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Transferring

Transferring from one college to another requires accurate information and a comprehensive understanding of the coursework necessary for admission. Advising and Counseling encourages students to meet with an academic advisor and obtain as much information as possible about the transfer institution of interest. Likewise, students should contact those institutions as early as possible to find out about any updates in the transfer requirements. Be aware that requirements necessary to earn a degree at Oakton, and the requirements necessary to transfer to another college, are not always the same.

Oakton participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), an agreement among participating Illinois colleges and universities, designed to help Illinois college students transfer credit as easily as possible.

  • Students who complete the IAI General Education Core Curriculum, (GECC) and transfer to participating Illinois institutions, will fulfill general education requirements at the participating colleges, although additional courses may be required for transfer.*
  • Students who do not complete the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) before transferring need to complete the general education requirements of the transfer institution; completed Oakton courses will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

Oakton's Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees are consistent with the IAI agreement that specifies an Illinois General Education Core Curriculum.  To track your progress, download and print the worksheet for the A.A. Degree or A.S. Degree.

Students pursuing an Associate of Science in Engineering (A.S.E.) should follow the general education curriculum for that degree. Download and print the A.S.E. Degree worksheet and check your progress toward completion.

Whether you are pursuing a transferable degree or completing prerequisites to transfer, you should meet with an academic advisor to review and discuss the guidelines for the colleges that interest you. Transfer Guides provide information on the general education requirements at Illinois colleges and universities and list Oakton courses that satisfy these requirements.  General transfer information is available at Advising and Counseling.


*Some four-year institutions have additional requirements for admission to certain majors. These requirements are not always aligned with the completion of an associate's degree. Students should consult with an academic advisor for additional information.

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