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.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Applications are due by April 15.

Early Action: Applications received by Jan. 15 will be notified of the decision in early February.

Regular Decision: Applications received by April 15 will be notified of decisions on a rolling basis.

How to Apply

1. Complete the Moraine Valley Admission Application and obtain your Moraine Valley student ID number.

2. Complete the ALEKS math placement exam. Early action must begin the test by Jan. 1. Regular decisions must begin the test by April 1. Proctored tests required.

All Engineering Pathways applicants must complete the ALEKS placement exam. UIUC places a priority on applicants who achieve a score of 76 on the exam. Applicants will have two attempts at the ALEKS placement exam.

Pre-registration and pre-payment of the $25 testing fee is required for placement testing. For questions regarding pre-registration, or to register in person or by phone, visit the Registration Office in Building S, Room S103 or call (708) 974-2110.

3. You will receive your test results upon completion of the ALEKS exam. Please email this score report to epinfo@morainevalley.edu.

4. Submit the Engineering Pathways application (available early Dec.).

You will need your Moraine Valley student ID number to complete the Engineering Pathways application. If you have not yet applied to Moraine Valley, please do so now by completing the Admission Application.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, send them to epinfo@morainevalley.edu.


Program Benefits

  • 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!
  • Welcome Activity at U of I
  • Enrichment Activity - A week-long research experience on U of I's campus
  • Bridge to U of I Educational Experience - Take classes at U of I between your time at Moraine Valley and your first semester at U of I
  • Opportunity to participate in the U of I College of Engineering James Scholar Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Career development opportunities
  • Opportunity to participate in STEM competitions and engineering-related activities with your Engineering Pathways peers



Admission is competitive to ensure students entering the program are the most likely to succeed.

Applicants must be high school seniors who plan to enroll as first-time college students for the fall semester.

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

Students can terminate their participation in the program at any time. Re-admission to the program is not allowed.

Profile of a Typical Engineering Pathways Program Applicant
• Earn mostly A’s in high school courses.
• Excel in advanced math and science courses in senior year.
• Competitive ACT or SAT scores (composite and subject areas).
• Participate in activities such as Project Lead the Way or Engineering by Design classes, First Robotics competitions, scout STEM programs, or any engineering-related summer jobs or  internships.
• Write a strong essay describing your interest in participating in the Engineering Pathways Program.

Once admitted to Moraine Valley’s Engineering Pathways Program, students must:
• Be enrolled full-time and complete all requirements within three years of the date of initial enrollment.
• Strive to earn A’s in the required courses, and maintain an overall GPA commensurate to your selected engineering major.

U of I College of Engineering James Scholar Honors Program

Starting in fall 2019, we will begin offering admission to the U of I College of Engineering James Scholar Honors Program to all students who successfully complete Engineering Pathways (with a final GPA of 3.5 or above), which gives them access to honors courses, faculty advisors, and one of the earliest time tickets for future registration. Students who choose to take part will need to submit an honors contract during their first semester.

3.5 or above final GPA: Admission to James Scholar Honors Program

3.8 or above final GPA: Admission to James Scholar Honors Program and Merit Scholarship