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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.

How does the program work?

Students must complete CLC Engineering Pathways program of study (PDF), 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 and all technical coursework (including chemistry, computer science, math, physics, and engineering). Students are expected to complete all courses in which they enroll; dropping/withdrawing or failing to earn a B or better in a required course will jeopardize program standing. Note that all Pathway 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 (PDF).

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 in a proctored environment at CLC after September 1st. 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 on the CLC Testing Centers web page. This requirement cannot be waived. Note the Aleks test must be proctored, which students can do on a walk-in basis at a CLC Testing Center on any of CLC's three campuses. Please indicate to the testing staff you need a proctored exam, so they notate that on the results. You must take the test in the testing center not online.

    • You must score a 76 or above on the Aleks test to be considered for admission into the cohort. If you earn below a 76 on the Aleks test, it is strongly recommended that you take time to study and review the learning modules begore retaking the assessment.

    •  Applicants who place below a 76 on the Aleks test have two options:

      1. Take Precalculus (MTH 144) over the summer and petition for admission again upon completion with a "B" or better.

      2. Fill out UIUC's Intent to Purse form, Enroll at CLC and register for courses in the Pre-Pathways curriculum. CLC advisors can help with selection of these courses.

  4. Complete UIUC's online Engineering Pathways Application Form, attaching any requested documents (High school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, AP scores).

    • Application Filling Period: January 5 - April 5

    • Decisions: 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 semester OR the start of their second year at CLC.

  5. Applicants who are admitted have until May 1st to accept an offer to the program.

For More Information


Rob Twardock
Instructor/Department Chair, 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