September 18, 2023, Klamath Falls, Ore. — Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) has proudly maintained its position as one of the nation’s top universities in multiple categories, according to U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges 2024” rankings. Recognized as the second-best public college in the West, the fifth-best among Western regional colleges, and the 58th-best undergraduate engineering program, Oregon Tech continues to shine. Furthermore, Oregon Tech secured the second spot for the best regional college in the West for veterans.
“We are pleased and honored to showcase these accolades, which exemplify the dedication and success of our exceptional faculty, staff, and alumni,” said Nagi Naganathan, President of Oregon Tech. “We actively collaborate with industries to provide our students with invaluable real-world experience. This educational advantage is a source of immense pride for Oregon Tech, as it ensures our graduates possess a competitive edge in their professional endeavors. With an average starting salary of $60,000 per year, our graduates enjoy a remarkably high return on their investment.”
The U.S. News list of regional Colleges in the West is comprised of the top baccalaureate colleges across Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. According to U.S. News, the overall university rankings, which have been published annually since 1983, are based on multiple criteria, including graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, social mobility, faculty resources, peer opinion, student excellence, financial resources, and alumni giving. The publication assigns the greatest weight to student outcomes, particularly assessing a university’s ability to retain and graduate students within six years.
As for the rankings of undergraduate engineering programs, they are solely determined by peer assessment surveys. To be featured in this assessment, an institution must have an undergraduate engineering program accredited by ABET, the organization responsible for accrediting college and university programs. Oregon Tech also garners recognition as a top performer in advancing social mobility by enrolling and successfully graduating a significant number of disadvantaged students who have been awarded Pell Grants.