logo_pathway_darkThe Engineering Pathways program offered at Moraine Valley is a smart and cost-effective way to guarantee transfer admission into the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This competitive program is designed for high school seniors who plan to enroll as first-time college students for the fall semester following graduation.

The typical applicant has earned mostly A’s in high school and has excelled in science and math courses in his or her senior year. Students who are female, low income, first generation, and/or from underrepresented ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.

Program Benefits

  • Engineering Pathways Freshman Orientation
  • Personalized support – Students have access to academic advisors and program staff at both Moraine Valley and UIUC
  • Guaranteed admission into the College of Engineering at UIUC as a junior
  • Moraine Valley tuition and fees for the first two years – Save over $30,000 on your U of I Engineering degree!
  • Opportunity to participate in STEM competitions and engineering-related activities with your Engineering Pathways peers
  • Scholarship opportunities at time of transfer to UIUC

Application Timeline

Applications are due by March 15. You must accept or decline your offer by May 1.

How to Apply

Prospective students must apply during their senior year of high school to begin at Moraine Valley the following fall semester. To begin your application, first complete a Moraine Valley application online. In about an hour, you will be able to access the Moraine Valley student portal (MVConnect) using your username, which will be provided in your welcome email.

You may access a centralized application that runs through the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign here. Below you will find some helpful hints on how to complete the application with reasonable effort.

Engineering Pathways to Illinois Application

  • You will need your Moraine Valley issued student identification number, a seven digit code. Include any leading 0’s.
  • In addition to detailed information about your high school studies and demographics, you will receive prompts for four mini essays as follows:
  • Describe any particular experiences you have had that led to your interest in studying engineering.
  • Discuss a setback or failure you have experienced–how you handled it, how it affected you, and lessons learned.
  • Why are you a good candidate for the Engineering Pathways program?
  • Reflect on something you would like the admissions committee to know about you.

The essay prompts may take a while to complete. You can save the application and complete it later. To complete it later, you will be prompted for an e-mail address. Enter the e-mail address accurately. Enter the same e-mail address every time you want to save your incomplete application. You will receive a link to your application from webservices@illinois.edu.

You will be asked to identify majors that are of interest to you.

Please note: Official documents such as high school transcripts as well as ACT/SAT/AP score reports need to be separately submitted to the Moraine Valley Records Office upon high school graduation. The Moraine Valley application process is independent of the Engineering Pathways application, so documents are not automatically shared between the two.

Final decisions regarding admission, continuation and standing in the program rests with a review committee.

For questions about the program and the application process, email epinfo@morainevalley.edu or call (708) 608-4250.