New Students

As an incoming student, we want you to feel at home here at Oakton.

Explore and take advantage of the many resources and services available to you as a new student. Use the links below to access personal, academic and student life information.

New Student Resources

Academic Advising

Speak to an advisor on a number of subjects, including transfer information, graduation requirements, academic planning and more.

Access and Disability Resource Center

Students with documented disabilities may seek a range of accommodations, including sign language interpreters, extended testing time, adaptive equipment and much more.

Financial Aid

Apply for financial assistance, grants, loans and scholarships with help from Oakton's Financial Assistance Team.

First-Year Experience

Explore Oakton's special program for first-year students that combines in-class and campus activities to help you set goals, plan your academic path, develop a support team, gain in-demand career skills and more.

Getting Started at Oakton

See our Admissions page to complete your general admission application and register for classes.

myOakton and Email for Students

Activate your email, access your student records, register for classes online, add or drop classes, view grades, request unofficial transcripts and more on Oakton's student portal.


Learn more about our goal-driven orientation experience, which is based on whether you identify as a degree-seeking or certificate-seeking student.

Tuition and Fees

Review policies regarding your tuition and fees, including payment methods, deadlines and more.

Academic Calendar

Stay ahead of important deadlines like class registration and withdrawal by regularly consulting our academic calendar.


Purchase textbooks, school supplies, Oakton-themed gifts and more at the Oakton Bookstore, with locations on both Des Plaines and Skokie campuses.

Course Listings

Browse available courses and find class schedules for information like course descriptions, course fees and required textbooks.

Learning Center

Stay on top of your studies with one-on-one tutoring, study skills workshops  and co-curricular programs offered at the Learning Center, with locations on both Des Plaines and Skokie campuses.


Find books and articles, consult a librarian, attend workshops and events, and so much more at the Oakton Library, with locations on both Des Plaines and Skokie campuses.

Technology Resources

Get assistance with all of your technology needs, including student logins, email and myOakton access, password recovery and more. You can also learn about how we loan Mobile WiFi hotspots and Chromebooks to students in need.

Testing Services

Take English and math placement tests, as well as program-specific exams like the HESI A2 Entrance exam for Nursing. See which tests you must take and how to schedule them here.

Arts at Oakton

From our Performing Arts Center and Koehnline Museum of Art to the Chicago Writers Series and our very own Music Department, the arts are alive and well at Oakton!


Join an intercollegiate sports team, play at the intramural level or just get in shape on your own at our Fitness Center. Oakton offers you plenty of ways to get involved with college athletics.

Center for Campus Inclusion and Diversity

These programs are designed to represent the needs and concerns of historically marginalized student populations and provide access to opportunities through programs, services and resources related to equity, diversity and inclusion.


Make new friends and share interests with your fellow students in one of our student-run clubs, or better yet, start your own club!

Health and Wellness

Keep your mind and body healthy with our wide array of health services, fitness programs and individual counseling programs.