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  1. Professors
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Safety
    A
  5. Student Life
    B+
  6. Location
    B+
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 2,538 undergraduate students. The Oakton acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing Assistant, and Nursing. Graduating 35% of students, Oakton alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,500.
1600 E Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Athletic Division
NJCAA Division II
Athletic Conference

Oakton Community College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$6,341/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$4,579/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
53%

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
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.55 responses
78%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.55 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
6
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
3
Online Associates Programs
3
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    18%
  • On Campus
    70%
  • Online
    12%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,538Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
5,916
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 3 responses
  • Home Bond
    67%
  • Outgoing
    33%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
35%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%

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I have always heard really amazing things about Oakton Community College, so when I decided to go back to school I chose to apply there. I started taking classes last summer. The process to apply was easy and the staff was very helpful and welcoming!

With COVID-19, everything started shutting down right in the middle of the semester. It was crazy, overwhelming, and scary. Oakton Community College helped and made this transition/lockdown so much easier on students. They kept the lines of communication open, by letting us know what was happening and plans to deal with whatever came next. If something didn’t work, they let us know. If it did work, they continued on that path. I am so glad I chose to attend Oakton Community College. It’s been a blessing! They’ve been a blessing!
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As a college student, I am glad to be going to a school that prioritizes students and staff health. Oakton quickly established policies that best protect the students and staff. The transition to online learning has been solid. With online classes already established at Oakton Community College, the transition to online learning has been very well done. I am relieved that I do not have to pay nearly as much as traditional college, but I am still getting the same quality of education. This year has been challenging in many ways, but Oakton has made it significantly easier.
The transition to online learning has been very well done. My professors are easily accessible and very helpful. The majority of our work is accessible online. The option to have asynchronous classes without live weekly meetings has also been beneficial. I work part-time, so to be able to do classes at my own pace is extremely helpful. Some classes are more challenging because they require labs, but my teachers are doing really well, adjusting to covid and helping their students learn as best they can without in-person lab sessions.