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Oakton Community College is ...
Athletic Division
NJCAA Division II
Athletic Conference
1600 E Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
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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.



Net Price
$6,606/ year
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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Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
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.50 responses
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.50 responses
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Full-Time Enrollment
Undergrads Over 25
Pell Grant
Varsity Athletes
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,600/ year
Graduation Rate
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Oakton Community College Reviews

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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.
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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.
Before I enrolled, I heard great things about Oakton with their competitive tuition costs and quality staff. I finally decided to go back to school after seven years of idle time, going from one job to the next for fourteen dollars an hour at the max. Oakton has allowed me the chance to get a quality education that I can transfer to a local university and achieve a Bachelor's degree. Oakton has great partnerships with other colleges in Illinois to allow Oakton credits transfer with ease. I would recommend Oakton to anyone who is financially unstable or is still trying to figure out the career path that they want to take.