Personal finance company SmartAsset has released its 2021 report of the Best Value Colleges in the U.S., with a degree from Oregon Institute of Technology noted as the highest value for your dollar of any college or university in Oregon.

According to the study, Oregon Tech graduates receive an average starting salary of $63,100, which is the highest in the Oregon rankings. The average starting salary for all Oregon higher education graduates is $53,308.

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To determine the best value in higher education, SmartAsset ranked colleges by tuition, student living costs, scholarship and grant offerings, student retention rate and starting salary for new graduates. The different categories were weighted to determine each institution’s College Education Value Index. The study lists the Oregon Tech’s College Education Value Index at 61.92, over 9 points higher than the second Oregon school in the rankings.

Sources used to formulate this study included research by 2019 National Center for Educational Statistics2020 Payscale, The Institute for College Access & Success. College InSight.

To view SmartAsset’s rankings for Oregon colleges and universities, visit