Student Stories: John Detloff

John Detloff


Major: Engineering

John Detloff’s interest in engineering began with a high school project. 

“During my physics class, we created small cars that were powered by mouse traps,” he said. “I really liked designing the car and trying to figure out how to increase the car’s speed and efficiency.” 

But when it came time for college, he wasn’t sure if that was the right major to pursue. 

“I decided College of DuPage was the best option for me, because I could figure out exactly what I wanted to study as well as save money,” he said. “I also wanted to continue to play basketball, which played a role in my decision to attend COD.” 

He also was named a Presidential Scholar, which includes full tuition as well as enrollment in the Honors program and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. 

“This scholarship allowed me to attend school without worrying about the cost of tuition, and I could put more of my focus on both my studies as well as basketball. Considering how expensive college can be, it has removed a large financial burden and a great deal of stress from my life.” 

Having determined that engineering is the right career for him, Detloff plans to earn his Associate in Engineering Science degree and transfer to pursue a bachelor’s degree in either mechanical or chemical engineering. Eventually he would like to become a teacher or own a business. 

As for COD, Detloff found the value in both the cost savings and excellent programming which helped him get on the right path. 

“Attending COD has allowed me to work toward getting a four-year degree while saving money and preparing for my future. As for my personal goals, attending COD has given me the opportunity to play college basketball as well as take classes on unique subjects that interest me.

“Choosing College of DuPage is a financially conscious decision, and I would definitely compare the value of COD with the value of other potential schools. The professors are challenging but they also want students to succeed. The Engineering program is great as well, and for students who wish to go to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign for engineering, the Pathways program is an excellent option. The Engineering program, along with all the classes at COD, will challenge students and prepare them to transfer to nearly any university.”

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