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For students who want to pursue their college education at a small school in the Pacific Northwest, Eastern Oregon University (EOU) has a beautiful campus in the Blue Mountains and some well-regarded academic programs.

The university has a long tradition as a school for training teachers, and its education program remains an essential component of the school’s academic offerings to this day. The university offers bachelor’s degrees, an MBA, and master’s degrees in education. Most degrees at EOU are traditional liberal arts degrees, however, the university does have some specialty programs such as its fire service and small town and rural county management degree programs. All told, the university offers about 40 undergraduate degrees and the aforementioned graduate programs. Minors and double major programs are also offered.

The university’s academic programs are separated into a College of Business, College of Education, and College of Arts and Sciences. The most popular degrees at the school are business/marketing, liberal arts, education, and biology.

Like many forward-thinking universities, EOU has a strong online program. Many students take courses by flexible delivery methods, including online courses. Students can also benefit from the university’s relatively low student-to-instructor ratio.

The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which accredits schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The NWCCU accredits more than 150 colleges and universities in the region.

EOU is collaborating with other universities throughout Oregon on a major solar energy project. The project is expected to bring more than $6 million in energy savings to the seven participating universities over 25 years.

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EOU has a selective admissions policy. About 74 percent of students who apply to the university are admitted. Typically, the university will want students to have a high school GPA of at least 3.0 in relevant study areas. Most students admitted score between 850 and 1080 on the SAT or between 18 and 22 on the ACT, but the university will occasionally make exception to its admission rules for extraordinary students who may not meet all requirements.

Students will need to submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores along with a required admissions essay. Documentation of volunteer work and letters of recommendation should also be included with the application.

Financial Aid

Students applying to EOU are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships that students may be eligible for offered by the state of Oregon, the university, and other organizations.

The university awards tens of millions in financial aid each year, including loans, scholarships, and grants. For example, the university offers the EOU Returning Student Scholarship, which is awarded to returning students each year who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better. Award amounts vary based on student GPA.

The university’s Office of Financial Aid stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships for which they may be eligible. The majority of students at Eastern Oregon University receive student aid in one form or another.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3848th for the average student loan amount.
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EOU offers students the opportunity to study in a beautiful, scenic area of the Pacific Northwest. The university is located in a small town in eastern Oregon, and the nearest big cities are three to four hours away. For students who enjoy the outdoors and mountain areas, the university’s location can’t be beat. Ample outdoor activities abound in the Blue Mountains. The nearby Wallowa-Whitman National Forest also provides many outdoor and camping opportunities, as well as canoeing and rafting.

The university offers more than 50 on-campus student clubs and organizations, including both professional and academic organizations, as well as clubs that are based on recreational interests, such as the Rodeo Club. The university also has a fitness center and student health center.

One interesting fact about the university is that it does not charge out-of-state tuition, so students from outside Oregon who would like to study there can do so at EOU without incurring financial hardship.

The campus takes a number of precautions to ensure student safety, such as 24-hour police patrol, late-night escort and transportation services, security lighting, dorms secured by keycard, and emergency telephones scattered throughout the campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The university is a member of the NAIA. The football program is a member of the NAIA’s Division I Frontier Conference and prior to 2005 competed in the NCAA Division III. Other sports compete in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The university’s mascot is the Mountaineer, and its official colors are blue and gold.

The university offers men’s basketball, football, track and field, and cross country, along with women’s soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball, track and field, and cross country.

EOU’s football team plays its home games at Community Stadium, located at the university’s home campus in LaGrande.

Additional School Information

Leo Plass set a world record, becoming the oldest person in the world to earn a college degree at age 99 in 2011. Plass had been attending the university (then known as Eastern Oregon Normal School) 75 years earlier, but financial hardships caused by the Great Depression forced him to drop out. Plass only lacked three hours course credit when he left school, and university officials in 2011 agreed to accept his years in carpentry as an alternative and awarded him an associate’s degree.

Information Summary

Ranks 17th in Oregon and 1079th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 22 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 13 0.10
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 127 0.96
Larceny 772 5.84
Vehicle theft 37 0.28

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near La Grande, OR 97850
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population16,488 (14,278 urban / 2,210 rural)
Households6,622 (2.39 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,621
Families4,161 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work required4
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4102

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1304th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,120 $6,120 $15,334
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,410 $1,410 $1,410
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $136 $136 $341
FT Graduate Tuition $10,323 $10,323 $13,230
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,410 $1,410 $1,410
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $287 $287 $368
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,090 $21,090 $30,315
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,090 $21,090 $30,315
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,688 $11,688 $20,913

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,046 $7,238 $7,046 $7,238 $7,046 $15,720
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,350(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,325 $8,435
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,934 $3,018
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,325 $8,435
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,934 $3,018
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,430 $2,700

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,503 (614 male / 889 female)
Admitted 1,007 (374 male / 633 female)
Admission rate 67%
First-time Enrollment 426 (165 male / 261 female)
FT Enrollment 381 (156 male / 225 female)
PT Enrollment 45 (9 male / 36 female)
Total Enrollment4,157

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Football Conference Frontier Conference
NAIA Basketball Conference Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Cascade Collegiate Conference

SAT Test Admission

1044th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 62%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 530
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 520
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 820 / 1050

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity528
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2947th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $54,731 ($55,765 male / $54,089 female)
Number of FT Faculty 109 (66 male / 43 female)
Number of PT Faculty 126
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $4,709,304

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