At Oakton, you'll learn, you'll grow and you'll build a foundation for wherever your life goes next. You'll be part of a community of learners and teachers where everyone has value. You can be assured that whatever it is that brings you here, your life will be better for it. Your journey at Oakton begins with a first step: applying. We strive to partner with you to meet your educational needs. There are a number of different paths for applicants.

General online application ($25 fee)
Complete our general admission application to begin your enrollment process as a degree or certificate seeking, or visiting student at Oakton.

Degree-seeking students plan to:

  • earn an Associate degree at Oakton.
  • transfer to a four-year college/university.

Certificate-seeking students plan to:

  • earn a career certificate at Oakton.

Visiting students plan to enroll in:

  • one or more courses at Oakton to transfer back to a home institution.
  • classes to meet a personal or professional goal.
  • classes as an AuPair/F-1 student guest.

*Additional Application Categories
The application and admission process varies if you are applying as:

Current students
Students who have taken a class within the last three years do not need to re-apply, and are able to login to myOakton to register for classes.
Forgot your login? Look it up here.
Forget your password? Contact the IT Help Desk or 847.635.1965 for assistance.

Returning students
Students who have not taken a class within the last three years must apply again, however the application fee is waived.

Admission Requirements
To be admitted you must be 18 years of age or older. If you are under age 18, you must have graduated from an accredited high school, or hold a General Education Development (GED) Certificate.

More information is available for:

Note: Oakton limits connections from outside the U.S. to many of its systems, including myOakton. If you plan to be out of the country for part or all of a term, you will not be able to pay your bill, check your grades, register, or perform other transactions usually accessible through myOakton. In addition, some online classes are not accessible from outside the U.S.

Office of Admission

Des Plaines, Room 1740
Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Skokie, Room A100
Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


If you would like to meet with a student recruitment specialist, complete this form:

Oakton is closed for holiday beaks Nov. 24 and 25 and Dec. 24-Jan.1.