What's in a name?
Of monikers and memories
Oregon Institute of Technology is known by a variety of names. To most athletic boosters and alumni, we're Oregon Tech. To others we're OIT.
Oregon Tech began as Oregon Vocational School in 1947, but that name sounded like a reform school. In 1948, we'd become Oregon Technical Institute, which is how Oregon Tech had its beginnings.
In the early 1970s, we became Oregon Institute of Technology and OIT became a familiar refrain. It's a lot like having a given name, a family nickname and a screen persona. It depends upon whom addresses you as to which name is used.
Frankly, we don't care what you call us. We just want you to know that we're the only public institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest. We'd really like for you to spend your undergraduate, or graduate if you are into Manufacturing Engineering Technology or Renewable Energy Engineering, with us.
On any of our campuses, the student-to-faculty ratio is low enough that you'll be known by name. It's the benefit of a small university environment.
If you're curious, as our mascot is the Hustlin' Owls, the owl's name is Hootie.