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Oakton Community College

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The Oakton Community College is a two-year college in Illinois that offers associate’s degrees and career certification in a variety of different subject areas. Oakton Community College was founded in 1969 in a former industrial building complex. The original campus no longer exists as the college was relocated and now has campuses in Skokie, Illinois and Des Plaines, Illinois. Oakton Community College attracts most of its students from School District number 535, a large Illinois school district that serves nearly half a million Illinois residents.

Both the Skokie campus and the Des Plaines campus have been open since 1980. The Skokie campus is known for its beautiful architecture in the art deco style. Its buildings and facilities have been emulated in many films and new constructs. The Des Plaines campus is quite different from the Skokie campus in terms of aesthetic image. With beautiful landscaping and an emphasis on natural elements, Oakton Community College at Des Plaines is a beautiful and attractive college campus.


While Oakton Community College is only a two-year educational institution offering associate’s degrees and career certification, the school offers over two thousand unique course options each year. Students can choose from a wide variety of subject matters and teaching styles to pursue whatever degree they wish.

Most students at Oakton Community College choose to complete an associate’s degree in a field of their choice and then transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree. The transfer process is very simple from Oakton Community College as students will only take standardized classes that are recognized at nearly all major institutions of post-secondary education.

Some students choose to enter the career field directly with an associate’s degree. Oakton Community College is reputable for its high standards of education and its determination to produce well-educated and disciplined graduates. Students who graduate with an associate’s degree and begin looking for a career will find a myriad of options available to them.

Oakton Community College offers non-credit courses for students wishing to simply receive additional instruction, knowledge and skills in their chosen field. Students who complete non-credit courses may learn new computer tasks, new career philosophies or new management styles. These courses stand out on a student’s resume and prove to a potential employer that the individual is serious about education.

Career certification is also available at Oakton Community College. Many careers do not require an associate’s degree and career certification can often be completed in less than two years. For students interested in criminal justice, accounting, management, cosmetology or other careers that don’t require a post-secondary degree, career certification is a logical choice.

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For residents of Illinois school district number 535, admission is very simple and practically guaranteed. Tuition costs are also very low for residents of this district. All potential students can apply either by mail, through an online form at the school’s official website, or in person in the Office of Admissions on Oakton Community College’s campus.

Oakton Community College is equipped to service a large number of students, and very few applicants are turned away from this two-year educational institution. Some students are asked to take assessment tests after applying to Oakton Community College. These assessment tests do not reflect a student’s application status. Rather, they serve to assist academic advisors in placing the student in classes in which he or she is most likely to succeed.

Students who complete an online application to Oakton Community College often receive a response within two business days of application submission. Immediately after acceptance, students are encouraged to visit the campus and begin discussions with an academic advisor or guidance counselor. Students should have a good idea of their personal goals at Oakton. Whether a student wants an associate’s degree with potential transfer to a four-year institution, an associate’s degree with direct entrance into the career field, or a career certificate, academic advisors can place him or her in the right classes for that goal.

Financial Aid

Students who attend Oakton Community College can easily secure financial aid to help offset the cost of tuition. After acceptance into the college, students are encouraged to fill out the FAFSA. This form allows the government to estimate the total a student is able to contribute to his or her education, and the government will help to fund the rest. Students who do not receive enough financial aid from the government can find additional assistance through the Financial Aid Office on campus at Oakton. Helpful staff members will assist students in applying for personal loans and private scholarships. Some students may be eligible to participate in a work-study program as well.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5757th for the average student loan amount.
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Many of the students that attend Oakton Community College live near campus or in a suburb of Chicago. The most common form of student housing is student apartments that can be found for a reasonable price near both of the campuses. Students at Oakton Community College are actively involved in student clubs and organization. These clubs are often of a social activist nature or an athletic nature. Sport clubs like the Field Hockey Club or the Ultimate Frisbee Club provide students with a fun way to stay physically fit. Social clubs such as the Gay Straight Alliance or the Volunteer Club focus on social activism and raising awareness for specific social causes.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

Skokie, Illinois is a suburb of bustling Chicago. Historically, Skokie had one of the densest Jewish populations in the state of Illinois. Today, the ethnic population is diversifying. However, the Illinois Holocaust Museum is located in Skokie, Illinois and serves thousands of tourists each year.

Students who attend the Skokie campus profit from the wealth of opportunity offered in downtown Chicago. With libraries, museums, art galleries, shopping centers, fine dining, and live arts venues, Chicago is a great location for any student to receive his or her education.

Des Plaines, Illinois is the location of the other Oakton Community College. Des Plaines is also a Chicago suburb and is located in close proximity to one of the largest airports in the nation: O’Hare International Airport. Both campuses offer easy access to the city of Chicago via bus or automobile ride.


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Ranks 68th in Illinois and 2152nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Illinois and 102nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 4 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 49 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 6 0.01
Robbery 14 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 137 0.23
Larceny 619 1.06
Vehicle theft 39 0.07

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Des Plaines, IL 60016-1268
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population58,611 (58,611 urban / N/A rural)
Households23,019 (2.52 people per house)
Median Household Income$51,192
Families15,023 (3.17 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge 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 District1710

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3499th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,670 $8,061 $10,361
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $159 $159 $159
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $95 $288 $370
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 $4,029 $9,420 $11,720
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,498 $20,889 $23,189
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,187 $13,578 $15,878

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,707 $2,784 $8,220(N/C) $9,907(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,019(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,450(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,450(N/C)

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
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/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 70 137 267 735 1,300
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 10 38 55
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 1 3 5
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1 1
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 3 4
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 2 3 8
Biological and Physical Sciences 5 8 14
Building/Property Maintenance 3 1 2 3 9
Business Administration and Management, General 1 2 3
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 2 2 13 17
Child Care Provider/Assistant 5 9 5 28 52
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 1 1 4 4 10
Commercial Photography 1 2 1 4
Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification 4 5
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 3 3
Computer Software Technology/Technician 2 5 8
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1 3 11 18
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 1 1 1 3
Construction Management 1 4 5
Criminal Justice/Police Science 11 7 25 44
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 1 1
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce 1 1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 2 3
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other 2 3 20 25
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 7 8
Engineering, General 1 2 2 6
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 1 1
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 2
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 21 22
Graphic Design 3 3
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 1 2 5 17 25
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 2 2 24 29
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant 3 2 3 7 16
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 1 1 3
Information Science/Studies 2 2 2 12 18
Information Technology 1 1 2 4
Investments and Securities 2 2
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 5 5
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 16 50 76 198 367
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 2
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 1 3 5
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 2 1 7 11
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 3 1 4 19 29
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 1 3 4
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 1
Movement and Mind-Body Therapies and Education, Other 1 5 7
Music, General 1 1
Network and System Administration/Administrator 3 1 6 17 30
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 13 13 26 59 123
Office Management and Supervision 1 1
Operations Management and Supervision 1 2 3 6
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 1 1
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 3 12 39 40 109
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 4 2 2 8 16
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 8 16 26
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Public Relations/Image Management 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 3 29 47 91
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 1 1 2
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 1 1
Social Work 1 1 1 3
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 2 1 1 13 17
Teacher Assistant/Aide 1 1
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 3 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 436th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $88,042 ($85,440 male / $94,182 female)
Number of FT Faculty 144 (61 male / 83 female)
Number of PT Faculty 646
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $11,543,732

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