Orientation

All students are required to successfully complete an online orientation after being accepted to Oakton Community College. 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.

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.

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.

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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 you for your Oakton journey.

Certificate Seeking/Visiting 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.

Contact the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success

Requirements Before Orientation

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

Visit Oakton Online or In Person

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.

Visiting Oakton

Still Need to Apply?

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

Apply to Oakton

Next Steps after Orientation

Already completed your orientation, or just looking ahead to what's next? Learn more about getting ready for your Oakton education here.

  1. Register for Classes
  2. Meet with an Academic Advisor
  3. Buy books and supplies
  4. Check out the student handbook (PDF) (480 KB)
  5. Stay up to date with the Academic Calendar

Questions About Enrollment?

Contact the Admission team for questions about your application, financial aid, and more.

Get Help with

Office of Admission
Des Plaines
847.635.1835
Room 1740
admission@oakton.edu

Skokie
847.635.1835
Room A100
admission@oakton.edu