Acceptance into the Early Admissions program is determined by Admissions and Outreach on a case-by-case basis. To participate as an Early Admissions student, you must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be 16 years of age or older without a high school diploma or GED by the start of the course.
- A cumulative minimum high school GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or 3.75 on a 5.0 scale.
- Apply for general admission online to College of DuPage. Visit the Admissions Policies page for application fee information.
- Complete the Early Admissions Entrance Form.
- Meet all prerequisites for the desired course. Visit the Course Catalog for more information about class prerequisites, including required placement tests.
- An interview with an Admissions Representative is required. Students must bring an unofficial high school transcript, proof of prerequisites (if any) and the signed Early Admissions Entrance Form to the interview.
- To schedule a qualifying interview or to learn more about the program deadlines, please visit Contact Admissions to find the contact information of your Admissions Representative.
During the first semester of classes, you will work exclusively with your Admissions Representative. As an Early Admissions student, please note the following program guidelines:
- Acceptance to the Early Admission Program is not guaranteed and is approved on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, recommendation from a high school counselor or parent does not guarantee acceptance into the Early Admissions program.
- Approval for a class load of more than one course for the first semester will only be granted in exceptional cases.
- A student may be required to take Reading, Writing or Math Placement Tests to determine which courses they are eligible to enroll in at College of DuPage. Specifically, math and science courses require a qualifying Math ALEKS placement test score. Please visit our Placement Testing page for more information.
- The grades earned for courses taken as an Early Admissions student will be permanent and recorded on the College of DuPage transcript.
- The grades earned at the end of the semester will determine your continued eligibility as an Early Admissions student for subsequent academic terms.
- Approval for online, flexible and independent learning classes will only be granted in exceptional cases.
- An Early Admissions student is required to obtain approval from an Admissions Representative for the first semester. After the first semester, the student will meet with Counseling & Advising until the student either turns 18, graduates from high school, or obtains a GED.
If you are a new Early Admissions student and would like more information, please contact your school's Admissions Representative.