Oregon’s Rural University

Officially designated Oregon’s Rural University, EOU cultivates innovative partnerships with communities across the region to expand economic and educational opportunities for all. Since its founding as a teacher’s college in 1929, EOU has served as an educational, cultural and economic engine for rural places. Students build meaningful connections with peers and mentors, and leaders are committed to keeping higher education accessible for the many underserved students and communities in the region.

Rural Programs, Rural Solutions

Close ties to regional partners translate into academic curriculum that addresses the needs of our communities. Economic and workforce development meet high-quality degree programs at EOU, where students gain skills and experiences that equip them to strengthen rural industries and revitalize small towns. Humanities, science, business and education colleges within EOU offer distinctive coursework tailored to rural environments.

Community and Recreation

Among Oregon public universities, EOU has the smallest number of on-campus students and the most affordable tuition. Students connect directly with professors and get to know one another through clubs, sports and residence life. Experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities abound through internships and career development. Plus, EOU has 11 regional centers throughout the state that support online and onsite students with trained advisors.

Located in the lush northeast corner of Oregon, EOU offers the best of this rural region with a scenic campus just minutes from mountain lakes, drive-in movies, locally roasted coffee and cozy downtown La Grande.


Undergraduate students from rural high schools


Students from low-income households


Students who are the first in their family to attend college


Students from
Eastern Oregon


Students who identify as culturally or ethnically diverse


Student-to-faculty ratio at EOU


Students on-campus


Student clubs and organizations