Southern Oregon University (Ashland, OR)

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Check out Southern Oregon University in beautiful Ashland.  We looked at it a couple years ago for our learning-disabled daughter.  It's a public school, which means it's cheaper, and if you're from California you qualify for a big discount for students from western states.  They have a great program, UCAM -University Coaching and Academic Mentoring (costs extra, but minimal) for LD kids, where they are paired up with a mentor who works with them to make sure they have the support they need not only to do their work, but to keep it organized, and turn things in on time.  https://inside.sou.edu/dr/ucam.html#what-is-ucam. Our daughter ended up going to Sonoma State University, to be closer to home, but which also has some resources for LD students.  She's very happy there.  

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Feb 2012

Would appreciate anyone's experience with Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Our daughter really wants a smaller school environment, good access to teachers and some learning support if needed. She was impressed with SOU and has been accepted. She also has several small private school choices as well so we'd love to hear thoughts from anyone who's attended or has students there. Thanks much. Susan


No experience with the school as such (although my aunt went there in the late 30's/early 40's when it was Southern Oregon Teachers College and Taylor Hall is named after another relative), but the Math Department has one of the best teachers in the world: Irving Lubliner, formerly middle school math teacher and ''Mr. Math'' for years at Bentley School. If your daughter has any interest in math, SOU would be a good choice just to be taught by him. Norm


My daughter is starting her third year at SOU. We all think it's fantastic! So is the town. It's definitely not a research institution like UC Berkeley, but for my daughter that's a good thing. She went there her first year not knowing anybody but was able to find a great circle of friends. The only negative so far has been a very bad professor in the Freshman seminar class.

I have to admit that driving up there is much more pleasant than a drive to S. Cal.

Feel free to email me if you want more information. Jon