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Ask an Advisor

Did you know that  Advising and Counseling  Services offers e-mail advising?  This service is designed to address the needs of students who have general questions (for example,  Where can I find a listing of classes that fulfill the IAI general education curriculum? How many social and behavioral science classes are needed for a degree?) and not for students requiring case specific assistance (for example, What is my English and math placement? What classes do I need to finish my degree?)

Due to Federal laws and our desire to maintain student information in a secure and confidential manner, students are discouraged from including any personal information in their e-mail question, specifically social security numbers or student identification numbers (B numbers).  Not sure if your question is appropriate for e-mail advising?  Visit for more information.

Now, on to the Ask the Advisor Question of the Month . . .

Question:  I've been academically dismissed from Oakton.  I would like to come back, finish my general education credits, and transfer to another school to earn my bachelor's degree. How do I go about doing that?

Answer:  Students are given three opportunities to maintain a 2.0  semester and cumulative GPA before being academically dismissed.  Once this happens, you may not take credit classes at Oakton for at least one full calendar year following your final semester of probationary work.  However, during that time you may attend another college or take non-credit classes at Oakton. 

Upon completion of your dismissal period, you may petition the Vice President of Student Affairs for re-admittance. To do so, submit a detailed description of the reasons for your  poor academic performance and the steps you plan to take to prevent a re-occurrence.  Re-admittance to Oakton is never guaranteed and is considered on a case-by-case basis.

When it’s time to transfer, you’ll need to submit an official transcript to the institution to which you are applying.  Your dismissal standing will not be noted on the transcript, but your academic performance will be visible and may require an explanation.  You will not be able to pick and choose which grades and credits are visible or transferable. 

Remember that your academic record will transfer with you to each institution you choose to attend.

When I Grow Up ...

. . . I want to be a pilot . . . an astronaut . . . a doctor . . . a lawyer . . . I have no idea!

If the last one sounds like you, no need to worry.  Oakton’s Career Services Office is here to help.  Career Services offers a variety of resources that can put you on a path to professional success. Whether you are deciding on a major, mulling over a career choice, or considering a change in your career track, it’s a good idea to tap into the expertise and in-depth knowledge of the Career Services staff.

Here’s what we have to offer:

  • Individualized job search coaching sessions.
  • Assistance with writing an effective resume.
  • Help with interviewing strategies and techniques.
  • FREE workshops.

 Career Services also maintains a database of on- and off-campus job listings and offers a myriad of resources on its Web site at

 To meet with a  career counselor, you must make an appointments (walk-ins are not accommodated).

 To schedule your appointment, call 847.635.1735.

Career Counseling services are free to current students.  Non-students/alumni living outside District 535 will be charged $35 per session to meet with a career counselor.



March 25
Registration opens for summer 2013 sessions.

March 31
Oakton Foundation scholarship applications due.

April 8
Registration opens for fall 2013 semester.

April 26
Wentcher Scholarship application due.

May 1
Academic Merit Scholarship application due.

May 1
Priority financial aid application filing date for 2013-14.

May 9, 10
Evaluation Days.

May 10
Last day of student attendance.

May 13
Summer 2013 interim classes begin.

May 13
Grading Day
Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.

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