Diversity: SOU has a very low amount of the diversity. However the staff as well as the students are very accepting to those of different beliefs, background, religions, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is family housing which is super difficult to get accepted into. You must be a family, or be a junior in college.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Well sadly SOU does not have greek life. There are no fraternities or sororities.


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