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 2,484 undergraduate students. The Oakton acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing Assistant, and Accounting Technician and Bookkeeping. Graduating 33% of students, Oakton alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,500.
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.55 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.52 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.52 responses
Most Popular Majors
Liberal Arts and Humanities599 Graduates
Nursing Assistant130 Graduates
Accounting Technician and Bookkeeping84 Graduates
Police and Criminal Science63 Graduates
Instrumentation Technician56 Graduates
Pharmacy Technician45 Graduates
Child Care Provider43 Graduates
Information Science30 Graduates
Physical Therapy Technician30 Graduates
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Oakton Community College Reviews
As a graduate from DePaul University I thought taking community college classes would be easy. I have actually never been more challenged in the classroom for the 3 classes I have taken so far! Love how serious they are in preparing you for which ever direction you choose. Also, Coming from the city of Chicago I am used to high security facilities. At Oakton, I feel like there is bare minimum security level and I’m not sure how safe I felt attending my night class.
Something that Oakton does well is student engagement and opportunity. Students are able to get involved at a level that is difficult to achieve at larger colleges and universities, making a more holistic impact on the college's community. They are also able to have closer relations with local communities. Something that Oakton can improve on would be its accessibility. In this day and age, there are so many digital resources that when utilized would aid its students greatly in their efforts of earning a degree. Things like recorded classes, online office hours, and online student communities would give students more flexibility. A similar thing exists in its clubs and organizations. A large majority of student involvement, particularly for the traditionally aged student, occurs at Des Plaines. Therefore, there is a stark difference in environment between the two campuses. Overall though, Oakton does make visible efforts in being an institution that spurs its students forward.
The college experience is great, that's something I didn't expect myself to say going into a community college. The atmosphere was very encouraging and welcoming, there was a lot of students helping other students which really helped to boost my confidence. They also had a lot of resources readily available to students, tutors, academic and transfer advisors. There was also a lot variety in terms of elective credits available to take. The community is really diverse, walking around campus makes that very clear, not to mention the cultural clubs/fairs they had. Something that really saved me was that they had the option of completing your Associates Degree 100% online. Since I work full time at a preschool this made it a lot easier for me to keep up with classes and stay on track for graduation.