Transfer Opportunities – Your Passport to a Bachelor’s Degree

Why you need a Bachelor’s Degree

While an associate’s degree from College of DuPage will definitely help you to secure an entry job or move up in your professional career, more employers these days have a preference for hiring individuals with a bachelor’s degree. In some professions, a bachelor’s degree is what secures you an entry job. So, a bachelor’s degree is a wise educational goal in order to prepare for a job security in the future.

College of DuPage is aware of this, and therefore, through the Illinois Articulation Agreement (IAI) and other innovative transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities, our students and graduates can transfer seamlessly to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Earning Your Bachelor’s Degree

There are basically two major pathways to earning a bachelor’s degree at College of DuPage:

3+1 Programs

It is a smart way to earn your B.A. or B.S. degree in several academic programs. College of DuPage has partnered with prominent universities to offer high-caliber degree programs at a greatly reduced cost: 

  • Take three years of classes at College of DuPage, with the fourth year taught by the partner universities on College of DuPage campus. 
  • Partner universities are educational leaders in their respective program areas. 
  • Advanced classes are offered at a significantly reduced tuition rate.

2+2 Transfer Programs

traditional 2+2 agreement allows a student to complete 2 years at College of DuPage and another 2 years at a college/university to complete a bachelor’s degree. An enhanced 2+2, on the other hand, allows a student to complete up to 90 semester credits of coursework, mostly general education courses, and then transfer to complete the remaining credits toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college/university.


Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI)

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide transfer agreement, which is transferable among more than 100 participating college or universities in Illinois. IAI works best for students who know they are going to transfer but undecided on the college or university that will grant their baccalaureate degree.

All colleges and universities participating in the IAI agree to accept a “package” of IAI general education courses in lieu of their own comparable lower-division general education requirements. Keep in mind, the IAI General Education transfers as a package. Course-to-course transfer is not guaranteed.

IAI also includes major recommendations for the first two years of college in several popular majors. Faculty panels, which have expertise in the major field of study, created these recommendations. IAI major recommendations work best for students who have chosen their majors, are going to eventually transfer, but are undecided on the college or university that will grant their baccalaureate degree. For more information, visit the IAI website.



Contact Information

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Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200, (630) 942-2259



  • Holly Greenwell

    Holly GreenwellTransfer Program

    "Students should look at the future and think about how much debt or loans they might have to pay off, because College of DuPage is a great school where students can get a fantastic education for an unbeatable price."

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  • Justin Roman

    Justin RomanTransfer Program

    "COD was the best choice I could have made. I got my associate's degree, and it bought me about two years to figure out where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. Plus, it saved my parents money."

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  • Matt Brousil

    Matt BrousilTransfer Program

    "During my first year, I was just feeling my way around and getting a handle on the atmosphere. But I knew how important it was to get involved with other students and learn from their perspectives."

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  • Emily Hollingsworth

    Emily HollingsworthTransfer Program

    "College of DuPage is helping me meet my goals by giving me a good college education at an affordable price. This allows me to continue on to my bachelor’s degree with less debt than most college juniors would have."

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  • Brandon Mattingly

    Brandon MattinglyTransfer Program

    "Spending two years at COD allowed me to better prepare myself for a fast-paced, intellectually and creatively challenging environment like NYU and in some ways, living in NYC."

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Outstanding Graduates for 2016


Dianne Hlinsky and Ana Pliego

Dianne Hlinsky earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Graphic Design and plans to pursue a career that combines graphic design and photography, in which she already holds a bachelor's degree. Ana Pliego earned an Associate in Arts degree focusing on communications.