Oakton community College




Oakton Community College (OCC) is one of the most frequently searched colleges in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of United States colleges.


Oakton, established in 1969, is a public two year community college with campuses in the state of Illinois. The school currently maintains more than 45,000 credit and non credit undergraduate students. Oakton has an open admissions policy. 

Oakton College is part of the Cook County Suburban Community College District, which primarily serves the following Illinois cities:

  • Des Plaines
  • Evanston
  • Glencoe
  • Glenview
  • Golf
  • Kenilworth
  • Lincolnwood
  • Morton Grove
  • Niles
  • Northbrook
  • Northfield
  • Park Ridge
  • Rosemont
  • Willmette
  • Winnetka


Oakton College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association. 


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Above: The Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers Center at Oakton

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Oakton community College Q&A


Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Oakton Community College.



1. Where is Oakton Community College?

Oakton has campuses in Skokie and Des Plaines, two suburbs located roughly 15 miles northwest of Chicago. The campuses are located at the following mailing addresses:


Oakton College

1600 East Golf Road

Des Plaines, Illinois

60016


Oakton College

7701 Lincoln Avenue

Skokie, Illinois

60077



2. What types of degrees are offered at Oakton Community College?

OCC offers Associate degrees and certificates in more than 75 fields of study. 




3. What courses and programs are offered at Oakton Community College?

Students enrolled here can choose from many programs. Here is a list of academic credit courses available at Oakton College:

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic
  • Art
  • Automotive Technology
  • Basic Nurse Assistant Training
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • College Studies
  • Computer Apps for Business
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Elder Care Support
  • Electronic Technology
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Facilities Management & Engineering
  • Financial Services
  • Fire Science
  • French


  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography
  • German
  • Global Business Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Information Technology
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi-Urdu
  • History
  • Horticultural Therapy
  • Human Services
  • Humanities
  • HVAC Technology
  • Independent Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Korean
  • Law Enforcement
  • Library Services
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Marketing
  • Math
  • Mechanical Design
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Physics
  • Polish
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Russian
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech
  • Theater




Above: The Arts, Science, and Technology Building at Oakton

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Shown above: A stunning example of sculpture art on the Oakton College campus

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4. Who should attend Oakton Community College?

Oakton College is an smart, cost effective choice for anyone of any age who wishes to study any of the above subjects, especially those who live in the district.

Oakton College is also a smart choice for seniors 60 and above, as they are offered deeply discounted tuition rates. 




5. Why attend Oakton Community College?

Here are some good reasons for enrolling at Oakton:

  • The student faculty ratio is relatively low, allowing for a more personalized learning experience.
  • District residents can save a lot of money on their college educations. 
  • Discounted tuition is offered to approved district employees.
  • Online classes are available for in-district tuition rates. 
  • Some free tuition is possible for eligible applicants in certain job training programs. 
  • Oakton is not far at all from Chicago. 




6. How much does it cost to enroll at Oakton Community College?

According to the OCC website, the cost of tuition and fees to enroll at Oakton is as follows:

  • $136.25 per semester hour for residents of the Cook County Suburban Community College District
  • $136.25 per semester hour for online classes (including hybrid classes)
  • $136.25 per semester hour for approved district employees
  • $  68.50 per semester hour for district residents over the age of 60
  • $367.00 per semester hour for out of district Illinois residents
  • $439.00 per semester hour for out of state or International students


Additional fees may also apply, such as application fees, activities fees, course fees, transcript fees, and insurance fees, to name a few.

Tuition can be waived for up to 12 credit hours for certain job training programs at Oakton. 

Financial aid may be available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs, to help students pay for their educations at OCC. 




Above: The Enrollment Center at Oakton

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7. How long does it take to earn a degree from Oakton Community College?

For students in attendance full time, it should take approximately two years to earn an Associate's degree. The time it takes to earn a professional certificate will vary depending on the course, but most certificates can be earned in one year or less. 

However, nearly 9 out of 10 students at Oakton are enrolled part time. For part time students, earning a degree or a certificate will take however long the student takes to complete the required course work. 




8. What are the Oakton Community College campuses like?

The Des Plaines campus of Oakton College is situated on 147 acres of woodlands and prairie, just east of the Des Plaines River. This campus is home to two buildings. The original structure is a large brick building of 435,000 square feet. Among the building's special facilities are computer classrooms, a performing arts center, a fitness center, and a business institute. 

A newer building on the Des Plaines campus, named the Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers Center, is used for health and science classes. 

Other campus attractions include the Koehnline Museum of Art and a lake.  


The Skokie (Ray Hartstein) campus of Oakton College occupies part of a residential area, and consists of one building that contains about 165,000 square feet of floor space for classrooms, laboratories, and administrative offices. The building is set on a spacious, well treed lawn.  

Both campuses feature student services such as child care and career counseling. However, there is no on-campus housing at Oakton College. 


The athletic teams at Oakton are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. Intercollegiate sports for men and women at Oakton include: 

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Oakton also offers a range of intramural sports, as well as more than 50 campus clubs and organizations, including a student newspaper and a Hawaiian Music club.  


  



Above: Nanotech research is funded at Oakton.

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Shown above: The Oakton Owls men's basketball team in action.

image: oakton.edu




9. What is the Oakton Community College neighborhood like?

Roughly two miles south of the main campus is the heart of Des Plaines, featuring many conveniences and good places to eat.

Other Des Plaines attractions include a water park, a casino, a golf center, and a McDonald's Store Museum. 

Public transportation is available, although some people might find a car more convenient. 


As for the other Oakton campus, attractions in the town of Skokie include the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, the Emily Oaks Nature Center, and the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, among others. 




10. What are the distance learning options at Oakton Community College?

Online classes are readily available at Oakton College. Here is a list of courses offered online at Oakton, although not all of these online courses are offered every semester: 

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Chemistry
  • College Studies
  • Computer Apps for Business
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Elder Care Support
  • Engineering
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • Global Business Studies
  • Health Information Technology
  • History
  • Horticultural Therapy
  • Humanities
  • Law Enforcement
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Math
  • Mechanical Design
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech



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11. What is the contact information for Oakton Community College?

You can reach the main office of Oakton College by calling 847-635-1600. 

To reach the Oakton athletics department, call 847-635-1753. 




Above: Another sculpture on the Oakton campus.

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