Getting Started

Welcome to College of DuPage!

We welcome your interest in College of DuPage and encourage you to become part of our remarkable community of people. All of us here, from our admissions staff through to our faculty, want to make your academic experience at the college fulfilling, successful, and fun!

Returning Students

Getting to Know Us

College of DuPage is the second largest single-campus college outside of California, so there's a lot to find out about. This website covers most everything you need to know about our programs, our people, and the application and registration process. Even though you may have found the answers to your questions online, we encourage you to schedule an appointment and visit our campus in person. You'll be amazed at what we've got going on and an admissions representative can answer any questions you may have, from financial aid concerns to involvement in student clubs and organizations.

Before You Begin

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
  • Earned your GED

If you are under the age of 18, you may be considered as an Early Admission Student. In addition, COD offers a variety Continuing Education and non-credit courses for students of all ages, from youths to seniors.

Next Steps

If you know what type of student you are and are ready to begin the admission process, simply click on the "Application Procedures" link and fill out the online application. It's that easy. If you would like to speak with someone in person, one of our Admissions representatives will be glad to assist you in answering questions you may have about the admissions and registration process.

Once you are ready to get started, just follow the steps below:

1. Visit the campus
Call (630) 942-2380 to schedule a visit and to learn more about prospective student opportunities.

Schedule a visit

2. Get Admitted
Click on the "Apply Now" button above or visit the Office of Admissions and Outreach, Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2207, (630) 942-2380. Fill out the admission form with the $20 admission fee to receive your College of DuPage identification number.

3. Create your myACCESS Account
After you receive your College of DuPage acceptance letter you can use your College of DuPage ID number to create your student online account. Go to myACCESS and select "I'm New to myACCESS." Your myACCESS account will allow you to view your student profile, search and register for classes, check on financial aid status, pay for classes and much more. If you have any technical issues viewing or accessing the myACCESS website, please contact the Student Help Desk, (630) 942-2999 or

4. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Go to our Financial Assistance page and click on the FAFSA tab. Visit the FAFSA website to determine what you may be eligible for in terms of federal grants or loans. Direct your questions to the Office of Student Financial Assistance, Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2220, (630) 942-2251. 

5. Apply for Scholarships
Scholarships are available for both fall and spring semesters. College of DuPage scholarships are offered for a wide range of criteria. Your myACCESS username and password will be needed to apply for scholarships through the STARS Online Scholarship Tracking and Review System. A full list of fall and spring foundation scholarships can be found on our scholarship page.

6. Take Necessary Placement Tests
Placement tests are offered on a walk-in basis. A picture ID and student ID number are required to complete your tests. Placement tests are available for the subjects of reading, writing, and math. Students with ACT composite scores of 20 or higher are waived out of the reading and writing placement tests. Math ACT scores of 23 or higher can waive students from the math portion of the placement tests. To find out visit the Testing Center, Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2405, (630) 942-2400.

7. Check for Course Prerequisites
Go to the prerequisites page, or email

8. Connect with Advising and Counseling
Attend an Advising Session. Check with Campus Central at (630) 942-2380 for days and times. Visit the Counseling and Advising Center, Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200, (630) 942-2259 or

9. Register for Classes
Register in myACCESS or in person at the Office of Student Registration Services, Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2221. Phone registration is available at (630) 942-2377.

10. Select a Payment Option
All students are required to pay their tuition and fees at the time of registration. Review the various payment options available. Make payment in full or enroll in either the automatic or deferred payment through myACCESS. For more information, call the Cashier's Office at (630) 942-2206. Financial aid is available. Direct your questions to the Office of Student Financial Assistance, Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2220, (630) 942-2251.

Contact Information

Admissions and Outreach
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2207, (630) 942-2380

Regular Hours
Mondays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2221, (630) 942-2377 

Walk-In Hours
Mondays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For individuals that need language assistance, please contact Campus Central at (630) 942-2380.