First established in 1867, the College of DuPage (COD) is a two year community college serving Illinois Community College District 502, which encompasses most of DuPage County, rural sections of Cook County, and Will County. The main campus is located in Glen Ellyn. There are also facilities in Carol Stream, Naperville, West Chicago, Addison, Bloomingdale, and Westmont.
With over 30,000 students, COD is the largest American community college outside of California and the second-largest institution of higher learning in Illinois. The library contains roughly a quarter-million books, 30,000 video recordings, over 20,000 sound recordings, and more than 500 periodical subscriptions. The main campus covers 275 acres with 11 buildings and ambitious plans to continue expansion.
More than 25 percent of all high school graduates in District 502 attend the college at least part-time at some point after high school. It is a popular place for continuing education; nearly 20% of students enrolled already possess at least a bachelor’s degree. Overall, there are more than 90 certificate and degree programs in 59 occupational programs and 45 programs for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution. In addition to the main campus and the six regional centers, classes are conducted at over 90 off-site locations.