The Orientation Process at Oakton

Oakton knows that a one-size-fits-all approach is not the best way to encourage a student’s academic growth. The same idea applies to universal orientation events. There are various options for you to visit and get engaged with Oakton, both virtually and in-person. We look forward to getting to know you better during your specific student onboarding based on your academic goals.

Degree-seeking and certificate-seeking students are required to successfully complete an online orientation after being accepted to Oakton College. Visiting students are strongly encouraged to complete online orientation prior to registration. We understand that our students all have their own unique aspirations, so Oakton's orientation programs are tailored specifically to help you prepare for your academic journey. Your orientation experience is centered around your own particular goals, whether you are pursuing a degree or certificate, or are just looking to take a few classes at Oakton before transferring to another institution.

For information about the particular steps you need to take before and after orientation, refer to the Admission Checklist located in the New Student Portal.

Advising and Registration Information

Degree-Seeking Students

If you are a student seeking to obtain a degree from Oakton or plan to transfer to earn a degree, your first step is to complete an online orientation. After orientation, you are required to meet with an academic advisor for registration assistance and advising during an Advising and Registration Workshop. Your advisor will help you select courses based on your educational goals and prepare youA student talking with a staff member at Oakton College's library. for your Oakton journey.

Certificate-Seeking Students

For students pursuing a certificate or visiting to take a few classes at Oakton, becoming eligible for registration is a simple process. You are required to complete an online orientation first and then you may register for classes. If you'd like assistance with course selection, you have the option to meet with an academic advisor.

Visiting Students

If you are planning to only take a few classes at Oakton and not earn a degree or certificate, you are eligible for registration after submitting your application. You are strongly encouraged to complete an online orientation before registering. If you’d like assistance with course selection, you have the option to meet with an academic advisor.

Contact the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success

Important Reminders

Students are required to fulfill certain conditions for academic placement prior to attending an orientation session. See the specifics for all writing, reading and math placement requirements here.

Complete Placement Requirements

Oakton has several options for visiting our campus and getting familiar with the community, including virtual methods. Learn more about scheduling online campus visits and virtual information sessions.

Visit Oakton

Get started on your Oakton application today. You can also call the Office of Admission (847.635.1835) or email (admission@oakton.edu) if you have questions. We’re here to help!

Apply to Oakton

Next Steps After Orientation

An Oakton College staff member speaking with a student on campus.Learn more about getting ready for your Oakton education using these steps:

Contact Us

For any additional questions about your application, financial aid and more, please contact the Office of Admission using the information found below:


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