To become an online student at College of DuPage, you'll need to meet some basic academic requirements and also have access to some essential technologies.
To learn more about the academic requirements that you may need to meet, please check with your individual degree or certificate program or the Counseling and Advising office for more information.You can contact Counseling and Advising at (630) 942-2259.
Because courses are taken exclusively online, students will need to have access to certain hardware and software to complete their coursework.
- Computer: Students will need to have regular access to a computer in order to complete online courses, as most require students to log on multiple times a week for lectures, assignments and discussion. Students may use either a PC or a Mac, but computers will need to meet the minimum requirements to run Blackboard and be equipped with web browsers and any other software needed to complete the course.
- Internet Connection: Naturally, reliable, fast online connections are critical to the timely and ease of completion for online courses. COD courses work best with a broadband internet connection, which can be obtained through your local cable or DSL provider. Students can complete most coursework with a dial-up connection, but it is not recommended.
- Browser: COD online courses can be completed using just about any modern browser, provided it is the most current version. Students can access the latest version of these programs for free using these links: Firefox and Chrome.
- Additional Software: Many online courses will require students to have a few other programs (generally those with specific multimedia needs) to complete their work. Check with your professor for specific details about a course you are interested in taking.
Students who do not have access to any of these requirements at home can take advantage of computers at local community libraries (you will likely need to sign up for a card if you do not already have one) or at COD itself where students can access Wi-Fi and computer labs.
Additionally, students can access a wide range of software for free online and take advantage of student discounts using their COD email that can substantially reduce the cost of everything from a laptop to word processing software. Click here for a list of free and discounted software.