Oregon Tech Jumps More Than 100 Spots in Forbes’ Top Colleges List
Forbes has released its annual ranking of America’s Top Colleges, and once again the Oregon Institute of Technology is ranked among the best schools in the nation, advancing more than 100 spots over the 2012 rankings. These rankings of 650 schools – the top 20 percent of all four-year and graduate universities in the nation – are exclusively prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), a Washington D.C. think tank founded by Ohio University economist Richard Vedder.
According to Forbes, the ranking focuses on what matters the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates, and low levels of debt. The rankings are based on five general categories: Post-Graduate Success (32.5 percent); Student Satisfaction (27.5 percent); Debt (17.5 percent); Four-year graduation rate (11.25 percent); and Competitive Awards (11.25 percent).
Oregon Tech is listed at 449 overall, an impressive jump of more than 100 spots since last year. Graduates of Oregon Tech enjoy an outstanding graduate success rate with nearly 97 percent either employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. Graduates also earn an average starting annual salary of $56,591.
According to Oregon Tech President Dr. Chris Maples, "We are delighted to see increasing recognition of Oregon Tech’s success nationally by Forbes, especially given that the five metrics Forbes uses are very relevant for measuring a university’s success."
To view the Forbes’ Top Colleges ranking, visit www.forbes.com/top-colleges.
Where does Oregon Tech stand in other college rankings?
In May, PayScale.com released its ranking of colleges in terms of return on investment. Oregon Tech was #85 out of 1,511 colleges analyzed, earning the top spot for universities in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest with a 30-year net ROI of $1,003,000.
After ranking 85th for providing graduates the best return on the dollar for their education in PayScale’s list, AdvisorOne.com took those ratings even further by analyzing additional data and ranked Oregon Tech as one of the Top 25 Colleges for Best Return on Investment in the nation.
And finally, GetEducated.com ranked seven of Oregon Tech’s online degrees in Health Science among the nation’s Best Buys (no other university had more than two online programs ranked among the best buys). GetEducated.com also ranked Oregon Tech’s online master’s program in Manufacturing Engineering Technology among the top 20 Best Buys in the nation. Being ranked as a “best buy” indicates the program has been independently reviewed and found to offer a high-quality online degree at a cost well below the national average.
To view a full list of Oregon Tech accolades, please visit www.oit.edu/news/university-accolades-rankings.
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