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Oregon Tech Holds Steady in U.S. News & World Report Rankings Among Top Engineering Programs and Best Value

Sep 15, 2017
The report lists Oregon Tech at No. 3 as Top Public Western Regional College


Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) is once again ranked highly within the U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges 2018” rankings, released this week. The report lists Oregon Tech at No. 3 as Top Public Western Regional College and the university’s ranking of Best Western Regional Colleges comes in at No. 6, a list which is comprised of the best baccalaureate colleges in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

In the Best Western Colleges category, Oregon Tech received the highest peer assessment score at 3.6 out of 5, and showcased that the university receives freshman who are typically in the top 25% of their high school graduating class. U.S. News & World Report bases the overall university rankings, which have been published annually since 1983, on a number of criteria, including graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving.

In the category of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the nation, Oregon Tech held strong at No. 38 (No. 15 among public colleges and universities)- a list that ranks all undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET at non-PhD-granting universities. U.S. News notes that the rankings are based solely on surveys of engineering deans and senior faculty at accredited programs. The university reappeared on Best Colleges for Veterans as No. 5 in Western Regional Colleges. This list provides military veterans and active-duty service members with rankings among schools that are certified for the GI Bill® and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Oregon Tech is also featured as a Best Value School for being one of the western regional colleges with the least student debt.

“It’s very rewarding to see our university be recognized for the hard work we put into having an exceptional and innovative education," said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, president of Oregon Tech. “The value that we provide to our students is of our utmost focus, whether it is the high return on investment they receive for their degree or our emphasis on hands-on learning that can be applied directly upon graduation. We want to make sure our students are prepared to handle not only their future careers, but also their life.”

Highlights of the rankings of more than 1,500 four-year schools in the United States are available today at www.usnews.com/colleges. To view a full list of Oregon Tech accolades, please visit www.oit.edu/news/university-accolades-rankings.


About Oregon Tech

Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is the premier public polytechnic institution in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in engineering, health technologies, business, technology, communication, and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public, and international communities through applied, relevant learning and professional practice. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential campus in Klamath Falls; an urban, industry-focused campus in Wilsonville; an Online campus; and offers degrees at Boeing Seattle and at other sites. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.

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