Community College

Community College
Community college is an excellent option for many students. In fact, nearly 35% of graduating NW students choose to begin their higher education through a community college. Some of the benefits include lower costs, an opportunity to better a transcript, the option to take courses that will transfer to a 4-year bachelor’s degree program, the ability to take career-oriented classes or earn a certificate, and the opportunity to live at home and save even more money.

Oakton Community College
Most Niles West students enroll at Oakton Community College. Classes are offered at its two campuses, located in Skokie and in Des Plaines.

  1. Apply online to Oakton. It’s easy and free.
  2. Send your transcripts through Parchment.
  3. Send your standardized test scores. If you did not include Oakton on your list of schools when taking the test, you can send your scores by taking a screenshot of them; the score details must display your name and the test date.
  4. Verify that Oakton is listed as one of your schools on your FAFSA.
  5. Take placement tests, if needed. You can find out if you need to take Reading, Writing, and/or Math placement tests by checking your enrollment checklist. Here is a link to Placement Test requirements and the Testing Center’s walk-in hours: https://www.oakton.edu/studentservices/testing/index.php
  6. Apply for Oakton scholarships online.

Joint Educational Agreements
It is possible to pay in-district tuition at a community college outside of your district if you are pursuing an Associate in Applied Science or certificate not offered at Oakton. Here is a link to those community colleges.

College and University Partnerships
Oakton partners with a number of institutions to ease the transition to a college for a bachelor’s degree. It’s important to connect early with that four-year institution for details. Here is a link to the page providing specific information.

If you have any questions, please contact our admissions representative Rebel Campbell-Barber at [email protected] or 847.635.1703.