Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) celebrates a long history of veteran-friendly status, having been founded to re-train and educate returning World War II veterans, beginning in 1947. Oregon Tech continues to be recognized nationally within a variety of veteran-friendly university lists and is committed to providing veterans and military personnel affordable and accessible options for their academic endeavors.

Oregon Tech currently maintains a presence on the following recognizable and credible military-friendly college guides:

Military Friendly® School by Victory Media
Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities by Military Advanced Education
Top Veteran-Friendly Schools by U.S. Veterans Magazine
#2 Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report

More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 Victory Media Military Friendly® School survey and ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

Military Advanced Education scores and evaluates each participant to determine which institutions have reached a specific benchmark in order to be deemed an “MAE Top School.” With a record number of schools participating in the 2016 Guide, and criteria based on recommendations from the VA and military services, MAE’s Guide to Colleges & Universities provides the foundational information that a prospective student would use in framing his or her educational needs. The extensive student-centric questionnaire evaluates higher education institutions on military culture, financial aid for veterans, flexibility, on-campus support, and online support services.

U.S. Veterans Magazine lists were compiled from market research, independent research, diversity conference participation and survey responses that were performed by DiversityComm’s agents and/or affiliates. The annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions.

The university also reappeared on Best Colleges for Veterans as No. 2 in Western Regional Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Schools listed participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees. The list provides military veterans and active-duty service members with rankings among schools that are certified for the G.I. Bill® and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The Oregon Tech Student Veterans Program (SVP) is dedicated to satisfying the needs of any veteran at the university during and after their time as a student, staff, or faculty member. Oregon Tech’s Veterans Certifying Official (VCO) works with the Veterans Administration to deliver educational benefits to a variety of veterans, selected reservists, dependents, and survivors. With the direction of the elected officers of SVP and the assistance of Oregon Tech’s VCO, Oregon Tech is able to find ways of building friendships and partnerships that are based on the same honor, duty, loyalty, and selfless service instilled in all veterans.

For more information about Oregon Tech’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit www.oit.edu/admissions/student-veterans. Full University accolades and rankings are available at www.oit.edu/news/university-accolades-rankings.