Oakton Community College is a public, not for profit, two-year higher learning institution that offers associate's degree programs and non-credit courses in northern Cook County, Illinois. Founded in 1969, Oakton Community College had a student enrollment total of 832 when it held its first classes in the fall of 1970. Originally, the campus was composed of four factory buildings, but in 1980 Oakton Community College relocated to 170 acres between the Des Plaines River and a county forest preserve on the far western edge of the district. Oakton Community College also acquired Niles East High School in Skokie as part of campus expansion in 1980. In 2006, the campus grew once again through the addition of the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion which added 59,000 square feet the campus. Oakton Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association to award Associates degrees as well as a number of one or two year certificates.
There are four “campuses” students can choose from when attending classes at Oakton Community College. Two of the four campuses are physical locations, Des Plaines and Skokie, with a total of 193 acres which includes 25 acres of lake and drainage, 30 acres of athletic fields, 29 acres of parking lots, and a two acre prairie restoration area. The Des Plaines campus offers a scenic atmosphere with a 435,840 square foot main building, an 8,400 square foot Municipal Education Center, and a 7,300 square foot grounds maintenance building. Included in these buildings are 61 classrooms, 64 labs, 285 offices, a 9,500 square foot gymnasium, a Performing Arts Center, with a 285-seat theater, the Koehnline Museum of Art, the Business Institute, an Early Childhood Demonstration Center, and a Fitness Center. The Skokie campus is significantly smaller with only 21 acres of land that holds 34 classrooms, 34 labs, and 86 offices. This campus location also includes the newest building, the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. Classes for programs in architecture and construction management, art and graphic design, computer networking and systems, computer technology and information systems, electronics, engineering, and manufacturing are all held on this campus. Oakton Community College views the online sphere as its third campus location and local high schools where continuing education, training, and workforce development programs are offered as its fourth and final campus location.
When applying to Oakton Community College there is a $25 fee that is non-refundable. This fee is waived for district residents over the age of 60. Oakton Community College does have an open admission policy for students who have obtained a high school diploma, their GED or an equivalent degree. Once students have attended classes at Oakton Community College, they come back for a subsequent year at a rate of 72% for full time students and 41% for part time students. About 40% of the students ultimately transfer out to another institution and 4% graduate from Oakton Community College within the two years it is expected to take to finish an Associate’s degree.
In total, there are 11,175 students enrolled in classes at Oakland Community Colleges. Of these students 1,052 transferred in to Oakton Community College from another institute of higher learning. These students are primarily part time with 71% of them taking less than 12 credits per semester. The student body shows diversity with 18% representing Asian ethnicity, 13% representing Hispanic ethnicity and 6% representing African American ethnicity. These students are 53% female and 47% male. Most of the students come to Oakton Community College from in state with only 1% coming from out of state and 4% coming from foreign countries. Adult learners are well represented at Oakton Community College with 42% of the students being over the age of 25.
Students enrolled at Oakton Community College can choose to work toward Associate's degrees in 80 different areas of study. Classes are structured to prepare students to transfer to four year institutions or to enter directly into rewarding careers. These programs cover a broad spectrum and range from business to liberal arts, physical sciences to the social sciences. In addition to programs that lead to an Associate’s degree, there are education programs that offer career advancement opportunities and personal, educational enrichment. These courses cover a broad range including topics on art, home improvement and even English as a Second Language. In addition to the standard face to face courses, Oakton offers an electronic campus, with distance learning and online education. Almost all of the general education requirements for the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees can be completed entirely online.
Students interested in campus activities outside of the classroom can choose to participate in 50 different clubs and organizations. With a variety of club topics including ceramics, social justice, government and leadership, students with many different interests can each find a club that appeals to them. Students also have access to an activities calendar that offers free lectures, social events, service opportunities, and more.
Tuition is charged per credit hour and there are different rates depending on students’ age and residency. For a full time student the tuition and fees comes to about $2,707 a year for district residents, $1,125 for district residents over the age of 60, $8,220 for in state residents and $9,850 for out of state residents. To help with the cost of tuition, about 24% of the students at Oakton Community College receives either grant or scholarship aid. The average amount of aid comes to about $3,324. Students also have the option of applying for Federal student loans, about 2% of the students receive these loans and the average loan amount is $3,328.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:4,694
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