Parkland Pathway Application Process

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 15. 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 after April 15, within 2 weeks).


Items to submit to the University of Illinois:

Items to submit to Parkland College:

If you have questions as you're applying, call Parkland at 217-351-2482 or visit their admissions page.

Transcripts & Test Scores

Official high school transcripts or supporting documentation should be sent to Parkland College. If a student is admitted to Parkland Pathway and accepts his or her offer of admission, an official transcript must then be sent to Illinois by July 10 so that the courses and grades reported on the application can be verified.

Admitted students who accept their offer of admission must send official ACT/SAT scores by May 15 if self-reported scores were submitted during the application process.

College Assessments

Students must have placement scores in English, reading and mathematics by May 1. Certain ACT/SAT scores may waive the requirement to take placement testing. Parkland Pathway Engineering applicants will be required to complete the proctored mathematics assessment (ALEKS) between March 1 and April 15. The mathematics assessment requirement will not be waived for Parkland Pathway Engineering applicants, and must be completed before applicant review for admission will occur. You can schedule your assessment tests through Parkland's Assessment Center. If you're unsure which tests are required, contact them at 217-351-2432.


Within the application, students must address the following essay prompt:

In an essay of 300 words or less, describe how your academic interests relate to your intended major and how the Parkland Pathway to Illinois program will help you achieve these goals.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available to Pathway participants through Parkland for their first 2 years. Once students have successfully transferred, financial aid will be administered through Illinois.