"The SOU Early Entry Program was a way for my son to get out of the waiting room and get on the launch pad towards his higher education." - Medford Parent
The High School Early Entry program is a program for high school students who meet the qualifications to take courses at Southern Oregon University for college credit and to help fulfill requirements for high school graduation.
About the Program
Who is eligible for Early Entry Classes?
Juniors and Seniors in participating local high schools are eligible for the program. Students who are approved for the program must work closely with their high school counselors to make sure graduation requirements are being met and that the SOU classes do not conflict with their high school schedule. Every potential Early Entry student will need to meet with our SOU High School Coordinator, Stephanie Butler. Please call her at (541) 552-6916 to make an appointment. Southern Oregon University Outreach and Engagement staff provide support in registration, course selection and academic counseling for eligible students.
How does the program work?
SOU allows approved high school students to enroll in and attend courses on the Ashland and Medford campuses, while also completing high school graduation requirements at their local school. Students who wish to be considered will meet with their high school counselor and the Early Entry program coordinator to confirm that they are prepared to handle a college course outside of their high school environment.
The Early Entry Program offers a savings off of normal tuition prices. Approved students can register for 100 and 200 level courses at a current rate of $94.50 per credit, a savings of 50% off the regular SOU price per credit.
Demographic Data Collection: State law requires that SOU provide students the OPTIONAL opportunity to disclose gender identity and sexual orientation information. We are also collecting data on first generation status, ethnicity, and race for institutional research and statistical purposes. All demographic questions have "prefer not to answer" as an option, and responses we receive from you will be kept completely confidential and subject to FERPA laws.
Important Note about Student Privacy: Once a student registers for credit at Southern Oregon University, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) provides that student with certain rights with respect to the privacy of their records, regardless of the age of the student. SOU employees are bound to honor those rights and cannot provide unauthorized persons (including a parent) access to the student’s record such as grades, transcripts, number of credits, classes taken, charges billed, or payments made, unless the student completes and submits a FERPA Release Form to us. Therefore, to keep paperwork and parental frustration to a minimum, we request that all enrolled students take full ownership of their status as non-admitted SOU students, including ordering transcripts, adding or dropping courses if necessary, and contacting us directly with any questions.
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