Students participating in athletics at SOU pursue degrees in over 34 different fields of study. More than 90% of the students competing in their senior year go on to graduate. Each respective sport receives a proportionate share of Raider Club funds. The athletic department provides recommendations to the the Office of Financial Aid for disbursement each term.
Southern Oregon University features varsity teams in men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball, football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s wrestling, men’s and women’s track and field, and softball.
A member of the NAIA, SOU Athletics epitomizes the term “small college athletics” as no student-athlete at SOU receives a full-ride scholarship. Student-athletes receive on average $800 in athletic aid. Despite this, the Raiders annually finish as one of the top overall athletic departments in the NAIA.
SOU student-athletes graduate at a higher rate and have a higher retention rate than the general student body.
The Raider Club
The Raider Club is the fundraising arm of the Southern Oregon University Athletic Department. The majority of funds raised goes to scholarships for the over 400 student-athletes at Southern Oregon University.
The Raider Club’s fundraising efforts are highlighted by the annual Lithia/Raider Club Golf Shootout, the annual Raider Club Scholarship Dinner and Auction, and the Raider Club Fund Drive.
The Lithia/Raider Club Golf Shootout takes place every Fall and is the single biggest annual fundraiser at SOU. Hosted by the SOU Athletic Department and Lithia Motors, the event brought in over $350,000 in 2014 and since 2010 has brought in over $1.1 million for scholarships to SOU student-athletes.