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Located in La Grande, Oregon, this small public, liberal arts school has a student population of less than 3,100, of whom approximately 2,900 are undergraduates. Founded in 1929 and known as Oregon’s Rural University, EOU offers on-campus and online studies. Distance education is also available for graduate studies. Roughly 100 faculty members teach full-time, and there are another 80 teaching on a part-time basis.

Overview of Eastern Oregon University

The student body is 60% female and 40% male. Fifty-seven percent of undergraduates attend full-time and 43% are part-time attendees. The student body is also 69% White and 12% Latino, with other ethnic groups making up about 2% each of the student body.

Housing is available on the remote campus. The most popular majors and programs include education, psychology, business administration, and health. Study abroad program are also available.

Despite its small size, EOC offers dozens of student clubs. These include the Outdoor Adventure Program and Outdoor Women’s Project, which take advantage of the incredible natural environment surrounding the campus.

According to its mission statement, as an educational, cultural, and scholarly center, “EOU connects the rural regions of Oregon to a wider world.” It boasts a beautiful setting and its small size means students receive a good deal of personal attention. EOU’s partnerships with colleges, universities, agencies, and the community add to the educational possibilities of the region and state. It calls itself the “educational, cultural and economic engine of eastern Oregon.”

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Remote
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 17:1
Graduation Rate 27%
Year Founded 1929

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,067


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,147
Female 1,720

Graduate Student

Male 80
Female 120

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Male 329
Female 561


Male 319
Female 555

Acceptance Rate98%

Male 97%
Female 99%

Enrollment 331

Male 131
Female 200
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline September 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

In a recent academic year, EOU’s in-state tuition was $9,084, while out-of-state tuition was $21,729. This does not include room and board, which is $9,852. Books and supplies also averaged $1,335.

The average net price (the cost for which students are responsible after their financial aid package is applied to their tuition bill) for freshman students in this academic year was $14,835. Overall, 97% of EOU’s freshman students received some form of financial aid. Of these, 93% received grants or scholarships and 55% received student loan aid, the overwhelming majority federal student loan aid.

EOU now offers merit-based scholarships based on a student’s GPA rather than standardized test scores.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $14,835
Average Total Aid $6,675
Students Receiving Financial Aid 97%
Room & Board $9,852

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $9,084
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $21,729
  • Books and Supplies - $1,335
  • Room & Board - $9,852
  • Other - $3,111


When deciding on a school, there are certain critical metrics to consider. Retention rates reveal how many first-time students returned to the same school their second year. If a school has a low retention rate, that may highlight a potential problem. Graduation rates track the percentage of first-time students receiving a degree within 150% of the standard program time, which is generally six years. Low graduation rates may indicate systemic issues.

EOU’s acceptance rate is 98%. The student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. The retention rate is an excellent 72%. However, the four-year graduation rate is low at 17% and the six-year graduation rate a bit less than double that at 27%. You may want to check out the transfer rate to gauge whether or not the school has prepared students for success elsewhere and they simply haven’t found the major they were looking for here.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,067

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 161 Total Graduates / 28%
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 161 Graduates
All Education Majors 74 Total Graduates / 13%
Education, Other 44 Graduates
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 20 Graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 10 Graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 58 Total Graduates / 10%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 58 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 56 Total Graduates / 10%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 56 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 31 Total Graduates / 5%
Psychology, General 31 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 35%

Outcome & Salary

Eastern Oregon University’s graduates can expect to earn $46,600 annually in their early-career, with a mid-career average salary $68,800.

The average net price of EOU’s education is $59,340. Considering those salary numbers (also averages), their 10-year salary earnings potential is $578,450, while their 20-year salary earnings potential is $1,266,450. This makes the 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) $519,110 and the 20-year projected ROI $1,207,110.

You can compare that to the national average salary of $38,792 for someone without a college education. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected outcome is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $46,600
College Grads Average Salary $57,845
College Grads Mid Career Salary $68,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $578,450
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,266,450
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $59,340
10 Year Projected ROI $519,110
20 Year Projected ROI $1,207,110
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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