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Oakland Community College (OCC), located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is the largest community college in the state. OCC offers more than 100 two-year associate's degrees, and 45 one-year certificates, and has one of the highest transfer rates among all of the 28 community colleges in Michigan.
OCC has excellent programs in English as a Second Language, Workforce Development, and Nursing. A full 100% of OCC's nursing graduates pass the states licensing exam. The Workforce Development programs at OCC include degree and certificate programs that are designed to prepare students for immediate employment upon graduation. While many careers require a higher-level education, not all careers require a bachelor's degree. OCC's programs are career-focused so that students who earn an associate's degree or professional certificate are prepared for their chosen career.
In 1964,the Oakland Community College District was established in Oakland County, Michigan. The first community college in the district opened in 1965 with an enrollment of more than 3, 000 students on two campuses: Highland Lakes and Auburn Hills.
In 1967, a third OCC campus was established at Oak Park, which in 1980 replaced by a new campus in Southfield. A new Royal Oak campus opened in 1982.
The academic calendar of Oakland Community College follows the semester format, with four short "semesters" in the academic year.
Colleges and Schools
Because it is a two-year community college, OCC is not divided into colleges and schools, but rather into programs. OCC offers programs leading to five degrees:
- Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Business Administration
- Associate in General Studies
- Associate in Liberal Arts
- Associate in Science
OCC students who study at the Orchard Ridge Campus will enjoy its three restaurants, two of which are student teach labs for the acclaimed Culinary Studies Institute.
OCC students also will enjoy the athletics facilities at each campus, which are open to all enrolled students for fitness and recreation.
One of the services provided to OCC students are the childcare facilities at each campus. These centers are run by trained caregivers and provide interactive care for small children while their parents are attending classes. Fees and schedules for childcare vary slightly at each campus; so interested students should contact the campus of their choice for details.
The Womencenter is a college program that provides resources for female students of OCC and women in the community. The goal of the center is to help women identify and achieve their personal, social and professional needs through education. The center offers workshops, seminars, support groups, peer counseling and more.
The OCC "Raiders" athletics teams participate in nine intercollegiate sports, with past championships for the men's basketball team and the women's softball team.
- Cross Country
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
The OCC has five campuses located throughout Oakland County of Michigan:
- Auburn Hills
- Farmington Hills
- Royal Oak
There are 13 parks and recreation areas in Oakland County, Michigan, offering many outdoor activities. Visitors can enjoy horseback riding, boating, skiing, golf and miniature golf, picnics, swimming, and more.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $3,500. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition is estimated to be around $2,400 per year for in-state and nonresident students
- The estimated tuition for part time students is around $71 to $85 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||59%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||58%||$5,011|
|Receiving Student Loans||25%||$4,892|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 17%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, Oakland Community College may provide services to students like:
- Online course work available
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Counseling assistance
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assisting students to find work
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges in Michigan, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.
|Oakland Community College||Oakland||Michigan|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: Oakland Community College - Southfield
- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1991)
Campus: Oakland Community College - Highland Lakes
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1976)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1990)
- See a list of all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Michigan
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Oakland Community College.
- Macomb Community College in Warren, MI (15 miles away)
- Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI (15 miles away)
- Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI (19 miles away)
- Wayne County Community College District in Detroit, MI (21 miles away)
- Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI (31 miles away)