Transfer Services

Transfer Student Success at Oakton

Many students plan to transfer to a four-year college or university after their time at Oakton. We also frequently work with students in the opposite situation who have "reverse transferred" to Oakton. After receiving a four-year degree or while currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program, students come to Oakton to complete an associate's degree, learn new skills or change careers. Regardless of which plan you're following–or even if you're not sure–we can help make the path a little clearer.

Oakton students who plan to transfer have several degree options here at the College: an associate in arts (A.A.), an associate in science (A.S.), an associate of science in engineering (A.S.E.)  or an associate in fine arts (A.F.A.) in art or music. There are also several courses for students interested in subjects such as business or health science.

Be sure to discuss any transfer plans with your academic advisor, who can help you stay on track as you move toward your educational goals. For your reference, please view the recommendations and tools below when determining transfer-friendly classes, as well as tracking your progress.

Baccalaureate Transfer Programs and Pre-Majors Transfer Partnerships and Guides  

Requirements for Oakton Students Transferring to Four-Year Institutions

Most four-year institutions require that students complete a range of general education (also called gen ed) courses before focusing on their major. Oakton students who complete the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) can meet these requirements before transfer; most participating institutions accept Oakton gen ed credits.

To ensure that your Oakton credits are transferable, the College participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative. IAI-approved courses meet the educational standards of participating Illinois four-year colleges and universities, enabling students to transfer as early as possible.

However, please note that some four-year colleges and universities may require additional coursework before transfer—particularly for certain majors. These requirements are not always aligned with Oakton associate's degree requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor for additional information.

Get Personalized Help With Your College Transfer

Oakton offers various advising services to ensure that you're on your ideal path to success. Transferring from one college to another can present some unique hurdles. Throughout your journey, we want to help set you up for a successful college career—even if you plan to transfer out of Oakton after just one semester. Once you're an Oakton student, you're always an Oakton student.

  1. Plan Your Courses With Academic Advising Services
  2. Get Help With Enrollment at the Enrollment Center
  3. Look Ahead at the Career and Transfer Center

Helpful Tips and Resources for Transfer Students

Transferring Resources

From reviewing overall transfer strategies to learning how credits work, we have compiled a list of helpful links covering various college transfer topics.

Transfer Guides

Learn how to transfer your college credit to Oakton or transfer your Oakton credits to your next destination. Find your current or future college on a list of the most popular transfer destinations to and from Oakton.

College Visits and Fairs

Our region regularly has college fairs and events, some specifically for transfer and non-traditional students. Check out what's coming next in your area.

Contact Us

If you have any questions along the way, reach out to our team to get answers. Remote and in-person services are available Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success

Des Plaines
Room 1860

Room A100