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College Now Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for admission as a high school student concurrently enrolled at College of DuPage, each applicant needs to meet a set of established criteria.

Grades 11 and 12

  • Students who currently have a cumulative minimum high school GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or 3.75 on a 5.0 scale are encouraged to register for the program.
  • Students (defined as a person entering grades 11 or 12) must meet institutional enrollment requirements, follow institutional procedures regarding assessment/placement and satisfy course prerequisites.
  • Students who have not yet graduated from high school will be officially registered or enrolled as non-degree seeking students at College of DuPage.

Note: If you do not meet the testing requirements for a specific course, you will not be eligible to enroll in credit courses offered at COD at this time.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as FERPA, protects the privacy of students' education records and applies to all schools receiving funds under the U.S. Department of Education. If a student is attending a college credit course — College Now — FERPA rights to the college records transfer to the student. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact our Office of Student Records at Student Records: recordsoffice@cod.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

At some colleges, if you have earned 12 or more college credits, your college GPA rather than your high school GPA may be used in awarding scholarships. It is also possible that your scholarship or financial aid could be impacted if you drop College Now classes. For further information, contact the Financial Aid or Scholarships office at the college or university you plan to attend.

All College Now courses will receive a grade on your official COD college transcript. For more information on how the course grade will be calculated, check with your College Now instructor and review your course syllabus carefully. 

Be sure to review College of DuPage Honors Program details at cod.edu/honors. You can review the Honors Program Frequently Asked Questions by clicking on this link here

There is no limit on the amount of College Now credit hours you can accumulate while in high school. However, you should speak with a COD counselor or refer to the COD transfer guides for guidance. Due to the rigorous nature of college coursework, students are encouraged to limit their course selection to one per academic term.

Go to Transcript Order Form to request your COD transcript to be sent anywhere. Transcripts can be sent back to your high school or to any college, university or person you choose. It is a safe, fast and easy way to order and send your transcript.

Helpful Tip: College Now grades are posted in the COD student portal which requires a secure login. Be sure to select the "Hold for posting of current term grades" option when ordering your College Now transcript to be sent at the end of the semester.