Southern Oregon University (SOU) is an inclusive campus dedicated to student success, intellectual growth, and responsible global citizenship. Named a “hidden gem” of higher education by The New York Times, SOU offers a challenging and practical liberal arts education centered on student learning, accessibility, and civic engagement that enriches both the community and bioregion. Southern Oregon University has been designated a Center of Excellence in the Fine and Performing Arts by the Oregon University System. Enrolling approximately 5,000 students, the University addresses regional needs through its academic programs, partnerships, public service, outreach, sustainable practices, and economic development activities. Southern Oregon University is a community leader in promoting environmentally sustainable practices, including being the largest green tag purchaser in Ashland. SOU is also the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power.