SOU Students Kick Off School Year

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ASHLAND, Ore. — Monday marks the first day of school for students across Southern Oregon.

On the first day of classes at Southern Oregon University, dozens of students stopped by a fair at Stevenson Union to get acquainted with businesses in Southern Oregon. This fair is an annual event, where businesses in the community hold a meet and greet.

One freshman checking out fair, Austin Reimer, says he moved to Ashland from eastern Oregon. He’s studying to be a marine biologist and says he chose SOU because of the city of Ashland. He experienced the city when visiting his sister, who’s also an SOU student.

This year, SOU says students will see several changes on campus. Over the summer, the university finished construction on a new dining hall and several new housing complexes. Inside the complexes, students have dormitory areas and single rooms. There’s also extra layer of security, where certain parts of the building can only be accessed by a plastic chip device in the key.

The university is also starting up a new honor’s college this year and over 20 students have already signed up. SOU expects to get its official enrollment numbers by the end of this month, but the university wants to wait till all of its students are registered.