About Oakton

Connect. Educate. Empower. Transform.

At Oakton College, we believe that education is powerful and life-changing. That everyone deserves a supportive and equitable learning environment where they can thrive. And that connection to people, ideas and opportunity is the best path to success.

Since our founding in 1969, our mission has been to empower and transform our students in the diverse communities we serve. As outlined in our strategic plan, we are more determined than ever to be a force for positive impact—to help create a more equitable world, support more students in charting pathways to work, and to catalyze success in our neighboring communities and beyond.


Our Values and Mission

Our mission and our purpose is to be there for you every step of the way and to give you the skills, knowledge, and critical thinking ability to thrive in whatever challenges you take on.

Our Community

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17 Communities in our district, home to 450,000 residents
100 + Company partnerships for internships, job placement and corporate training.

Our Programs

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150 + Academic degree and certificate programs, with more than 100 options you can complete in a year or less
$ 609,833 Increased lifetime career earnings from Oakton program completers

Our Students

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55 % Students of color. We are a federally designated Minority Serving Institution
$ 12 million Awarded in grants and scholarships each year

Our System

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# 3 The Illinois community college system is the nation's third biggest. Oakton is one of 48 colleges serving more than 600,000 students yearly.
9 of 10 Illinois community college graduates stay in the state, bolstering the local workforce and contributing to their communities.

Connect to Opportunity

No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you chart your path. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college, or want to explore our programs, we're here to help.

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