Getting Started

Ready to get started on your educational journey with College of DuPage? Here are the first steps you need to take.

Create an account.

Students looking to begin the application process should first create an online account by choosing a user name and password. This can be done at Students will use this login to submit their online application and to keep up with where they are in the admissions process.

Apply and pay fees.

Once you're logged in, you will be able to begin your online application. If you are a returning student who has taken even one for-credit class, you do not need to reapply. New students and those who have previously only taken non-credit courses must complete this form in its entirety. Those looking to take courses in the Health Sciences will need to complete an additional Health Sciences Admission Packet. Please contact Admissions and Outreach if you have any questions about this process or need assistance.

When you apply, you will also need to pay a $20 non-refundable admissions recording fee. Those who are filling out a Health Sciences application in addition to the standard application will be accessed an additional $50 fee. Your application is not considered complete until payment has been made.

Once your application is complete, you'll get your Student ID# and will be able to set up your myACCESS and COD email accounts. Find instructions on completing this process here.

Take care of any requirements.

In order to enroll in many courses at COD, students must complete some preliminary steps. Depending on the course, this will mean a couple of different things: 

  • You will need to provide Proof of Prerequisite. If your course requires prerequisites and you have not previously taken these courses at COD, you will need to provide the College with Proof of Prerequisite. This usually means having your college transcripts sent to the Office of Student Records. This can be done electronically or by mail and may have some fees associated with it. 
  • You will need to take placement tests. Some, but not all, of the courses offered online by COD will also require students to take placement tests. These tests, given in reading, writing, and math, help the College assess whether or not you have the necessary skills to be successful in the courses you are taking online. You may be exempt from these tests if you have taken certain courses or have scored 20 or higher on the ACT. Contact the Testing Center to arrange to take these tests. 

While these requirements apply to many courses, there are also a large number of courses at COD that do not have any prerequisites or testing required. In some cases, students may also be able to enroll in courses without meeting requirements if they have the permission of their instructor. 

Get some advising.

It is recommended that students speak to an academic advisor prior to registering for courses, especially students who are looking to transfer credits or complete a full degree program. These advisors can help you to develop a Student Educational Plan which can act as a great blueprint for achieving your educational goals. To talk to an advisor or academic counselor, contact Counseling and Advising Services

Explore your payment options.

When you register for courses, you will need to pay your tuition. Students have several options for paying their tuition, and those who cannot pay in full may be able to enroll in deferred payment plans. Learn more about your tuition payment options here.

Many students may also qualify for forms of financial aid. The first step in accessing this financial aid is filling out a FAFSA form at This form will give students an idea of what kinds of federal grants and loans they may qualify for that can help cover some of the costs of taking courses at COD.

Additional scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs may be available to students. To find out more about these and what you may need to do to apply, contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Register for classes.

Once you have paid your tuition, you will be able to register for courses through myACCESS. You will receive a letter approximately two weeks before the start of new student registration indicating the date and time when you'll be eligible to register for classes. Students should use their Student Educational Plan or the Course Catalog to determine which courses they need to enroll in each semester. Even though courses are not limited by classroom space, there are still size limitations, so register as early as possible to ensure you are able to take the courses you'd like to each semester.

Once you're registered, you should receive a Welcome Letter to your email address that can also help explain the steps you need to take before your course begins to ensure you're ready for online learning. 

Complete the Orientation to Online and Hybrid Learning.

If you're new to online learning, check out the Orientation to Online and Hybrid Learning, which will help you better understand what will be expected of you and teach you how to navigate Blackboard. All online and hybrid students are automatically enrolled each term, so you will not need to do anything to enroll in this optional orientation. To access the orientation, simply log into Blackboard and select it from your list of courses. 

Explore your courses.

Once the semester begins, you'll be able to log on to Blackboard and look at the course information for each of your online classes. Make sure to take a close look at the course syllabus which will tell you all of the important dates you need to remember for your course and help you understand the guidelines you need to follow to do well in the course.

If you're new to Blackboard, use the Student Blackboard Quick Start Guide to help you learn how to log on and navigate. 

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