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                      Admission to the Honors College at

                            Southern Oregon University

        We are currently only accepting applications for the Fall of 2020.  


  • Students who are in their senior year of high school or who have already graduated but have not yet progressed beyond their sophomore year of college are welcome to apply. 

  • In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to SOU, students should also meet one or more of the following criteria in order to receive priority consideration for admission to the Honors College.

  • Admissions decisions will be based on a holistic review of each student’s application. Students with a combination of strong academics, leadership experience, and extracurricular activities that focus on civic engagement are encouraged to apply.


Unweighted GPA 3.75 or higher.

Students with lower GPAs may apply, but priority consideration will be given to students with a 3.75 GPA or higher. 


If you took the SAT prior to March 2016 your combined Critical Reading and Math should be 1130 or better.

If you took the SAT after March 2016 your combined Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math should be 1100 or better.

If you took the ACT, you should have a score of 27 overall or better. 

To Apply: 

Please apply to SOU for admission to the university. In addition, please complete an online application for the Honors College. This online application form contains instructions for submitting an essay that is also described below. Two letters of recommendation and transcripts are also required. 

  1. Apply for admission to SOU 
  2. Please complete the online application form. Online Application Form Click Here
  3. Please submit an essay with your online application

This essay should exhibit logic and critical thought. Please respond to one of the following three topics. Essays should be free of grammatical and spelling errors, and have a clear thesis which is supported by examples and evidence. Applicants will have the choice of uploading a PDF, Word file, or pasting the essay text into a form field. The topics are repeated in the application form, but applicants should have their essays completed and saved in a separate document before beginning the form. Any style format is acceptable, including MLA, Chicago Manual of Style, or APA formats. Citations are required for any material used from external sources. 

Essay Topic 1: Why do you want to be an Honors College Scholar at Southern Oregon University? What do you hope to gain from the experience and what do you hope to contribute?

Essay Topic 2: It is the opinion of some people that leaders are born and that leadership cannot be taught. Citing one or more examples of leadership explain why you agree or disagree with this opinion.

Essay Topic 3: How do you define success? At what point will you consider yourself successful and what is the role of education in making you a successful person? If you could design your own educational path to success, what would be its structure and key elements?

4. Two letters of recommendation are required.

Letters of recommendation should contain the “SOU Honors College Letters of Recommendation Form" provided below along with the letter of recommendation. Letters of Recommendation Form Click Here 

At least one letter of recommendation must be from a recent instructor, who can assess an applicant’s academic ability. The other letter may be from anyone who knows the applicant well enough to attest to character, and the student’s civic engagement activities (volunteerism, faith-based activities, Scouting, athletics, arts events, etc.). 

Please ask the letter writers to submit both directly to SOU Honors College. 

Honors College
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.    
Ashland, OR 97520

5. Please send a copy of your academic transcripts to the Honors College (unofficial are adequate). 

Honors College
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.    
Ashland, OR 97520

6. Applicants must also fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) AND the Southern Online Scholarship Application (SOSA) to be eligible for coverage of tuition. See aid for more information.


For priority acceptance, applications should be submitted by December 1. Applications will continue to be reviewed after December 1 until all positions are filled. 


Acceptance to the Honors College at Southern Oregon University is extremely competitive and ranks among the top Honors Colleges in the National Collegiate Honors Council.  Invitations to selected applicants for thirty-minute interviews with members of the Honors College Admissions Committee will be held on an as-needed basis and will continue until 25 students have submitted signed “Certificates of Intent.”  A waitlist of qualified applicants will be developed out of those who were not chosen in the initial 25.

For more information:

Call 541-552-6400 or e-mail