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College of DuPage is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Serving approximately 21,000 students each term, College of DuPage is the largest public community college in the state of Illinois. The College grants seven associate degrees and offers more than 170 career and technical certificates in over 50 areas of study. 

COD at a Glance

  • Opened in 1967
  • FY2020 Annual Operating Budget: $176.4 million
  • Equalized Assessed Valuation of Taxable Property in the Community College District (2018): $44.9 billion
  • Total Budgeted Capital Outlay for FY2020: $20.8 million
  • FY2020 Principal/Interest Payments equal: $29.3 million
  • Size of Glen Ellyn Campus: 254 acres
  • 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 75 areas of study and 175 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.

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.