History of College of DuPage

On Dec. 4, 1965, DuPage County voters passed by a 2-to-1 margin a referendum to establish a junior college district.

Nearly two years later, on Sept. 25, 1967, College of DuPage opened its doors for the first time, with the 273-acre Glen Ellyn site purchased in 1968. Since this time, the campus has continually evolved and grown into a modern, state-of-the-art institution that provides high-quality instruction to tens of thousands of students every year.

The community college district served by College of DuPage has grown significantly over the years. Originally formed from 10 high school districts, District 502 has become the most populous in Illinois, outside of Chicago. More than one million residents from all or part of 51 communities comprise today’s District 502, with boundaries encompassing significant parts of Cook and Will counties, as well as the majority of DuPage County.

In terms of enrollment, College of DuPage is the largest community college in the state of Illinois and the second largest college or university in the state after the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

College of DuPage’s operating revenue is derived primarily from local taxes, tuition and fees, and state allocations. Special grants from state and federal sources may be acquired, and gifts and grants from foundations and private sources are accepted through the College of DuPage Foundation. College of DuPage is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and governed by a locally elected seven-member Board of Trustees and one elected, non-voting student representative.

Since its humble beginnings in 1967, College of DuPage has grown in breadth and stature to take its place as one of the nation’s finest community colleges.

COD Through Time


50th Anniversary Timeline

A timeline look back at 50 years of College of DuPage.

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