600 perspective students tour SOU

Ashland, Ore. — Hundreds of high school students hit the campus of Southern Oregon University on Friday, to get a feel for college life.

More than 600 prospective Raiders toured the campus, spoke with professors, and spent time with current students. That’s nearly 200 more than last year.

School officials say they’ve never seen such a widespread turnout.

“A little over half the students were from Oregon, almost that many were from California, it was kind of amazing, there was one from Wyoming,” Spokesman Joe Mosely said.

This fall, the university has had a drop in enrollment numbers. School officials say they’re hoping the tour will leave a good impression on their guests.

Natalie Weber anchors Your Place @ 7, and reports for NBC5 News at 5 and 6. She is also the spokesperson for S.O. Close to Homeless, a community discussion on homelessness in our region, started by Access and NBC5 News.

Natalie began her career in journalism as an intern with NBC5 News during her senior year at South Medford High School. Following graduation, she was promoted to Producer for the morning news broadcast for NBC’s sister station, FOX26, then to Producer for NBC5 News at Sunrise.

Natalie took a break from news to work for the Medford Police Department as a Records Specialist. However, she missed the fast-paced environment of the newsroom. Natalie moved back to her hometown of Eureka, California to start her on-air career with North Coast News KAEF ABC23 before returning once again to NBC5 News.

Natalie attended Southern Oregon University. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, getting lost in a good book, and exploring Southern Oregon.

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