Academic Advising Services

Oakton’s academic advisors are professionals with advanced degrees who are ready, and willing to assist you with your educational needs. Whether you are seeking a certificate to enhance your job skills, a technical/vocational degree to get you into the labor force, or a degree to transfer to a four-year institution, advisors will meet you one-on-one to help you with your academic planning.

Our advisors can help you in the following areas:

• Personalized educational plan.
• Selection of appropriate courses.
• Progress toward goals.
• Transfer process.
Tools for academic success.

The Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success offers a number of advising services for all students, whether new or currently enrolled, traditional or non-traditional, or full or part-time.

New Students

If you're just starting out at Oakton, meeting with an advisor is a great way to be sure you're headed in the right direction. You are encouraged to review the steps to admission and the application process before meeting with an advisor. You can also check your student profile in myOakton to ensure you have completed all the steps before meeting with your advisor to register for your first semester.

Current Students

Even if this isn't your first semester at Oakton, we encourage you to meet an advisor each semester to make sure you're on track. This can be especially helpful if you must change plans during your time at Oakton or need to adjust your pace or change your course of study.

Adult Learners

If you're an adult learner with a full schedule, our advisors can be instrumental in helping you balance work, home life and your studies. From determining how many credit hours you should take per semester to finding the right kind of class to fit your busy life, our expert advisors have you covered.

Summer Students

Those enrolling as summer-only students must follow specific steps to get started at Oakton. Our advisors are ready to help you navigate the process and select the summer courses you need to achieve your goals.

Parents

Oakton extends a special welcome to parents and family members. This is a time when your son or daughter will be meeting new people, taking classes in subjects that interest them, discovering their passions, and working toward a fulfilling life. We honor and respect the relationship you have with your son or daughter, and we hope that will facilitate open communication throughout the transition to college.

We invite you to visit our campuses and ask questions about the various programs and services we have to offer. Please use our Web site to learn as much as possible about Oakton.

Oakton Community College views your son or daughter as an adult, and federal law requires the College to protect each student's privacy pertaining to academic and financial records. Please see the FERPA Act, "The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974," on page 28 of the Student Handbook (PDF) (480 KB), for more information about parental access to records. If you and your son or daughter mutually desire access to academic records, the student must fill out a consent form through the Office of Registrar Services.

Schedule a Virtual or In-Person Advising Appointment

New Students

Check your Student Profile within myOakton to ensure you have completed all steps to request to meet with an Oakton advisor, and to register for your first semester.

Currently Enrolled Students or Those Who Have Attended Previously

  1. Login to your myOakton account
  2. Select Student Profile in the left-hand column to identify your assigned advisor 
  3. Once you've identified your assigned advisor, return to the Home 
  4. In the Student section, select the Academic, Career & Transfer Planning tab
  5. Select Students First in the drop-down menu
  6. In the Students First section, click the Students First link
  7. Click Get Advising and select Academic Advisor as the service category 
  8. Select the reason for your appointment as General Academic Advising 
  9. Select one of the appointment locations listed: Virtual, Skokie On Campus, or Des Plaines On campus.
    1. Note: If a particular office location is not listed, that is because there is no availability for that location. Select a different location to continue. 
  10. Find and select the Advisor for the appointment.
    1. Technical Tip: You need to choose an advisor's name. **If you leave the space blank, available times will not load**. 
  11. Select an appointment date/time 
  12. Optional: Add comments for your advisor, including your preferred contact number as an alternative contact 
  13. Click Confirm Appointment

Before a virtual appointment, you will receive a Google Calendar invitation with both video and voice (only) options to connect to the appointment. After your appointment, you will receive a follow-up email containing information discussed, course recommendations and myOakton links to assist with registration.

Note: If you are in the TRIO program, are a student-athlete, or you are in a health career or nursing program, email your program-specific advisor to schedule an appointment.

Additional Services and Resources

Email a Question

Hours and Locations

The Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success is available to answer questions about academic advising. Email and voicemail are checked throughout the day and messages will be responded to within two business days. Please be sure to include your name and Oakton ID Number (B#) in any communications.

Des Plaines campus
1600 E. Golf Road, Room 1861
847.635.1700

Skokie campus
7701 N. Lincoln Ave., Room A100
847.635.1400
advising@oakton.edu

Hours
Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The College is closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the summer (late May through mid-August.)