College of DuPage President, Brian Caputo
College of DuPage President, Brian Caputo, spent some time with us a few weeks ago updating us on upcoming plans for the college and a description of the many programs and geographic parameters of the college service area and tax district (see the photos).
We have one of the best regional colleges in the State of Illinois with wide ranging resources and widely transferable credits as well as high school dual credit programs for students. COD offers 184 major programs through Certificate and Associate's programs. The 2021 tuition & fees are $9,750 for Illinois residents and $11,850 for out-of-state students at College of DuPage. Its tuition & fees are cheaper than the average costs ($11,780) of public community colleges in Illinois. It has 24,900 students that are higher than the average population (4,136 students) of community colleges in Illinois. In addition, 2,382 students have enrolled online exclusively. The student to faculty ratio is 21 to 1 which is lower than the average ratio (18 to 1) of Illinois community colleges. The average earning after 10 years of graduation from the school is $41,500.
College of DuPage will be the primary college district residents choose for high quality education. Mission The mission of College of DuPage is to be a center for excellence in teaching, learning and cultural experiences by providing accessible, affordable and comprehensive education.
INTEGRITY - We expect the highest standard of moral character and ethical behavior.
HONESTY - We expect truthfulness and trustworthiness.
RESPECT - We expect courtesy and dignity in all interpersonal interactions.
RESPONSIBILITY - We expect fulfillment of obligations and accountability.
EQUITY - We expect that everyone in our college community has an equal opportunity to pursue their academic, personal and professional goals.
Key Facts:
• Originally formed from 10 high school districts, District 502 has become the most populous community college district in Illinois outside of Chicago, now serving 15 districts.
• More than one million residents from all or part of 51 communities comprise today’s District 502, with boundaries encompassing parts of Cook and Will counties as well as a majority of DuPage County.
• If you divide District 502 into four equal quadrants—northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast— enrollment would be approximately 25 percent from each area. • In addition to the main campus in Glen Ellyn, College of DuPage operates four centers located in Addison, Carol Stream, Naperville and Westmont that offer classes on weekdays and Saturdays. • When the College opened on Sept. 25, 1967, classes were held in office trailers and at multiple leased suburban sites. Driving from class to class, the students, faculty and staff became affectionately known as road runners, hence the College’s mascot is the “Chaparral.”