Early Admissions Students

Benefits of Early Admissions

  • Earn college credit while still in High School
  • Get ahead by starting your college education
  • Begin working on your General Education credits
  • Start exploring college careers
  • Classes are transferable to other colleges or universities
  • 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 permit 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 becomes 18. 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 the College of DuPage, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Must be under the age of 18 without a high school diploma or GED.
  2. Must have a cumulative minimum high school GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or 3.75 on a 5.0 scale.
  3. Must apply for admission at the College of DuPage either online at www.cod.edu/apply or in person at the Admissions and Outreach Office (SSC2207). There is a one-time $20 Admissions Application fee.
  4. Must demonstrate college-readiness by taking two compass placement tests. Students must take the Reading and the Writing compass placement tests and score into Category One on both tests. Note: Students with an ACT Composite score of 20 or above may be exempt from taking the Reading and Writing compass placement tests.
  5. Must obtain permission from a high school counselor or a parent/guardian signature if the student is part of a home education program.
  6. Must meet all regular prerequisite requirements designated for the desired course.
  7. Must interview with a College of DuPage Admissions Representative with placement tests results, high school transcripts & Early Admissions Student Permit with all the appropriate signatures. To schedule a qualifying interview please call (630) 942-2380 or e-mail admissions@cod.edu .


Additional Information

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

  • Approval from a high school counselor or parent does not guarantee Early Admissions acceptance.
  • The class load of an Early Admissions student shall not exceed more than one course for the first semester.
  • Approval for Internet, flexible and independent learning classes will only be granted in exceptional cases.
  • 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 transcripts.
  • The credits earned as an Early Admissions Student are often transferable to other post-secondary institutions.
  • The grades earned at the end of the semester will determine your continued eligibility as an Early Admissions student for subsequent academic terms.
  • The Early Admissions process must be repeated each 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 .