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For Adult Students

Getting Started As a New or Returning Student

One of the best things about College of DuPage is the amount of choices and opportunities we have available for you to improve your knowledge and achieve your academic goals. With so many different programs, it's beneficial for you to see what we offer, consider your goals and then talk to one of our knowledgeable Admission Representatives.

Explore Your Options

College of DuPage offers a variety of different programs designed to fit your needs:

  • Online Courses 
    An internet-based, self-paced alternative to traditional classes.

  • Continuing Education Adult Enrichment
    Learn about our free Adult Education Program (ABE, GED and ESL) as well as adult test preparation (GRE, GMAT and LSAT), tutoring, online Ed2Go programs, Music Academy lessons, Lifelong Learning courses, and many other non-credit adult enrichment classes and events.

  • Continuing Education Professional Development
    Advance your career with certification programs in health care, business, truck driving, massage, law enforcement, and more, or take advantage of contract training for your organization.

  • Credit for Life Experience
    Earn college credit through your career or life-related experience.

The Academics section of our website contains a wealth of information about the different types of programs we offer. You can also view our resource guide.

Counseling Sessions

Meeting with one of our counselors is a great way to help define a clear educational or career-path strategy. Counseling is available on campus in Glen Ellyn and at four off-campus centers. Schedule an appointment by calling (630) 942-2259 or contact a counselor online. You can also research career opportunities at the Career Services Center. Our Career Services Center offers a variety of resources to help you with your career goals, including job search and internship assistance. 

Academic Support

If it's been a while since you've attended class, it might be a good idea to refresh your math, writing, reading and/or speech skills. The Academic Support Center offers a nice selection of seminars and courses that will help you get the most out of your ensuing classwork.

Apply Today

College of DuPage has an open door admission policy for anyone who is:

  • 18 years of age
  • A high school graduate
  • Earned your GED

Our online application process is easy and can be accessed at any time. If you have already taken classes at College of DuPage in the past, you do not need to reapply for admission. If you have questions, please call the Office of Admissions and Outreach at (630) 942-2626.

COD helped to get me on a track to hopefully realize my full potential.

Ernest DaunterPhysical Therapy Assistant