Eastern Oregon University
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Eastern Oregon University

La Grande, Oregon

Founded in 1929, Eastern Oregon University works with students to prepare them for the world beyond college with high-quality liberal arts and professional programs. As one of the best values in higher education today, EOU offers small classes, flexible programs and low tuition to help graduates get ahead with an education personalized to meet their goals. Classes are available when and where students need them – at the university’s main campus in La Grande, online from almost anywhere in the world or onsite at centers across the state of Oregon.

Student Profile

1,265 full-time, on-campus undergraduate students: (42.84% male / 57.15% female); 22 states; 13 countries

Faculty Profile

110 full-time teaching faculty; 7 part-time teaching faculty (no teaching assistants). Student/faculty ratio: 22.4 to 1

Residence Life

On-campus housing has the capacity for 355 students in three modern suite-style residence halls and 16 off-campus units are available for students with families.

School Location

EOU’s 121-acre campus is located in La Grande, Oregon. The city is the largest of eight communities in the lush Grande Ronde Valley; a high mountain oasis nestled between spectacular mountain ranges.


NAIA Division II affiliated; 10 varsity teams for men and women include basketball, cross-country, football, track and field, soccer, softball and volleyball.

Mascot: Monty Mountaineer

Colors: Blue and gold

Other Information

Eastern Oregon University is a four-year, liberal arts college founded in 1929.

Academic Programs

Agricultural Sciences (OSU Partnership), Anthropology/Sociology, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry-Biochemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Crop and Soil Science (OSU Partnership), Dental Hygiene (ODS College of Dental Sciences Partnership), Economics, Emergency Medical Services Administration, English/Writing, History, Integrative Studies: Individualized Program, Integrative Studies: EOU Minor (+) Minor from Another University, Integrative Studies: Two EOU Minors, Mathematics, Multidisciplinary Studies, CUESTE: Multidisciplinary Studies & Elementary Education (Dual Major), Music, Natural Resources (OSU Partnership), Nursing (OHSU Partnership), Politics & Economics, Physical Activity & Health, Physical Education & Sport, Exercise Science, Health & Wellness Studies, Psychology, Rangeland Sciences (OSU Partnership), Theatre, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

More Distinctions

  • Affordable Colleges Online ranks EOU the most affordable school in Oregon offering distance-learning options. Students pursuing their education from afar receive robust support including one-on-one interaction with their professors, access to academic advising, eTutoring and other services tailored for their unique needs.

  • “The Phantom of the Opera” made its American university theater debut on the EOU stage in 2010. An impressive cast of 50 brought “Les Miserables” to life in another epic performance in 2014.

  • The American Chemical Society recognized EOU’s student chapter with an Outstanding Award for activities during 2013-14. The award recognizes outstanding performance by the chapter in multiple areas including outreach events involving over 1,000 K-12 students; professional engagement through attendance at the national meeting of the ACS in Dallas, Texas, where EOU students presented research posters and participated in other networking activities; and campus involvement.

  • Students receive hands-on experience starting their freshman year at EOU. They continue building their résumé by rolling up their sleeves and working alongside faculty to carry out and present undergraduate research and participate in internships – practices valued highly by employers and graduate schools. EOU students enjoy a high rate of acceptance to graduate and professional schools as a result.

  • EOU offers reduced non-resident tuition to on-campus applicants from participating U.S. states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange.


Meeting people and exploring new ideas is a big part of college life, and EOU students are members of a vibrant living and learning community with access to outstanding academic resources, student involvement programs and support services.

  • Academic success is a team activity and EOU makes the college-going experience great by providing exceptional programs and resources including study sessions, tutoring, computing and more.
  • If students have health concerns or just need to talk something over, professional staff members in the Student Health and Counseling Center are here to help.
  • Interested in seeing the world? Participate in exciting international travel opportunities. Spain, Europe and Mexico are just some of the countries EOU students have visited through Study Abroad programs.
  • Many students apply for and receive challenging internships and scholarships from places like NASA, the United Nations, Walt Disney World, the Truman Foundation and others.


The individual attention students receive at EOU is rare for public universities and is something special the university takes pride in. Every professor and staff member is dedicated to working with students throughout their college experience.

  • EOU has three colleges – Arts and Sciences, Business and Education – offering competitive majors and minors, pre-professional and partnership programs. The university also offers master’s degrees in business, creative writing, teaching and science in education.
  • During their course of study, students participate in service-learning programs and research, gaining satisfaction doing something hands-on and meaningful. Undergraduates also have unparalleled access to cutting-edge science and technology labs where they might learn how to sequence DNA or design new software.


It’s easy to connect with EOU on many different levels and be active and involved with athletics, theater, leadership, clubs and more. And when it comes to outdoor adventure, this is the perfect place!

  • Make friends and make a difference with over 50 clubs and organizations. Like to write? Join the student newspaper team at The Voice. If scientific experiments pique curiosity, consider the Chemistry Club. From live music to rodeos and intramurals, there are always plenty of things going on.
  • When students want to get outside, there are four seasons of recreation waiting in EOU’s backyard. The university’s Outdoor Program can help plan a successful trek and equipment rentals are free for students. Snowboarding at Oregon’s highest base elevation ski area, kayaking Class III rapids, rock climbing and mountain biking are all available just minutes from campus.
  • The surrounding community is full of connections to EOU. Many of the local business people are alumni and it’s not unusual to bump into faculty at the movie theater or a coffee shop.


Whatever degree path students choose to pursue, the classes and experiences at EOU will prepare them to succeed in today’s competitive, global marketplace.

  • Academic advisors help students get into the right classes for their major and stay on track toward graduation, while talented professors illustrate how to put real-world experience into practice.
  • Student leadership opportunities abound, with many undergraduates involved in student government, the EOU Ambassador program and other organizations. These students work with legislators, board members, alumni, foundation and community leaders.
  • EOU graduates go on to conduct amazing work and make significant contributions to their communities. Some well-known alumni include a U.S. congressman, international wildlife conservationist, celebrated children’s book author, television producer and documentary filmmaker, nationally recognized doctors…just to name a few!


The EOU admissions crew is dedicated to working with students. For questions or help completing the application process call 800-452-8639 or e-mail

Admission Application Deadline
February 1: Deadline for priority admission and scholarships
September 1: Deadline for fall term

Completed Application for Admission
$50 non-refundable application fee
Official High School Transcript
Official SAT or ACT scores (to be eligible for scholarships)

Cost & Financial Aid

*2015-16: $21,906 comprehensive cost to attend

*2015-16 tuition: $6,345
*Resident undergraduate annual cost based on 15 credit hours per term.

Idaho and Washington students automatically qualify for EOU’s resident tuition rate when they attend on campus.

Students can also take full advantage of their talent, skills, performance, drive and ambition to become eligible for scholarships. EOU awards over $2.3 million in scholarships based on merit and need and the EOU Foundation also has $400,000 in additional funds that are awarded. Nearly every student is eligible for some type of financial aid. A complete financial aid package may contain scholarships, grants, work-study and loans.

To apply for university scholarships visit or reach EOU’s Financial Aid Office at 541-962-3550.