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Oregon Tech Listed on Forbes’ Top Colleges List

Jul 12, 2016
Oregon Tech listed among the top 20 percent of all four-year and graduate universities in the nation

Oregon Tech was recently ranked among the best schools in the nation in Forbes’ annual ranking of Top Colleges. These rankings of 660 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 and data directly from the Department of Education, Payscale, and the America’s Leaders list.

According to Forbes, the ranking focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. Unlike other lists, Forbes emphasizes that they ignore ephemeral measures such as school “reputation.” The ranking is achieved by evaluating the college purchase as a consumer: Is it worth spending as much as a quarter of a million dollars for this degree?

The rankings are based on five general categories: Post-Graduate Success (32.5 percent), an evaluation of alumni pay and prominence; Student Satisfaction (25 percent), including professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore retention rates; Debt (25 percent); Graduation Rate (7.5 percent); and Academic Success (10 percent).

Oregon Tech is listed at 578 overall, staying steady with last year’s ranking. Graduates of Oregon Tech enjoy an outstanding graduate success rate, with almost 90 percent either employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. Graduates also earn an average starting annual salary of $54,000.

To view the Forbes’ Top Colleges ranking, visit www.forbes.com/top-colleges/list/. To view a full list of Oregon Tech accolades, please visit www.oit.edu/news/university-accolades-rankings.

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