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Oregon Institute of Technology

Oregon Institute of Technology
Established 1947
Type Public
Endowment $42,465,000
President Chris Maples
Provost Brad Burda
Academic staff 139
Admin. staff 222
Students 4,273 (Fall 2014)[1]
Undergraduates 4,218 (Fall 2014)
Postgraduates 55 (Fall 2014)
Location Klamath Falls, Oregon, United States
Campus Rural
190 acres (77 ha)
Former names Oregon Vocational School
Oregon Technical Institute
Colors Blue & Gold         
Athletics NAIA
Cascade Collegiate Conference
Sports 11 Varsity Teams
Nickname Hustlin' Owls
Mascot Hootie
Affiliations Oregon University System

Oregon Institute of Technology, also known as Oregon Tech or OIT, is one of seven Universities in the Oregon University System, and the only public institute of technology in the Northwestern United States. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and health technologies, management, communications, psychology and applied sciences through hands-on learning. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential campus in Klamath Falls, Oregon and an urban campus in Wilsonville, Oregon. The university also has sites in Salem, La Grande, and Seattle, as well as online degree offerings.


  • Academics 1
    • Engineering and engineering technology 1.1
    • Geomatics 1.2
    • Health, arts and sciences 1.3
    • Renewable energy research 1.4
    • Information technology 1.5
  • History 2
    • Campus 2.1
    • Post office 2.2
  • Athletics 3
    • Basketball 3.1
      • National championships 3.1.1
      • Danny Miles 3.1.2
      • Softball 3.1.3
  • Clubs and activities 4
  • Degree programs 5
    • Master of Science 5.1
    • Bachelor of Applied Science 5.2
    • Bachelor of Science 5.3
    • Associate Degrees 5.4
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Oregon Tech has earned a substantial regional reputation for excellent academic programs in the various professional disciplines of engineering, technology and health professions, resulting in its graduates being heavily recruited by companies in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. Admission information reported by the university indicates an average SAT score and GPA of 1060 and 3.51, respectively, with 85% of the student population being residents of the state of Oregon.[2] Oregon Tech has dual enrollment agreements[3] with various community colleges including: Chemeketa Community College, Clackamas Community College, Klamath Community College (KCC), Linn–Benton Community College, Mt. Hood Community College, and Portland Community College.[4] Oregon Tech and KCC also have a reverse transfer partnership agreement, allowing current Oregon Tech students who began their educational careers at KCC to be awarded degrees from the community college for work completed at Oregon Tech.[5]

Oregon Tech earned a spot among 650 other four-year baccalaureate colleges in the Forbes 2012 America's Best Colleges list.[6] Oregon Tech also earned U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2013 awards. The awards included placing #10 in the West's best regional baccalaureate colleges, #3 for top public regional colleges, and #35 for the best undergraduate engineering programs in the United States.[7]

Engineering and engineering technology

Oregon Tech currently offers a variety of degrees in engineering and engineering technology, including a well-established program in Civil Engineering, as well as the undergraduate curricula in Renewable Energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering Technology, and Electrical Engineering.

The college of engineering is recognized for producing graduates with a more comprehensive knowledge of practical design principles (in addition to standard engineering theory) than many other institutions, and has seen extensive recruitment by top corporations and design firms as well as state and federal agencies. Starting salaries for Oregon Tech engineering grads have exceeded the national average in each of the last five years.


Oregon Tech currently offers two BS Degrees in Geomatics, one in Professional Land Surveying (PLS) and the other in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Health, arts and sciences

Medical Imaging Technology, Respiratory Care and Dental Hygiene are some of the programs offered by Oregon Tech's College of Health, Arts and Sciences. The programs offered by the College of Health, Arts and Sciences are highly sought after, but also exceptionally competitive. In the summer of 2006, Oregon Tech began construction on a new $22.5 million facility designated the Oregon Center for Health Professions (OCHP), or more locally known as the Martha Anne Dow Center for Health Professions, which is now the new home for its medical-related education. Oregon Institute of Technology is considered one of the regional leaders in health care training, and the university has made clear its intentions to extensively expand its curriculum and enrollment in this area.

Renewable energy research

Oregon Tech is the only completely geothermally-heated university campus in the United States,[8] and is home to the Geo-Heat Center, a national resource for geothermal development, and the Oregon Renewable Energy Center (OREC), which conducts applied research on photovoltaic power systems, ground-source heating systems, fuel-cell systems, wind, biomass, biodiesel and integrated systems.

In 2005, Oregon Tech introduced the first Bachelor of Science degree in Renewable Energy Engineering (REE) offered in North America. The new program uses electrical and mechanical engineering fundamentals in conjunction with upper-division coursework in renewable energy and energy systems. REE prepares students for careers in the energy sector, especially in relation to renewable energy. The Renewable Energy Engineering degree is offered in both Klamath Falls and Wilsonville. A Masters degree program is located at Wilsonville.

In 2014, OIT was recognized as the first college in the U.S. to be powered with 100% on-site renewable electricity, achieved through the campus' newly installed 2 MW geothermal power system and 2 MW solar panel array.[9][10][11]

Information technology

Health Informatics, Application Development, Systems Analysis, and Accounting are some of the programs offered by Oregon Tech’s Department of Management in the College of Engineering, Technology and Management. Following the Oregon Tech tradition that supports applied learning, these programs are designed to prepare students for advanced degrees and to be ‘work-ready’ in their chosen careers. One specific example is the Health Informatics Simulation Lab[12] that offers hands-on experiential learning using a wide range of current Healthcare IT applications. Information Technology degrees are offered in both Klamath Falls and Wilsonville.

Many of the courses in all of the Information Technology options are available online. Three programs area available as fully online bachelor degree programs, Information Technology, Operations Management, and Technology and Management B.A.S.[13]


Oregon Tech was founded as the Oregon Vocational School in 1947 to train and re-educate returning World War II veterans. Under the direction of Winston Purvine, the first classes were held in a deactivated Marine Corps hospital three miles northeast of Klamath Falls. The following year, the fledgling school's title was changed to the Oregon Technical Institute. In 1953, Associate degree programs in Surveying and Structural Engineering Technologies were first accredited by the Engineers Council for Professional Development. The campus was transferred to its current location in 1964, followed by another name change to the Oregon Institute of Technology in 1973. OIT's four locations in the Portland metropolitan area were consolidated into a campus in Wilsonville in 2012 at InFocus' former headquarters.[14]


The present Tech campus overlooks Upper Klamath Lake on the outskirts of Klamath Falls, and is directly adjacent to Sky Lakes Medical Center. While the physical location of the school often elicits a favorable response with its views of the lake and mountains, the campus architecture, designed by the architect who designed the U.S. Air Force Academy buildings, is generally regarded as bland, but pragmatic (a common symptom of institutes of technology). Newer buildings such as Purvine Hall, the Martha Anne Dow Center for Health Professions, the College Union, and the renovated Owens Hall embrace a more modern, aesthetically appealing collegiate style.

Oregon Tech has a residence hall adjacent to the College Union, often referred to as "The Castle" by students because of its concrete appearance and elevated placement. The university opened a second housing unit titled "The Sustainable Village," or just "The Village," adjacent to the original residence hall for the start of the fall term, in 2009.[15] The Village features an apartment-style complex. Many students live off-campus in the residential area south of the college along North Eldorado Avenue, or elsewhere in Klamath Falls.

Post office

Oretech, Oregon is the name of the post office established in 1945 to serve the university.[16] It shares the ZIP code 97601 with Klamath Falls.[17]


Oregon Tech (OIT) teams, nicknamed athletically as the Owls, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball. The mascot for Oregon Tech Athletics is the Hustlin' Owl and is a source of pride for many Tech students.

Oregon Tech's traditional athletic nemesis is Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. The close proximity of the schools and alternate academic foci (science and technology at Oregon Tech, liberal arts at SOU) result in a natural rivalry between the two.


Oregon Tech basketball has been consistently competitive in the CCC and at the national level, while earning a somewhat infamous reputation within the conference for its passionate crowds and rowdy student section. In March 2004, the Oregon Tech men's basketball team made school history by winning the NAIA Division II National Championship. They won the NAIA National Championship again in 2008 and 2012.

National championships

The Oregon Tech men's basketball team won their first NAIA Division II National Championship against Bellevue University of Bellevue, Nebraska 81-72, on March 18, 2004. They won their second national title in a rematch exactly four years later, to the day, against the Bruins from Bellevue, 63-56 in 2008. In 2012 they won their third national title 63-46 against Northwood (FLa.).

Danny Miles

As of the 2013-2014 season, men's basketball head coach Danny Miles will be in his 43rd season at Oregon Tech, and has accumulated a 987-397 record (0.711). This record has earned him the rank of 2nd winningest coach in men's collegiate basketball history at a four-year institution (second to Harry Statham of McKendree University with 1068 wins).[18]

In Miles' tenure at Oregon Tech, he has achieved three nationals wins, one national runner-up, one national third place, two elite eights, 14 district or conference titles, seven district runners-up. His team has ranked in the NAIA Division 2 top-20 on 30 occasions and averages more than 23 wins per season.[19]

Miles earned his 800th win on December 8, 2006 with an 84-73 victory over

  • Oregon Institute of Technology official website
  • Oregon Institute of Technology official athletics website

External links

  1. ^ "Oregon Institute of Technology OUS Gray Book". Oregon University System. 
  2. ^ Oregon Tech Admissions (2005). Oregon Tech at a glance
  3. ^ "Dual Enrollment Options". Oregon Institute of Technology. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "PCC, PSU renew co-admission agreement". Portland Business Journal. January 23, 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Oregon Tech, KCC Sign Partnership Agreement". December 7, 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Oregon Tech Listed Again in Forbes’ Magazine America’s Top Colleges List". Oregon Institute of Technology. 
  7. ^ "Oregon Tech Engineering Climbs 25 spots in a year to No. 35 in Nation". Oregon Institute of Technology. 
  8. ^ Oregon Tech Looks To Be World's First Fully-Geothermal Campus
  9. ^ "Oregon Tech Makes History with Renewable Power". Energy Trust of Oregon. April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  10. ^ Mason Walker (April 24, 2014). "Oregon college the first in U.S. with 100 percent on-site renewable energy". Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  11. ^ "Oregon Institute of Technology Recognized for Increasing its Use of Geothermal and Solar Energy". U.S. Department of Energy. April 23, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  12. ^ "Oregon Tech Health Informatics Simulation Lab". Oregon Institute of Technology. 
  13. ^ "Oregon Tech Distance Education Programs". Oregon Institute of Technology. 
  14. ^ Stark, Rachel (July 22, 2012). "Oregon Institute of Technology expands opportunities for students, nearby companies with new Wilsonville campus".  
  15. ^ "Sustainable Village". Oregon Institute of Technology. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
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  17. ^ "USPS ZIP Code Lookup". Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  18. ^ Bishop, Greg (February 22, 2012). "For 41 Years, Town Cheers Danny’s Boys". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "Head Coach Danny Miles". Oregon Institute of Technology. 
  20. ^ "Danny Miles". 
  21. ^ "Miles Reaches Career Win 900, Owls Rout Raiders for Record 35-straight home wins". Oregon Institute of Technology. 
  22. ^ "Milestone Reached". 
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  • Associate of Applied Science
    • Emergency Medical Technology Paramedic (joint degree with OHSU)
    • Respiratory Care
    • Polysomnographic Technology
  • Associate of Arts (Oregon Block Transfer)
  • Associate of Engineering
    • Computer Engineering Technology
    • Electronics Engineering Technology (only offered in Portland)
    • Software Engineering Technology

Associate Degrees

  • Allied Health Management
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Psychology
  • Biology
  • Biology-Health Sciences
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Laboratory Science (joint degree with OHSU)
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics engineering technology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geomatics
  • Information Technology, with options in:
  • Management, with options in:
    • Accounting
    • Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management
    • Marketing
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Nursing (through OHSU School of Nursing)
  • Operations Management
  • Radiologic Science
  • Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Respiratory Care
  • Software Engineering Technology
  • Vascular Technology

Bachelor of Science

  • Technology and Management

Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Renewable Energy Engineering

Master of Science

Degree programs

The university has many different clubs and activities on campus which operate under the umbrella of the school's student government organization, Associated Students of OIT (Society of Automotive Engineers competes in the annual SAE Mini Baja event. The Renewable Energy Engineering program also has a club open to all majors and is working toward becoming a chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers.

Clubs and activities

In 2011 Oregon Tech won their first ever NAIA Softball National Championship.


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