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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: SOU is accepting of everybody. Seriously.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: English majors have all the same classes together so you'll see a lot of the same faces throughout the school year and read each other's writing often. Very collaborative and beneficial.Reading workload can be heavy but that comes with the territory.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I was an English major and learned a massive amount from my professors.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Small campus with easy access. Great library and student union. Some classroom buildings are older and have uncomfortable desks. Some dorms are old and small. All of this easy to ignore when taking to account the campus as a whole and the town it's in.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: YOU WILL NOT FIND A BETTER TOWN TO GO TO COLLEGE IN. If you want a city, stay clear... SOU is for people who can appreciate a small town & delicious food.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Lots of free-spirits so you'll see lots of kids wearing whatever they want. Which is totally cool, but can be weird at times. I feel like most guys are pretty normal...there's a few jocks who'll only wear basketball shorts & snapbacks, geeks with glasses and big backpacks, steampunk dudes, good-looking actors, but generally casual dress guys. Girls are all over the place...a lot seem bohemian but others seem like fugitives of the city. Some girls are like models and some girls are straight from the trailer parks of Medford. It's a diverse group but they're mostly attractive.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: No problem here. Health center handles all your testing needs with ease, it's just an oldish building so don't expect anything high tech. Safety is great with well-lit pathways and emergency phones stationed throughout campus as well as campus police patrols

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Ashland is the best little college town you could ever imagine and the classes are awesome. The campus is small so you can walk from one end to the other within 15 minutes. Hannon Library is a great library that was ranked #19 out of all the college libraries recently. Professors know what they're doing and there's always something to do in Ashland...Lithia Park, the plaza downtown, hiking, Emigrant Lake, Garfield Park, railroad district, etc. Medford is close for more shopping options and California is even closer for more adventure options. The climate is great and scenery of southern Oregon in the Rogue Valley is remarkable. Above all else, the people are unbelievably friendly and the location is undeniably inviting.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I don't regret choosing SOU at all. i had some of the best years of my life here. Ashland is a beautiful, perfect small college town with a mix of college students, hippies/liberals, and nice old people there for retirement and the Shakespeare. Class size is small so your needs are addressed. The theater program is the most popular and nationally recognized.The professors are truly great, from what I've heard University of Oregon recruits a lot of SOU/RCC professors but they reject UO in favor of SOU atmosphere and location. You will learn so much about yourself and your academic field and return to Ashland after you graduate with fond nostalgia of the years spent in the Rogue Valley.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Easy and full of networking.

1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I don't think SOU has greek life because the frats in the 70's partied too hard so SOU got rid of them to try and clean up their image.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Didn't care for sports but SOU's football is supposedly really good now. I played intermurals my frosh year and it was ok but people took it too seriously so it wasn't as fun as it could of been. Some of the athletes can get a bit full of themselves but most are approachable and friendly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived all over Ashland in my years there. The Ashlanders is where everyone migrates to in their sophomore year. Kind of a right of passage for all Raiders. It's cheap and gets the job done and you have more freedom/space than the dorms. If you can find a good landlord that trusts you, you can end up in an awesome house. I shared a 3 bedroom with 2 other guys up by the hospital and had a great year there. After that I lived in a 2br townhouse on Tolman, a studio in the railroad district (my favorite part of town; so beautiful), and a 2 bedroom house on Glendale. My rent never surpassed $500 and if you can get roomies the cost will remain affordable. Most all experiences in off campus housing were problem-free and add to the appeal of Ashland.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Ashland has amazing cuisine. There's plenty fo great, quality restaraunts downtown and around campus. For breakfast you can't go wrong with Little Shop of Bagels by the cinema or Ruby's in the railroad district. Creekside has the best pizza but Northwest, Great American, and Martollis are good too. Noble is the hands down best coffee in the town/region. Screw Starbucks or Dutch Bros. Yuan-Yuan and Bonsai near Tolman are good Asian options and Senor Sams was my mexican spot. Late night is when dining gets more limited, 7/11 got a lot of my business as well as Taco Bell but I know there's a Pita Pit that just opened up on Siskiyou. Part of what makes Ashland awesome is how limited their fast food options are so you're kind of forced to eat healthy. The Market Of Choice across from the dorms helps with that.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: My only complaints are with CPS and the parking lady. I got a Minor in Possession of Alcohol ticket once for drinking in the dorms (as did a lot of my friends) but was able to get it removed from my record via Diversions and community service in the library. CPS are usually over-entitled dicks and the parking lady was a overly strict. She takes her job way to seriously to be hounding college kids with limited collegiate budgets for petty parking fees.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I was a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange program and everything worked out great for me. Highly recommended. Mostly hassle-free for the rest of my aid, only thing that's bothersome is the lines at the financial aid office.

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Way back in the 70's SOU was number one on Playboy's annual list of party schools in the USA. I had no idea about this when I enrolled but the spirit of the 70s is still alive and well today. I wasn't a partier by any means during my freshman year but came to the realization I was forming my entire circle of friends mainly through the party scene and would continue to party for the rest of my college years. It's great and friendly and inviting. Everyone has different groups of people through their majors but these groups all merge together on party nights. I rarely went to any athlete parties but even those were a lot of fun. The scene is widespread and ranges from downtown to the hills up by the hospital to the houses near Safeway to the Garfield Park/Family Housing area to the neghborhoods behind the dorms and all the way back to the Ashlanders. Always something to do, always people to meet; never uncomfortable.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I think it's changed a lot since I was there but Elmo's is usually good. The cafeteria in Cascade wasn't anything great...usually would just get pizza, burgers, or brand snacks rather than go through the buffet. There used to be a Subway in the SU but I think it's a pizza by the slice place now.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I lived in the Cascade Complex, which is old and holds your basic dorm room. My first roommate was cool but was kicked out of the dorm and relocated to a new one for smoking weed in the room. I was in the basement of Emerald and my RA was kind of socially awkward and the rest of the guys in the hall hid away in their rooms playing World of Warcraft mostly. I didn't hang out in my own hall very much but rather went to others like Hawthorne, Cedar, and Forest.My second roommate was great, he moved to Cascade from Greensprings and became one of my best friends throughout college. Cascade is nice because of how intermingled all the halls can be...you'll see lots of the same people and journey through various halls and slowly make friends if not only by seeing these people every day. Greensprings was known as the party complex but Forest Hall was the party hall when I was there and that's where I made lots of lasting friendships. Madrone is really cool and a better option over Greensprings or Cascade but I know they just built some really nice new ones that probably top all other complexes.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The community is amazing and safe. It's a hippy town.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Ashland has great restaurants and Breweries/ Pubs

3 College Freshman

Administration: I haven't had any problems

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: You get what you put into it.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The house parties are great. You definitely make new friends everywhere you go. There is always something going on.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food in the Hawk is great and has plenty of options, but sometimes it's not what you are craving.

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Campus in the fall Campus in the fall This aerial photo shows Churchill Hall, at one time the only building on campus, and the Hannon Library, one of the newest buildings.
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