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2480 Opdyke Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-2266
p. 248-341-2000
w. www.oaklandcc.edu

Oakland Community College

Oakland Community College Rating: 2.3/5 (13 votes)

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Introduction

Oakland Community College (OCC) is a two-year college located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It was founded in 1965. The largest community college in Michigan, the college provides services to a huge area of the state—900 square miles containing 28 public school districts and 82 high schools. There are more than 77,000 students at OCC. The college serves the needs of the wider community in diverse ways, including continuing education, business consultancy, and service projects.

There are 5 branch campuses in Metro Detroit:

• Auburn Hills Campus in Auburn Hills

• Highland Lakes Campus in Waterford

• Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills

• Royal Oak Campus in Royal Oak

• Southfield Campus in Southfield

Two standalone administration buildings are also in the area—The Pontiac Center in Pontiac and the District Office Bee Administration Center in Bloomfield Hills.

Academics

Academics are generally recognized as strong. Class sizes are small, with less than 24 students in class on average. They are also successful— for instance, virtually all of the graduates from the nursing program pass the state licensing exam. Because the school is a comprehensive community college, students have a wide variety of programs to choose from.

Degree Programs and Requirements

The college offers a certificate of achievement for students who have earned work-specific skills. A student must earn at least 10 credits for each certificate of achievement earned. Most certificate programs, however, require between 30 and 45 credit hours.

Associate’s degrees require a minimum of 62 credit hours and a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. Associate’s degree earners must also complete all the general education requirements, including at least one credit hour of physical education. Students with transfer credits must complete the final 15 credits of their education from OCC in order to be awarded a degree.

OCC has a high rate of transfer to four year colleges and universities from these degree programs. Study abroad opportunities in Mexico and Germany are available for students wishing to transfer to a four-year institution. The college offers five basic associate degree programs:

  • Applied Science
  • Business Administration
  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Science

OCC also offers continuing professional education in business, including IT project management; computer design; and network and security administration.

Finally, community enrichment classes include non-degree, non-certificate swimming classes, water aerobics, fencing, yoga, and practical classes such as motorcycle safety.

Restricted Programs

Some programs, such as Broadcast Arts Technology, are restricted to students who meet requirements above and beyond the general requirements for enrollment and/or are enrolled in a cooperative program at another institution. Interested students should read the online course catalog and contact the administration if they are interested in pursuing a restricted program.

Academic Assistance

The following services are offered to students: tutoring with trained tutors (both by appointment and walk-in); supplemental instruction with study group leaders; English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring and seminars; skill building seminars for English, technology, mathematics, and study skills; software for reading, grammar, mathematics, and MLA formatting; instruction in the use of Educator and Blackboard programs for online learning; orientations to CMS software; and other services as needed.

Library Resources

Students can apply for a library card online or in person at the circulation desk. In addition to the physical resources in each branch, the library uses the Michigan eLibrary Catalog, MeLCat, to provide learning resources for students. With 400 participating libraries in the system, MelCat extends the available number of volumes for student use into the millions.

Other resources offered by the library include Biology, a searchable, full-text biology encyclopedia; seminars to teach students about electronic databases, library research, and web research; plagiarism resources to show students exactly what does—and doesn’t—constitute plagiarism (and why it is so important to meticulously avoid it); and Netlibrary, a resource of thousands of ebooks available for download for faculty, staff, and students. The libraries also offer SearchPath, an interactive online tutorial which teaches students how to use the library catalog, how to find articles in research databases, how to choose informational sources including websites, and how to cite sources in a paper.

All campus libraries contain computers for student use. Library computers are available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved ahead of time.

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Admissions

In keeping with its mission to provide higher education to anyone who desires it, the college has open admissions. Any student with a high school degree or equivalent is welcome.

International Student Admissions

There are international students from more than 80 countries at OCC. The college keeps international student advisors (ISAs) on staff to help incoming students with their visa status, assist students with cultural issues, and provide transfer assistance to graduating international students.

International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before registering at OCC. The Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MTELP) is administered to international students after their arrival on campus, which OCC uses to determine whether further English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is necessary.

In addition to TOEFL scores, incoming international students must show proof that they are 18 or older, proof of completion of secondary studies equivalent to high school in the US, and a statement of finances showing that the student has the means to meet their financial obligations.

Financial Aid

Students interested in obtaining financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition to the usual range of federal and state aid available to college students in Michigan, such as grants and loans, OCC itself awards several institutional need- and merit-based scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4900th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Michigan.

Students

There are no residence halls on campus, but there is a vibrant student life on campus. Each term, the school sponsors a “Welcome Week” for new students. A community resource fair at Welcome Week links students to health care services, housing services, food assistance, and more.

Clubs and Organizations

There are over 40 student clubs and organizations. These include recreational groups such as Hai Gui Tai Chi Exercise Club, social groups such as Film Society, service groups such as International Youth Fellowship (IYF), and academic and professional groups such as forensics club and the Nursing Students Association. The college maintains Womencenter, a program which provides resources for women at the school and in the community to promote political awareness and personal growth. The school also hosts a two-day festival for the performing arts, in addition to theater performances throughout the year.

Student Life Workshops

The Student Life Office offers interactive workshops from community leaders for students free of charge. These include leadership development opportunities such as poetry and writing conferences, student organization officer training, and an annual student leadership conference.

Child Care

The college maintains five child care centers. All five provide care for preschool-aged children aged 2 ½ to 6, but only the Auburn Hills Center provides child care for infants and toddlers younger than 2 1/2. All staff at the center have early childhood education degrees and all facilities are fully licensed and regulated. The centers are open weekdays from 7:45 AM to 5:15 PM from September to June.

Student Services

The counselling department offers credit classes to orient students to college, develop their career portfolios, enhance self-esteem, and exercise assertiveness appropriately. They also offer a range of tutoring, career, and personal counselling services on an appointment and walk-in basis.

Student Services for the Neurologically Disordered

Services for students with neurologically-based learning disorders are available through Project BOLD, offered in conjunction with Michigan Rehabilitation Services. Project BOLD students receive customized academic therapy and counselling; extensive career and educational services; up to 30 hours per semester of one-on-one academic services with a learning specialist; self-advocacy and management skills training; weekly meetings with a team of professionals; and post-graduation support with transition to four year programs, career training institutes, or employment.

Candidates for Project Bold must be referred by school personnel, a physician, or a psychologist. Students should provide documentation of a neurologically-based learning disability and/or attention deficit disorder. Eligible students must be enrolled at least half time to receive program services.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

The Raiders compete in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) and the National Junior College Association (NCJAA). Intervarsity sports include men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, golf, softball, volleyball, and tennis.

Faculty

There are close to 300 full-time faculty members; the majority of instructors have advanced degrees.

Information Summary

Ranks 76th in Michigan and 3627th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Michigan and 38th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  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 N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 1 0.00

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 25 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 9 0.04
Robbery 19 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 104 0.49
Larceny 716 3.35
Vehicle theft 36 0.17

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-2266
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population16,850 (16,850 urban / N/A rural)
Households6,662 (2.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$102,767
Families4,963 (2.92 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2611

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 4323rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,292 $4,173 $5,856
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $105 $105 $105
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $76 $139 $195
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,697 $5,578 $7,261
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $12,497 $14,378 $16,061
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $5,797 $7,678 $9,361

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,106 $2,247 $2,106 $3,865 $2,106 $5,380
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,050 $1,100
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,700(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,105 $3,420
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,105 $3,420

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 186 447 112 73 22 1,970 145 3,446
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 6 1 11 1 31
Accounting and Business/Management 9 11 1 1 41 3 78
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 1 4 6
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 2 5 1 8
Art/Art Studies, General 1 3 1 6
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 3 2 2 11 1 25
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 4 1 9 20
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 2 4 1 16 26
Biotechnology
Business Administration and Management, General 20 34 5 6 1 106 7 207
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 2 5 1 11
Carpentry/Carpenter
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 1 1 2
Child Care and Support Services Management 4 11 6 37 2 64
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 2 29 2 1 3 28 68
Computer Programming, Other 1 1
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 3 1 15 23
Computer Support Specialist 2 3
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 1 1 1 4 8
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 3 2 1 10 23
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 7 2 1 13 31
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 1 1 5
Construction Management 1 7 11
Corrections 1 6 9
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 1 1
Court Reporting/Court Reporter 1 1
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 6 1 1 11 23
Criminal Justice/Police Science 5 2 1 1 77 7 106
Criminalistics and Criminal Science 2 3
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management 2 7
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 2 5 7
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 1
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 1 15 2 21
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 1 9 1 12
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other 1 1
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 3 7
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 1 2
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 2 14 2 21
Engineering, Other 1
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 2 4 6
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 1 4 8
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 4 6
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 1 1
General Studies 26 97 18 11 5 488 46 782
Graphic Design 3 2 1 2 16 26
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 11 7 19
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 3 2 7 26
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 2 2 4
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 2
Interior Design 1 3 5 9
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 1 2
International/Global Studies 2 2 1 5
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3 1 4 1 9
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 1 2 2 1 11 19
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 21 4 1 2 71 4 118
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 9 3 3 2 1 56 2 80
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 24 125 40 13 1 474 37 807
Library and Archives Assisting 1 6 1 8
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 3 3 1 10 1 22
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 1 1 2 19 1 30
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 1 1 17 1 32
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 3 14 27
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 5 11
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 7 7
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 1 1 2
Medical/Clinical Assistant 6 14
Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist 1 5
Music Performance, General 1 1
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General 1 2
Nanotechnology 1 1
Network and System Administration/Administrator 1 1 5
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 2 2
Office Management and Supervision 1 1 2 6
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 2 1 3 1 7
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 1 1 14 23
Photography 1 1 2 19 33
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 3
Precision Metal Working, Other 1
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 1 4 5
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 16 28 8 12 3 120 10 206
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 3 1 8 12
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1 1
Robotics Technology/Technician 3 1 1 4 15
Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager 8 1 10 1 20
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other 7 7 3 2 30 3 72
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 2 1 16 21
Surgical Technology/Technologist 2 1 8 2 13
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager 1 6
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 2
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 1 1 4 1 17
Welding Technology/Welder 2 1 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 474th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $86,868 ($87,765 male / $80,799 female)
Number of FT Faculty 243 (117 male / 126 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,458
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $17,754,518
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