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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Safety
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  5. Student Life
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  6. Location
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Oakton is an above-average public college located in Des Plaines, Illinois in the Chicago Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,597 undergraduate students. The Oakton acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing Assistant, and Accounting Technician and Bookkeeping. Graduating 28% of students, Oakton alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,300.
About Oakton Community College...
Athletic Division
NJCAA Division II
Athletic Conference
Address
1600 E Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
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Oakton Community College Rankings

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Cost

Net Price
$6,606/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,524/ year
  • $30-48k
    $5,883/ year
  • $49-75k
    $8,105/ year
  • $76-110k
    $9,625/ year
  • $110k+
    $8,367/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.55 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.50 responses
78%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.50 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,597Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
4%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
28%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%

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What I like about Oakton Community College is that although it is a community college, I feel like it's more than that. There are, what feels like, so many students that attend the school, which is great, because I love meeting new people. Not only that, but the people here are super friendly. Students aside, the professors also seem to be of high quality as well. Throughout my time here, I have been able to build some nice relationships with many of my professors. Another reason I love Oakton, is because the student body is so diverse. As a middle eastern minority, I feel just at home in my classes, as no race appears to have a majority in this college from my experience. Overall, Oakton Community College is a nice and cheap school that provided me everything I needed for my first 2 years of college, and more. I'm really grateful for the opportunity to save money while building myself up to my potential at Oakton.
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The faculty and staff are so real, understanding, and brilliant. They are real because they taught the material that was pertinent- never burdened their students with busy work. In addition, they were understanding. Whether it was the financial aid office, issues regarding course work, or unforeseen obstacles or circumstances- the faculty and staff always worked with the students to find solutions that worked for both parties. Lastly, the professors are downright brilliant. When I graduated from Oakton, I left with a new perspective on everything- the environment and my role in it, the strengths and weaknesses of the education system, and a few found appreciation of art in all forms. All in all, my experience was amazing and I am so grateful I went to Oakton Community College.
There were many facets to Oakton that were of immense benefit to me as a student. There are two campuses located about 9 miles from each other, both of which provide students with all of the necessary facilities required for success. In the 61 credit hours taken there, I have utilized both in-school and online classes, both of which were presented in a way that created ample room for learning and growth. I personally never felt like Oakton was anything less than a stellar learning environment that provided me with the ability to springboard into a bachelor's degree at a four-year university. Prospective students should know that student resources at Oakton were plentiful and expertly run. If I were to lodge any complaints with the school, it would be that there were fewer classes at the smaller Skokie campus, although this is unsurprising given the size of the Des Plaines campus is much larger and therefore more accommodating.