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COD Engineering Pathways

Engineering Pathways offers students interested in beginning their college education at College of DuPage with a streamlined transfer experience and guaranteed admission to The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign upon successful completion of program requirements.

Eligible Majors at UIUC

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering 
  • Bioengineering (requires 6 semesters after transfer to UIUC to complete major course sequencing)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Physics
  • General Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Neural Engineering (opens for 2024 transfer; requires 6 semesters after transfer to UIUC to complete major course sequencing)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering
  • Physics
  • Systems Engineering and Design

For accepted Engineering Pathways students, College of DuPage will assign each student with a transfer advisor to assist with course selection and registration, as well as offer general guidance until his or her transfer to UIUC.

Application process for incoming COD freshmen

  1. Apply for general admission to College of DuPage. Once you submit your application, we will create your COD Username and send it to your personal email. An email titled “Username Ready - Set Password” will contain your COD Username and information on setting up your password and accessing your student email account.2. This information is required for the ALEKS placement testing.
  2. The math assessment (ALEKS) is mandatory and may not be waived. Scores must be uploaded to the UIUC application portal. Reading/writing assessments may be completed based on ACT, SAT scores or cumulative high school GPA.
  3. Submit the supplemental Engineering Pathways application.
  • To complete the official Engineering Pathways application, you will be required to upload a copy of your ALEKS assessment score. The document must include your full name, the assessment date, institution name: College of DuPage, show that your assessment attempt was proctored, and the overall ALEKS score. View example of ALEKS assessment document.
  • Official copy of high school transcript(s) sent electronically to engineeringpathways@illinois.edu and to HStranscript@cod.edu. High school transcript(s) must include all courses completed through fall/winter 2022, grades received, and any courses which will be in progress for spring 2023. Please ensure your transcript(s) include this information before sending.
  • In the application there will also be space for you to upload any dual-credit/college transcript(s) and/or a GED completion certificate, if applicable (see application for additional details).

Certify your academic record by sending COD and UIUC your official transcript. This includes your high school and/or college transcripts, ACT, SAT, AP or CLEP scores.

Engineering Pathways Admission Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2023 applicants

Filing Period: Jan. 5 to April 5, 2023

The Engineering Pathways application is now open.

  • Admission notifications will be made on a rolling basis and accepted Engineering Pathways students will be invited to an April reception at College of DuPage for incoming and outgoing Engineering Pathway students.

Program Requirements

Follow the Engineering Pathways plan of study.

  • Attend Advising Sessions offered at both UIUC and COD
  • Consistent review of @dupage.edu email for official communication from both UIUC/COD
  • Earn a minimum of B or better in each required course
  • Maintain a 3.5 /4 GPA overall and in technical coursework*
  • Meet with your advisors regularly
  • Spend 2 hours a week taking advantage of tutoring

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.

Engineering Pathways transfer students with a minimum GPA of 3.8/4 may be eligible for scholarships for their third-year.

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

Contact Information

Rio Saucedo
Engineering Pathways Program

Contact me if you have any questions about getting started.
Email: pathways@cod.edu
Office Phone: (630) 942-2396