Early Admissions Students

Benefits of Early Admissions

  • Earn college credit while still in high school.
  • Get ahead by starting your college education early.
  • Begin working on your General Education credits.
  • Explore different college programs and careers.
  • Experience the academic and social aspects of college life.
  • Transfer qualified college credits to other colleges & universities.
  • Fulfill a necessary university's admissions requirement.
  • Many classes are offered nights and weekends.


Early Admissions Overview

In an effort to meet the needs of students that are still enrolled in high school or in a home education program, College of DuPage offers an Early Admissions student program for qualified students who have not yet reached the age of 18 or graduated from high school. The classes offered for Early Admissions students are college-level courses and acceptance is determined after a mandatory interview with an Admissions Representative from the Admissions and Outreach Office. This form is only valid for the academic term indicated and an Admissions Representative's approval must be given for each academic term until the student graduates from high school or turns 18 years old. This is a fillable PDF. The student should type in all relevant information, print the form, and bring it to the Admissions & Outreach Office for the interview. For maximum compatibility please use the most recent version of either Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.

Enrollment Eligibility

Acceptance into the Early Admissions student program is determined by the College of DuPage Admissions and Outreach Office on a case-by-case basis. To participate as an Early Admissions student at College of DuPage, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Be under the age of 18 without a high school diploma or GED.
  2. Have a cumulative minimum high school GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or 3.75 on a 5.0 scale.
  3. Apply for general admission online at www.cod.edu/apply . A one-time $20 Admissions Application fee applies.
  4. Complete the Early Admissions Entrance Form.
  5. Meet all regular prerequisites for the desired course.
  6. Interview with an Admissions Representative and bring an unofficial high school transcript, proof of prerequisites (if any) & Early Admissions Entrance Form . To schedule a qualifying interview please call (630) 942-2380 or e-mail admissions@cod.edu .
  7. Complete the Early Admissions process at least ONE WEEK prior to the start of classes.


Additional Information

As an Early Admissions student, please note the following information:

  • Recommendation from a high school counselor or parent does not guarantee Early Admissions acceptance.
  • Approval for a class load of more than one course for the first semester will only be granted in exceptional cases.
  • A student may take Compass placement tests to determine the appropriate course placement of reading, writing and math. Click here for more information on Compass Placement Testing.
  • Not all subject areas or college-level courses are available to Early Admissions students.
  • Math and science courses may require a qualifying Math Compass placement test score or Math ACT subscore.
  • College of DuPage is not responsible for determining if a course fulfills high school graduation requirements.
  • The grades earned for courses taken as an Early Admissions student will be permanent and recorded on the College of DuPage transcript.
  • The credits earned as an Early Admissions student are often transferable to other post-secondary institutions. Click here for Transfer Program Information.
  • The grades earned at the end of the semester will determine your continued eligibility as an Early Admissions student for subsequent academic terms.
  • College of DuPage is not responsible for determining if a course will transfer back to the high school for high school credit.
  • The decision to grant high school credit for a college-level course taken as an Early Admissions student is up to the high school.
  • An Early Admissions student is required to obtain approval from an Admissions Representative every semester until the student either turns 18, graduates from high school or obtains a GED.


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.

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 requires any student under the age 13 to have a Parent or Legal Guardian signature to acquire a College of DuPage email address. Parents/Legal Guardians must come in person to the Student Registration Services office in the Student Services Center, Room 2221 and provide identification to make this request. For more information, contact the Student Registration Services office at 630-942-2377.

For more information please contact Admissions and Outreach, at (630)942-2380 or e-mail: admissions@cod.edu .