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The Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) is a technical and professional school that offers practical courses and majors that lead to careers. Its students learn through hands-on experiences, labs, projects, research, and externships that give them excellent and in-depth training in their chosen career paths. Though OIT is traditionally known for its excellent engineering and technology programs, it also has programs in environmental science, business, management, and the health professions.

OIT has many campuses spread through the Northwest. Its original four-year campus is located in Klamath Falls. Site locations in the Portland Metro area are designed specifically for students who begin study at a community college and finish at OIT. There are also two additional campus locations and a distance education program, which lets students earn degrees online.


OIT began when its first classes were staged in a deactivated World War II Marine Corps hospital in 1847. In 1953, the first associate degree programs in surveying and structural engineering technologies were accredited and the institution began awarding degrees to its students. In 1964, the school moved to a new campus on Upper Klamath Lake. Shortly after, it became accredited to award bachelor’s degrees. OIT was granted permission to award master’s degrees in 1989 and the first master’s degree were offered in 1995.


OIT is a profession-oriented school that offers practical, experiential courses that lead to successful careers. Its students study in the fields of environmental science, information technology, engineering, management, and health. They participate in hands-on educational experiences that give them the opportunity to apply classroom theory to real-world situations.

Academic programs at OIT are organized into two schools: the School of Engineering, Technology, and Management and the School of Health, Arts, and Sciences. The School of Engineering, Technology, and Management offers degrees in topics ranging from geomatics and civil engineering to operations management and health informatics. Students can also enroll in the 4+1 Master’s Internship Program, which lets students take four years of undergraduate study at OIT and finish with one year of a master’s program at the University of Oregon. 4+1 students will earn a diploma in Master of Science in Applied Physics or Chemistry with the University of Oregon insignia. The School of Health, Arts, and Sciences prepares students for their careers through pre-professional programs in the health sciences, humanities, social sciences, biology, and medicine. Specific routes of study include dental hygiene, echocardiography, respiratory care, applied mathematics, and general health sciences, which is equivalent to a pre-medical program.

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OIT is a competitive admissions institution, which means that not every student who applies is guaranteed a spot in the program. To apply, students should fill out the online application and submit it along with the application fee. They must also submit an official high school transcript, any other transcripts for colleges or educational experiences attended in the past, and SAT or ACT scores.

In general, students should be aware that the minimum GPA for entry is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students who do not meet this requirement but have a GPA of at least 2.5 may be considered if they have sufficiently high SAT or ACT scores.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid should begin by filling out the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at fafsa.gov. This form determines eligibility for need-based federal aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study programs. It may also be required as a supplementary material for many third-party loan and scholarship applications.

Students can also apply for a number of OIT-sponsored scholarships. This type of funding is determined based on merit and ability, and frequently other factors as well. Scholarships may be restricted to students in a particular department or students graduating from a specific county. Students are entered into many of these scholarship competitions automatically when they complete their application for OIT. Others must be applied to separately either during the freshman year or during the remainder of a student’s time at the institute.

Beyond the campus, there are thousands of third-party scholarships and awards available to US-based college students. Interested students should visit the OIT Scholarships webpage or conduct their own internet searches to find scholarships that match their interests and abilities. The Scholarships and Financial Aid staff members at OIT will happy to assist any student who is applying to outside scholarships.

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There are many ways to get involved at OIT. One of the simplest ways to get involved in campus life is to live on campus in one of the residence halls. Students who live on campus are able to meet new people, socialize with friends, eat at college dining halls, and walk to classes and club meetings without going more than a few minutes from their dorm.

Students may also want to get involved through one of the many student clubs and organizations available in topics like martial arts, management, rock climbing, and Airsoft. There are also a number of sports clubs, fitness programs, and recreation activities for more athletically-inclined students. Aspiring radio personalities will enjoy working for the campus radio station, while other technology junkies might want to participate in the Oregon Technical Broadcasting Group. There are also student government and leadership associations for students who want to help affect campus policies. Every student will be able to find a society and a group of people that matches their interests. If you can’t find the right group for you, don’t worry – you can always start a club of your own!

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OIT offered the first undergraduate program in renewable energy engineering the U.S. It is also on its way to becoming the first geothermal-powered university. OIT students have the chance to get involved in these and other projects through research and field experience, gaining practical training in their chosen fields and preparing for future careers and industry leaders. Additionally, students don’t have to be involved in science or engineering to take part in the campus’ innovative research and construction. Humanities students might assist by creating technical manuals for energy projects, while a geomatics student might analyze a site for use as a geothermic energy source.


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Ranks 11th in Oregon and 631st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.10
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 41 0.19
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 18 0.09
Robbery 21 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 225 1.07
Larceny 686 3.26
Vehicle theft 91 0.43

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Klamath Falls, OR 97601-8801
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population21,828 (18,228 urban / 3,600 rural)
Households8,769 (2.42 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,736
Families5,504 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4102

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 967th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,078 $7,078 $20,718
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,470 $1,470 $1,470
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $152 $157 $493
FT Graduate Tuition $12,497 $13,248 $22,239
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,470 $1,470 $1,470
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $347 $368 $618
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,163 $21,163 $34,803
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,196 $20,196 $33,836
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,348 $12,348 $25,988

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,889 $7,852 $7,889 $7,852 $22,212 $22,188
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,100
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,400 $8,635
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,526 $2,430
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,307 $7,848
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,526 $2,430
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,550 $2,430

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,778 (1,404 male / 1,374 female)
Admitted 1,982 (1,002 male / 980 female)
Admission rate 71%
First-time Enrollment 363 (174 male / 189 female)
FT Enrollment 350 (167 male / 183 female)
PT Enrollment 13 (7 male / 6 female)
Total Enrollment4,407

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA Baseball Conference Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Cascade Collegiate Conference

ACT Test Admission

651st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 33%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

SAT Test Admission

712th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 84%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 900 / 1130

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity767
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,900
Board Fee$3,915

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2056th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,191 ($62,820 male / $55,762 female)
Number of FT Faculty 140 (93 male / 47 female)
Number of PT Faculty 160
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $5,855,703

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