Student Right to Know

Oakton is pleased to provide you this list of information that must be disseminated under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Listed below is the type of information Oakton is required to provide and the College offices or materials where the information can be found. Please refer to these sources for more information. Hard copies are available upon request.


Academic Divisions

Institutional and Academic Program Accreditation and Licensure

Oakton Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 800.621.7440. The College is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Athletics (Intercollegiate) — Report on athletic program participation rates and financial support data is available at the U.S. Department of Education.

Campus and Extension Sites

  • Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016, 847.635.1600
  • Oakton Community College, 7701 N. Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077, 847.635.1600

Campus Crime Report and Security Policy and Procedures

In accordance with the Campus Security Act, as amended, Oakton Community College has adopted policies to address issues of safety on campus, and has compiled statistics of on-campus crimes. This information is published in a pamphlet entitled: Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act Report. The pamphlets are available on information racks located throughout both campuses, or may be obtained from the Police or College Relations departments. In addition, campus safety information, safety tips and other helpful information may be found on Oakton's Police Department Web pages.

Contact or stop by the Police Department for a paper copy, Des Plaines, Room 1170, 847.635.1880 or Skokie, Room C100, 847.635.1880.

College Catalog — The printed College Catalog is available for viewing in several offices including: the Library, the Enrollment Center, Advising Services, and online in pdf format. The Catalog is also available for purchase in the College bookstores.

Complaints or Feedback — Students who have concerns or feedback may contact an Oakton department or employee, depending on the nature of the concern.

  • Emergencies
    Oakton’s Police Department may be contacted at 847.635.1888.
  • Sexual Harassment/Misconduct
    An online report may be filed or contact the Title IX coordinator at
  • Academic or Non-academic
    Students are encouraged to speak with faculty or staff members directly when they have a concern. If the concern has gone unaddressed or you wish to seek an alternate resolution, you may file Oakton’s online complaint form. The appropriate department will respond in a timely manner to gather more information.
  • Unresolved Complaint
    If a student is unable to resolve a concern at Oakton, they may contact the Illinois Community College Board or the Higher Learning Commission.

Copyright Policy — It is illegal to distribute copyrighted materials including software and other digital media. Oakton computer users must follow the copyright policy.

Costs of Attending Oakton Community College — (Includes tuition, fees, books & supplies, and applicable transportation costs, as well as any additional costs of the program in which you are enrolled or have expressed an interest.)

Degree Programs, Training and Other Education Offered

Disability Services — Special Facilities and Services Available to Students With Disabilities

Drug Abuse Prevention Information

Emergency Closings — In the event of a closure, Alert!Oakton, the self-service emergency notification system, will be enacted, and an update will be posted to the Oakton website. In addition, information will be disseminated through the Chicagoland Emergency Closing Center, through Oakton’s social media pages, and an announcement on myOakton.

Faculty and Other Instructional Personnel List

College Catalog

Academic Departments

Oakton Student Handbook (The Handbook is available in the Office of Student Life and online in pdf format.)

Online directory

FERPA Policy The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

Students who believe that their rights have been abridged may file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, D.C., 20202-5901 concerning alleged failures of the College to comply with the Act.

Financial Assistance Information — Federal, state, and institutional financial assistance is available at Oakton. Eligibility, application processes, deadlines, and academic policies are posted online.

Students may also utilize the net price calculator for estimated tuition costs and financial aid awards.

General Institutional Issues

Contact Us

College Catalog

Enrollment Center

  • Des Plaines, Room 1860, 847.635.1700
  • Skokie, Room A100, 847.635.1400

Oakton Student Handbook (The Handbook is available in the Office of Student Life and online in pdf format.)


Instructional, Laboratory and Other Physical Plant Facilities Associated With Oakton Community College Academic Programs

Academic Departments

Campus maps

College Catalog

Oakton Student Handbook (Available in the Office of Student Life) and online in pdf format.


Refund Policies and Official Withdrawal Procedures

College Catalog

Oakton Community College Payment Information

Oakton Community College Refund Information

Oakton Community College Withdrawal Information

Title IV (Federal) Refund

Retention, Graduation, and Transfer Rates

The table below shows the percentage of degree/certificate-seeking students who began their studies in fall 2019 who returned for the fall 2020 term.


Fall 2019-Fall 2020 Retention

Full-time, first-time cohort


Part-time, first-time cohort


Source: IPEDS, Fall Enrollment Survey (2019-2020)

The overall graduation rate (also known as the IPEDS graduation rate) tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing their program. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to a four-year institution within three years

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At Oakton Community College, 20 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2016. The table below provides both the graduation and transfer rates for the cohort.


Graduation rate (within 150% of “normal time”)

Transfer-out rate

Fall 2017 cohort (full-time, first-time)



Source: IPEDS, Graduation Rates Survey (2019-2020)

The graduation rates for the fall 2016 full-time, first-time cohort are disaggregated by gender, race, and Pell status below.




Degree or certificate 
completed within 150% of normal time 

Graduation rate

By Gender










By Race

American Indian/Native Alaskan
















Pacific Islander




White (non-Hispanic)




Two or more races




No Information





By Pell Status

Pell Recipient




Non-Pell Recipient




Source: IPEDS, Graduation Rates Survey (2020-2021)
*There were no American Indian/Native Alaskan students in the fall 2017 full-time, first-time cohort.

Textbook Information — Textbook information is located within the Class Search – Credit tool. Oakton textbooks may be purchased on-campus at the Bookstore or online.

Title IX Title IX provides that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community. Forms of sex-based discrimination include sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Title IX also protects the rights of pregnant and newly parenting students as well as the LGBTQ+ community.

Transfer Credit Policies

  • Students seeking to transfer Oakton courses to another institution will find resources through advising services.
  • Students who elect to transfer courses from another institution to Oakton need to complete Oakton’s Request for Evaluation of Credit form, available on the myOakton portal. Additional information is posted online.
  • Oakton also has agreements with institutions including dual admission agreements.

Vaccination Policy — According to Illinois State law (IL Public Act 85-1315), students enrolled in community colleges are not required to provide proof of immunization to their college for tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella or meningitis. However, students enrolled in health career programs or early childhood education may need to submit the immunization record. More information about health-related matters is available through Health Services.

Voter Registration — Students interested in voting will find information at the Cook County Clerks office.