Students perusing pages of the latest e-guidebook and website published by Colleges of Distinction will find just one public university in Oregon is listed: Eastern Oregon University.

What makes EOU a “College of Distinction?” Proven excellence in student engagement, quality teaching, its vibrant campus community and successful graduates.

The national college guide uses the four distinctions to identify a select group each year. EOU joins six of Oregon’s private colleges and universities on the 2014-15 list recently released.

“EOU is honored to be recognized for these qualities that go to the heart of our enterprise,” said Sarah Witte, interim provost. “Over the past decade, our faculty and staff have carried the standard of excellence through intentionally designed learning environments that emphasize and enhance student success.”

High school college counselors and educators nominate institutions for recognition. Colleges of Distinction evaluates each using qualitative and quantitative research, looking beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow and succeed. The selection process also reviews schools’ general education programs, experiential components of the curriculum, the strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction.

To view Eastern Oregon University’s profile and learn more about the other colleges and universities that made the list, visit

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