EOU opened its doors in 1929 as Eastern Oregon Normal School, a teacher training school. 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.
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.
Eastern Oregon University Career Services offers in-person coaching and online resources to help students broaden the perspective of their career choices and to understand the value of their education in relation to employment. This includes outreach to all students in all academic programs, on and off campus coupled with outreach to employers, service providers and government agencies.
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Students come to the Counseling Center for a variety of reasons. Some are looking for help in coping with the pressures associated with a challenging academic environment or adjustment to college life.
Housing and Residence Life at Eastern Oregon University is an auxiliary unit and as such functions both as a business and as an educational enterprise of the institution. The goal of Housing and Residence Life is to provide comfortable, clean, safe and inclusive living environments for students and other University guests at a reasonable cost.
Pierce Library supports the institutional mission of Eastern Oregon University by providing materials and services for all members of the college community. It supports the regional mission of the college by providing materials and services in connection with institutional outreach programs, through cooperative participation in regional library networks.
In the common areas of the halls as well as resident rooms Wi-Fi is now available. There are computer labs throughout the campus for all students to use. They are located in Loso Hall, Hoke Union Building, Inlow Hall, Pierce Library and Zabel Hall.
Severe injuries or illnesses occurring after hours can be evaluated at the Grande Ronde Hospital Emergency Department at the student’s expense. Grande Ronde Hospital is located at: 900 Sunset Avenue, La Grande, Oregon.
Our newest residence halls, North and Daugherty, were completed in January of 2006. These halls offer suite-style living, something typically not available for first-year students, and provide residents with a high quality environment to learn, live and have fun.