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Admissions Policies

Admission at College of DuPage is open to anyone who is a high school graduate, has earned a GED or is at least 18 years old and can benefit from college-level instruction. To qualify for federal student aid, students must have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or have completed a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.

Admission can be granted to others by the Director of Admissions and Outreach (Board Policy 20-50). The College prohibits discrimination in its admission, employment, and educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, arrest record, military status or unfavorable military discharge, citizenship status, and physical or mental handicap or disability (Board Policy 20-5).

Prospective students need to apply to the Office of Admissions and Outreach. Students should submit official transcripts from high schools and colleges or universities they have attended.

Entrance Exams and Placement Testing

No entrance exams are required for admission; however, entrance exam information is helpful to college advisors who assist students with their educational planning. Students are encouraged to submit national college entrance tests such as the ACT. Placement tests in reading, writing and mathematics may be needed.

Admissions Application Fee

New applicants are required to submit the $20 nonrefundable General Undergraduate Admission Application Fee or submit documentation to qualify for the undergraduate application fee waiver to apply to College of DuPage. 

Non-Discrimination Policy

The College will not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, arrest record, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service, citizenship status, use of lawful products while not at work, physical or mental handicap or disability.

Definitions and Explanations of Special Populations Categories

We’re excited that you are applying to College of DuPage! At COD we believe each of our students has the right to accessible and affordable opportunities to learn. The Special Populations section in our undergraduate application allows us to work on specific supports for our students through Perkins V. 

Predatory Recruiting Policy

The College refrains from providing commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.

The College also refrains from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts, including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, or engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing enrollments.

Contact Information

The Admissions Office is operating during regular business hours:

  • Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, closed

Phone: (630) 942-2626
Email: admissions@cod.edu 
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Walk-in appointments are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-in appointments address quick questions and last 5 to 10 minutes. Virtual appointments are available during regular business hours. You can also contact your admission representative with questions. 

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