Solve real-world problems, outside the classroom

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Houses are designed for you, the engaged and energetic student. The Houses let you team up to create positive change, no matter what your field of study.

SOU Houses are not buildings and not majors—they’re new communities of learning and doing, built on common interests, creativity, and collaboration.

Whether you plan to major in the arts, sciences, humanities, education, or any other SOU program, you can apply your strongest passions and talents in a Southern Oregon University House to make a real difference.

Two Houses for Fall 2013: The Green House and the Social Justice House. Just 50 incoming freshmen have been admitted to each, and they are full!

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The Green House adventure will move beyond the classroom into diverse environments such as Mount Ashland, local farms and businesses, the Rogue River, Ashland’s watershed, and our new SOU Center for Sustainability. Through adventure and applied research, members will explore what sustainability means to each of us as individuals within a community and in the larger world.

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Enter the Social Justice House: you could find yourself working with local government agencies on human rights, immigration, homelessness, and poverty. You might experience issues of life in a homeless shelter, or the organization and hard work of a Habitat for Humanity project.

When you graduate, you’ll have more than a degree; you’ll have powerful, real-world skills and connections for life.


Start your SOU education by being part of a community that is actively learning and working together to make a difference in the world.

The Houses are open to any incoming freshman, regardless of their major.


Get creative, get connected, get out of the classroom, get in a House!