Eastern Oregon University

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Eastern Oregon University
Former names
Eastern Oregon Normal School
Eastern Oregon College of Education
Eastern Oregon College
Eastern Oregon State College
Established 1929
Type Public
Endowment $4,897,000
President Tom Insko
Provost Sarah Witte (Interim)
Academic staff
Students 3,653 (Fall 2014) [1]
Undergraduates 3,348 (Fall 2014)
Postgraduates 336 (Fall 2014)
Location La Grande, Oregon, USA
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Colors Gold & Blue
Athletics NAIA
Cascade Collegiate Conference
Sports 10 Varsity Teams
Nickname Mountaineers
Mascot Monty the Mountaineer
Affiliations Oregon University System
Website www.eou.edu/

Eastern Oregon University (EOU) is one of seven state-funded, four-year universities of higher education in the State of Oregon. Located in La Grande, Oregon, the school offers bachelor's and master's degrees. Most students obtain a B.S. degree, which requires one quarter of science, whereas a B.A. degree requires two years of a foreign language. In 2016 the University also began work to introduce a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree with a vocational bent.


EOU opened its doors in 1929 as Eastern Oregon Normal School, a Teachers College. In 1939, the Oregon Legislature changed the name to Eastern Oregon College of Education. The words "of Education" were dropped from the college's name in 1956. The 1973 Legislature changed EOC's name to Eastern Oregon State College. In 1997, Eastern Oregon State College became Eastern Oregon University.[2] In 2013 the Oregon University System began the process of creating independent boards for certain schools, including Oregon State and the University of Oregon. On June 30, 2015, the Oregon University System was dissolved and on July 1, 2015, the Eastern Oregon University Board of Trustees took on governance of the institution. [3]

Campus setting

EOU's location in La Grande is in the heart of the Blue Mountain range between Portland, Oregon and Boise, Idaho just off Interstate 84. Driving to La Grande takes approximately four hours from Portland, three from Boise, five from Seattle, and four from Spokane. The school has about 1,650 students on the La Grande campus, and has almost 2,100 students in their distance education programs.[4]

The campus contains 26 buildings, including three living facilities – Alikut Hall, North Hall, and Daugherty Hall – all of which are co-ed. Inlow Hall, Eastern's administration building, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]


Academic organization

EOU offers bachelor's degrees and the degrees of MFA, MBA, Master of Education and Master of Arts in Teaching. Most degrees conferred, however, are undergraduate B.S. degrees (Bachelor of Science). The university offers business and elementary education programs at a satellite campus in Gresham, Oregon.

The school is composed of the following colleges in order of size:

In addition, EOU has dental hygiene, military science, agricultural science, nursing, and distance education programs (eight degrees are 100% online) that may be used to obtain a degree from the University.

Eastern Oregon's Psychology department is one of the last university programs that still has its students use live animals in behavioral studies.


EOU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education IACBE and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


Eastern Oregon's mascot is the Mountaineer. The Mountaineers are a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Cascade Collegiate Conference on the following sports: men's (starting 2015-16) and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, women's softball, and men's and women's track & field. Their basketball and volleyball teams play at Quinn Coliseum. men's and women's Wrestling was reinstated in 2016.

In 2005, Eastern Oregon's football program joined the NAIA's Division I Frontier Conference, previously having competed as an Independent of the NCAA's Division III level.

Eastern Oregon's football team plays at Community Stadium located on campus. The La Grande High School football team also plays their home games there.

Athletic Director: Anji Weissenfluh

Sports Information Director: Travis Rae

Defunct Sports: Women's Golf, Skiing, and Baseball. Some sports have been relegated to club sports such as rodeo and polo.

Notable alumni

The oldest graduate

Leo Plass, 99 years old has received his diploma in June 2011. He dropped out less than one semester away from graduation in 1932 when the Great Depression occurred and started a career as a logger.[6]


  1. "Eastern Oregon University OUS Gray Book". Oregon University System. Retrieved 8 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Visitor Information | Visitor Information – Eastern Oregon University
  3. https://www.eou.edu/governance/
  4. Cockle, Richard (May 16, 2010). "Eastern Oregon University makes comeback with healthy enrollment, return to roots". The Oregonian. Retrieved 20 May 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Mike Kyle MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Leo Plass, who quit college in 1932, graduates at 99 - CSMonitor.com

External links

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