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NSO Agenda

At New Student Orientation, students have the opportunity to speak with departmental representatives from across campus. Sign up today and join us!

View the daily agenda and list of participating departments below. 

Fall 2024 Agenda

Time Activity
8:15 to 9:00 a.m. Check-in at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) Lobby
9:00 to 10:15 a.m.

Students: Main Presentation

Guests: Family/Guest Session

10:30 to 11:10 a.m. Workshop Session 1 and VIP Coffee Connect
11:15 to 11:55 a.m. Workshop Session 2 and VIP Coffee Connect
12:05 to 12:20 p.m. Closing and Prize Drawing
12:25 to 1:30 p.m. Tabling and Food Truck Picnic

Departments at NSO

Departments marked with an asterisk* will be hosting a workshop for students. Those without will be available to speak with students during tabling.

Access and Accommodations*

Students with disabilities will actively engage in how to receive help in their own transition from high school to college. Services and accommodations and how they differ from high school to college are addressed.

Athletics and Physical Education*

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.

Career Services*

Why get an education? To expand your opportunities. So what do employers want? 65 percent of employers report they want candidates with related experiences, and studies show they are only taking seven seconds to form a first impression. From resumes, cover letters to interview prep, learn how Career Services can help you build your professional brand and #BeCareerReady!

Counseling, Advising, and Transfer Services*

Each of the following are individual workshops that cover different topics.

First Year Fundamentals

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.

Help for Undecided Students

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

Tips for Transferring

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

First Generation COD Experience (in collaboration with InterCultural Student Initiatives)

Starting college is exciting, and students face new experiences that impact their academic, personal, and professional growth. Yet, many first-generation students are unsure where to start or how to effectively get through their first semester in college and are often unfamiliar with the resources on campus that can help with the transition. Join our session and leave with tangible ideas on how to grow your campus network and invest in your success. This is a great opportunity to engage with our first-generation community!

At the College of DuPage, you are considered first-generation if your parent(s)/ legal guardian(s) did not complete a bachelor's degree in the United States.

Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education*

Leave campus to learn another language, experience another culture, explore the world, engage with others, and challenge yourself. Expand your perspective, develop new skills and earn credit through Field Studies and Study Abroad. Dig, climb, paint, research, write, paddle, read and journey your way through college, collecting memories and experiences.

Financial Assistance*

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.

Fuel Pantry

The Fuel Pantry provides free food and personal care items to all currently enrolled (full or part time) COD students, staff, and faculty with a self-identified need.

Honors Program*

The Honors Program is for motivated students who want to distinguish themselves through enriched coursework and experiences. Honors credit looks great on a resume or transfer application and could lead to a publication, presentation or scholarship. At our workshop, you will have the opportunity to meet the director and talk to students who are involved in this active and fun program!

InterCultural Student Initiatives*

Success is more than a destination - it is the journey. This high energy, interactive session shares how the 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.

Learning Commons*

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 how the Learning Commons can help you on the road to academic success.


The library offers so much more than books and a place to study. From laptops to streaming videos, find out how simple it is to access all of the materials we have for you.

Living Leadership

The Living Leadership Program is designed for students interested in building their leadership skills and confidence while actively participating in our vibrant campus community. It is a free, non-transcript certificate program at College of DuPage focused on developing students into active leaders and positive change-makers.

McAninch Arts Center*

The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is exploding with great ways to get involved with Music, Theater, Dance, and Visual Art departments. Learn how you can join a choir, jazz band, concert band, or orchestra. Discover how you can take center stage as an actor or make a feature movie. Learn how you can work backstage for a theater production and course options for creating jewelry, pottery, 2D or 3D art. Come find out all the ways we entertain you and the opportunities you have to explore your creative side!

Campus Police

The COD Police Department is a professional 24-hour law enforcement agency. Whether it is providing emergency first aid, responding to a criminal act or providing escort service to your vehicle or class, the department is always ready to help you.


Sodexo's College of DuPage Dining Services provides an exciting and innovative dining services program for the entire College of DuPage community.

Student Life*

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

Veterans Services

The Veterans Services office at College of DuPage assists veterans and military personnel with their studies at the college level by helping with:

  • Veterans and Military Personnel educational benefits
  • Information on Veteran scholarships, emergency loans and the VA work study program
  • Referrals to student resources, local Veteran assistance organizations, counseling, employment and internship opportunities
  • Library Services including textbook loans

Contact Information

New Student Orientation
(630) 942-2243
Email: studentlife@cod.edu