Southern Oregon University Launches Honors College

First Group of 25 Students Starts Classes in Fall 2013

(Ashland, Ore.) Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan announces the launch of the Honors College at Southern Oregon University. Applications will be accepted starting September 1, 2012. The first class of 25 students will begin studies in fall term 2013.
“The Honors College at Southern Oregon University will give students a powerful launch to a career, graduate school—or whatever their next step in life will be,” says President Cullinan. “Students will immerse themselves in exciting and challenging academic experiences. They will participate in meaningful research as an undergraduate, gain hands-on experience in the community, and benefit from a mentoring relationship with a local business or civic leader. They will work on local problems that enhance their understanding of the world.”
A unique aspect of the Honors College at SOU will be the dynamic relationships between students and employers and community leaders through personalized mentoring programs.
Only 25 students will be selected for the program each year. “We’re looking for highly motivated, entrepreneurial, and ambitious students, students who are serious about reaching their full potential,” says President Cullinan.

Students admitted to the Honors College at SOU will:

  • Be able to create a unique program of academic study based on their interests and goals.
  • Engage with fellow honors students and faculty in small, challenging classes.
  • Do serious research with faculty and peers.
  • Have an opportunity to explore national and global issues through experiences outside the Rogue Valley.
  • Put learning into practice through internships and research projects with companies, arts organizations, and social service agencies.
  • Receive scholarships and financial support based on academic and financial need.

“SOU’s generous supporters have already given the new Honors College a good financial foundation,” says SOU VP of Development Sylvia Kelley. “We’re tremendously grateful for significant private investments in these students who will be our future leaders.”
SOU has offered honors classes in some academic programs in the past. These classes have been well received by students. “I love the smaller class sizes,” says honors student Elizabeth Pannel. “The honors program has also helped me unlock my full potential as a student by pushing me to excel and presenting me with new, exciting challenges.” The new Honors College at SOU will be available for students in every academic program.
Students, teachers, and counselors interested in learning more about the Honors College at Southern Oregon University should call 541-552-6400 or email
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