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Engineering Pathways to the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Engineering Pathways offers qualifying CLC students guaranteed admission to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering.

Who can apply?

High school seniors planning on enrolling for the first time to College of Lake County are eligible to apply. CLC students completing a “Pre-Pathways” year at CLC are also eligible, as long as they join Pathways fall of the following year, starting with Calculus I and Chemistry I. CLC students becoming eligible for Calculus II and Chemistry II in the spring semester of their 1st year at CLC will also be considered for admission if they have completed the Intent to Pursue Pathways form.

How does the program work?

Students must complete a specified list of equivalent courses at CLC, maintaining a 3.5 GPA (with all A’s and B’s) in those courses and a 3.5 cumulative GPA for all classes taken at CLC. Note that all Pathways students start with the same curriculum their freshman year, 1st semester: MTH 145 (Calc I) and CHM 121 (Chemistry I) regardless of a student’s AP scores. Students must also enroll full-time (12 or more semester hours). It is recommended that students complete the College of Lake County Associate in Engineering Science (AES) degree.

The College of Lake County and UIUC will each assign students a transfer advisor to assist with course selection and registration, as well as offer general guidance until their transfer to UIUC.

Students completing the program successfully at CLC are guaranteed admission to The Grainger College of Engineering at UIUC. An estimated 90-100% of students are placed into their first or second choice of departmental majors. Students are not obligated to attend UIUC, and can enroll simultaneously in other guaranteed transfer programs (like T.A.G. for UIC, or G.A.P. for Northern Illinois University). Other area Engineering schools offer articulated transfer agreements with CLC Engineering.

Application Process and Submission Deadline

  1. Complete the CLC Student Admission Form to get a CLC Student ID
  2. Provide the following to the CLC Registrar and Records Office:
    • High School Transcripts
    • ACT or SAT Scores
    • AP Scores
  3. Take the Aleks Math Placement test at CLC (required) after September 1, 2020. CLC will submit your Aleks score to UIUC. (Note: For the purposes of the Pathways program, your math proficiency and placement into a math course is based on the Aleks score, even if your ACT, SAT or AP math score places you higher.) Information on the Aleks test is available at the CLC Testing Centers web page.
    • Applicants must place into Calculus I (MTH 145) or higher using their Aleks test score to be considered for admission into the Fall 2021 cohort.
    • Applicants who place into Precalculus (MTH 144) using their Aleks test score may receive an offer of admission contingent on completing MTH 144 with a “B” or better at CLC during Summer 2021.
  4. Complete UIUC's online Engineering Pathways Application Form, attaching any requested documents (High school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, AP scores).
    • Early Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
    • Final Application Deadline: Apr. 15, 2021; Admission based on a rolling basis.
    • Applicants who miss the deadline OR do not meet the math requirements may complete the Intent to Pursue Pathways form to be considered for admission to the program in their second year at CLC.
    • The UIUC Pathways application is open December 10, 2020.
  5. Applicants who are admitted have until May 1st to accept an offer to the program.

For More Information


Rob Twardock
Instructor, Engineering


Engineering Program

Meet professors and students from CLC's Engineering transfer program and learn about the Engineering Pathways program with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Grainger College of Engineering and the National Science Foundation scholarships. Discover all the benefits of starting your engineering degree at CLC.

See also: Tensile Test with CLC Engineering Professor Rob Twardock