Early College

Do you want to get started on your college career while you're still in high school? Do you want to experience a new level of academic rigor or build your confidence in pursuing a college education? Maybe you're looking to save money and time by gaining high school and college credit at the same time.

Whatever your reasons for considering Early College at Oakton, we are here to help you get ahead. Learn about our Dual Credit and Concurrent Enrollment programs to see which option is right for you, and apply today!

Dual Credit Program

Oakton collaborates with partner high schools across the district area to offer college-level classes to eligible, driven high school students. Our dual credit courses are taught in high school classrooms by Oakton-approved high school teachers.

Oakton strives to provide students, instructors and high school personnel with the resources and support that empower students to successfully complete college-level courses in high school and successfully transition to college. In 2020, more than 3,600 high school students enrolled in the Oakton Dual Credit program, taught at a dozen high schools in our district.

Dual credit course offerings span both the academic and career technical disciplines. To determine if your high school is a dual credit partner and what courses are offered, review the list of Oakton dual credit partner high schools below.

Dual Credit Courses by District (PDF) (85 KB)

Dual Credit Partner High Schools

At Evanston Township High School in academic year 2022-2023 Oakton offers 10 dual credit courses. A complete listing of courses and descriptions can be found here (PDF) (82 KB) or at the below link.

Contact your high school counselor for more information about course requirements and registration procedures.

Dual Credit Offerings

At Glenbrook North High School in academic year 2022-2023 Oakton offers 8 dual credit courses. A complete listing of courses and descriptions can be found here (PDF) (80 KB) or at the below link.

Contact your high school counselor for more information about course requirements and registration procedures.

Dual Credit Offerings

At Glenbrook South High School in academic year 2022-2023 Oakton offers 11 dual credit courses. A complete listing of courses and descriptions can be found here (PDF) (82 KB) at the below link.

Contact your high school counselor for more information about course requirements and registration procedures.

 

Dual Credit Offerings

At Loyola Academy in academic year 2022-2023 Oakton offers 2 dual credit courses. A complete listing of courses and descriptions can be found here (PDF) (68 KB) or at the below link.

Contact your high school counselor for more information about course requirements and registration procedures.

Dual Credit Offerings

At Maine East in academic year 2022-2023 Oakton offers 21 dual credit courses. A complete listing of courses and descriptions can be found here (PDF) (90 KB) or at the below link.

Contact your high school counselor for more information about course requirements and registration procedures.

Dual Credit Offerings

At Maine South in academic year 2022-2023 Oakton offers 20 dual credit courses. A complete listing of courses and descriptions can be found here (PDF) (88 KB) or at the below link.

Contact your high school counselor for more information about course requirements and registration procedures.

 

Dual Credit Offerings

At Maine West in academic year 2022-2023 Oakton offers 19 dual credit courses. A complete listing of courses and descriptions can be found here (PDF) (89 KB) or at the below link.

Contact your high school counselor for more information about course requirements and registration procedures.

 

Dual Credit Offerings

At New Trier in academic year 2022-2023 Oakton offers 12 dual credit courses. A complete listing of courses and descriptions can be found here (PDF) (81 KB) or at the below link.

Contact your high school counselor for more information about course requirements and registration procedures.

 

Dual Credit Offerings

At Niles North in academic year 2022-2023 Oakton offers 13 dual credit courses. A complete listing of courses and descriptions can be found here (PDF) (83 KB) or at the below link.

Contact your high school counselor for more information about course requirements and registration procedures.

 

Dual Credit Offerings

At Niles West in academic year 2022-2023 Oakton offers 13 dual credit courses. A complete listing of courses and descriptions can be found here (PDF) (84 KB) or at the below link.

Contact your high school counselor for more information about course requirements and registration procedures.

 

Dual Credit Offerings

Concurrent Enrollment

Oakton's Concurrent Enrollment Program allows high school juniors and seniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of C or higher to take one college class per semester on one of our campuses or online. Concurrent enrollment applications must be submitted no later than one week prior to the start date of the class.

  • Classes completed in this program will give you college credit while completing high school course requirements.
  • You'll be taking a college-level course with current Oakton students in addition to your high school course load.
  • Your credit will go onto an Oakton transcript that you can apply toward your Oakton degree or certificate or transfer to a four-year college or university.

If you want the course to also count toward a high school requirement (as dual credit), get permission from your high school before you take the class. When you complete the class, send your transcript to the high school to get the course posted on your high school record and count toward high school graduation requirements.

This is a great way to explore your interests or start earning credit toward a degree pathway or pre-major.

Start Your Concurrent Enrollment Application Today

Earn Credit Toward Your General Education Requirements

Students who start at Oakton and plan to transfer to a four-year institution choose from general education courses that are part of the Illinois Articulation Initiative. These courses are accepted as transfer credit at 100+ participating Illinois colleges and universities. A full listing of institutions can be found at itransfer.org. Several of these courses can also be earned through advanced placement or dual credit.

Most Oakton classes are eligible for Early College students. Consult with your college or career counselor to choose classes on pathways to credentials or degrees.

See the Early College catalog (PDF) (965 KB) for more information.

Interested in beginning your college experience while completing your high school education?

FERPA

High school students taking college courses at Oakton and at their high schools through dual enrollment are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). For information regarding student rights under this act, consult our FERPA page or view the Oakton Community College Student Handbook (PDF) (480 KB), which details policies and procedures implementing FERPA.

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

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