Engineering Pathways Transfer Program

Bachelor's completion program for engineering students

The University of Illinois College of Engineering Pathways Program offers qualifying incoming MCC students guaranteed admission to the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

You’ll complete your first two years of coursework at MCC, then seamlessly transfer to UIUC to complete your degree.

  • Benefits of the Engineering Pathways Program
    • Lower Tuition and Fees. On average, Engineering Pathways students save over $32,000 during their first two years of study.
    • Time to Explore. Students are admitted to the program as Engineering Undesignated, providing an opportunity to explore coursework and career paths prior to selecting a major at time of transfer.
    • Personalized Support. Students have access to advisors and program staff at both MCC and UIUC.
    • Guaranteed Admission. After successful completion of the two-year program, participants are guaranteed admission to Grainger Engineering.
    • Scholarships (Illinois residents only). Students who complete the program are eligible for merit and need-based scholarships.
  • How the Engineering Pathways Program works
    • You must be a first-time college student at the time of application.
    • You must be enrolled at MCC full time (at least 12 credit hours) each semester in coursework that meets the UIUC Pathways transfer course requirements.
    • You must complete required courses for your chosen track. We recommend that you complete MCC's Associate in Engineering Science (AES) degree.
    • You must maintain a 3.5 GPA in required courses, and earn a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in all courses taken at MCC.

    When you successfully complete all the requirements, you are guaranteed admission into the UIUC College of Engineering.

  • Engineering Pathways Program Admission Guidelines and Application Procedures

    Engineering Pathways students generally have earned mostly A's and B's in high school, are strong in math and science, and enjoy using those skills to solve challenging problems.

    1. Apply to MCC
      • Send copies of your SAT or ACT scores and your high school transcript to the MCC Admissions Office.
    2. Take the ALEKS math placement exam through the MCC testing center.
      • You must take this test, regardless of your Advanced Placement courses, ACT or SAT scores; the placement exam score is used by UIUC.
      • You will take one practice exam at home, and you can take the actual exam in the MCC testing center up to five times; a prescribed amount of on-line work is required before you are able to re-test. You will need to score at least into Calculus I.
    3. Complete the Engineering Pathways Application.
    4. Email Pathways to let us know you have applied.

    Regular admission deadline: April 5

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