College and Career Newsletter

Downers Grove South College and Career Center

DGS Newsletter: New, Clean, Design - Same Content

Hello, we've recently updated our newsletter design, but it still has the same, great content. As always visit our DGS College/Career Center website for past newsletters, and career, financial aid, and other college planning information.

In this issue:

Mid-October Check: Where should I be now?

College of DuPage Application Workshop Recording

College of DuPage Certificate Programs

SAT Score Sends

Virtual Fairs/Tours

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Mid-October Application Check

What should I be doing now?

Do you have Early Action deadlines of November 1st?
  • If yes, and that college requires a letter of rec, you should have requested it on Friday 10/9. Didn't request it? That is okay - do it now.
  • If you need your transcripts sent, please request ASAP, but at least a week before your deadline.
  • Questions and Concerns about your SAT score? Check out our new SAT Score Sends Guidance.
  • Common App questions? See our FAQ's.

Are you applying to College of DuPage?


Bear in mind your deadlines, and manage your applications accorindly. If you're able to, we suggest applying to a range of colleges: 1-2 "safety" colleges (with at least one being a financial safety), 2-3 "match" colleges, and 1-2 "reach" colleges.

Haven't started?

That is okay!!! What route are you planning on taking after high school?
  • 4-year or 2-year College or University. Create a list of colleges. Manage your list of colleges. Start applying to your colleges (go to their website to start)! Many colleges have rolling deadlines or regular decision deadlines in the winer and spring, so you are not too late. However, they typically give scholarship money to those who apply early and you still have plenty of time to meet Early Action deadlines.
  • Trade School/Apprenticeship. Use that website to look for apprenticeship program info.
  • Military
  • Certificate programs - see below!
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College of DuPage Certificate Programs

Don't want to continue school and just want to work? Think about a COD Certificate Program. Benefits include no general education courses, classes only in your certificate area, and shorter completion time (think some in as little as 6 months). Having a certificate gets you a leg ahead of your competition.

COD Application Workshop Recording. (password: P5#y*$%R).

Other COD Programs

COD 3+1 Transfer Programs

COD Traditional 2+2 Programs

Engineering Pathways partnership with UIUC

  • Wednesday, October 14th is testing day for all seniors. All seniors in the state of Illinois must take a School Day SAT test to fulfill their graduation requirements. See the email sent on 10/12, from administration, for futher SAT details.
  • We've provided some guidance on SAT score sends, and sending SAT scores in general.

Virtual Events

FAFSA Workshops

Join Ms. Nolan, Mr. Robinson, and Elizabeth Barrera our ISAC rep for personalized FAFSA help.

Register Now for any/all of the following dates at 11 a.m.: 10/15, 10/22, 10/29

Notes from Across the College Landscape

  • Western Michigan is waiving their application fee through 11/3
  • Southern Illinois - Carbondale - no application fee through 10/31
  • Western Illinois - no application fee through 10/31. 2.75+ GPA automatically admitted.
  • Chicago State University has no application fee for the class of 2021. 2.75+ GPA automatically admitted.
  • The following midwest colleges have November 1st Early Action Deadlines: UIC, University of Chicago, Notre Dame, Augustana, Butler, Kalamazoo College, Lake Forest College, Michigan State, Purdue, UW-Madison