Steps to Enrollment

There are five steps to enrollment at College of DuPage.


Whether you are a recent high school graduate, a student looking to transfer to a four-year institution, a working adult seeking to update your skills or a student searching for a new career, College of DuPage has something for you.

Complete the steps to enrollment to become a new student at COD. If you have questions about your next step in the enrollment process, contact an Admissions and Outreach representative.

1. Get Admitted

Admission at College of DuPage is open to anyone who is a high school graduate, has earned a GED or HSE or is at least 18-years-old.

Admissions Checklist

2. Determine Placement

COD uses multiple measures to ensure you are placed in the correct course level. Submit one of the items listed below to determine your placement. While an unofficial transcript can waive the prerequisite requirements, you may still be required to submit an official high school transcript for financial aid verification. 

High School GPA

A qualifying unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.60 on a 4.00 scale or a 3.25 on a 5.00 scale.

  • Submit an unofficial copy of your high school transcript to and include “HS Prerequisite” in the subject line of your email. 

ACT or SAT Scores

An ACT composite score of 20 or higher or SAT total score of 950 or higher will waive the reading/writing placement test.

  • Submit an unofficial copy of your ACT or SAT scores to and include “ACT/SAT for Prerequisite” in the subject line of your email.

Prior College Credit

If you have earned college credit, you can submit your official transcript for an evaluation to the Office of Student Records. Undergraduate credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities will be evaluated for transfer to College of DuPage upon receipt of an official transcript. 

Placement Testing and Guided Self-Placement

If you can't meet the above two options to determine your placement, you will need to complete one of the following free options:

Placement Checklist

  • Determine Placement

3. Meet with a Counselor or Advisor

A counselor or advisor can help you identify courses you need to take and can help you create an educational plan. Determine your placement before you meet with a counselor or advisor.

  • Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor online or by calling (630) 942-2259.
  • Meet with a counselor or advisor every semester to ensure you are in the right educational pathway.

Counseling and Advising Checklist

4. Register for Classes and Pay for Tuition

Once you’ve met with your counselor and you have established courses you need to take, review the payment policy and explore payment options. You can then register for classes online, in-person, by phone or through an app.

5. Final Step to a Successful Start

After you've registered for your classes, learn more about student life, student resources and activities that are available on campus.

  • Sign-up for New Student Orientation (NSO). NSO is available every fall and spring semester and is an exciting introduction to everything College of DuPage has to offer. 
  • Get involved with the Chaparral Experience. First-time college students will be automatically enrolled. Connect with your Chaparral mentor to engage in academic activities and student support services. Check your student email for more information.
  • View student and academic resources that are available to you to help you succeed in your studies. 


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Geunho Song

"COD helped me to achieve my personal goal, which was to transfer to a good university. But more than achieving my personal goal, COD helped me set goals in my life to go forward." - Geunho Song

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"The classes that I have taken have been significantly impactful on my academic career. With the help of my past professors, I know I am on the right track to developing my choice of career." - Channan Daniel

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"The nursing faculty were there to help guide me both academically and emotionally when I struggled or stumbled." - Brandon Smith

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“COD helped me improve my skills in everything, whether I was taking a general math class or my litigation class. I was blessed to have teachers who are not your regular teachers. They are lawyers or judges who, most importantly, are passionate about their careers, and that made the world of difference to me." - Brenda Medina

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Robert Zill

“I’ve had some great teachers at COD who have motivated me to be the best I can be,” he said. “They really have helped me to develop as a person." - Robert Zill

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