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Prospective Students FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Housing

Oregon Tech Housing and Residence Life welcomes you to campus! We hope the FAQs listed below answer your questions regarding Oregon Tech Housing and Residence Life. If you have questions not answered here, please call the Housing Office during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 541.885.1094.
You can also email us anytime at housing@oit.edu.

Q: When will I know that my Housing Application has been accepted?

A: Once the Housing Office receives your application, we will check your admission status with Oregon Tech. When you are admitted to Oregon Tech, your housing contract will be processed, and your $150 deposit will be applied to hold a space for you on campus. You will receive a postcard in the mail as well as an email from our office once this process has been completed. Then in mid-July, you will receive more information from us about your room, mailing address, and roommate(s) information including how to contact your new roommate(s).

Q: How do I request a specific roommate(s)?

A: On your housing application there is a place to list roommate or roommates requests. Fill this section out with the first and last name of the student(s) you want to live with, and make sure the student(s) lists you as their desired roommate(s) on their housing application. Housing staff will do their best to accommodate your request.

Q: Are freshman allowed to live in the Village?

A: Yes, first year students are allowed to live in the Village. Just mark Village as your first choice on your Housing application. However, please understand that returning students to on campus housing have the first chance to sign up for Village living so you may not get your first choice, but will be placed on the Village waiting list.

Q: What is the FYE (First Year Experience) Community?

A: The FYE (First Year Experience) community is designed specifically for first year students to share their common experiences through the first year of college. The staff in this community offer unique programming for the students who wish to live in this community. Additionally, study groups are offered for classes that most freshmen are enrolled in each term to offer additional support and resources for our first year students.

Q: How can I sign up for an Oregon Tech e-mail account?

A: After registering for classes at Oregon Tech, your email/computer account will be created automatically for you. If you have problems or questions, please see the lab assistant at the window in Boivin Hall 152.

Q: What communications services are available in my room?

A: There are two data ports per room in the Residence Hall. In the Village there is a data port in each bedroom as well as in the living room. Data ports are what you use to connect your computer to the network.

Q: Is there wireless internet available in the Residence Halls?

A: Wireless internet is available in the lobbies of the Residence Hall as well as the TV Lounge and the Snack Bar. However, the Residence Hall is a concrete structure so the wireless is spotty in some areas. The Village has wireless throughout each building.

Q: How do I pay for wired services in my room?

A: The combined service costs are distributed in the Residence Halls fees. Great effort was made to offer students a range of normal services — those services you are used to using at home — along with providing easy access. There are no other monthly fees for wired services, including cable TV. Please note that the internet connection is geared for academic purposes. If you are interested in a faster connection you can contract with Charter for this service.

Q: How do I dial Oregon Tech telephone numbers and local off-campus numbers?

A: All Oregon Tech telephone numbers begin with either 885 or 851. When calling other Oregon Tech numbers from a campus phone, simply dial either 5+ the remaining four digits or 1 + the remaining four digits. To make an off-campus local call, dial 9 + the ten digit telephone number. Dial 9 before toll-free 1-800, 1-877, and 1-888 numbers as well. For further dialing instructions, refer to the ITS long distance page.

Q: Will I be able to access the Internet and check my e-mail from my room?

A: Yes. Each Residence Hall and Village room has a network jack that you can use to connect to the Internet and the Oregon Tech e-mail server.

Q: My high school friends and family would like to know my email address before I leave. How will I know what it is before I come to campus?

A: Your email address will be the login name that you get when you sign up for an account followed by @oit.edu. Your login name will be your first name dot last name. For example, if your name were Bryan Covell, your email address would be bryan.covell@oit.edu. If you have a more common name, such as John Smith, your email address would more likely be john.smith1@oit.edu or with a different number after your name. This should give you a good idea of what your address will be, but the only way to know for sure is to check what you are assigned when you sign up for an account.

Q: What does my computer need in order to connect to the Residence Halls network?

A: A network card is necessary for connection to the Residence Halls network. You can purchase a network card through the Paper Owl Bookstore or you may purchase your own card. Cards must be 10 Mbps and 10 Base-T compatible.