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College of DuPage Facts

Among the state’s public colleges and universities, College of DuPage is the largest community college in the state with more than 22,000 students.

Key Facts

  • Year Opened: 1967
  • FY2022 Annual Operating Budget: $184.1 million
  • Equalized Assessed Valuation of Taxable Property in the Community College District (2020): $48.6 billion
  • Total Budgeted Capital Outlay for FY2020: $12.5 million
  • FY2020 Principal/Interest Payments equal: $22.0 million
  • Workforce:
    • 279 full-time faculty  
    • 2,124 part-time faculty  
    • 13 counselors/advisors  
    • 10 librarians  
    • 875 full-time/part-time staff
    • 36 administrators
  • Size of Glen Ellyn Campus: 254 acres
  • Typical Fall Semester Credit Enrollment: 22,000 students
  • Service Area: The College serves residents in most of DuPage County and parts of Cook and Will counties. The district includes 48 communities with a total population of more than 1 million people. The district includes 26 public high schools and 10 private high schools.

Scope of Offerings

  • Each year College of DuPage offers educational and cultural programming to more than 54,000 credit and non-credit students of all ages and more than 100,000 patrons visit visual and performing arts events at the McAninch Arts Center. The College offers seven associate degrees, including the Associate in Applied Science, which has 43 areas of study and 177 certificate programs for today's career and technical subject areas. Courses are offered at more than 50 sites throughout Community College District 502 as well as online.
  • More than 25 percent of all District 502 high school graduates attend College of DuPage during their college career.
  • The College of DuPage Library maintains a collection of 240,800 books, 61,000 microfiche, 25,600 video recordings (VHS and DVD), 24,700 sound recordings (CDs and audiobooks), 364 current periodical subscriptions (6,900 bound periodical back files) and 15 newspapers.
  • There are more than 80 student clubs and organizations on campus.

Accreditation and Recognition

  • College of DuPage has recognition status through the Illinois Community College Board. Recognition is a state statutory term describing the status of a community college district in Illinois that meets academic, student support, financial, facility and reporting standards as established by the Illinois Community College Board.
  • College of DuPage is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • In addition to institutional accreditation, a number of College of DuPage career and technical programs are approved or accredited by appropriate specialized associations or agencies.

Institutional Philosophy

  • College of DuPage believes in the power of teaching and learning.
    We endorse the right of each person to accessible and affordable opportunities to learn and affirm the innate value of the pursuit of knowledge and its application to life. Our primary commitment is to facilitate and support student success in learning.
  • College of DuPage is committed to excellence.
    We seek quality in all that we do. To ensure quality, we are committed to continual assessment and self-evaluation.
  • College of DuPage values diversity.
    We seek to reflect and meet the educational needs of the residents of our large, multicultural district. To this end, we recognize the need for freedom of expression and that facts, arguments, and judgments should be presented, tested, debated, challenged, deliberated, and probed for their objective truth in the marketplace of ideas. Every College individual owes a duty to exercise his or her own individual judgment; and to permit others to exercise that same freedom of conscience. We recognize the importance of embracing individual differences and cultures and value the contributions made to the College by people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We affirm our role as a catalyst for promoting dialogue and tolerance on issues supporting the common good.
  • College of DuPage promotes participation in planning and decision making.
    We support participatory governance and the involvement of the College community in the development of a shared vision. We believe that all students, staff, and residents can make meaningful contributions within a respectful environment that encourages meaningful discourse. We strive to build an organizational climate in which freedom of expression is defended and civility is affirmed.
  • College of DuPage will be a benefit to students and community.
    The needs of our students and community are central to all we do.