Many Oakton students plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. Conversely, some already have a four-year degree or are currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program – but have “reverse transferred” back to Oakton to complete an associate's degree, learn new skills, or change careers.
Be sure to discuss any transfer plans with your academic advisor, who can help you stay on track as you move toward your educational or career goals.
Oakton students who plan to transfer can earn several degrees here at the College: an associate in arts (A.A.), an associate in science (A.S.), an associate of science in engineering (A.S.E.), an associate in fine arts (A.F.A.) in art or music, or an associate in arts in teaching (A.A.T.) in early childhood education, secondary mathematics, or special education. Although Oakton does offer associate in applied science degrees (A.A.S.), these are not generally considered transferable. Consult with your academic advisor if you would like explore transferring with an A.A.S.
Transfer worksheets are currently available for the degrees listed below. Contact Advising Services with questions and for assistance in course selection.
- Associate in Arts worksheet
- Associate in Science worksheet
- Associate of Science in engineering worksheet
To ensure that your Oakton credits are transferrable, the College participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative. IAI-approved courses meet the educational standards of participating Illinois four-year colleges and universities, enabling students to transfer as early as possible.
Most four-year institutions require that students complete a range of general education courses before focusing on their major. Oakton students who complete the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) can meet these requirements before transfer; most participating institutions accept Oakton “gen ed” credits.
Please note, however, that some four-year colleges and universities may require additional coursework before transfer – particularly for certain majors. These requirements are not always aligned with Oakton associate's degree requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor for additional information.