Oakton Community College

  • Oakton Community College, a two-year community college was established in 1969 and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association. The College is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, as well as numerous professional organizations.
School Highlights
  • Oakton Community College serves 10,589 students (28% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 34:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 46% of the student body (majority Asian and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 40%.
  • Oakton Community College is one of 28 community colleges within Cook County, IL.
  • The nearest community college to Oakton Community College is Worsham College of Mortuary Science (6.4 miles away).

Top Placements

Oakton Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Illinois for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 311 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Oakton Community College(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty311 staff123 staff
Oakton Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Oakton Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 34:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Oakton Community College diversity score of 0.64 is more than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment10,589 students3,999 students
Oakton Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio34:135:1
Oakton Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,947 students1,386 students
Oakton Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students7,642 students2,613 students
Oakton Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Oakton Community College Enrollment Breakdown IL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Oakton Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Oakton Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Oakton Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Oakton Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Oakton Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Oakton Community College Non Resident (2008-2010)
% Unknown races
Oakton Community College Ethnicity Breakdown IL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.640.59
Oakton Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Oakton Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$41,000$31,800
Oakton Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $8,808 is more than the state average of $7,978. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $10,536 is more than the state average of $10,454. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$8,808$7,978
Oakton Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$10,536$10,454
Oakton Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid54%83%
Oakton Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$4,876$7,736
Oakton Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2010-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$4,000
Oakton Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Cross Country, Golf,
Soccer, Softball,
Tennis, Track and Field,
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Oakton Community College District 535 serves 450,000 residents in the communities of Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Rosemont, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka. Oakton's main campus in Des Plaines is located on 147 acres of woodlands and prairie, bordered on the west by the Des Plaines River. The College,a modern, red-brick building with 435,000 square feet, houses 65 classrooms and 46 educational laboratories, as well as student services, administrative and faculty offices. Special facilities include 19 computer classrooms; a Performing Arts Center; the Business Institute; the Koehnline Visual Arts Center; a Child Care Center; and a teleconferencing center, gym, fitness center, library and bookstore. Oakton's faculty and staff are committed to excellence; our students are achievers, enthusiastic about learning; and our facilities are state-of-the-art. College life at Oakton includes a wide variety of extracurricular activities and student services, designed to provide a well-rounded experience. The Business Institute at Oakton was established in 1982 to help companies improve their technical, operational and leadership skills. Through consulting services and customized training programs, companies have defined new goals, refined existing procedures and developed new strategies for success. Thousands of people have acquired new skills in order to meet higher standards of efficiency, productivity and quality.

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For Cook County, IL public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $8,185 per year for in-state students and $9,668 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,648 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 76%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Cook County, IL community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Cook County, IL is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.