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Oregon Institute of Technology
Klamath Falls, Ore. * oit.edu
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with industry to ensure that students are well-prepared for their
future professional roles, and many faculty members are drawn
from the workplace. This practical approach translates into
opportunities for students to apply what they learn in lab-based
classes, clinics, workplaces, and internships and externships.
Total enrollment of undergraduate and graduate
students at Oregon Tech is just under 5,200. That
relatively small student body, an average class size of 20
or fewer, and the student-faculty ratio of 15:1 can
translate to a more personalized educational experience.
The average freshman retention rate is 75 percent, and
the four-year graduation rate is 22 percent. Within six
months of graduation, 90 percent of graduates are
employed or in graduate school.
The campus Diversity Center plans programs that
offer a multicultural perspective, including Native American voices.
About half of the dozens of student organizations, which include a
club focused on sustainability, are related to academic disciplines.
Students can make the most of their school's spectacular location
by taking advantage of the Oregon Tech
Outdoor Program, which plans
activities like snowboarding, deep-sea
fishing, and skydiving. There are also
opportunities to play sports at
intramural, club, and intercollegiate
levels - the Hustlin' Owls varsity teams
compete in the Cascade Collegiate
Conference of the National Association
of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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he only public institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest,
Oregon Tech has a main residential campus in Klamath Falls, a
small town in the foothills of the beautiful Cascade Mountains. It
also has an urban campus in Wilsonville, and holds classes on-site in
the Puget Sound area for employees of The Boeing Company. In
addition, the school makes available a variety of online
degree programs and partners with Chemeketa
Community College to offer a bachelor's degree
program in Salem.
Sustainability is an important focus on this
campus, both in courses of study and student life, and
Oregon Tech academic offerings include the nation's
first bachelor's degree program in renewable energy
engineering. For decades, geothermal resources have
heated the school's main campus, and students are
encouraged to pursue internships at the Oregon Renewable Energy
Center. The campus also has some of the region's newest educational
facilities constructed using green building practices.
Among the 43 degree options, the school is known for its
highly ranked engineering and
engineering technologies fields, as
well as biology, management,
communication studies, health
technologies, and radiologic science.
There are a number of newer
programs, and students and faculty
often take a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to learning. Oregon
Tech also maintains relationships

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