This is a great question! Parkland Pathway is perfect for students who are interested in beginning their college experience at Parkland and then later transferring to Illinois. This is an opportunity which is open to graduates of Illinois high schools as well as students who have received their GED from Illinois. Please note that current and former Illinois students are unable to apply for this program.
Here are some of the benefits of enrolling in the Parkland Pathway program:
- Personalized academic advising from both Parkland and Illinois
- Access to Illinois courses at a prorated discount
- The ability to access Illinois resources such as our transit system, recreation centers, student housing, etc.
- Guaranteed admission to Illinois as long as all requirements are fulfilled
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Parkland Pathway.
Q: What are the dates and deadlines?
A: The Parkland College application is available beginning September 1. The Parkland Pathway application opens on February 15 and is due April 15 along with supporting materials. There is also a priority deadline of March 15 and if you submit your application but this deadline we will give you an admission decision by April 15. Be sure to accept or decline your offer prior to May 1 (or, if you receive your decision after April 15, within 2 weeks).
Q: What do I need to submit when applying?
A: Below is a list of the items required by both Illinois and Parkland
Items to submit to University of Illinois:
- Parkland Pathway application, submitted through your myIllini account
- ACT/SAT scores
Items to submit to Parkland College:
- Parkland College application
- Official high school transcript
- Official ACT/SAT scores
- AP/IB scores
- College assessments
Q: What about financial aid?
Financial aid is awarded by Parkland College while the student is enrolled in Parkland Pathway. After transferring to Illinois, financial aid will be awarded through Illinois.
Q: What majors are available?
A: There are several majors and concentrations available for Parkland Pathway students. You can see the full list here.
Q: Are there any requirements of Parkland Pathway students?
A: Yes. Please refer to this link for more information on how to stay in good standing, semester review, changing your major, and withdrawing from the program.
Q: What should I do now that I’ve been admitted to the Parkland Pathway program?
Firstly, congratulations! Click here for some information on your next steps as an admitted student.
Hopefully this clears up some of the questions that you had about Parkland Pathway. If not, you’re welcome to call or email our office, or you can leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!
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