New Student Orientation Workshops

Workshop Session Topics

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! 

Faculty Panel Discussion

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. 

Majors + Jobs = $$$ 

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.

Navigating the Road to Academic Success

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.


You just got here, but it is never too early to think about transferring to your four-year college or university. Find out about the important guideposts on your pathway to continuing your academic endeavors beyond COD! And, meet the people who can help guide you along the way.

Student Life: LIVE IT

Join us for a fun workshop session to discover everything we have to offer to make your COD experience on-of-a-kind. Find out how to get involved in one of our 90+ clubs, learn about leadership development, and get the inside scoop on other development opportunities across campus through the Chaparral Edge Program. It's your student life so come see the possibilities and get ready for an experience you don't want to miss.

Student Panel Discussion

Questions answered by our experts – current students! Talk to current students about what it is like to be a student at COD.

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.

Undecided at the Moment? We can help! 

Think you can't move forward because you haven't chosen a major or are overwhelmed by all the choices? Our Counseling staff is dedicated to help you plan courses. Find out the steps you need to take!

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.

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.

Limited Workshop Session Topics 

Celebrating Culture & Creating Community

Success is more than a is the journey! This high energy, interactive session will share how the Student Diversity Office is designed to celebrate culture, encourage and inspire students to have an active voice, and to foster a sense of belonging at College of DuPage!

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.

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.

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.
*All workshop sessions are subject to change.

Contact Information

New Student Orientation
(630) 942-2243

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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