Oregon Institute of Technology is the only public, accredited polytechnic university in the Pacific Northwest. The university was founded in 1947 to educate servicemen returning from World War II. Throughout its history, OIT has maintained vital relationships with industry partners to be responsive to workforce needs. Most classroom experiences are balanced between theory lecture and immediate laboratory application. OIT is a member institution of the Oregon University System. The university's main campus is in Klamath Falls, with two campuses in the Portland-metropolitan area and specific degree programs delivered in Seattle, Medford and La Grande. The graduate placement rate is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of $54,000. The university's overall enrollment is 3,318. OIT is ranked among the US News & World Report Top 10 Baccalaureate Colleges in the West, and is home to the national champion Hustlin' Owls Men's Basketball Team. OIT was the first university in the United States to offer a Renewable Energy Systems bachelor's degree, graduating its first student in June 2008.