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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 a 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 2016 Enrollment
2,721 undergraduate students
62% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female
31% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
111 full-time faculty
86 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
71% of first year students live on campus
14% of all students live on campus

School Location

EOU’s campus is located in La Grande, Ore., just four short blocks from the city’s historic downtown. Students ride public transit for free making it easy to visit the seasonal farmer’s market, coffee shops, restaurants, and other businesses. La Grande 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 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 2016

72% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2016

31% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 3%
White 75%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


EOU is an NAIA member school with 13  varsity sports. “Monty Mountaineer” is the mascot and the university 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. EOU also competes in the NAIA for men’s wrestling and as an independent 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 scholarship for EOU students majoring in biology, chemistry-biochemistry, computer science, and mathematics. Advancing Science and Technology in Eastern Oregon—ASTEO for short—is the name of the award and it supports students intending to join industry or enroll in graduate school after finishing their undergraduate degree. www.eou.edu/asteo

  • The American Chemical Society recognized EOU’s student chapter for the seventh consecutive year with the highest honor for their activities during the 2015-16 academic year. EOU’s Chemistry Club is one of just two student chapters from the Pacific Northwest to garner outstanding distinction this year. www.eou.edu/chem/club

  • The EOU Foundation awarded a record $550,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year. Awards span academic disciplines and are available to first-year students through those enrolled in graduate level programs. www.eou.edu/foundation/scholarships

  • EOU offers reduced nonresident 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

  • The physical activity and health department at EOU is expanding its GO-ASAP project with grant funding from the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program. The program for adolescents is centered on outdoor lifestyle activities and cancer prevention education. www.eou.edu/news-press/go-asap-expanding-to-baker-county

  • EOU is among the top-rated schools for military and veteran students and is designated a 2017 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media; is included in Military Advanced Education & Transition’s 2017 Guide to Colleges & Universities; and is considered among the Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 online and nontraditional schools. www.eou.edu/news-press/2017-military-rankings

  • EOU’s degrees in anthropology and economics are ranked No. 2 on the list of 2017 top online colleges for these programs compiled by SR Education Group. Nationally, EOU is also among the top 25 online colleges for best value bachelor’s degrees in the 2017 guide from the same publisher. Affordable Colleges Online ranks EOU among the top five online colleges in Oregon, while Value Colleges considers EOU one of the top 10 schools in Oregon offering affordable and quality online degree options.

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:

  • Summer Bridge, providing students eligible to participate in TRiO Student Support Services with academic preparation and relationship building in advance of the start of fall term.
  • First-Year Experience classes to help navigate college, focusing on student support, information literacy and faculty engagement.
  • 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, 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

Many talented and creative people work together in EOU’s music, theatre, art, and English writing programs. This collaboration 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.” Students are regularly writing and creating pieces for publication in the university’s literary magazine, “Oregon East,” and the Nightingale Gallery on campus offer even more opportunities that showcase student and faculty work, along with guest artists.

Opportunities are exceptional to work in the lab, the field, and in the community with EOU’s skilled and dedicated professors in biology, chemistry-biochemistry, mathematics, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. Students are solving mind-bending equations in the international math-modeling competition (at which EOU usually finishes in the top five worldwide); creating new software for senior computer science projects; and producing original digital design products in the communication studies program, to name just a few. Original research appears regularly in the award-winning Eastern Oregon Science Journal—the first student-published, undergraduate scientific research journal in the state.

Undergraduate Research

Students are receiving 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 are participating in service learning programs and research. Undergraduates also have unparalleled access to cutting-edge science and technology labs where they are sequencing DNA or designing new software. Each year, students from across disciplines come together to present their original research and creative accomplishments for the Spring Symposium. Opportunities also include presenting at national conferences independently and with faculty research partners.

Diversity/Global Learning

EOU students are embarking on exciting international travel through 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 are engaging audiences of all ages. The Indian Arts Festival and Spring Powwow is another celebration EOU’s Native American Student Council plans each year. Featuring dancing, drumming, crafts, and a traditional friendship feast, the community event is a great opportunity to participate in and learn about the culture and traditions native to the eastern Oregon region.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries  
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, making sure each student receives individual attention that is otherwise rare for public universities. 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 assist students with developing 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, as 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 88 119 59 17 9 9 2 303


EOU students are making friends and making a difference through over 50 clubs and organizations. Interested in covering campus news and events? Join the student newspaper team at The Voice or DJ for KEOL, EOU’s radio station. If scientific experiments pique curiosity, consider the Chemistry Club. From live bands, bonfires and movies, guest artists, authors and filmmakers, to rodeos and intramural athletic teams, there is always something to do on (or near!) 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 Outdoor Adventure 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 welcoming 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, and the scholarship is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM Program. Recipients of the award 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  

EOU’s high-quality liberal arts and professional programs prepare students to succeed in the world beyond college and 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 are going 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 documentary filmmaker and television producer, and nationally recognized doctors.

Service Learning

EOU students enjoy multiple opportunities to work with local businesses and nonprofit organizations. While education majors are immersed in area schools, student-athletes are working with children both in the gym and on the field. In the community, EOU students are helping address food scarcity and raising emergency funds for families in need during the annual Walk for Warmth. Outreach to area youth includes a celebration of reading and writing during the Student Writers Workshop on campus, and sixth through eighth-graders attend the Girls in Science event held every fall in the university’s state-of-the-art science center. 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.


Leadership opportunities abound for many undergraduates at EOU involved in student government, the Ambassador program, and other organizations. These students are working 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 Center is dedicated to fostering further student development by supporting internships, service learning projects, and work study positions both on and off campus. Students 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 are preparing teaching portfolios; business administration students are creating business plans for community partners; seniors in the sciences are conducting original research to present at national conferences; and art majors are working 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 2016

 1,043 Total Applicants
1,012 Total Admissions
352 Total Freshmen Enrollment

97.03% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Closing date: Sep 1
Priority date: Feb 1

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 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 410 520
SAT Math 420 520
SAT Writing  390 490 
SAT Essay  6
ACT Composite 17.25 22.75
ACT Math 16 24.25
ACT English 15.25 22
ACT Writing 5.25 


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 or Official college transcripts
  • 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



Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $7,020 $18,429
Fees $1,449 $1,449
Total $8,469 $19,878
Room and Board (on campus) $8,930 $8,930
Room Only $5,375 $5,375
Board Only $3,555 $3,555
Estimated Total On Campus $17,399 $28,808


Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-2017 Estimated

$10,157 First year students
$8,241 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-2017 Estimated

54.7% on average, the percentage of need that was met
10% of financial need students that had need fully met

$8,241 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,154 Average need-based loan


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 awarded $550,000 in additional scholarships to students during the 2016-17 academic year. Nearly every student is eligible for some type of financial aid and a complete financial aid package may contain scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans.


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 www.eou.edu/asteo.

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


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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