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Eastern Oregon University

La Grande, Oregon

Founded in 1929, Eastern Oregon University prepares students 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, online from almost anywhere in the world, or onsite at centers across the state of Oregon.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,765 undergraduate students
63% of undergrad students are full time
37% male 63% female
26.5% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
96 full-time faculty
119 part-time faculty
17.7 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
72.6% of first year students live on campus
10.2% of all students live on campus

School Location

EOU’s campus is located in La Grande, Oregon and is just four short blocks from the historic downtown. Students ride public transit for free making it easy to visit the seasonal Farmer’s Market, coffee shops, restaurants and other businesses. The city is the largest of eight communities in the lush Grande Ronde Valley – a haven in the high desert region. Oregon’s highest base elevation ski resort, rock climbing routes, mountain biking trails, and other opportunities for outdoor adventure are all readily available nearby.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

56.7% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

Other Information

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

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

26.4% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 2%
White 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 10%


EOU competes in NAIA Division II and has 11 varsity sports. Monty Mountaineer is the school mascot and its colors are blue and gold. The Mountaineers compete in the Frontier Conference for football and Cascade Conference for men’s and women’s basketball, indoor/outdoor track and field, cross country, softball, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer. The university has also reinstated its men’s wrestling program and is a new, independent participant in the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association.

Other Information

Eastern Oregon University is a four-year, co-educational, public liberal arts college founded in 1929. It is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Specialized accreditations for business and education programs are through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education and the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

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

  • The National Science Foundation’s S-STEM program is funding a new scholarship for EOU students majoring in biology, chemistry-biochemistry, computer science and mathematics. The award is called Advancing Science and Technology in Eastern Oregon – ASTEO for short – and it supports students intending to join industry or enroll in graduate school after finishing their undergraduate degree.

  • The current edition of the Eastern Oregon Science Journal received a first place award with special merit and an additional nod for outstanding theme from the American Scholastic Press Association. Produced entirely by EOU students, this top-scoring magazine highlights chemistry, mathematics and psychology. The university is also introducing a new Eastern Oregon Social Science Journal, with the first issue published this spring. www.eou.edu/scijou

  • The American Chemical Society recognized EOU’s student chapter with an Outstanding Award for its activities during the 2014-15 academic year. EOU is among 55 student chapters across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and the only school in Oregon, to receive this top honor. The chapter’s noteworthy activities involve outreach events to K-12 students, including a popular chemistry “magic show,” participation at the national ACS meetings where students present research posters and engage in networking opportunities, and other campus involvement. www.eou.edu/chem/club

  • A new Student Support Services (SSS) program at EOU is assisting low-income, first-generation and disabled students. The university was selected to receive $1.1 million in funding for the program through a highly competitive federal TRiO grant application process. Approximately 160 students will be served each year of the five-year grant, with efforts channeled into their successful retention, academic achievement and graduation. www.eou.edu/trio

  • The EOU Foundation awarded a record $550,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year. First-year students through those in graduate level programs and across disciplines are eligible for awards. The Scholarship Committee – an all-volunteer group comprised of faculty, staff and foundation trustees – matches each recipient meticulously to criteria established by the donors. www.eou.edu/foundation/scholarships 

  • Wrestling makes a comeback to EOU’s campus with the addition of a new women’s program and reinstatement of the men’s program beginning fall 2016. A startup fund of $300,000 from State Representative Greg Smith from the Oregon Legislature, and commitments of up to $200,000 from alumni and the Restore College Wrestling group are supporting the program. www.eousports.com

  • EOU offers reduced non-resident tuition to on campus applicants from participating U.S. states, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam as a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange. www.eou.edu/admissions/wue

  • Military Advanced Education & Transition’s 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities names EOU as a top school. The university is also designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media and it made the Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 list of online and nontraditional schools.

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

  • Personal academic advising, individual and group study sessions, tutoring, career services, computing, and more.
  • Professional staff in the Student Health & Counseling Center to answer questions and listen and talk through any concerns.
  • Competitive internships and scholarships from places like NASA, the United Nations, Walt Disney World, the Truman Foundation, and many other organizations.  

Collaborative Assignments and Projects

Collaboration is at the heart of EOU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Talented and creative people work together in the music, theatre, art, and English writing programs. Such teamwork yields impressive results, including the university’s honor of becoming the first in the U.S. to produce an amateur version of “Phantom of the Opera.” A spirited discussion in class might inspire students to write a piece or submit artwork for inclusion in the student literary magazine, “Oregon East.” Tenacious artists can even see their projects showcased in Nightingale Gallery.

EOU students also work in the lab, in the field, and in the community with talented and dedicated professors in biology, chemistry-biochemistry, and psychology. Students are cultivating new cultural and social perspectives in the anthropology and sociology programs. They’re solving mind-bending equations in the international math-modeling competition (at which EOU usually finishes in the top five worldwide). They are creating new software for senior computer science projects. They’re producing original digital design products in the communication studies program. Original research appears regularly in the Eastern Oregon Science Journal – the first student-published, undergraduate scientific research journal in the state.

Undergraduate Research

Students receive hands-on experience starting their freshman year at EOU. They continue building their résumés by working alongside faculty to carry out and present undergraduate research and participate in internships. Such practices are valued highly by employers and graduate schools. During their courses of study, students participate in service learning programs and research. Undergraduates also have unparalleled access to cutting-edge science and technology labs where they might learn how to sequence DNA or design new software. Students from across disciplines present their original research and creative accomplishments for the annual Spring Symposium. They also have opportunities to present at national conferences, independently or alongside faculty research partners.

Diversity/Global Learning

EOU students participate in exciting international travel opportunities in a variety of study abroad programs around the world. Back on campus, the International Dinner and Show and Island Magic Lu’au are annual events organized entirely by students that “wow” audiences of all ages. Another celebration planned each year by the Native American Student Council is the Indian Arts Festival and Powwow. It features dancing, drumming, native crafts, and a traditional friendship feast open to the community.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  

EOU prides itself on putting teaching first. The individual attention students receive is rare for public universities, so it is something special the university takes pride in. Every professor and staff member is dedicated to working with students throughout their college experience. Transfer students often comment on the personal attention they receive compared to other institutions they have attended — both large and small. Faculty enjoy working with students from the time they enroll to graduation, starting with Week of Welcome and concluding at Commencement. Professors are also dedicated to enhancing the educational experience of their students through mentorship and problem-solving. More than anything, they want their students to be successful.

First-Year Seminars and Experiences

Student success is a priority at EOU, where First-Year Experience programs help guide students through their academic and co-curricular experiences. These programs help students develop critical thinking skills, healthy behaviors, an understanding of their own values and beliefs, and an awareness of values and beliefs that may differ from their own. Student success advocates also help to navigate the ever-changing world of college life, academics, and finances.

Writing-Intensive Courses

EOU is strongly committed to the view that writing skills are key to professional success, for they enhance communication skills and promote further learning. Students must complete the University Writing Requirement (UWR) to graduate. The UWR requires that students pay attention to writing throughout their studies, demonstrating a mastery of writing specific to their disciplines. To this end, all students must complete the following:

  • First-year writing courses required by placement.
  • One lower-division UWR writing-intensive course identified by each major and 23 Institutional Graduation Requirements.
  • Two upper-division UWR writing-intensive courses as identified by each major.


For more information visit www.eou.edu/engwrite/university-writing-requirement.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 83 87 54 14 5 6 2 251


It’s easy for EOU students to be active and involved with athletics, theater, leadership, clubs, and more. Students can make friends and make a difference through over 50 clubs and organizations. Interested in covering what’s happening on campus? Join the student newspaper team at The Voice, or DJ for EOU’s radio station KEOL. If scientific experiments pique curiosity, consider the Chemistry Club. From live bands, bonfires and movies, guest artists, authors, and filmmakers, to rodeos and intramural teams, there is always something to do on (or near!) EOU’s campus. Learn more at www.eou.edu/campus-life.


When students want to get outside, there are four seasons of recreation waiting in EOU’s backyard. The university’s Outdoor Program can help them 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 within minutes of campus. Visit www.eou.edu/outdoor.


The community surrounding EOU’s main campus is full of connections to the university. Many local business owners are alumni, and it’s not unusual to bump into faculty at the movie theater or a coffee shop. The Community School for the Arts program hosts private music lessons for children and adults, administering the Community Symphonic Band, Community African Drumming group, Union County Children’s Choir, and Grande Ronde Community Choir. The annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival is another premier, independent film and music event in the region that welcomes participation from student volunteers and interns. More at www.eou.edu/community.


EOU students majoring in biology, chemistry-biochemistry, computer science, and mathematics can become ASTEO Scholars and live in a STEM community in the campus residence halls. ASTEO stands for Advancing Science and Technology in Eastern Oregon. It is an organization funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM Program. Recipients of the scholarship participate in hands-on learning beginning their first year of study, attend regular activities with STEM faculty, become eligible for summer internships, and sometimes qualify for paid positions as an ASTEO Ambassador for EOU. Visit www.eou.edu/asteo.


Coed dorms x
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students x
Apartments for single students  x 
Special housing for disabled students x
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Whatever degree path students choose, EOU’s high-quality liberal arts and professional programs prepare them to succeed in the world beyond college and to thrive in a competitive, global marketplace. Academic advisors help students register for the right classes for their majors and stay on track toward graduation, while talented professors illustrate how to put experience into practice. EOU graduates go on to conduct amazing work and make significant contributions to their communities. Some well known alumni include a U.S. congressman, an international wildlife conservationist, a celebrated children’s book author, a television producer and documentary filmmaker, and nationally recognized doctors.

Service Learning

EOU students have multiple opportunities to work with local businesses and nonprofit organizations. While education majors are immersed in area schools, student-athletes work with children both in the gym and on the field. In the community, EOU students work to address food scarcity and collect coats for children during the Walk for Warmth. Young writers in grades three through 12 participate in a celebration of reading and writing during the annual Student Writers Workshop on campus, and girls in grades six through eight attend the Girls in Science event every fall. High school students also present their artwork in EOU’s Nightingale Gallery for the annual Eastern Oregon Regional High School Art Exhibition. At each event, EOU students gain experience in coordinating and managing high-impact programs for the community, accounting for thousands of hours of contact each year.


Student leadership opportunities abound at EOU, for many undergraduates involved in student government, the Ambassador program, and other organizations. These students work with legislators, board members, alumni, and foundation and community leaders. EOU also offers in-person coaching and online resources to help students broaden the perspective of their career choices and understand the value of their education in relation to employment.

EOU’s Career Services Department is dedicated to fostering further student development by supporting internships, service learning projects, and work study positions both on and off campus. EOU students can access the EOU Careers Network online to view, research, and apply for career development opportunities within the region, state, nationally, and globally. Visit www.eou.edu/career.

Capstone Courses and Senior Projects

All graduating EOU seniors complete a capstone experience or senior project. These culminating experiences tie together the objectives of their programs, their general education outcomes, and often career-related applications of experiential learning. There is a wide range of discipline-based projects for seniors: education majors prepare teaching portfolios; business administration students create business plans for community partners; seniors in the sciences conduct original research to present at national conferences; and art majors work in semi-private studios to prepare their capstone exhibitions. Ultimately, EOU ensures that all of its graduates are prepared for the world of work or continued study in graduate programs.


Admissions Fall 2015

994 Total Applicants
967 Total Admissions
325 Total Freshmen Enrollment

97.28% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA

Application Essay

Class rank
Standardized test scores
Extracurricular activities
First generation
Geographical residence
Volunteer work
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 420 530
SAT Math 420 520
SAT Writing 400 490
SAT Essay 6 8
ACT Composite 18 23
ACT Math 17 23
ACT English 15 23
ACT Writing 6 8


As an open access institution, EOU is on a rolling admission schedule and takes a holistic approach when evaluating students. The priority deadline for admission and scholarships is February 1. To apply, the EOU Office of Admissions needs the following:

  • Completed online application for admission
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official SAT or ACT scores

EOU Admissions is dedicated to working with students. For questions or help completing the application process, call 800-452-8639 or e-mail
admissions@eou.edu. For additional information on requirements and to start an application visit www.eou.edu/admissions. Para information en espanol llame al 1.800.452.8639.


Net Price Calculator



  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $6,639 $17,370
Fees $1,434 $1,434
Total $8,073 $18,804
Room and Board (on campus) $9,642 $9,642
Estimated Total On Campus $17,715 $28,446



Students can 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 over $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.

ASTEO Scholars
The Advancing Science and Technology in Eastern Oregon (ASTEO) scholarship is for freshmen or transfer students majoring in biology, chemistry-biochemistry, computer science or mathematics. The scholarship offers students up to $7,500 annually for tuition and fees. For more information and how to apply visit

To apply for all other university scholarships visit www.eou.edu/fao or reach EOU’s Financial Aid Office at 541-962-3550. Priority deadline is February 1.


Students who are currently residents in participating WUE states have the opportunity to enroll at EOU for a reduced tuition rate: 150 percent of resident tuition plus fees. The WUE Program is renewable for up to twelve (12) terms for high school recipients, and transfer students can receive support for up to six (6) terms. All students must enroll full-time and maintain good academic standing. To learn more visit www.eou.edu/admissions/wue.

Participating WUE states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, *Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, *Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, *Washington and Wyoming. Students from Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will also be considered for the WUE rate.

Prospective students may contact the EOU Office of Admissions at 541-962-3393 or toll free at 800-452-8639.


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