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COD Engineering Pathways

Engineering Pathways Admission Dates and Deadlines for High School Seniors

Fall 2021 applicants

  • Filing Period: December 1 – April 15*
  • Early Action: January 15 - Admission notifications will be sent by mid-February
  • Regular Decision: April 15 - Admission notifications will be made on a rolling basis

Application for College of DuPage must be completed to receive COD ID number and MyACCESS account information for ALEKS math placement tests.

Please visit complete Engineering Pathways Application on the UIUC website. Application will be live December 2020.

Program Information

The Engineering Pathways program offers guaranteed admission to qualifying students interested in transferring to The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Program Requirements

Follow the Engineering Pathways plan of study.

  • Earn a B or better in each required course
  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA overall and in technical coursework*
  • Meet with your advisors regularly

Note: 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.

*Technical coursework includes chemistry, computer science, math, physics, and engineering.

Intent To Pursue Pathways

Students who were declined initial admission, need to pursue a foundation year, or missed the application deadline may declare an Intent to Pursue Pathways and will have an opportunity to apply or re-apply to the program after their first year at a partner community college. Students who are calculus-ready are expected to complete the same first-year coursework as those currently enrolled in Engineering Pathways. It will be important to plan your schedules with an advisor to be sure you are on track. If you test into pre-calculus/trigonometry you likely need to complete this course over summer so that you are calculus-ready for fall, please plan accordingly.

Students need to have already applied and been admitted to one of our partner community colleges before submitting the Intent to Pursue Pathways. You will need your community college student ID number and email address to complete the form. A form received without your college email provided is considered incomplete and will not receive a response or be formally registered.

Once you submit the Intent to Pursue Pathways you will be connected to an Engineering Pathways transfer advisor. The advisor will contact you within 2-3 weeks to discuss your options, interests, and help you select your courses for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Intent to Pursue Pathways is not intended for interested students who have not yet completed high school.

Contact Information

For more information, visit UIUC's website or contact Engineering Pathways at