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SOU moving up in college rankings

Southern Oregon University is making headlines this fall in different college ranking lists. (Photo via MGN Online)

ASHLAND, Ore. - Southern Oregon University is making headlines this fall in different college ranking lists.

“I hope these magazine rankings help others discover what everyone in the Rogue Valley already knows - what a great university we have in our own backyard,” new SOU president, Dr. Linda Schott said.

Up eight spots from last year, SOU ranked #25 in U S News and World Report’s list of 37 regional public universities in the West.

On Sierra magazine's list of 'Cool Schools' who are committed to environmental sustainability, SOU ranked #72. For comparison, University of Oregon in Eugene ranked #17 and Oregon State University in Corvallis ranked #78.

SOU also made an appearance in Backpacker magazine's list of '20 best colleges for hikers' which is described as where education meets recreation in thriving outdoor settings. SOU ranked #6 on the list, as it is located near the Pacific Crest Trail and other hiking paths. The review also noted its close proximity to the Rogue River and Crater Lake National Park.


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