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Serving a Large Community

More than 25 percent of all District 502 high school graduates attend College of DuPage during their college career.

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A Diverse Student Body

Each semester, more than 24,000 students attend College of DuPage.

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Explore a Vast Campus

The Glen Ellyn campus covers 273 acres and has eleven major buildings.

Success Stories: Laura Pekarik

Laura Pekarik’s recipe for success combines entrepreneurship and philanthropy in a personal way. Her Courageous Bakery and Cafe in Elmhurst is home to Cupcakes for Courage, where a portion of the proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Ride Janie Ride Foundation and other local nonprofit organizations. The initiative began when Laura’s older sister Kathy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins T-cell lymphoma in 2010.

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Success Stories: Theo Darden

For Theo Darden, a simple conversation with a sheriff's deputy while in college forged his future. He went on to have a satisfying career in criminal justice, working as a police officer and supervisor in three different agencies in Wisconsin and for the Attorney General’s Office in the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Among his honors, Darden was named Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1996. He turned to education because it excited him, and for the 2019-2020 academic year he was named the College of DuPage College-Wide Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member.

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Success Stories: Pamela Campos

When Pamela Campos sprained her ankle playing soccer in high school, she needed surgery when the injury did not heal well. This was followed by physical therapy, during which Campos appreciated the skill and care demonstrated by her therapist. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she applied to graduate school three times to become a physical therapist. Unfortunately, she was rejected each time. Campos adjusted her plan and came to College of DuPage and was accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant program. She successfully graduated in 2020 and was named one of COD's two outstanding graduates.

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Success Stories: Areeb Kidwai

The academic success that Areeb Kidwai achieved at COD was the opposite of his experience in high school, where his GPA was 2.11 after his sophomore year and his behavior was anything but ideal. When he enrolled at COD, it was his only option but provided a fresh start. Kidwai made the most of this second chance and in 2020 was named one of COD's two outstanding graduates. He is now a psychology major at the University of Minnesota.

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