Oregon Institute of Technology

The Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech[2]) is a public polytechnic university in Oregon with a residential campus in Klamath Falls, Oregon, an urban campus in Wilsonville, Oregon, and additional locations in Salem and Seattle. Oregon Tech provides a total of 32 degree programs in engineering, health technologies, management, communication, psychology and applied sciences with a total of 37 majors.[3] Almost all students complete externships, co-ops, or other hands-on training inside and outside the classroom.[4]

Oregon Institute of Technology
Per cognitionem, lux
Motto in English
"Through knowledge, light"
TypePublic university system
Endowment$23.5 million (2015)
Students5,490 (2017)[1]
Location, ,
United States

42.256°N 121.785°W / 42.256; -121.785
Campus2 campuses under direct control, with one affiliated OMIC building
ColorsBlue and Gold
MascotHootie the Owl


Oregon Tech was founded as the Oregon Vocational School on July 14, 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 school's title was changed to the Oregon Technical Institute. In the first school year, 1947-1948, veterans constituted 98 percent of student enrollment. By 1950, the figure was 75 percent. In that year, in response to the Korean War, the school received a contract for training soldiers in welding and warehouse management.[5] In 1953, Associate degree programs in Surveying and Structural Engineering Technologies were first accredited by the Engineers Council for Professional Development.

In 1954, KTEC, the University's first radio station went on air. By 1953, associate degree programs in the Surveying and Structural Engineering Technologies were first accredited by the Engineers Council for Professional Development. Not long after in 1956, KOTI television opened on campus. However, KOTI is no longer operated on campus. In 1962, the institute was accredited by the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools. In 1970, the first bachelor's degree programs were accredited by ABET. It would be 25 years later when the first master's degrees were offered. 1975 The year gave way to the first Geo-Heat Center established.

The campus was transferred to its current location in 1964, followed by another name change to the Oregon Institute of Technology in 1973. In 2012, the Oregon Institute of Technology officially rebranded to its current name "Oregon Tech". Oregon Tech's four locations in the Portland metropolitan area were consolidated into a single campus in Wilsonville in 2012 at InFocus' former headquarters.[6] By 2015, the Oregon Institute of Technology became an independent public body governed by Board of Trustees.



Oregon Tech's mascot is Hootie the Owl. Sports compete in the Cascade Collegiate Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Oregon Tech sponsors men's baseball, basketball, golf, cross country, soccer, and track and field and women's softball, volleyball, cross country, soccer, golf, and track and field.

Oregon Tech has won multiple NAIA Men's Basketball Championships. Former Men's basketball coach Danny Miles completed his 1000th win February 1, 2014, in his 43rd year of coaching at OIT. This is the fourth most of any men's college basketball coach all-time (NCAA & NAIA).[7]

Oregon Tech's softball program won the NAIA Softball Championship in 2011.[8]


  1. http://www.oit.edu/visitors-info/about
  2. "Oregon Tech Engineering Climbs 25 spots in a year to No. 35 in Nation". Oregon Institute of Technology.
  3. "Oregon Tech - Wilsonville". Foursquare. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  4. "About Oregon Tech". Oregon Institute of Technology.
  5. "Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech)". oregonencyclopedia.org. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  6. Stark, Rachel (July 22, 2012). "Oregon Institute of Technology expands opportunities for students, nearby companies with new Wilsonville campus". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  7. Bishop, Greg (February 22, 2012). "For 41 Years, Town Cheers Oregon Tech Coach Danny Miles". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  8. "Oregon Tech captures NAIA softball national title in Gulf Shores". AL.com. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
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