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What's the good word?

This section of EOU's website is dedicated to the collection and distribution of student testimonials, thoughts, and sentiment regarding Eastern Oregon University in their life. To add to this collection please submit your quote here.
Saraya Wise EOU Psychology student
"Eastern Oregon University allowed me to explore my options for a major of study and find a home in the department that fit me! The smaller classes and closer relationships you build here will stay with you for a liftime!"

Saraya Wise
Psychology
Hermiston, Ore.

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Denica-Hill EOU Psychology alumni
"EOU's psychology program benefited me so much as a student. Unique undergraduate opportunities like hands on experience with conditioning rats and IQ testing, as well as research projects and opportunities to work as a student aid and a psychology tutor has allowed me to excel after graduation from EOU in both graduate school and the early...

Denica Hill
Psychology
Boulder, Colo.

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Mariah Meyerholz EOU Anthropology-Sociology student
"EOU's faculty and staff go above and beyond for their students. With a multitude of life challenges, I really rely on a strong support system. EOU has supported me through some very tough times. With a strong social network, I am halfway through my program and one step closer to a career in Medical Social Work."

Mariah Meyerholz
Anthropology/Sociology
John Day, Ore.

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"Not only did I enjoy my time in the psychology program, but I was thoroughly prepared for my masters of counseling program. As an athlete, I was supported by my teachers both in the classroom and in the gym. Small class sizes allowed me to get the individual time I needed to be successful. The only thing I would like to have changed, is th...

KC Loper
Psychology
Powell Butte, Ore.

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Natalia Garrison EOU Psychology student
“The decision to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology was one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself. During my time at EOU, I found my true passion in psychology, made lifelong friendships, and have had everlasting experiences. Psychology faculty at EOU go above and beyond to provide students with the required tools for succ...

Natalia Garrison
Psychology
La Grande, Ore.

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"While attending EOU as a Student Older Than Average my experience was great and I didn't feel out of the ordinary. The opportunities for support from my professors and my classmates were endless to help me achieve my degree."

Marie Allman
Psychology
Pendleton, Ore

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Abby McCabe EOU Psychology student
"The EOU Psychology program gave me an extremely strong foundation. I was more prepared for my graduate school classes than many of my classmates. I now have a rewarding and challenging career as a Clinical Psychologist in the United States Public Health Service."

Abby McCabe
Psychology
Western Maryland

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Micah Troutman EOU History Student
"Eastern Oregon University has given me the chance to obtain new leadership skills, while being in leadership positions. I am thankful that I have had the chance to learn from some wonderful leaders. I would not be on this path if it wasn't for the chances I was given to make a change on campus."

Micah Troutman
History, Theatre Arts
Union, Ore.

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"Small class sizes in the Psychology program made for an easy way to meet with my professors out of class. Classes were always challenging yet enjoyable with the discussions and the professors' own spin on each lesson."

Kevin Albertson
Psychology
Portland, Ore.

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Brittany Hargrove EOU communication studies alumni
"As a long-time Cove resident, I was so blessed to receive a big-city education within a 20-minute drive from my rural home! I don't think Union County realizes how fortunate it is to have this gem of a university. The professors see students as individuals instead of numbers, and really work to hone each person's potential. I am so thrille...

Brittany Hargrove
Communication Studies
Cove, Ore.

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Andrew Farris EOU Physical Activity Major
"Eastern Oregon University is more than an educational institution, it's a family."

Andrew Farris
Physical Activity & Health
Freeport, Flo.

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Jazmin Roldan EOU business major
"EOU allowed me to attend school fully online, which made it possible for me to work and help my family financially. It hasn’t been easy balancing a full-time job with full-time school, but I’m on a mission and I’m not willing to give up on my dreams. My advisor, Jacelyn Keys has helped me immensely in selecting classes and concentrations and, most importantly, believin...

Jasmin Roldan
Business Adminstration
Hermiston, Ore.

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Bob Fossek EOU Business Major
"Having a family, working full time, and running a business restrict the amount of free time that I have. Eastern Oregon University’s online classes are the perfect fit. Knowledgeable instructors are more than willing to answer questions in a timely manner, and students in the same class are connected so you can talk if another student is having similar difficulty with ...

Bob Fossek
Business Adminstration
Pendleton, Ore.

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Ashley Canales EOU Anthropology sociology major
"After getting my associate's degree I knew I wanted to further my education, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to move to another dorm and city again. I then chose to complete my degree completely online, and EOU provided everything required -- even for a student in Texas. Throughout all of my courses I have been able to find everything I needed thanks to the many services...

Ashley Canales
Anthropology/Sociology
Alice, Texas

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Carlin Sacco EOU politics economics major
"Eastern Oregon University has empowered me to explore opportunities in the political arena. Professors like Jeff Dense led courses that challenged me to take my education to new levels. I am so grateful for EOU and the chance it's given me for an equal opportunity in life, to overcome systemic oppression and impact future generations. I love my country and believe in t...

Carlin Sacco
Politics & Economics
Pendleton, Ore.

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William Shaw EOU business major
"The EOU distance education program gave me the opportunity to return to school and finish my bachelor's degree. The program was very affordable and the people were very friendly. EOU's staff and faculty offer a great environment with lots of help and a chance to change the course of your life. It also offered me the opportunity to finish my Master's Degree and now I'm ...

Bill Shaw
Business Adminstration
Elkton, Ore.

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"I chose EOU’s online program because it is affordable, allowed me to stay at home with my three young children full-time, and worked around my chaotic life. The online program has been nothing short of wonderful as far as allowing me to pursue my education while being a full-time parent."

Brandy Bishop
Psychology
Madras, Ore.

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Claire Shank EOU Business major
"When I decided to go back to school, I researched every school in the state. I found that to be an online student and continue to work full time, most schools added an 'online fee' per credit, making it extremely expensive. EOU was the only one to meet all of my requirements to return to school. They transferred all of my credits from Colorado, I could finish my degree...

Claire Shank
Business Adminstration
Durango, Colo.

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Dorthea Butler EOU anthropology sociology major
"EOU accepted most of my courses from Montana and helped me fulfill my dream of helping others through EOU's anthropology/sociology program. The teachers/professors have been very enlightening and the support staff have been very quick to lead me along the road to success."

Dorothea Butler
Anthropology/Sociology
Great Falls, Mont.

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Frank Smiaek EOU business major
"I made the decision to restart my goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree about three years ago with Eastern Oregon University. I could not have expected all of the life changes that would come my way after that point: a job promotion, moving to another state, getting married, and now expecting our first son in the next month. Eastern Oregon University’s online program h...

Frank Smiaek
Business Adminstration
Oakland, Calif.

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Joey Grosjacques EOU integrative studies major
"I have been going to EOU for a few years now as an online student. After graduating from BMCC with my associate degree in 2013, I landed a great full-time job and became very involved with the community, which made it hard to leave my hometown of Pilot Rock. I began taking classes full-time, but was not sure if I would like it or not. After a term I realized how much I...

Joey Grosjacques
Integrative Studies
Pilot Rock, Ore.

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Laurie Fialka EOU business major
"As a nontraditional student juggling work, family and community commitments, the idea of going back to school can be very daunting. EOU has been a great fit for me because of the accessibility and flexibility of the online degree programs; I can pursue my dream while still maintaining my other commitments. The advisors and faculty I have worked with at EOU have been so...

Laurie Fialka
Business Adminstration
Hermiston, Ore.

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Liz Thompson EOU Communication major
"Being an online student with Eastern Oregon University has been a great opportunity for me. It has given me the chance to fulfill my dream of getting my degree in communications, and is flexible enough that I can be there for my family and take care of their needs. The staff and instructors I have encountered have been generous, caring, and always willing to help. The ...

Liz Thompson
Communication Studies
Carson, Wash.

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Michon Silapath EOU psychology major
"I had a lot of reasons to go back to school and finish my degree. I initially went to college right after high school and was unaware that I was dyslexic. I didn’t know how my brain worked and I didn’t know I needed accommodations. Now in my late 30s, I was bothered by the fact that I ran a business where I did dyslexia tutoring, but I didn’t have a bachelor’s degree. ...

Michon Silapath
Psychology
The Dalles, Ore.

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Deborah Bone EOU integrative Studies major
“Eastern Oregon University's online program has enabled me to accomplish my dream of completing my Bachelor of Science degree. I did so while flying for a bush pilot outfit in Emmonak, Alaska. My education has been so important that I am expanding my dream and continuing on with the low residency graduate MFA degree program at EOU, possibly from a beach in Mexico. EOU's...

Deborah Bone
Integrative Studies
Battle Ground, Wash.

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Mikayla Baird EOU psychology major
"I love the flexibility of EOU's online program. Doing school work online allows me to keep a full time job, which means farther down the road I will have less debt. It's a great trade-off."

Mikayla Baird
Psychology
Milton-Freewater, Ore.

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Rhianna Byrd EOU anthropology sociology major
"Eastern Oregon University offers a holistic approach to student engagement, including passionate faculty, supportive staff, and multiple flexible course and degree options. This created an environment of success, resulting in tangible benefits that go beyond a degree: growth in self-awareness, further appreciation of diversity, a drive to continue learning, and a passi...

Rhianna Byrd
Anthropology/Sociology
The Dalles, Ore.

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Han Toang EOU physical activity and health major
"I grew up in Vietnam and moved to the United States without knowing English. My thirst for knowledge and desire to attain the "American Dream" have motivated me tremendously. After witnessing the level of healthcare and poverty in my home country, I wanted to be someone who can positively impact the lives of many individuals. Now this goal is more than just a dream, it...

Tan Hoang
Physical Activity & Health
Pendleton, Ore.

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Karen Miller EOU integrative studies major
“I chose to go back to school as a bucket list item. Three years later I am nearing the finish line of graduating with a bachelor's degree! I have enjoyed the freedom of EOU's online classes, as they have allowed me to work around my job and family. I have also had the opportunity to travel without slowing down my education. The professors have been a great support in h...

Karen Miller
Integrative Studies
La Pine, Ore.

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victor saldana meza EOU business major
"It is a privilege to say that I attend a university that truly cares about its students, from the committed staff to the helpful hands of faculty. I am one step closer to my future profession and it all has been thanks to the carefully outlined programs."

Victor Saldana Meza
Business Adminstration
Milton-Freewater, Ore.

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Thanh Nguyen EOU Business Major
“Cost and location played a part in my decision to come to EOU, but in the end I wanted to be in a place that supported me. With an enthusiastic and friendly staff, EOU helped me realize that there are always people to help me become who I want to be.”

Thanh Nguyen
Business Adminstration
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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John Herrington EOU Business Major
"I am attending EOU because it is convenient and affordable, while still offering a high quality education. Both the staff and professors are extremely helpful and take an interest in providing the best service possible to help each student reach their academic potential."

John Herrington
Business Adminstration
Eagle, Idaho

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Johnny Fulfer EOU History Major
"It is difficult to put a price tag on a liberal arts education because it provides you with so much more than the prospect of a decent salary. What I found most appealing about the history classes here at EOU is that they challenge you intellectually and force you to think critically about the past and how it has influenced, and continues to influence, the way we inter...

Johnny Fulfer, '16
History
M.A. history student at USF

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"The math department at Eastern is amazing. Faculty are so willing to work with students to help them succeed. With the help and encouragement from my professors and fellow students, I made it!"

McKenzie Garlock
Mathematics
Clatskanie, Ore.

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Dana Kurtz
"EOU's MBA program allowed me the opportunity to expand my professional skills through interactive classes, a challenging master’s project, and practical advice from my professors and peers. I truly enjoyed the strong relationships I gained with professors through my project, as well as the experience of mentoring undergraduate interns. The skills I developed have prepa...

Dana Kurtz, '15
MBA
La Grande, Ore.

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 "I took every opportunity I could to be more involved on and off campus. Being an officer of multiple clubs helped develop my leadership skills and broaden my network."

Philip Deenik, '16
Chemistry, Biology
Ph.D. Candidate, University of New Mexico

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 "I would place the quality of the education I received from my professors in the Anthropology/Sociology program up against any school. Professors are not only teachers, but also advisors, mentors and friends. They bring the material to life and make it interesting. Most of all, the relationships you form drive you to succeed. EOU's program is top-notch and deserves the...

Casey Dreher
Director, One Arizona Student Vote Coalition
Phoenix, Ariz.

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"I found the Fire Services Administration program at EOU to be very important in my development as a chief officer, and the classes to be truly relevant and rewarding."

Scott Stanton
Chief, Umatilla Fire District #1

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Donni Later
 "There are not enough words to say all the good things about the art program at EOU. Excellent professors who care about their students, classes that are challenging and engaging, and great facilities -- including individual studios for the seniors -- are just a few of the things that make Eastern’s art program great. I have been prepared with the knowledge, tools, and...

Donni Later, '16
Art
Union, Ore.

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"The art department at EOU is a valuable asset to our campus. Small class sizes and amazing studio facilities give students a hands-on experience they won't ever forget. Learning from the fantastic professors, as well as other students, I have gained so much confidence going forward in my career."

Devon Galiszewski, '16
Art, Business
Baker City, Ore.

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"Going through the art program at EOU challenged me as an artist, making me stronger and more well-rounded. The best part was the Senior Studio, where I worked closely with peers and had the much-needed space to create for our Senior Exhibition."

Sheyenne Johnson, '16
Art, Psychology
La Grande, Ore.

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"The art department at Eastern is one of its strongest departments. The one-on-one attention and care we receive is so refreshing compared to crowded lecture halls where one can get lost in a sea of faces. Faculty care so much about my success both professionally and personally. I have grown close to my fellow artists and professors during my time at Eastern."

Erica Hitzman, '16
Art
Pendleton, Ore.

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LaceyTowers
"As a full-time working professional, taking classes online was the best option for my busy schedule. EOU’s remarkable staff made my transition seamless and the instructors challenged me to succeed. Even though the tuition is already very affordable, there were many scholarship opportunities that helped me finance my education. I had such a positive experience that I de...

Lacey Towers, '17
Business Administration
Vale, Ore.

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Pete Byrne EOU EMSA
"I enrolled in the Emergency Medical Service Administration (EMSA) program at EOU in fall 2015 with a specific goal in mind: to become a contributing leader in the field of emergency medicine. I have followed a non-traditional path with regards to my education. I enlisted in the Army right out of high school and after 6 years of service I was medically discharged due to...

Peter Byrne
Emergency Medical Service Administration
Incident Medical Specialist

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“My experience as the McKenzie Theatre technician has prepared me for the best in my upcoming career. For the past three years I’ve worked with coordinators from both the university and community, and the wide range of events has been beneficial in expanding my range of expertise.”

Rachel Bentz
Technical Stage Staff, Royal Caribbean Cruises
John Day, Ore.

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“I felt prepared for medical school with the good foundation EOU gave me. The science faculty are so much more teaching oriented and accessible. I loved that it was a small campus and I also came out with a lot less debt.”

Shakira Bandolin, MD, '09
Biochemistry
2014 National Outstanding Medical Student Award Recipient

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"Not only did I earn a degree from Eastern Oregon University, I became a member of a wonderfully supportive, engaging community. This community helped me grow as a musician, an educator, and a person. I had great professors in my department, but I also got to know other professors, faculty members, administration, and staff who were all friendly and welcoming. Some of m...

Caite Debevec, '15
Music
Sitka, Alaska

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“I always assumed that after college I would struggle to find a career I enjoyed. However, I have come to realize that the opportunities for students in this field are vast and growing immensely.  The passion I have for the work, as well as the knowledge I gained while at EOU, helped me to excel at the job. I  could not be happier with the career path I have chosen and ...

Ashley Butler
Communication Studies
La Grande, Ore.

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Choosing the exercise science concentration as my route to physical therapy school was one of my best academic decisions. Not only was I prepared to be accepted to a Doctor of Physical Therapy program, but I also developed a strong passion for exercise and nutrition. My favorite part of the Physical Activity & Health program is the pr...

Cassie Wendt, '15
Physical Activity & Health

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 "The customer service at EOU is great for online students. I have been helped every step of the way to finish my degree that I started over 30 years ago. I appreciate the great staff at EOU who helped me complete my journey!"

Dawn Lawrence
Business Administration
Hemet, Calif.

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 "Eastern Oregon University and the center in John Day have been an all-around amazing experience. I was such a lost soul before meeting my advisor, Chris Cronin. I had minimal educational credits and tons of life experience to present, but I needed a path. Being able to continue my job, being a mother and wife, and maintaining that connection with the distance center w...

Chely Peterson Carpenter
Physical Activity & Health
John Day, Ore.

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"As an online student at EOU, I was challenged by coursework that focuses on relevant topics and skills. Tutoring centers and other student services were very helpful. EOU has proven to be a fantastic choice for my family and myself."

Bryton Lochridge
Business Administration
New Plymouth, Idaho

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“I have been taking online classes during my lunch hour for several years. When my job ended, I was in a great position to finish a bachelor’s degree in business since I had been pursuing it on my own time. Now I have a better chance of successfully returning to the workforce. If you are thinking about taking online classes, do it!”

Connie Hoskins
Business Administration

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"I’m thrilled that the Outdoor Adventure Program and newly founded Yoga Club provide the opportunity to get outside, stay in shape and remain active! Co-founding the Econ Club and my role as president of student government have also allowed me to further explore my major outside of the classroom setting."

Addie Beplate
Philosophy, Politics & Economics
Salt Lake City, Utah

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 "I loved my time at EOU! The small class sizes allowed for more personalized attention from professors who truly cared about my success, both inside and outside of the classroom. The campus community was supportive and created an environment in which I could thrive academically and socially."

Deneil Hill, '10
History
Boulder, Colo.

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 “Small class sizes, exceptional learning opportunities, a welcoming community and outdoor activities for every season make EOU a great place to attend college. Whether you are looking for a liberal arts education or a professional one, EOU has something for everyone.”

Stephen Clements, Ph.D.
Business Faculty
Mayor of La Grande, Ore.

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 "Some say you make your best friends in college. For myself here at EOU, that couldn’t be any more true. Eastern has provided me with lifelong friends. It really is a family here. We truly care about each other. I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else."

Zach Bartlow
Business/Accounting
Waitsburg, Wash.

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