Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech), again ranks among the nation’s best universities in multiple categories in the newly-released U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” rankings. The report lists Oregon Tech at No. 2 Top Public College in the West, No. 10 Best Western Regional Colleges and No. 62 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.
“Congratulations to our students, faculty, staff and all who continue to make this possible,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, president of Oregon Tech. “As Oregon’s Polytechnic University, we are committed to being industry’s university, where students are nurtured to be career-ready professionals at graduation. I am thrilled to see Oregon Tech’s steadfast pursuit of graduate success recognized in this year’s rankings.”
U.S. News groups colleges into categories, with Oregon Tech listed within regional colleges in the west, a list comprised of the best of the baccalaureate colleges in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The overall university rankings, published annually since 1983, are based on several criteria, including graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, social mobility, faculty resources, expert opinion, student excellence, financial resources and alumni giving. The publication places the heaviest weight on student outcomes, including analyzing schools' success at retaining and graduating students within a six-year time range.
Among Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the nation, Oregon Tech ranks No. 62. The undergraduate engineering program rankings are based solely on peer assessment surveys. To appear on an undergraduate engineering survey, a school must have an undergraduate engineering program accredited by ABET. Oregon Tech is also featured as a Top Performer on Social Mobility for advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants.
Full 2021 U.S. News rankings can be found at usnews.com/colleges.
In other recent rankings, Oregon Tech is ranked No. 23 overall for 2021 Bachelor’s Colleges in the United States by Washington Monthly magazine, a ranking based on contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service. Also, Oregon Tech is ranked No. 39 among Western schools in Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang For The Buck” category of how well a college helps non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices—the top ranking among Oregon universities.
The news also coincides with PayScale’s annual Return on Investment (ROI) ranking, based on graduates’ return on tuition and borrowing investments and places Oregon Tech alumni as the second-highest ROI in Oregon.
To view a complete list of Oregon Tech accolades, please visit www.oit.edu/news/university-accolades-rankings.