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.
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 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.