• 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 6,278 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 56% of the student body (majority Asian and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 52%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,278 students
  • In-state tuition: $8,808
  • Out-state tuition: $10,536
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 56%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Oakton Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Illinois for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 644 teachers has grown by 120% over five years.
Oakton Community College
(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
644 staff
239 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Oakton Community College has declined by 40% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 34:1 over five years.
The Oakton Community College diversity score of 0.70 is more than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,278 students
3,107 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,005 students
1,099 students
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# Part-Time Students
4,273 students
2,008 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Oakton Community College.
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
136 students
% Asian
23%
5%
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% Hispanic
17%
27%
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% Black
9%
13%
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% White
44%
48%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
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% Unknown races
4%
3%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in IL.
Diversity Score
0.70
0.68
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College Completion Rate
20%
33%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$41,000
$32,200
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $8,808 is more than the state average of $8,158. The in-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,536 is less than the state average of $10,899. The out-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$8,808
$8,158
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$10,536
$10,899
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Tuition Notes
In-district tuition: $3270
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
53%
76%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Oakton Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in IL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$6,400
$7,963
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$3,500
$4,549
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Oakton Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in IL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
SAT Reading
n/a
390
SAT Math
n/a
360
SAT Writing
n/a
355
ACT Composite
n/a
17
ACT English
n/a
17
ACT Math
n/a
17

Sports

Total Sports Offered
9 sports
Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.
Profile last updated: 07/14/2022

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,278 students
  • In-state tuition: $8,808
  • Out-state tuition: $10,536
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 56%
  • Source: Verified school update

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For Cook County, IL public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $8,662 per year for in-state students and $10,145 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,825 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 83%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Cook County, IL community colleges have a diversity score of 0.60, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Cook County, IL is Robert Morris University Illinois. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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