Oakton Community College: Narrative Description
OAKTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE B-13
Description: District-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Illinois Community College Board. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1969. Setting: 193-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago. Educational spending 2002-03: $5650 per student. Total enrollment: 9,893. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 25:1. Students come from 50 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 5% black, 17% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 45% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs. Study abroad program.
Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for health care programs. Recommended: high school transcript. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.
Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Area resident tuition: $62 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $183 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $247 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2.60 per credit part-time, $15 per term part-time.
Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 33 open to all. Most popular organizations: Board of Student Affairs, College Program Board, Phi Theta Kappa, honors student organization, Occurrence (student newspaper). Major annual events: Cultures Week, Spring Fling, Volunteer Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Oakton Community College Library plus 1 other with 92,000 books, 7,800 microform titles, 586 serials, 10,500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.4 million. 750 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.
Community Environment: Des Plaines, population 53,568, is a suburban community situated about 12 miles from the center of Chicago, the third largest city in the nation. Cultural facilities of Chicago include museums which cover a wide variety of fields, art galleries, research libraries, theaters, opera, and symphony orchestra.