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Oakland Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what certificate and degree programs Oakland Community College offers. Read about its academics, admission requirements and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Oakland Community College

Established in 1964, Oakland Community College (OCC) is a 2-year, public institution located in the suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. In 2011, nearly 82,000 students took a class at one of OCC's five campuses, making it the largest community college in the state and placing it within the top 25 largest in the nation. According to the U.S. Department of Education, OCC is one of the top 34 associate's degree administrators in the U.S.


OCC offers students over 100 degree programs and more than 45 certificate programs in fields of study ranging from accounting and architecture to veterinary technology and welding technology. Students interested in studying the culinary arts have the option of attending OCC's Culinary Studies Institute.

OCC's academic support center provides students with free tutoring, software, supplemental instructional programs and skill-building seminars. All five campus libraries are linked together to give students an extensive collection of online resources.

Many of OCC's classes are taught by full-time instructors, 92% of whom hold advanced degrees. The average class size is 24 students. Student organizations and clubs vary by campus. Sports are also a big part of OCC student life with seven intercollegiate teams, including men's and women's basketball and cross country.


Applications for admission are accepted on an open-door basis for entry into the fall, winter or summer semesters. In addition, two seven-and-a-half week semesters are offered during the summer. Prospective students must be 18 years old or have a high school diploma or GED. Transfer, international and nontraditional students have additional requirements. New students are required to complete a math and English placement test before registering for classes and paying tuition. AP and CLEP scores are accepted. A single, free online application is used by most students and may be submitted in person or by mail.

In 2011, 58% of students were women, and 57% of all students were under the age of 24. Part-time students made up 67% of the student population. All students were in-state residents.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The 2012 cost per credit hour for in-district residents was $71.40, which does not include books, supplies and other expenses. The cost per credit hour for out-of-district residents was $125.30, and out-of-state residents and international students paid $175.80 per credit hour. All students must pay a $25 registration fee and a $10 technology fee in addition to tuition. Tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration and can be paid via credit card, check or money order.

Federal aid in the form of loans, grants and work-study are available to qualified students by filling out the FAFSA application. The OCC Foundation also offers periodic institutional scholarships.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificate, associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 29,158 undergraduates in 2011*
Student Housing No on-campus housing is available*
Programs Over 145 certificate and degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 28 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Less than 1-Year Certificate: Medical insurance coding specialist/coder (32)
1-2 Year Certificate: Legal Assistant (58)
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences (660)*
Graduation Rates 5% in normal time
13% in 150% of normal time
18% in twice normal time (students who started in Fall 2007)*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 3,908 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 57% for full-time and 44% for part-time students (Fall 2010-2011)*
Application Due Date No due date, applications may be submitted any time**
Tuition (2012) $71.40 per credit hour for in-district residents; $125.30 per credit hour for out-of-district residents; $175.80 per credit hour for out-of-state and international students**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (52%), state/local grant or scholarships (7%), institutional scholarships (7%), federal student loans (25%)*
Percent of First-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 59% in 2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Oakland Community College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 2480 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48304
  • Phone: (248) 341-2000
  • Website: www.oaklandcc.edu

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