Application for Admission Procedures

Getting Started at College of DuPage

For most prospective students, applying for admission to the college's credit programs is an easy 2-step process. Start by creating a site account and choosing a username and password. From there, proceed to the online admission form.

Returning students needn't reapply for admission. You're a "returning student" if you've taken even a single credit class at College of DuPage anytime in the past. If you have taken only non-credit classes, you are required to complete an admission form. If you have questions, call the Office of Admissions and Outreach  at (630) 942-2626 and they can help you with your next step.

If you are applying for entry into a health career program you'll need to complete a few extra steps, including the completion of a Health Sciences Admission Packet after you have completed your online application. Many programs within the Health Sciences require specific academic prerequisites. Learn more about applying for admission to a health care program.

Those Eligible for Admission

College of DuPage maintains an open enrollment policy. To attend, you must be ONE of the following:

  • 18 years of age
  • A high school graduate
  • A GED Completer

If you are under the age of 18, you may be considered as an Early Admission Student.

In addition, COD offers a variety of Continuing Education and non-credit courses for students of all ages, from youths to seniors. These programs do not require the completion of an admissions form.

Application Fees

Payment of a $20 non-refundable Admissions recording fee must be paid at the time of application. Online applications must be accompanied by online payment. Payment must be made or your application will not be considered as completed.

As stated, those applying to a health care program are required to submit a Health Sciences application in addition to the admissions application. There is a $50 fee for this application.

Ready to Begin?

  1. Create an account: Tell us a little about yourself and your interests, and we'll show you what we have to offer.
  2. Apply: Submit an Admission form online.


Next Steps

  • Take any required placement tests:The Testing Center Tests in reading (comprehension), writing (sentence structure and grammar) and/or math must be completed prior to registering for classes.
  • Seek New Student Advising:New Student Information Advising can provide a variety of services and can help you choose your first term classes.
  • Verify prerequisites: Proof of Prerequisite If you've taken the prerequisite course at another college of university, contact the Office of Student Records to review options for submitting the necessary proof.
  • Register for your classes: Register online You will receive a letter approximately two weeks prior to the start of new student registration indicating the earliest date and time you'll be eligible to register for classes. This is based upon when College of DuPage receives your Admission Form.


If you have any questions about the application process, contact an admission representative at or call (630) 942-2626.

Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures

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.

Fee Waiver Documentation

To qualify for a waiver of the $20 General Application Fee, an individual must provide proof of financial hardship, record veteran information on their application (veteran or active) or receive one of our special waiver codes at select events (fee waiver coupons). The following is a list of acceptable forms of documentation, as they are programs offered through the state of Illinois for public aid/assistance. The applicant's name must be printed on the proof and it must not be expired:

  • Medicaid card
  • IL SNAP/Explanation of Benefits (accompanies the LINK card)
    *copy of the person's eligibility can be obtained through
  • State of Illinois All Kids Insurance benefit card (individual's name must be on the card, and the card must be valid)
  • PADS ID card or letter from PADS
  • WorkNet DuPage card
  • Letter from IL Department of Human Services (unemployment)
  • Letter stating that student is a part of the TRIO program
  • Letter from high school, on school letter head, requesting waiver based on pre-determined economic need.
  • Social Security Benefits Letter
  • SAR-Student Aid Report documentation (the response from government after review of the FAFSA) indicating 2500 or less EFC (Expected Family Contribution)
  • Documentation supporting that the applicant is part of the foster care system or ward of the state

All forms can be faxed emailed or brought to the Office of Admissions and Outreach (Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2207).


Contact Information

Admissions and Outreach
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2207, (630) 942-2626

Regular Hours
Mondays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit the Academic Calendar for holiday closings.

Appointments: if you would like to meet with an Admission Representative, an appointment is recommended. Call (630) 942-2626 to make an appointment.

Walk-in without an appointment: appointments are not required, but are recommended. Walk-in's may be available on a first-come, first-serve basis between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Getting Startedat COD

The steps you need to know to get started at COD from visiting the campus to registering for class.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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