NSO Agenda


Main Campus (Glen Ellyn), McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Lobby


  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014
  • Thursday, August 14, 2014


8:30 a.m.     Check In

9:00 a.m.     General Session for New Students

This session features a welcome and brief introduction to College of DuPage by Chuck Steele, Manager of Student Life, and Chris Miller, Associate Professor of Speech. They'll give an overview of New Student Orientation and also some essential information that every College of DuPage student should know!

9:00 a.m.    General Session for Parents and Family Members

As your student begins to transition from high school to college, we would like you to be a part of this process.   Whether this is your first student to attend college or your last, come to this engaging presentation to learn how to best support your student by finding out more about the College of DuPage resources and services.  Get the answers to those questions your student may forget to ask!

10:25-11:05 a.m.     Breakout Session 1

11:15-11:55 a.m.     Breakout Session 2

12:05-12:45 p.m.     Breakout Session 3

12:45-230 p.m.        Complimentary Lunch/Social  



#BeCareerReady with College of DuPage Career Services

Did you know many of the choices you make as a COD student are integral in helping you #BeCareerReady? Preparing for what comes after College of DuPage starts the moment you arrive. To #BeCareerReady, choices are important, knowledge is powerful, and creating an intentional path is essential. Learn all the ways Career Services help you find direction, clarify career options and explore new avenues. Be purposeful. Be motivated. #BeCareerReady.

Beyond Books: Discover Your Library

Unlock all the ways our library can help you be successful in your classes and why our grads keep coming back to use our resources!

Chap Chat

Questions answered by our experts- the students! Hear from the student perspective about what it is like to be a student at COD.

Empowering Students to Reach Their Academic Goals

Come find out about the FREE academic support services offered in our Learning Commons! Services include tutoring, math, writing, reading, and speech assistance. These services are available to all registered COD students. Discover the who, what, where and when of how the Learning Commons can help you on the road to academic success.                                                                                                                                                          

From Undecided to Transfer...We Can Help!

Think you can't move forward because you haven't chosen a major or are overwhelmed by all the choices? Or, even though you are just starting, wondering how you will transfer? Either way, Our Counseling and Advising staff is dedicated to help you plan courses. Find out the steps you need to take!

Student Life: LIVE IT

Join us for a fun breakout session to discover everything we have to offer to make your COD experience one-of-a-kind. Find out how to get involved in one of our 50+ clubs and learn about leadership development opportunities across campus. It's your student life so come see the possibilities and get ready for an experience you won't forget!

Tech Check

Get a head start! Know what's up and how to stay connected by learning more about our campus communication systems: Collegiate Link, myACCESS, Blackboard, the student portal, and COD email. Set up your accounts for your school email, Collegiate Link, and student portal!

The World is Your Classroom

Explore ways to expand your perspective, develop new skills and earn credit through Field Studies, Study Abroad, Internships and Service Learning. Be transported off-campus to explore the world, gain work experience or make a difference in your own community.  Dig, climb, paint, research, write, serve, and work your way through college, collecting memories and experiences for your life's portfolio.

Thrive in Your 1st Year of College

Do you want to start college off on the right foot? Discover the ways in which college is different from high school, and learn strategies for successfully navigating your first year. 

Understanding and Keeping Your Financial Aid

Often students do not understand how to keep their Financial Aid until after they have risked losing it.   Learn how to view your award letter, the importance of not dropping classes, significance of accepting financial aid, and terms and agreements of financial aid.


Breakout Session 1:

Equal Access: Leveling the Playing Field

Students with disabilities will actively engage in how to receive help in their own transition from high school to college students. Services and accommodations and how they differ from high school to college will be addressed.

Breakout Session 1 & 2:

Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education Offerings

Find out about the 15 intercollegiate sports that COD sponsors in the National Junior College Athletic Association, and the course offerings within our Physical Education Department.  Topics include athletic eligibility, coach contact information, lecture course offerings, and activity course offerings. 

The MAC: Creativity is All Over

Check out what you can do at the MAC and how you can get involved! From performing center stage or playing music (private or group) to the classes you can take in jewelry, photography, pottery, 2-D or 3-D art, Graphic Arts, or Motion Picture Television.

Breakout Session 2 & 3:

Enriching Learning Through the Honors Program

Get introduced to the Honors Program at COD.  Honors Program faculty will share information about requirements and course offerings.  Faculty and current Honors students will speak about "enriched learning" and how participation in the Honors Program can help you realize your full academic potential.

Making the Grade: Meet the Faculty

An important part of college is what happens in the classroom. Take this opportunity to learn from a panel of our faculty what you can expect from your professors (and what they expect from you) in order to be successful in your classes, as well as ask any questions you may have.


Contact Information

New Student Orientation
(630) 942-2243