Steps to Enrollment

Scroll down for the five steps to enrollment at College of DuPage.


Whether you are a recent high school graduate, a student looking to transfer to a four-year institution, a working adult seeking to update your skills or a student searching for a new career, College of DuPage has something for you.

Complete the steps to enrollment to become a new student at COD. If you have questions about your next step in the enrollment process, contact an Admissions and Outreach representative.

1. Get Admitted and Explore Financial Aid Options

Admission at College of DuPage is open to anyone who is a high school graduate, has earned a GED or HSE or is at least 18-years-old.

2. Determine Placement

Reading/Writing Placement

COD uses multiple measures to ensure you are placed in the correct course level. Submit one of the items under Placement Options to determine your reading/writing placement. An official high school transcript is required to waive the prerequisite requirements, as well as for financial aid verification.

If you can't meet the options above to determine your placement, you will need to complete one of the following free options:

Math Placement

Students may not be required to take the ALEKS math placement test if they can meet certain math placement requirements.

Students who are unable to meet any of the above-mentioned requirements MUST take the ALEKS PPL math placement test. ALEKS PPL is used at College of DuPage to assess your current math skills, create a personalized learning path to help refresh and improve your math knowledge and place you into an appropriate math course based on your best proctored assessment. Mathematical and quantitative skills are used on a daily basis throughout your personal and professional life. Placement into the right math course saves time and money. Get started with your ALEKS placement test.

3. Meet with a Counselor or Advisor

A counselor or advisor can help you identify courses you need to take and can help you create an educational plan. Determine your placement before you meet with a counselor or advisor.

  • Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor by calling (630) 942-2259.
  • Meet with a counselor or advisor every semester to ensure you are in the right educational pathway.

Counseling and Advising Checklist

4. Register for Classes and Pay for Tuition

Once you’ve met with your counselor and you have established courses you need to take, review the payment policy and explore payment options. You can then register for classes online, in-person, by phone or through an app.

5. Get Connected for a Successful Start

After you've registered for your classes, learn more about student life, student resources and activities that are available on campus.

  • All first-time in college students are encouraged to enroll in COLLG 1100 – College Path QuickStart. This course is an introduction to the first semester experience at College of DuPage, designed to assist students in taking initial steps toward developing a successful academic path.
  • Sign-up for New Student Orientation (NSO). NSO is available every fall and spring semester and is an exciting introduction to everything College of DuPage has to offer. 
  • View student and academic resources that are available to you to help you succeed in your studies.

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"COD helped me to achieve my personal goal, which was to transfer to a good university. But more than achieving my personal goal, COD helped me set goals in my life to go forward." - Geunho Song

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Sakina Khan

"I had heard a lot of good things about the resources that COD offers, and they were all proven to be true." - Sakina Khan

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Brandon Smith

"The nursing faculty were there to help guide me both academically and emotionally when I struggled or stumbled." - Brandon Smith

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Brenda Medina

“COD helped me improve my skills in everything, whether I was taking a general math class or my litigation class. I was blessed to have teachers who are not your regular teachers. They are lawyers or judges who, most importantly, are passionate about their careers, and that made the world of difference to me." - Brenda Medina

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Robert Zill

“I’ve had some great teachers at COD who have motivated me to be the best I can be,” he said. “They really have helped me to develop as a person." - Robert Zill

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