COD, NIU Announce Comprehensive Guaranteed Admission Agreement


By Robyn Johnson

A new partnership between College of DuPage and Northern Illinois University provides guaranteed admission for COD students to a broad range of study areas at NIU.

Students who participate in this agreement will have an opportunity to earn a wide range of degrees at NIU, including a B.S. in Applied Technology, a B.S. in Applied Management, or a B.A. or B.S. degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at NIU.

“This is another step in a far-reaching and significant partnership that provides a guaranteed pathway for our students to earn a bachelor’s degree at Northern Illinois University,” said College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau. “At College of DuPage, we focus on students first. This type of innovative agreement offers access to affordable, quality education between two of the finest public higher education institutions in Illinois. We will continue to pursue opportunities such as this one to help our students reach their highest potential and prepare them for the 21st century workforce.”

Under the new guaranteed admission agreement, upon completion of their course work at COD, students who maintain a 2.0 GPA will receive guaranteed admission to NIU, and students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher will receive guaranteed admission into the NIU Honors Program. Completion of general education requirements at COD through this program will be accepted at NIU, and COD students may transfer to NIU after earning a minimum of 24 credits.         

Last spring, COD and NIU created an agreement that provides an opportunity for students to complete 30 hours of NIU course work combined with additional COD courses to earn a Bachelor of Science in Technology degree from NIU with an emphasis in Applied Manufacturing Technology.

“We are committed to providing a pathway to a bachelor’s degree for students who are driven to achieve that goal,” said NIU President Doug Baker. “This agreement breaks down barriers and provides a seamless process that allows students to attain a degree that will position them for career advancement throughout their lifetime.”

For more information about this initiative, please contact Emmanuel Awuah, COD Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, at (630) 942-2652, email or the NIU Office of Registration and Records at (815) 753-0681, email

College of DuPage is an accredited community college that serves more than 29,000 students each term. The College, which grants nine associate degrees and more than 170 certificates in 100 areas of study, is the second largest provider of public undergraduate education in Illinois. Click here for more information about the College of DuPage Business and Applied Technology Division.

Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a diverse and international student body of about 20,000. Located near a vibrant research and development corridor, NIU’s main DeKalb campus is 65 miles west of Chicago and 45 miles southeast of Rockford, Ill. NIU provides more than 60 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate- and doctoral- level programs in seven colleges: Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. The university also operates education centers in Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, where working professionals can access NIU programs at convenient times and locations.

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