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Applying to Oakton is fast and easy. Before you begin your studies, you'll need to fill out an admission application and complete your enrollment process.

As the community's college, we serve a wide variety of students from different backgrounds. We aim to make the application process as easy and as clear as possible for everyone.

However, there are a number of different applicant types: In order to be sure that we are serving you best and giving you access to the resources available to you, there are a few extra steps and considerations. Follow these links if you if fall into one of these categories:

Applicant Types

  • General Admission: Follow the instructions in the "Steps to Enroll at Oakton Community College" section below.
  • International: There are additional instructions for international students who are seeking an F-1 visa to study at Oakton.
  • Health Care: There are specific steps you'll need to take if you're coming to Oakton to get a certificate or an associate degree in a healthcare program.
  • Summer-Only: Follow a few simple instructions if you want to take summer courses.
  • Veterans : If you're a veteran of any branch of the United States military, we provide some key information and application instructions.
  • High School / Concurrent: There's an easy application process if you are a high school student planning on taking Oakton classes while still in high school.
  • Undocumented / DACA: If you're undocumented or in the U.S. as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, we welcome you at Oakton.
  • Continuing Education: Adult students and lifelong learners seeking non-credit classes should follow our continuing education application process.

If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to the Office of Admission for assistance.

Steps to Enroll at Oakton Community College


Step 1: Apply 
  • Apply online through your myOakton account.
  • After login, access your New Student Portal to view your Admission Checklist and next steps.
  • Submit admission documents: your transcripts (high school, college, AP, military) and Proof of Residency.

Step 2: Submit a Prerequisite Override
  • Some courses require prerequisite credits. If you've already taken those classes at another school, you may submit a prerequisite override form for any class that requires a prerequisite.
  • Select "Next Steps" in your New Student Portal to learn more about the prerequisite process.

Step 3: Complete the Online Orientation
  • Online Orientation is required before you can register for classes. Orientation information is available in your New Student Portal on the "Next Steps" tab.

Step 4: Register for Classes
  • Register for classes through your myOakton account.

    If you need support selecting classes or creating an academic plan, you can schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. Instructions are listed on the "Next Steps" tab of your New Student Portal.

Step 5: Pay Tuition and Fees
  • Visit my.oakton.edu to sign up for a payment plan or pay your tuition in full. Payments can also be made in person at the Cashier at the Des Plaines campus.
  • If you'd like financial assistance, you can apply online by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) application, available at FAFSA.gov. Oakton's school code is 009896.
  • You can also apply for scholarships on the Oakton Scholarships webpage.


Step 1: Apply
  • Apply online here.
  • Access your New Student Portal to view your Admission Checklist and next steps.
  • Submit admission documents: your transcripts (high school, college, AP, military) and Proof of Residency.

Step 2: Meet Placement Requirements
  • Determining your skill level in reading, writing and math will help you and your advisors make the best choices in your course selection. You may submit transcripts showing your high school grade point average in the above subjects, SAT / ACT scores, or credits from other colleges to determine your placement. If you don't have those, you may need to take a placement test. Visit your New Student Portal for more information.

Step 3: Complete Online Orientation and Academic Advising
  • Online Orientation is required. Orientation information is available in your New Student Portal on the "Next Steps" tab. You will need your Oakton Student ID number and the access code listed in your portal to login and complete the orientation.
  • An in-person Advising and Registration Workshop is required after online orientation and placement requirements are completed. Details will be available in your New Student Portal when you are eligible to complete this step.

Step 4: Register for Classes
  • Course Registration will take place during your in-person Advising and Registration Workshop. During the Workshop, you will meet with an Academic Advisor, begin your academic plan for Oakton, and register for classes. 
  • Placement in reading, writing, and math is required prior to registering for classes. Visit your New Student Portal for information on how to meet Oakton's placement requirements by SAT/ACT, High School GPA, prior college credit, or on-campus placement testing.

Step 5: Pay Tuition and Fees
  • Visit my.oakton.edu to sign up for a payment plan or pay your tuition in full. Payments can also be made in person at the Cashier at the Des Plaines campus.
  • If you'd like financial assistance, you can apply online by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) application, available at FAFSA.gov. Oakton's school code is 009896.
  • You can also apply for scholarships at oakton.edu/scholarships.