You will find that classes are small at OCC - typically about 27 students, and no larger than 37. This
insures that you won't be lost in the crowd and you'll get the individual attention you need.
Although the college offers some online classes, most classes are on campus and have a lecture-discussion
format. A 3-credit class will typically meet for 2 hours 50 minutes per week with a break during class. Night classes generally meet one
night per week, and day classes (15-week length) meet 1 or 2 days per week. During the summer, 7 1/2-week and 8-week classes meet two
times a week, in most cases.
Although you cannot complete a degree program online, OCC offers around 100 online courses in popular
disciplines such as business, computer information systems, English, health, history, math and social and polictical sciences. You can
also take online courses in our popular Alternate Energy (renewable energy) program.
The general rule of thumb is that a student can expect to study about two hours for each credit hour of a
course. In other words, if you are taking a 3 credit hour course, you can expect to study an average of 6 hours a week. Of course, this is
dependent on how quickly you learn and requirements of the course (amount of reading or research required, writing papers, etc.).
The class syllabus is a "roadmap" that you will receive at the beginning of each class. It includes your
instructor's contact information, assignments, grading policy and class schedule, including when class is cancelled due to holidays.
Click to see an example of a class syllabus
Students are expected to treat others with civility, integrity and respect. This includes:
- getting to class on time
- being prepared
- planning to stay for the entire class
- turning off your cell phone
- following the Rules and Regulations found on pp. 4-6 in the
Once you are admitted to the college, you can take classes at any of OCC's five campuses without re-registering
at each campus.
There is no OCC housing or residence halls. Instead, students often use a search engine such as Google to locate
housing by searching for "apartments in Oakland County, MI." For your convenience, here is a website that provides this service*:
* OCC is not affiliated in any way with Apartments.com and not responsible for any liabilities that OCC students who
engage the services of Apartments.com might contract.
There is no stated dress code, but students are asked to use good sense and dress appropriately. "Business
casual" is always appropriate.
Yes, OCC has a "Department of Public Safety" (DPS) with state-certified police officers. Here is what the
Student Life Handbook
(p. 39) says:
"The Oakland Community College (OCC) Department of Public Safety (DPS) is committed to providing the
students, faculty, staff, and visitors with a safe and secure environment. This goal is accomplished by highly trained, state-certified
police officers providing a variety of services in a professional and competent manner, while building relationships with the community.
We embrace a community policing style of law enforcement that focuses on crime prevention and problem solving through an establishment of
partnerships among the officers, students, staff, faculty, and campus visitors."
Each OCC campus has a bookstore. However, you should buy books from the campus store where your class will be
held because they stock the books for those sections. (Different instructors for the same course might use different books.) You can also buy
them online. Please click on the Bookstore
link in the Quick Links drop-down menu on the OCC homepage
for more information.
You can find out if classes are cancelled by going to the Message Board on OCC's
, calling 248.341.2000, or listening to the following news radio stations:
- 950 AM - WWJ
- 95.5 FM - WKQI
- 97.9 FM - WJLB
- 101.1 FM - WRIF
- 101.9 FM - WDET
If you decide to drop a class, you can do this either in-person at the Enrollment Services office on each campus,
or on the Web by clicking on "Online Services" link and logging in. Click on Students button, then Register and Drop Sections. The
Schedule of Classes
(printed or online) specifies deadline dates for dropping classes
Students are expected to attend all class meetings unless other arrangements have been made with the instructor.
The syllabus for each course explains the instructor's attendance policy.
We do not have a waiting list for closed classes. The only way to get into a closed class is to wait until
the due date of the first or second payment to see if anyone has been de-registered for non-payment (dropped from the class roster).