Parkland Pathway Application Process

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Parkland Pathway to Illinois is a dual admissions program. In order to participate, you must be admitted to the program itself as well as a degree-seeking program at Parkland College.

Dates & Deadlines

The Parkland College application is available beginning September 1. The Parkland Pathway application opens March 5. The application and supporting materials must be submitted by April 5. We don't consider spring applications.

Admissions decisions will be released on a rolling basis. Accept or decline your Parkland Pathway offer by May 1 (or, if you receive your decision less than two weeks before May 1, within two weeks).


Items to submit to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign:

Items to submit to Parkland College:

If you have questions as you're applying, email Parkland or visit their admissions page.

Transcripts & Test Scores

If you're admitted to Parkland Pathway and accept your offer of admission, official transcripts must be sent to both Parkland College and UIUC by July 1 so the courses and grades you reported on the application can be verified.

Admitted students who accept their offer of admission and chose to self-report ACT/SAT scores on the application must send official scores to UIUC by July 1. If you did not report ACT/SAT scores within the application, we will not accept them later for any enrollment purposes, including course placement or proficiency.

College Assessments

You must have college assessments completed by May 1. Certain ACT/SAT scores or high school GPA may waive the requirement to take placement testing. Completion of the proctored mathematics assessments (ALEKS) by April 5 at Parkland College is a requirement for Fall 2022 Parkland Pathway Grainger College of Engineering applicants.

Please email Parkland's Assessment Center or visit their Assessment Center page if you're unsure which tests are required.


Within the application, you must address the following essay prompts:

  1. In a response of 200 words or less, describe how your academic interests relate to your intended major.
  2. In a response of 200 words or less, describe how the Parkland Pathway to Illinois program will help you achieve your academic goals.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to Pathway participants through Parkland for your first two years. Once you've successfully transferred, financial aid will be administered through UIUC.