Dual Credit for Students

Dual Credit provides high school students with the opportunity to enroll in selected courses at their high school for which they will receive both college credit and high school credit. Students enroll in specific high school courses that also offer the opportunity to earn college credit.

To be assured that a college course will seamlessly transfer to a particular college or university, please go to the web site of the specific college or university, or to www.transfer.org. For Illinois schools, go to www.itransfer.org.

Many schools have partnered with College of DuPage to offer Dual Credit courses to students.  

Classes are taught at the high school during the regular school day by high school teachers who are also adjunct faculty at College of DuPage.

Students are dually enrolled in high school and College of DuPage.

In which disciplines can college credit be earned?

Students may be able to earn credit in:

    • Career and Technical Education certificate and degree programs, such as Architecture, Computer and Information Systems, Cosmetology, Electronics, Health Sciences, Motion Picture/Television, Photography and many more.
    • General education courses that count toward a college degree in such areas as Foreign Languages, Education, Anatomy and Physiology, Sociology and Math.

How do I get started?

    • Contact your high school counselor or teacher for information on which courses are offered for Dual Credit.
    • Complete a Dual Credit application with your high school teacher in your classroom. 


"Dual Credit allows students to explore college-level courses and provides them with the experience of a rigorous college curriculum coupled with the support found at the high school level. It also allows students to enter college ready to become immersed in their major, exploring their potential career at a deeper level immediately. In today's economic climate, Dual Credit courses are a smart choice, allowing high school students to earn college credit offered tuition free at College of DuPage."

Darlene J. Ruscitti, Ed.D.
DuPage Regional Office of Education

"Dual Credit has given students tangible evidence of career paths that are available to them immediately. Such evidence helps the students to recognize the relevancy of their education."

Ed Susmilch
Assistant Principal
Technology Center of DuPage

"We are proud to offer Dual Credit courses to our high school students as a bridge into their college experience. High school students can earn tuition-free college credit while still in high school, and this is truly a win-win opportunity for all."

Joan Dollinger
Former Curriculum Director
Illinois Prairie School District 204

Contact Information

Office of Academic Partnerships
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3B11
Email: highschoolpartnerships@cod.edu

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