Apr 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog


Eastern Oregon University has an amazing campus location where you can live, learn and succeed, professors with real-world experience deliver all of our high-quality academic programs, and you have access to education wherever you are - online from anywhere in the world or onsite at our centers across the state.

Did you know EOU is also one of the most affordable universities?

We offer a top-rated, small-college education at the cost of a public university. Check out our https://www.eou.edu/cost cost of attending page to see just how much you’ll save. Residents of Washington and Idaho can also take advantage of our low Oregon resident tuition rate when they enroll on campus. EOU is also a participant in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Residents from the participating states are eligible for a reduced Out of State tuition rate.

Whatever degree path you choose, your classes and experiences at EOU will prepare you to succeed in today’s competitive, global marketplace.

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Freshman Admissions Requirements (click here)

All freshman applicants must submit the following to the Office of Admissions

  • Completed Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  • $50 Non-Refundable Application Fee or Application Fee deferral.
  • Sealed official high school transcripts or GED scores. Please use the GED Testing Service site to request an official transcript.
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores.
  • Sealed official college transcripts (if applicable).

Grade Point Average

  • Students will be automatically admitted to EOU with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and all other requirements are met.

College Preparatory Subject Requirements

Entering first-year students must complete the following subjects by high school graduation:

  • English (4 years) Shall include the study of the English language, literature, speaking and listening, and writing, with an emphasis on, and frequent practice in, writing expository prose all four years.
  • Math (3 years) Shall include first-year algebra and two additional years of college preparatory mathematics selected from geometry (deductive or descriptive), advanced topics in algebra, analytical geometry, finite mathematics, advanced applications, calculus, probability and statistics, or courses that integrate topics from two or more of these areas.(One unit is highly recommended in the senior year. Algebra and geometry taken prior to the ninth grade will be accepted.)
  • Science (3 years) Shall include a year each in two fields of college preparatory science such as biology, chemistry, physics, or earth and physical science, one recommended as a laboratory science.
  • Social Studies (3 years) Shall include one year of U.S. history, one year of global studies (world history, geography, etc.), and one year of social studies elective (government is strongly recommended).
  • Second Language (2 years) Second Language (2 years) Two years of the same high school-level second language, or a C- or above in the third year of a high school second language, or two terms of a college-level language with a grade of C- or above, or satisfactory performance on an approved assessment of second language knowledge and/or proficiency. Demonstrated proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) is acceptable in meeting the second language requirement.

Note: Students who graduated from high school prior to 1997 may replace the second language with 2 unit college preparatory courses.

Please refer to the Individual Admissions Review if you do not meet the above requirements.

Non-Accredited and Home-Schooled Students

Students who did not graduate from a standard or accredited high school and home-schooled students will be considered for admission by achieving:

  •  A minimum composite score of 1070 on the SAT Reasoning or 21 on the ACT Enhanced AND an average 470 or above (1410 total) on three College Board SAT Subject Tests (Writing, Math Level I or IIC, and a third test of the student’s choice).


If you earned a General Education Development Degree (GED), follow the directions outlined below on the basis of when you received your certificate:

  • Received after December 2013, your standard score on each of the four examinations must be at least 150, with a total score of 680 or higher.
  • Received between January 2002 and December 2013, standard score on each of the five (5) examinations must be at least 410, with an overall average of 550.
  • Received before January 2002, standard score on each of the five (5) examinations must be at least 41, with an overall average of 55 or higher.

*Applicants who received their GED in 1997 or later must also meet the second language requirement as described above.

Returning Adult Applicants

Applicants who graduated from high school prior to 1985 must meet the minimum GPA requirement for entering first-year students. The high school subject requirements are waived. Applicants who graduated from high school between 1985 and 1996 are required to have two years of college prep courses which may include second language, computer science, fine and performing arts or other college prep electives, which may be at the discretion of the admitting institution, include a comprehensive sequence of units in a vocational-technical area of study.

Individual Admissions Review

Students who do not meet EOU’s minimum admission requirements but can demonstrate strong potential to be successful in college-level coursework and progress toward a degree may be provisionally admitted to the university by petitioning for Individual Review. The Admissions Individual Review Committee may set additional conditions for students who are provisionally admitted to help maximize their chances for success.

Students seeking provisional admission to EOU are asked to provide further evidence that they can be academically successful in college coursework and progress toward a degree:

  1. Any Transcripts not Previously Submitted with Application to EOU (all transcripts, including college transcripts for any dual credit courses completed in high school and transcripts of any high school grades earned since initial date of application.)
  2. Personal Essay: The personal essay written by the student is one of the most important parts of the petition for provisional admission to EOU, giving the committee a fuller understanding of each applicant’s goals, strengths, and likelihood of success in college-level courses.

    Students should address their statement to a professional audience of faculty, staff, and advisers responsible for reviewing the evidence presented to determine whether applicants are ready for the rigors of college-level work at this time. The personal statement should answer the following questions in detail (approximately 500 - 700 words total, typed and proofread):
  • Why have you chosen to apply to Eastern Oregon University?
  • What do you hope to study and why?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths academically? What examples or evidence of these strengths have you included in your petition for admission, if any?
  • In what areas have you struggled that have affected your academic success? What strategies have you used, or do you plan to use, to address these challenges? Please provide specific examples if possible.
  • If admitted to EOU, what steps will you take to be academically successful in your first year? Please include any EOU or outside resources you plan to use to support your success.
  • Is there any other evidence or information you would like the committee to consider as they assess your readiness for college-level work at EOU?
  1. Supporting Materials: Provide at least two additional pieces of evidence from the list below to help the committee evaluate your potential for academic success at EOU. The greater variety of evidence directly relevant to your academic performance, the better.
    • Accuplacer- Take the math and writing portion of the Accuplacer placement exam through the EOU Testing Center (online or on campus) and submit both placement recommendations and raw scores (highly recommended for GED students)
    • Letters of Educational Recommendation- Submit letters of educational recommendation from teachers, school administrators, and/or guidance counselors familiar with your academic ability. These letters should discuss your preparation for college-level reading, writing and/or mathematics, providing specific evidence and examples if possible that will help the committee evaluate your ability to make academic progress at EOU. Please avoid submitting letters from individuals who have not worked with you in core academic areas. (Minimum of two educational letters recommended for recent high school graduates; each letter counts as one piece of evidence.)
    • Letters of Professional Recommendation- Submit letters of professional recommendation from supervisors, commanding officers, or other individuals who can meaningfully evaluate your preparation for college-level work. References should explain their relationship to you, including how long they have known you and in what capacity, and provide specific evidence and examples if possible that will help the committee assess your ability to make academic progress at EOU. The more familiar letter writers are with college-level expectations and your preparation for college-level reading, writing, and/or math, the more useful the letters will be in evaluating your petition. Please avoid submitting letters  from close friends and family members. (Minimum of two Professional and/or Educational letters recommended for adult and non-traditional students; each letter counts as one piece of evidence.)
    • Writing or Professional Work Sample- Submit a writing or professional work sample that demonstrates your preparation for college-level work. Please include a brief description of when this work was completed, over what length of time, and for whom, including whether it was an individual project or a collaborative one. If collaborative, indicate which elements best represent your own work. Provide the name and contact information of a teacher or supervisor who can verify that this is your original work.
    • SAT or ACT Scores- official SAT and/or ACT scores

In most cases, the Director of Admissions will refer students who have submitted a complete petition to the Admissions Individual Review Committee for review. If the petition lacks substantive evidence of potential to be academically successful at EOU, the Director of Admissions may, after initial screening, deny the petition without full committee review.

The Admissions Committee will review each submitted portfolio and assess the probability of academic success and may prescribe coursework and remediation activities as conditions for enrollment. All portfolios must be submitted 30 days prior to the beginning of the desired term of attendance. The committee reviews complete submissions the third Friday of every month. Submission of Individual Review Portfolio does not guarantee admission.

For complete application requirements, See EOU’s Academic Policy page for the full Admission Requirements for Freshman Applicants Policy 2.05.10.

Transfer Student Requirements (click here)

All transfer applicants must submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

  • Completed Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  • $50 Non-Refundable Application Fee or Application Fee deferral.
  • Sealed Official transcripts to Office of Admissions demonstrating a 2.25 GPA or better with a minimum of 30 transferable quarter credits (or 20 transferable semester credits) from ALL accredited colleges or universities.
  • Applicants with less than 72 quarter or 60 semester transferable college credit hours must submit an official high school transcript if receiving federal financial aid to satisfy federal requirements.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of two courses in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities.

Please refer to the Individual Admissions Review if you do not meet the above requirements.

Applicants with fewer than 30 transferable quarter credits must:

Transfer Credits

Most of the credits earned at other accredited four-year colleges or universities will transfer to EOU. Students with an AAOT/ASOT from an Oregon Community College, or the following out of state Associate degrees from regionally accredited colleges, will be considered as having met the general education distribution requirements at EOU:

Visit www.eou.edu/registrar/transfer/ for updated information on transferring options.

Transcript Evaluation Decisions Upon Admission to EOU

Whether you are a newly admitted freshman or transferring to EOU with prior college coursework, the Admissions and Registrar’s Offices are committed to making every reasonable effort to ensure maximum credit is awarded toward degree completion based on your transcripts. It is important to realize that multiple factors can influence how your transcripts are evaluated, which include but may not be limited to - the accreditation status of the institution issuing the transcript, University policy regarding limits on credits applied toward degree, and faculty evaluation of transfer work. All transcript evaluation decisions are final.

Students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor regarding options that may help them obtain credit for coursework and other experiences not recognized during transcript evaluation. These options may include proficiency testing, Agency Sponsored Learning (ASL), and Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Students may find out who their advisor is by signing into DegreeWorks or visiting Mountie Hub (Webster).

In addition to the above admissions requirements, students from the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, America Samoa, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan, and Palau should see our English Proficiency Policy for possible additional requirements.

For complete application requirements, see EOU’s Academic Policy page for the full Admission Requirements for Transfer Students Policy 2.05.30.

International Student Requirements (click here)


  • Completed Application for Undergraduate Admissions
  • $90 non-refundable application fee
  • Official Transcript- a grade point average equivalent to 2.75 on the U.S. 4.00 scale. Official transcripts must be submitted in English. Transcripts should be evaluated by WES, SpanTran or another NACES-approved organization.
  • A grade point average equivalent to a 2.75 on the U.S. 4.00 scale.
  • Demonstrate English proficiency by achieving 500 on the paper based TOEFL; a 61 on the Internet based TOEFL; a score of 5 on the IELTS; or satisfactory completion of level 112 in an English Language School.
  • Copy of passport
  • Verification of finances through bank statements and Affidavit of Support.


  • Completed Application for Undergraduate Admissions
  • $90 non-refundable application fee
  • The equivalent of a minimum of a 2.25 cumulative GPA on the U.S. 4.00 scale taken from an accredited college or university. Students with fewer than 30 transferable credits must also meet the freshman requirements listed above. All transcripts must be official and in English.
  • English proficiency as demonstrated by achieving 500 on the paper based TOEFL; a 61 on the internet based TOEFL; a score of 5 on the IELTS; or satisfactory completion of level 112 in an English Language School.
  • Copy of passport
  • Verification of finances through bank statements and Affidavit of Support.

Foreign Transcript Evaluations

Transcripts from non-U.S. schools must be evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) accredited agency.

We recommend using World Education Services (WES) or SpanTran for these services.

  • High School transcripts require a document-by-document evaluation.
  • College transcripts require a course-by-course evaluation.

For complete application requirements, See EOU’s Academic Policy page for the full Admission Requirements for International Student Policy 2.02.15.

Post-Baccalaureate Student Requirements (click here)

Post-baccalaureate students are admitted students pursuing a second baccalaureate degree or enrolling in coursework not to be used for graduate credit. Students must file an Application as a Post-Baccalaureate student, All undergraduate credits will be assessed tuition at the undergraduate rates. Post-baccalaureate students who would like to receive Federal Financial Aid need to complete the Post-baccalaureate Financial Aid Eligible form for eligibility.

Students wishing to apply for one of the graduate programs must submit an Application for Graduate Admission and an application to the graduate program of their choice.

All post-baccalaureate applicant must submit the following to the Office of Admissions.

  • Completed Application for Undergraduate Admission
  • $50 Non-Refundable Application fee of fee deferral
  • Sealed Official transcripts to Office of Admission from degree granting institution and any post-baccalaureate credits.

Re-Admit Students (click here)

Students who have previously been admitted to EOU and have attended classes but have not received a degree should use the Returning Student Application.

Any previously matriculated student who has fallen out of continuous enrollment will become inactive. Continuous enrollment is defined as - attendance that has not been interrupted for more than three consecutive academic terms (not including summer).

For complete application requirements, see EOU’s Academic Policy page for the full Admission Requirements for Returning Students Policy 2.05.25.

Non-Admit Students (click here)

A non-admitted student is a person who feels academically qualified to enroll for classes at EOU but does not desire to be admitted to the university. As a non-admitted student, you will be allowed to take up to 8 credit hours per academic term. Non-admitted students are not eligible to receive federal student aid. To become a non-admitted student;

  • Complete an Application for Non-Admitted Admission
  • $25 Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts (if class requires proof of prerequisites)

For complete application requirements, see EOU’s Academic Policy page for the full Admission Requirements for Non-Admitted Student Policy 2.05.20.

New Student Checklist (click here)

If you have been admitted to Eastern Oregon University below is a guide for next steps to confirm enrollment:

On Campus Students:

  • Request Final Official High School transcripts after graduation, as well as all colleges you have attended.
  • For transfer students we need official college transcripts that include completed courses and grades.
  • Send proof of immunization records and health history to Student Health Center.
  • Consult with your academic advisor to see if you need to take the Math & Writing Placement Exam.
  • Apply for Housing & Register for Mountaineer Days.

Online/Onsite Students:

  • Official college transcripts that include completed courses and grades.