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About EO

Established in 1975, Engineering Outreach (EO) has been delivering distance education courses for over 40 years. More than 95 percent EO students complete their courses, and re-enrollment rates each semester for graduate students are high. EO is a top provider of online engineering master's degrees, with one of the most extensive programs in the country. 

Our Mission

The University of Idaho shapes the future through innovative thinking, community engagement and transformative education.  Engineering Outreach's mission is to serve students, business and industry by delivering online courses for quality programs.


The University of Idaho is a member of the Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU) and is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

College of Engineering graduate programs are supported by its undergraduate programs. The following undergraduate degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
  • Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E.)
  • Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.)
  • Computer Engineering (B.S.Comp.E.)
  • Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.)
  • Materials Science Engineering (B.S.M.S.E.)
  • Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)
The Computer Science degree (B.S.C.S.) program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Engineering Outreach is affiliated with Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) and the university's programs are approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

About Our Students

Approximately 300 students take EO-delivered courses each fall and spring semester (fewer during the summer semester):

  • 50 percent of the students enrolled are actively pursuing graduate degree programs.
  • 25 percent are non-degree students taking one or more courses for academic certificates, transfer credits or to prepare for a graduate program.
  • 25 percent are UI undergraduate students.
  • About 60 percent of the students are located in Idaho; 35 percent are in other U.S. locations, while the remaining five percent live outside of the U.S.

Class sizes vary but average about five EO students per course section. 

▼ Information for Corporate Students
Many students enrolled in EO-delivered online courses also work at businesses and corporations located throughout the world. Although you have specific deadlines for assignments and exams set by your instructor, you will have flexibility in when you view your course sessions and should be able to continue viewing your course while traveling for business, as long as you have access to a high-speed internet connection.

Tuition Benefits

We accept tuition vouchers from your company for your course fees. When we receive a tuition voucher, we will transfer your fees to an account set up for your company and will invoice your company after the last day to drop with a 100 percent refund of course fees. However, all fees remain your responsibility until they are paid in full. If we do not receive payment after sending the invoice, your fees will be transferred back to your student account for payment by you. For more fee information, see our Tuition and Fees page.

Exam Proctoring

You may use a training professional from your company for your exam proctor. For more information about our proctor requirements, see our Proctors and Exams page.
▼ Information for Military Students
University of Idaho programs are approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and you may use tuition assistance to help pay for your Engineering Outreach course fees.

The University of Idaho’s Veterans Assistance Office assists active duty personnel, veterans, dependents, reservists and national guardsmen who are eligible for educational benefits through the VA. If you wish to receive veterans benefits for your education, you must apply for these benefits, and should contact the university's veterans adviser at least six weeks before the beginning of each semester. 

University of Idaho Veterans Assistance
Veterans Adviser: Scott Oplinger (
Local Phone: 208-885-7989
Toll-free: 800-824-2889, press 0, ask to be transferred

Tuition Benefits

If you are on active duty, contact your base education offices about the possibility of receiving tuition assistance to cover some of your course fees. Tuition assistance forms must be approved and submitted through your military branch's educational portal, or may be sent directly to UI's Student Accounts office at You are responsible for all fees not covered by tuition assistance. Payment for your portion of the fees is due by the first day of the semester.

Exam Proctoring

Most military base education offices provide exam proctoring services to students in distance learning programs. They usually have a set schedule for times available for testing, and students make appointments to take each exam. Review EO’s proctor information before registering for a course. 

Course Delivery Security Concerns

If you are viewing your EO courses using a military computer or have any security concerns regarding EO course online delivery, please contact us to discuss delivery alternatives.