Classes begin at Southern Oregon University

Ashland, Ore. — Classes began at Southern Oregon University Monday, and students and faculty are excited to hit the ground running. With the new school year comes new degree programs, new leadership and the campus’ largest class of freshman in more than a decade.

Ryan Brown, head of Community Relations at Southern Oregon University says, “it’s great to have students back on campus, classes going, everything just humming on campus.”

“There is an energy that is lacking over the summer that returns when our students return in the fall and its a good time to be here at SOU.”

Summer is over, and the now the real work begins. For seniors at SOU their last first day of school brings mixed emotions.

“I’m really looking forward to graduation and then continuing on in to my masters program,” Amanda Uhler says.



Senior Grant Torgenson says, “I still have to take a math class or two so as a communications major that’s not really my strong suit.”

“I just want to go through it, I want to make some more friends, finish up the year really well,” Michael Bryant adds.

This year the campus added a new bachelor’s degree in fine arts and creative writing, and will have one of the largest freshman classes in school history. The 2015-2016 school year also comes with new leadership. For the first time the university will be governed by a local board.

This year also marks the start of a bridge program at SOU. The hope is to help first-generation college students, second language learners, and students from low-income families succeed at the university level.





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