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, email Parkland or visit their admissions page.

Transcripts & Test Scores

If a student is admitted to Parkland Pathway and accepts his or her offer of admission, official transcripts must then be sent to both Parkland College and Illinois by July 1 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 to Illinois by July 1 if self-reported scores were submitted during the application process.

College Assessments

Students must have placement completed before academic advising appointments are conducted. Certain ACT/SAT scores may waive the requirement to take placement testing. In response to COVID-19 protocols, completion of the proctored mathematics assessments (ALEKS) by April 15 at Parkland College is no longer a requirement for Fall 2020 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, 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.