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 February 15. The application and supporting materials must be submitted by April 15. If you apply by our priority consideration date of March 15, you'll receive a decision by April 15. We don't consider spring applications. Accept or decline your Parkland Pathway offer by May 1 (or, if you receive your decision after April 15, within 2 weeks).

  • Priority: March 15
  • Final: April 15


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.


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 so that the courses and grades reported on the application can be verified.

College Assessments

Required assessment tests are completed through the ALEKS program. You'll take your first assessment online. You'll then be required to take a proctored assessment between April 1 and May 1. 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.

Note that all Engineering applicants must complete the Parkland ALEKS math assessment before a decision will be made on their admission.

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.