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About our Institution

Oregon’s Rural University

Eastern Oregon University was founded in 1929 as a teachers college and today serves as a center for education, culture and scholarship in rural areas of Oregon. Students receive personal attention from professors and build strong relationships with peers and mentors. Officially designated Oregon’s Rural University, EOU cultivates innovative partnerships with communities across the region to expand economic and educational opportunities for all.


Eastern Oregon University was founded in 1929 by the state legislature as Eastern Oregon Normal School. In 1939 the name of the school was changed to Eastern Oregon College of Education which became, two years later, a four-year degree-granting institution. The name of the school was changed to Eastern Oregon College in 1956 and to Eastern Oregon State College in 1973. The most recent name change, Eastern Oregon University, occurred on April 1, 1997 when Governor John Kitzhaber signed House Bill 2364 at a ceremony in the Governor’s office at the Capitol in Salem.

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The main campus is located in La Grande, Ore., on I-84, 259 miles east of Portland, Ore. and 177 miles west of Boise, Idaho.

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Eastern Oregon is beautiful. View photos of campus and the amazing landscapes surrounding it.

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In the News

MFA to host three summer literary readings

Ars Poetica reading

Award-winning novelists and poets will visit La Grande July 16-18 to mentor students in the MFA program.

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Institutional Effectiveness

EOU guides student inquiry through integrated, high-quality liberal arts and professional programs that lead to responsible and reflective action in a diverse and interconnected world.

As an educational, cultural and scholarly center, EOU connects the rural regions of Oregon to a wider world. Our beautiful setting and small size enhance the personal attention our students receive, while partnerships with colleges, universities, agencies and communities add to the educational possibilities of our region and state.

Mission & Core Themes
Values & Principles
Strategic Plan

Governing Board

The Board of Trustees of Eastern Oregon University is the governing body of the university.

The Board is responsible for assuring the success of the university and has broad authority to protect the interests of the university.

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Office of the President

Tom Insko, an Eastern Oregon University alumnus, is the institution’s 12th president. Prior to his selection in May by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, he served as area manager of Boise Cascade’s Inland Region in La Grande.

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Quick Facts

Choose from multiple majors and minors, 4 master’s degrees, numerous pre-professional programs and partnerships offering degrees in agriculture and nursing. See Academic Programs for a complete list.

Flexible Options

More than half of EOU students take at least one class through flexible delivery, including online and onsite courses. EOU’s centers are strategically located across Oregon to serve the needs of off-campus students. For more information visit EOU Online.

Small Class Size

There are usually fewer than 25 students in each class, allowing for direct interaction with EOU’s high-caliber teaching faculty.

Student Clubs and Organizations

There are more than 50 active student groups on campus, including diversity-focused clubs. Visit the Clubs and Organizations page and the Center for Student Involvement for more.

Residence Halls

On-campus housing has the capacity for 355 students in three residence halls and 16 off-campus units are available for students with families. For photos, frequently asked questions and more, visit Residence Life.

Faculty and Staff

There are 96 full-time teaching faculty; 7 part-time teaching faculty (no teaching assistants); and 209 staff at EOU.

Academic Programs


EOU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). We receive specialized accreditation for our business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Our teacher preparation programs are accredited through Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).


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