Kickstart Program

The Fall 2020 Kickstart Pre-orientation is

There will not be a Kickstart orientation this Fall, if you have any questions please email the Multicultural Center at


**Airport pick-up for students is only available in Fall term (September) of each year for students who register to attend the Kickstart Diversity Orientation program.**


The Multicultural Orientation is an orientation program designed to help smooth the transition of international and Pacific Island students to college culture in the U.S.; provide non-native speakers time to practice their English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills prior to the start of the academic year; familiarize new students with the region; and build the kinds of relationships with fellow students, faculty, staff, and community members critical to student success and retention. This program is tied to a HUM 111 Invitation to Rural Oregon course which is designed to welcome international students and students from the Pacific Islands to rural Oregon.


La Grande is located in beautiful Northeastern Oregon. It is conveniently located on Interstate 84 (I-84) approximately 4.5 hours from Portland, OR; 5 hours from Seattle, WA; and 3 hours from Boise, ID, by car.

We recommend that you book your tickets to the following airports:

 Airport pick-up for students is only available in the Fall term (September) of each year for students who register to attend the Kickstart Diversity Orientation program. For Winter and Spring term students, see the Travel Information and plan your trips accordingly.  Thank you. 


There is an airport pick up fee that will cover transportation costs to and from the airport. Please see the list of airports/bus station below where we will be able to pick you up from.

  • PDT – Pendleton Airport  (Fee: $50)
  • PSC – Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, WA (Fee:$100)
  • BOI – Boise Airport (Fee: $200)
  • Greyhound Bus Station in La Grande (2204 E Penn Ave.) (No charge)

Important: As part of the Multicultural Orientation program, EOU will pick students up between September 13 – 15, 2019. Please keep those dates in mind as you book your travel. Questions? Please feel free to reach out to us at 

Please fill out the Arrival Notification Form, to confirm your arrival date and how you would like to be picked up.

Students must submit request 5 days before arrival if they want to be picked up, otherwise, you must make your own travel arrangements. 

*Student participants will be assessed a fee for living in the residence halls and participation in the program.


Pictures from past year’s activities