You do not need a high school diploma to take college level classes at College of DuPage (COD). Although students who are 16 years old can complete paperwork to obtain their counselor’s permission to enroll in a COD course, they must register for the course and pay tuition to COD. 
Fortunately, there is an easier, no cost way for students to earn college credit. The more common way to earn COD credit is through Dual Credit classes which meet at the high school during the normal high school day. They are offered for high school and College of DuPage credit simultaneously. Many of these dual credit courses (like other COD courses) transfer to other colleges and universities. (A listing of dual credit course offerings is below.) 

College of DuPage tuition for dual credit courses is waived, however there may be an application fee.  In order to be eligible for dual credit, students must do the following:

  • High school students must be dually enrolled as College of DuPage students.  If a student misses the enrollment deadline for COD enrollment, no COD credit can be awarded.
  • Meet College of DuPage prerequisite requirements, including grade level and test score requirements listed below
  • Reading Level 1: a score of 75 or higher on COD’s college placement test, or a composite ACT score of 20 or an SAT score of 500 or above on the SAT verbal/critical reading section
  • Reading Level 2: a score of 65 or higher on college placement test
Courses currently offered for dual credit are listed below. COD tuition for dual credit courses is usually waived. Note that dual credit agreements between the high school and COD are re-signed every summer. Although once agreements are initiated they remain in place, a change in staff or textbooks at either the high school or college could result in an agreement not being renewed. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR OR YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR ONCE THE SCHOOL YEAR HAS BEGUN. 



West Chicago Community High School

College of DuPage


Anatomy and Physiology (11-12)

Reading requirement – Level 1

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1500 (4  cr. hours)

Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

Architectural Drawing (10-12)

Consent of Instructor

ARCH 1101 Basic Architectural Drawing (2 cr. hours)

ARCH 1211 Basic CADD/AutoCAD (3 cr. hours)

Botany (10-12)

HORT 1100 (3 cr. hours)  Introduction To Horticulture

Child Development 1 and 2 (9-12)

Reading requirement – Level 1

ECEC 1100 (3 cr. hours)

Intro to Early Childhood Ed. and Care

Computer Applications 1 and 2 (9-12)

OFTI 1200 (3 cr. hours)  MS Office Professional

Fashion Technology 1 and 2 (9-12)

Reading requirement – Level 2

FASHION MERCH & DESIGN 1201 (3 cr. hours)

Clothing Construction 1

Advanced Fashion (10-12)

FASHI 1201 (C or better)

FASHION MERCH & DESIGN 1202 (3 cr. hours)

Clothing Construction 2

Foods 3 (10-12)

PHYS 1554 (1 cr. hour)   Healthy Eating

Food and Fit (10-12)

PHYS 1554 (1 cr. hour)   Healthy Eating

Multimedia Design (9-12)

OFTI 1250 (3 cr. Hours) Electronic Presentations for Business Prof.

Technical Drawing (10-12)


MANUFACTURING TECH 1101(3 cr. hours)

Industrial Design/CAD

Technical Mechanics (10-12)

MANUFACTURING TECH 1104 (2 cr. hours) Technical Mechanics

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