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.”
|Campus Setting||Town: Remote|
|Student Faculty Ratio||17:1|
Top Rankings For Eastern Oregon University
#1 Most Affordable in Oregon
#60 in Most Affordable Public Administration
#11 in Oregon MBA Colleges
#23 in Online Economics Programs Bachelors Colleges
#32 in Online Public Administration Bachelors Colleges
#44 in Online Early Childhood Education Bachelors Colleges
#48 in Online History Bachelors Colleges
#50 in Online Accounting Bachelors Colleges
Eastern Oregon University Reviews
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|Formal demonstration of competencies||Recommended|
|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|
|Average Total Aid||$6,675|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||97%|
|Room & Board||$9,852|
- 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
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.
|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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