All About Parkland Pathway

The Parkland Pathway application is now available to students through their myIllini account. Many students have questions about Parkland Pathway, so I wanted to tell you about the program, its benefits, and the application process.

About the Program

Parkland Pathway is a program designed for students who are interested in the beginning their college experience at Parkland and later transferring to Illinois. The program is available to students who will graduate from an Illinois high school or who will receive a GED from Illinois. Parkland Pathway students spend their first two years as a Parkland student. During their second year, they apply to transfer to Illinois.

Program Perks

Parkland Pathway students have the benefit of attending Parkland for two years, but still have access to Illinois resources and facilities, including University Housing, libraries, extracurricular activities, and recreational facilities. Also, students get to enjoy the small class sizes that Parkland offers while becoming acclimated to Illinois’ campus. During the first two years of the program, students can also enroll in an Illinois course each semester, but pay tuition at Parkland’s rate.

Participants in the program receive personalized academic advising at both Parkland and Illinois. Students will meet with both of their advisors each semester to ensure they are completing all of the prerequisite courses.

After successful completion of the Parkland Pathway program, participants are guaranteed admission to their specific, correlating University of Illinois college to which they had originally applied. You can find a list of available programs here.

The Application

The Parkland Pathway application to Illinois is very similar to the freshman application. Students will use the same myIllini account and will provide much of the same information on the application. The only documents students have to submit for their Illinois application are the application and ACT/SAT test scores. There is a different essay from the freshman application. Students should directly address their interest in the Parkland Pathway program in their essay.

Students will also fill out a Parkland application. For this application process, student need to send Parkland their ACT/SAT scores and high school transcripts. There is more information about the application process here.

And don’t forget, the deadline to apply is April 15!

If you have questions about Parkland Pathway, we’d be happy to answer them! You can comment below, or contact our office directly at (217) 333-0302.


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March 11, 2017, 11:19 am

Can you tell me what Parkland tuition rate is charged? I see that U of I students who enroll concurrently at Parkland pay the in-district rate. Do Parkland Pathway participants also pay the in-district rate? Thank you very much for your help.



March 23, 2017, 9:46 am

Hi Fran,

The students will pay the same rate they would pay if they were a Parkland student. If they are out-of-district per Parkland’s requirements, they would pay the out-of-district rate.



April 9, 2017, 9:29 pm

Does parkland pathway to engineering slow your progress down in order to get a degree. If I want a bachelors degree in engineering, would starting at parkland pathway slow me down? Or would I still get the degree within 4 years?



April 11, 2017, 11:11 am


The Parkland Pathway program is designed to follow the curriculum for your chosen program at Illinois. You will complete courses that prepare you to easily transfer into a program of your choice. If you follow the advised course schedule, you can absolutely still graduate in 4 years.



April 11, 2017, 1:34 pm

Do AP credits apply to the program?



April 12, 2017, 7:03 pm

If I took AP Calculus BC in high school, which covers calculus 1 and calculus 2, do I need to retake calculus at Parkland through this program?



April 14, 2017, 1:30 pm

Hi John,

It would depend on what you scored on the Calculus BC exam. You can find a full list of the scores and the credit you would receive for each here. You will also work with your Parkland and Illinois advisors to ensure you get all of the courses you need to successfully transfer.



April 14, 2017, 1:34 pm

You can apply AP credits if you would receive credit for the courses at Illinois. You can find a full list of AP exams and the credit you would receive for each here. You can be receive credit for scores of 3, 4, or 5.



April 14, 2017, 4:15 pm

At Parkland, if I scored a 3,4, or 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam, would I need to take Calculus 1 or 2? The link you sent is for UIUC right?



April 17, 2017, 2:24 pm

Can I finish the program earlier than 2 years of I have significant AP credit)



April 18, 2017, 12:13 pm

Hi John,

The link I sent is for UIUC. You will work with your advisor to determine which courses you need to take. You will have an advisor from Parkland and Illinois, and they will ensure you are placed in the proper classes. If you are able to receive credit for an exam from Parkland, you will likely be placed in the next course in sequence. I hope this helps!



April 18, 2017, 2:33 pm

Hi Ralph,

It can be possible to finish the Parkland Pathway program sooner if you have all of the required courses. You will work with your advisor to determine which courses you need to take. If you complete those courses sooner than two years, you will be able to apply to transfer sooner. I hope this information is helpful!



April 24, 2017, 8:32 pm

When should I send AP scores? Where?



May 1, 2017, 3:42 pm

Hi Neel,

You should send your AP scores to Parkland now. If you need to send any to Illinois, you should wait and do so during the transfer process.