Summer Session

Summer Sessions at Oakton

What are your plans for summer? Oakton College offers a range of summer sessions that will help you meet your educational goals.

Oakton offers two summer sessions, a seven-week session, and an eight-week session that typically begin in early June and end in late July. See our Academic Calendar for more information on the upcoming session's schedule. Most summer sessions meet two to four times per week. This varies depending on the course. Visit the course catalog to determine if a class is synchronous (scheduled days/times) or asynchronous (no set days/times) and whether the course is in-person, online or hybrid. Students can take up to ten credit hours of courses during the summer. If you need more credit hours, please connect with your academic advisor. Please keep in mind that the College is closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer.

If you're attending a different college or university and want to get general education credits that willTwo students studying at Oakton College. transfer, we're ready to work with you. Or if you're a high school junior or senior looking to get a head start on your college education, we can meet your needs.

Oakton's doors are open to high school students. If you are a high school junior or senior and have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of C or higher, you also can sign up for summer classes at Oakton to get ahead in your college education. High school students may take one class per semester.  Visit our concurrent enrollment (Early College) page to learn more and apply. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admission (847.635.1700) or ( for details.

If you're in need of financial aid, or if you have questions about financial aid, Oakton offers year-round Pell Grants for eligible students; however, Oakton's financial aid is only available for students seeking a degree or certificate at Oakton. If a student is only registered for summer courses with us, they are not eligible for financial aid at Oakton.

How to Apply and Register for Summer Sessions

Fill out Oakton's general application form to begin applying for summer session courses. Be sure to select "Visiting Student" if you only plan to enroll in the summer term. If you've taken a class with us in the last three years, you don't need to apply again, and you can skip to Step 3—registering for classes. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admission.

Submit Transcripts

Official transcripts (high school, college, AP, military) are required for students seeking an Oakton degree. Copies can be submitted:

  • Electronically (if your current school uses Parchment).
  • Via USPS mail.

Submit Proof of Residency

New students need to complete the one-hour online orientation. Visit your New Student Portal and select "Next Steps" to get started.

Note: You must complete your online orientation before you register for classes.

Register online. You will need your Oakton username and password to access your myOakton account.

Course Prerequisite Requirements

Some courses have prerequisites that will block registration.


Placement isn't required if you plan to:
  • Enroll in a math or English course or enroll in a course that has a math or English prerequisite.
  • Continue at Oakton to earn a degree.

Note: Placement in these areas is NOT required if you are only taking a class and/or the class does not have a Math or English prerequisite requirement.

A student studying at the library at Oakton College.
Students walking at Oakton's Des Plaines Campus,

Frequently Asked Questions

They should. Our general education curriculum is approved by the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), so credits will transfer to Illinois institutions, as well as many out-of-state schools. To be sure, we recommend that you speak with an advisor at your college or university.

Our transfer advising team can offer general assistance.

You will need to request an official transcript online through Parchment. You can find more information on transcript requests on our Records and Transcripts page.

Regular summer school classes are offered during a seven or eight-week period. Oakton also has a four-week interim period between the end of the spring semester and the beginning of the regular summer session.

The course section number indicates the duration of the course. For example, MAT 052 750 is a seven-week course, MAT 052 801 is an eight-week course and MAT 052 1E1 is an interim course.

No. 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 for classes or perform other transactions usually accessible through Some online classes are not accessible from outside the U.S.