Honors students at awards celebration


COD's Honors Program offers many benefits, including

  • Honors sections of required courses and electives
  • Smaller class sizes for in-depth learning
  • Extracurricular activities and events
  • Honors classes labeled on transcripts
  • Honors Independent Study opportunities
  • Honors Contract for non-honors classes
  • "Honors Scholar" designation on transcripts
  • Transfer scholarship opportunities
  • Study Abroad scholarship opportunities
  • State and national conferences
  • Student Success Counselors
  • Celebration of Academic Excellence in April/May

Who can take Honors classes?

  • Students with a 3.2/4.0 GPA after at least 8 college-level credit hours
  • High school graduates with a 3.5/4.0 GPA or 25 ACT/1200 SAT
  • Students granted an e-permit by the Honors instructor
  • No application is necessary.

A Special Honors Contract Project in Music

Student Justin Gjata's solo recital

COD Stories

Jude Dakak

“I loved the honors courses! I also liked the option of turning a regular course into an honors course when one wasn’t offered, which I did twice.” - Jude Dakak

Jude's COD Story

COD Stories

Hajara smiling in front of a fountain

"The opportunities I came across taught me to increase my comfort zone and spend more time in my learning zone." - Hajara Yasmin Isa

Hajara's COD Story

COD Stories

Mason Monen

"I am still at the very beginning of my journey. Even though it is a long one full of many challenges, I’m incredibly excited because this path gets me to my ultimate goal of becoming a doctor." - Mason Monen

Mason's COD Story

COD Stories

Bella with her violin in front of a fountain

“I loved being in classes at COD with people of all ages. I hope when I’m retired, I come back and take classes and keep learning about everything.” - Bella Kelly

Bella's COD Story

COD Stories

Mariana smiling in front of a pond

"My advice to students is to always try your hardest to complete your best possible work, especially work relating to the field you are interested in." - Mariana Cruz Ramirez

Mariana's COD Story


Mission Statement

The College of DuPage Honors Program is a learning community committed to excellence by cultivating students' critical thinking and ethical responsibility, empowering them to become intellectually engaged and globally aware citizens.

Contact Information

Honors Program Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3418
(630) 942-3318
Email: honorsprogram@cod.edu

Dr. Lisa Higgins
Director, Honors Program
Professor of English