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 (OATSS) offers a number of advising services for all students: 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. Please review the steps to admission. You are required to complete your Enrollment Checklist to be eligible to meet with an academic advisor for an Advising and Registration Workshop (ARW) appointment. 

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.

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. Once you have satisfied all the requirement on your Enrollment Checklist, you will then be prompted to schedule an Advising and Registration Workshop (ARW) appointment with an academic advisor. After you meet the ARW requirement, you will be able to register for your first semester.

Currently Enrolled Students 

  1. Link to the Appointment Scheduler
  2. If you have been assigned an advisor, their name will appear in the section My Success Team. 
  3. To schedule an appointment with the assigned advisor, select Schedule, located on the right side of the Academic Advisor’s name.
  4. To schedule an appointment with another advisor or another department, select Schedule An Appointment, located below the section My Success Team.
  5. What is the purpose of the appointment: Select from the drop down menu (Select a reason starting with Advising to meet with an academic advisor)
  6. How would you like to meet?: Select from the drop down menu; advising appointments are only held in person or virtually/online. Do not select Phone. (This question will appear again before confirming the appointment.) 
  7. Where would you like to meet?: Select from the drop down menu (Select Anywhere; Online; Skokie; or Des Plaines).
  8. Who do you want to meet with?: Select from the drop down menu (Select Anyone to see all availability)
  9. Click Search
  10. Use the mini calendar to select a date/time.
  11. How would you like to meet?: Select from the drop down menu; advising appointments are only held in person or virtually/online. Do not select Phone. 
  12. Is there anything else we should know about this appointment before we meet? - In this section, add a brief note for your advisor about the main purpose of the meeting.
  13. Click Confirm. 

An auto-generated email will be sent to your email address to confirm your appointment once you click confirm. Another auto-generated email with a reminder will be sent to you one day prior to your appointment. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please return to the Appointment Scheduler to make your changes. 

Hours and Locations

The Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success (OATSS) 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 include your full name and Oakton ID Number (B#) in any communications.

Des Plaines campus
1600 E. Golf Road, Room 1861

Skokie campus
7701 N. Lincoln Ave., Room A100

Email address

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

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