Eastern Oregon University
La Grande, OR, USA

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Eastern Oregon University
3.70 Average Rating

Ashli from Nampa, ID

a current student here
11 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Through one short year, I feel as though I have learned to think in a different light.
Am enjoying being here
I enjoy Eastern! I am part of a team and I believe that helps a lot.
Bang for the buck
Eastern is a lot less than some schools. I will say it gets cheaper after the first year...since freshman have to stay in the dorms.
Tips for prospective students
Eastern is small and it does take time to get used to if you are from a bigger area...you will get used to it.
Go and find some extracurricular activities to engage in...meet new people.
Ask for help if you need it, the campus is small enough you can go straight to your professors, or the learning center.
Great for these types of students
Great for athletes. Great for people that like small places. Great for students that want help. Great for people who want to also get a minor or even double major.
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Harmony from Wasilla, AK

a current student here
7 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Eastern Oregon University is an amazing college full of opportunities. The campus is small enough that the teachers can give you the help you need, when you need it. It is up to you to go to your classes, and do well in school. College gives you the chance to learn a lot about yourself, and your views on life, and how important learning can be.
Am enjoying being here
This college is beautiful, and there is always something going on. Eastern Student Entertainment is always coming up with activities to do on the weekend, and the events are fun and different. Orientation made the transition from high school to college fun, and painless, while teaching me a lot about the university. The different residence halls are unique, and the people in them are diverse, and make the campus the place to be.
Bang for the buck
EOU doesn't charge out of state tuition, which makes it appealing to people wanting to travel away from home, at no extra cost. The school makes it very easy to find ways to pay for everything, and offers excellent scholarships.
Tips for prospective students
Don't be afraid to reach out of your comfort zone, the opportunities are limitless. Talk with your teachers and get help when you need. The staff are always friendly, and can point you in the right direction when you are confused with something. Become friends with your roommates, they are in the same boat you are, and there is strength in numbers. Good luck!
Great for these types of students
EOU is an excellent decision for people who live out of state. The college is diverse, friendly and affordable. It also sports a small town feel, which is appealing to those avoiding the rush and apathy of the city.
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Jasmine from Portland, OR

accepted here and planning to attend soon
5 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The instant my feet touched the EOU campus, I felt like I was at home. The size of the campus is just right, and so is the estimated size of the student body population. I know, that EOU is the right college choice for me.
Tips for prospective students
If you are looking for a college that isn't exactly small yet not exactly huge either, then EOU is the college campus that would suite you. But don't just chose a college based on the campus size. Chose a college that has what you are looking for. Go with your gut and with your heart.
Academic Rigor
The thing I like most about EOU, just from taking a quick tour, is that they are connected with other University's in Oregon. So if someone feels at home at EOU but their major isn't offered, EOU is connected with a different University that does have their major. They can still take the classes required for their major at EOU but they get their degree through the other University.
Dorm Life
The dorms are so nice that it feels like you are living in a two room apartment with four beds instead of a single room with one other person for company. The rooms are spacious and there is enough room for two people in one of the rooms and then some. In all, the dorms are AMAZING!
Food and Dining
I, personally, haven't had a chance to try the food they provide on campus but I have heard that their food is better than middle school or high school food. Plus, if someone doesn't want to eat on the campus, there are multiple restaurants close to the campus that they could go to instead. That way every one is happy.
What to do for fun
There is so many things to do for fun. The University has outdoor clubs and all kids of things for the students to do. How can someone not spend some time just walking around the University itself and not notice the nature that surrounds the campus. During the winter months, students can go snowshoeing, snowboarding, and skiing. And thats only in the winter months. But there is fun to be had all year round.
Bang for the buck
Out of all the colleges' I have looked at in my search to find the Right college that fits me, I found that EOU has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state of Oregon. At only about $21,096 a year, I could still find ways to have fun. Whereas some of the other college tuition rates were way above that of EOU. EOU is the number one University in my book that really caught my eye, my heart, and the heart of my check book.
Great for these types of students
Eastern Oregon University is great for those kinds of students who like getting help from their professors. For those who don't like having a large campus to traverse from one class to the next. And it's great for those student who enjoy being in nature.
Campus Safety
Campus is super safe. That's because its right next to the Sheriffs Department. So don't worry about anything bad happening on campus because the police are at least less than ten minutes away. Possibly even less than five minutes away. Cool, huh?
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Samantha from Baker City, OR

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
This is a mainly Education - based school; If you want to be a elementary, middle, or high school educator, this is the school for you. Since the classes are so geared towards teaching, it makes it difficult for a student that wants another kind of career to thrive in it. However, this school really is what you make of it and for the money that I paid (See Bang for the Buck) it is an excellent springboard for a student who wants to be more prepared before going to another more expensive college.
Am enjoying being here
LaGrande is a small town much like the one I grew up in, and it really is beautiful - has all four seasons, though I will admit the winter is longer than in other places. Since it is a smaller school, you can be a semi-big fish in this school and get to know your professors really well - all of mine are on a first name basis with me. The student body is diverse, but not overwhelmingly so. Overall, I love it.
Bang for the buck
I received a full ride through a combination of Federal grants, school scholarships and private scholarships. I know that Eastern is a good choice for many out of state students as well because it has no extra tuition. And, if I might add, I am NOT a perfect student, graduated with a 3.3 GPA, so Eastern is incredibly affordable.

(Tip: If you can avoid all loans and just take scholarships - if only for your first year - you are doing very well and on your way to a less stressful career)
Tips for prospective students
Try and apply for housing as soon as possible - I applied in December after I heard that I was accepted, but you will probably be safe applying between January and March.

I would STRONGLY recommend paying extra for the nicer dorms (Daughtery/North, Alikut) because I have heard horrible stories about the lack of cleanliness in the public bathrooms.

If you are a person who doesn't handle sharing a room with someone well or have a bad experience in the dorms, go for a North/Daugherty Single room. It is only $600/year more, and the room is spacious, quiet, and you know that no one will be in while you are gone stealing your belongings.

While the financial aid program is wonderful, Apply for tons scholarships and grants. Any chance you have at paying for your education now with donated money rather than later is one to take.
Great for these types of students
If you are:
-Getting some credits out of the way
-Not sure what you would like to do 'When you grow up'
-Used to/Want to experience small-town life
-Planning to become a teacher
-Bumping up your GPA for a transfer
-An a adult trying to raise a family and want to get a degree

Eastern would be perfect for you!
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Rheanna from Prineville, OR

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am currently a sophomore here at Eastern Oregon University and during my time here at E.O.U. I feel as if I have learned a lot. All of my classes have been challenging, educational, and fun all at the same time. As well, all of the classes are rather small, usually between 15 and 25 students, and the professors get to know you on a personal level.
Am enjoying being here
I have completely enjoyed my time here at Eastern Oregon University. The small close campus allows you to be able to get to know your fellow classmates, there is a large variety of clubs, the entire school supports the sports teams, and the professors strive to make the classes fun and educational.
Bang for the buck
I believe that the price of attending Eastern Oregon University is extremely reasonable. This year alone I am barely paying over seven thousand dollars for tuition, health insurance (provided by the school), and all the other fees that are occurred during the school year.
Tips for prospective students
Some tips for prospective students that I have is to not procrastinate doing any of the school work because it will impact your grade in the class significantly, don't be afraid to ask the professors or fellow classmates for help, when you're living in the dorms don't be afraid to meet your neighbors and have a little fun, and the most important tip I have is to not make your entire college life be about the school work because you will burn yourself out very quickly (so remember to have some fun).
Great for these types of students
Eastern Oregon University is great for a variety of students. They offer a wide variety of degrees, such as History, Anthropology, Nursing (with an internship at the Student Health Center), Psychology, Chemistry, Theatre, and Range-land Management.
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Emily from La Grande, OR

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
eastern oregon is a wonderful school with a lot of beneficial programs. every person you come in contact with is very nice and helpful. it is nice to be near the mountains, where it is close to skiing, snowboarding, or the lake.
Tips for prospective students
i would make sure you have a good pair of snow pants and boots for the winter. make sure you come with an open mind about meeting new people, because you will! if at all possible stay in the residence halls at least your first year! you will make some great friends and study partners!
Academic Rigor
i have not found my classes to be terribly difficult. i believe eastern oregon is a great transition between high school and college. there are many tutors available if needed.
Dorm Life
living in the res halls is an amazing experience. the r.a's do their best to make your year a great one! there is always something to do around campus, whether it be tie-dying shirts in the main lobby, going to see an amazing play, or even cheering for the sports teams!
Food and Dining
the grill is amazing, it is open late on the weekdays if your classes don't allow you to get diner, and you can use your flex dollars.
What to do for fun
if there isn't anything going on in the residence halls there are many more options. morgan lake is only a few miles away on one side of town where you can fish, lay on the dock, or just have a picnic. on the other side of town is mount emily. there are some beautiful places to hike here. if you are into going out and shooting a few rounds at a target there is a shooting range right outside of town that a lot of people go to. if you are into plays, a few miles away is elgin. there is an opera house that hosts many plays throughout the year. one of my favorite parts about living in la grand is the opportunity to go skiing and snowboarding. during the winter there is a one credit class that allows you to go either skiing or snowboarding for 3 weekends in a row. you do not have to be at a certain level or anything, they teach it all.
Great for these types of students
eastern oregon is a great place for students who like to be outdoors, and would like a smaller school. here, you receive one on one attention from your professor, and in my opinion it helps a lot.
Clubs and Activities
there are many clubs on campus. there is anything from gsa (gay straight alliance) to aseou (student government). the outdoor program is amazing. the outdoor program gives students a chance to rent equipment for free. the students can rent camping gear, kayaks, or basically anything else.
Campus Safety
i believe we have one of the safest campuses in the country. i feel completely safe if i have to go outside late at night for anything.
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Mallory from Walla Walla, WA

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have learned so much in this past term, and I'm getting way better grades than I ever thought I would get in college! I also went from struggling at the beginning of term, to succeeding as one of the highest students on my finals. I'm really proud of myself.
Am enjoying being here
I absolutely love Eastern Oregon University. I'm so glad that I went to this school instead of the one other that I was considering. I get lots of 1-1 attention from the teachers, I have found lots of friends and places to meet them, the music programs are great and the campus is beautiful. I don't like leaving La Grande to go home for visits anymore. It's my home now.
Bang for the buck
Eastern Oregon is rather cheep compared to other colleges, especially for how much student teacher help you can get on an individual level. I'm surprised that it's not more per term than it is when it's so hard for students to not do great since there's always someone to help. Eastern is defiantly a place to go to succeed and also not go bankrupt.
Tips for prospective students
Don't go to Eastern if you want to just fall into the background and not be noticed or a part of anything. At EOU, there's something for everyone and its super hard to be a part of nothing. Also, go to Wal-Mart or Bi-Mart or some other place for items like Cereal, DON'T buy them from the school, they hose you big time.
Great for these types of students
EOU is great for students who like to show up for class, work hard, excel in difficult subjects and grow as a person. There is SO MUCH 1-1 student and professor time that it really helps you learn. I haven't had a single TA or heard of them (there may be some and I just don't know about them) at EOU. So you learn right from your professor, and that is just fantastic.
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Michael from Fernley, NV

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Eastern is a great school for anyone interested in a quality education. All of the professors are here for you and they want you to succeed.
Am enjoying being here
There are a lot of activities and things to do here. If you love the outdoors, Eastern is for you!
Bang for the buck
Cheap tuition for such a nice college package.
Tips for prospective students
Get involved!!
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Marco from La Grande, OR

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The staff here at EOU is very helpful and friendly. Classes are small and the environment is perfect for learning. Overall, coming here has been the best decision i have ever made.
Academic Rigor
Classes are going to be challenging no matter what campus you are on. The good thing about EOU's classes is that the professors are very helpful and they want the students to be successful. Having all of this support makes the learning much easier and simply.
Dorm Life
Dorm life is great! You meet new friends and help each other out whenever needed. You become like one big family, because every morning you see their faces and sometimes you even have the same classes as them. Dorm life is great and it takes all of those scary freshman feelings you have coming into the University.
Food and Dining
Food is ok, sometimes i just wish they had more vegetarian options, other then that, the dining area along with the food is great.
What to do for fun
You can go for jogs, work out in the gym, intramural sports, clubs, frisbee golf, skiing, snowboarding, hiking and much more.
Campus Safety
One of the greatest things about EOU is that i can feel safe walking at 8 o clock at night going from my dorm to the library. I do not need to be worrying about bad things happening.
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TyAna from Coos Bay, OR

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
EOU is hands down one of the best colleges around. EOU's staff is amazing and always there to lend a helping hand. I love Eastern Oregon University and have had nothing but great experiences with the University.
Tips for prospective students
Have fun and enjoy being a college student! Don't be afraid to ask questions and get to know your adviser.
Academic Rigor
I have always been challenged in each class that I have taken.
What to do for fun
EOU offers lots of programs and clubs that you can join.
Great for these types of students
Eastern is wonderful for those who aspire to become educators. The wonderful thing about Eastern is that they have a wide variety of degree programs and the staff is ALWAYS there to help.
Clubs and Activities
Eastern has a wide variety of clubs that students can join. E-mails are often sent to students to inform them about new clubs and how to join.
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