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Transfer Services

Get a head start on your academics at College of DuPage, then transfer to a four-year institution of your choice. Create an academic plan with a counselor or program advisor to ensure all of your credits will transfer and start researching colleges and universities early. 

COD offers many options for students to transfer their credits seamlessly to other institutions through guaranteed transfer agreements, 3+1 and 2+2 transfer programs

Transfer Options

There are a number of transfer options available to students. Transfer after earning your degree or completing general education requirements.

  • Most colleges and universities award junior standing to students with an associate degree.
  • Pay one-third of the cost of the average four-year school at College of DuPage, saving you money during your first two years.
  • COD's transfer partnerships and transfer guides make it easy to transfer to the school of your choice.
  • Partner with a counselor or advisor when you begin the transfer process for the following degrees, as there are complex state requirements, transfer school requirements and College of DuPage graduation requirements that apply:
    • Associate in Applied Science
    • Associate in Engineering Science
    • Associate in Fine Arts - Art
    • Associate in Fine Arts - Music
    • Associate in General Studies 

COD partnerships and transfer guides may exist to facilitate a smooth transfer. 

  • Jump start your education by taking a few classes at COD and transferring to another institution.
  • Students interested in transferring after one semester at COD are encouraged to work closely with a counselor or advisor.
  • In order to be considered a transfer student, colleges and universities require a set number of credits, usually between 24-36.
  • Students below these thresholds will need to meet the college or university's first-year admission requirements.

Transfer Partnerships

COD has developed transfer partnerships with colleges and universities to facilitate a smooth transfer for students. The College offers Guaranteed Transfer Agreements, 2+2 Transfer Agreements, transfer guides and 3+1 Transfer Programs that are designed to save you time and money.

The College also participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), which enables credits to be transferred to more than 100 colleges and universities in Illinois.

Colleges and universities interested in partnering with COD to provide additional transfer opportunities should email

  • COD partners with several schools that guarantee admission to students who meet specific criteria.
  • Each college and university offers unique guarantees; some offer guarantees to all majors, some to a few majors and some to all majors with a few exceptions like limited enrollment programs.
  • Some agreements also provide exclusive scholarship and financial aid incentives.
  • 3+1 Programs are a convenient and economical way to earn your Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in selected academic programs.
  • College of DuPage has partnered with prominent universities to offer high-caliber degree programs at a greatly reduced cost: 
    • Take three years of classes at College of DuPage. Many of these classes are offered on College of DuPage's main campus and are taught by faculty from partner universities. Faculty from partner universities are educational leaders in their fields.
    • Receive a reduction on the tuition rate for advanced classes. 
  1. traditional 2+2 agreement allows a student to complete two years (approximately 64 credit hours) at College of DuPage and another two years at a college/university to complete a bachelor's degree.
  2. An enhanced 2+2 agreement allows a student to complete up to 90 semester credits of coursework, mostly general education courses and then transfer to complete the remaining credits toward a bachelor's degree at a four-year college/university.

Transfer Guides

Transfer guides suggest specific COD course subjects that meet prerequisites for specific majors. Transfer guides also provide contact information, basic information about the major, admission and degree requirements, general education requirements and transfer policies. 

Transfer Events

Attend a transfer workshop, information session, advising session or transfer fair with visiting colleges and universities. Transfer events are held throughout the year and are available to all COD students.

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Sakina Kahn

"Choosing COD was honestly one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It greatly helped me financially to save my money for graduate school. I also made some of the best friends I have today." - Sakina Kahn

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Bryan Green

"The College will provide you the education and skills to be successful. The professors and administrators are top-notch and the campus is beautiful. COD provided me with the educational base, drive and motivation to be successful.” - Bryan Green

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Rocio Becceril

"COD helped me tremendously as I tried to figure out what I wanted to do. Going to COD allowed me to take several different classes to try and find myself.” - Rocio Becerril

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"The hands-on skills I learned at COD made me stand out at the Iowa State University career fair." - Edie Cocher-Cowan

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Mirette Mikhail

"I wanted to start at a school that would allow me to see a variety of options to choose from and to better guide me in what bachelor’s I should pursue,” - Mirette Mikhail

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Contact Information

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200
Phone: (630) 942-2259
Ask a counselor or program advisor a quick question
  • Main Campus Summer Hours:
    Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Friday, closed
  • Advising walk-ins:
    Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 23
    Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2201

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