Pre-Engineering Intercollegiate Transfer

Information Sessions

The Spring 2018 PREP Information Sessions will have updated information on the application process, overall and specialized GPA requirements, and a Q&A segment. Each session will be about 50 minutes long and held on the 5th floor of the Illini Union Bookstore Building.

The PREP Info sessions will take place weekly at the following days and times, beginning February 14th: 

  • Wednesdays @ 3:30pm 
  • Thursdays @ 3:30pm 
  • Fridays @ 10am

There will be limited space, so please RSVP before attending.  

How we review:

The Pre-Engineering Admissions Review Committee will utilize a holistic review process to assess your entire student record. While academic performance in technical courses is vital, PREP also values campus engagement and evidence of your knowledge of the engineering field(s) you are interested in. Since this is the first year of the Pre-Engineering Program, we do not have data for a typical admitted student. We expect the process to be competitive based on historical student interest in an Intercollegiate Transfer to the College of Engineering.  

How to apply:

Students are only eligible to apply for Pre-Engineering in May of their freshman year. Sophomore, junior, and senior students will not be eligible to apply.

The link to apply to Pre-Engineering will be available on this website from May 1 - May 15. 

Application deadline:

May 15

Minimum GPAs required to apply to PREP:

  • Overall Illinois GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Specialized GPA of 3.0 or higher*

*The specialized GPA is calculated based on all foundational technical courses related to the Engineering core curriculum. Grade Replacements will not be factored into the calculation of the Specialized GPA; instead all on-campus grades provided for one technical course will be averaged together. Please note the above minimum GPAs are required to apply. The competitiveness of the applicant pool will determine the average GPA.

Minimum course requirements:

  • Completion of MATH 220 or 221
  • Completion of CHEM 102 & 103 or CHEM 202 & 203

Incoming freshmen who place into MATH 101 or MATH 112 will not be eligible for Pre-Engineering.

Students who already have credits for the courses listed above (and do not want to forfeit that credit) are expected to successfully complete higher-level technical courses. 

The most competitive applicants will have: 

  • Grades of B or higher in all technical courses taken at Illinois
  • Completed PHYS 100 or PHYS 211 by the end of freshman year
  • Completed the Composition I General Education Requirement by the end of freshman year
  • Evidence of campus engagement and exploration of majors and/or careers of interest

Essay questions:

Question 1:

How does the College of Engineering fit into your future professional goals? Please be as specific as possible and limit your response to 500 words.

Question 2: 

In what ways have you developed your skills as they relate to the field of Engineering? Please draw from your experiences with campus organizations, volunteer work, research, etc. Limit your response to 500 words.

Optional essay question:

Please state any special circumstances that have affected your academic performance and/or progress that you would like the Pre-Engineering Admissions Review Committee to consider. Please limit your response to 250 words.


Students will be required to submit a professional resume. We encourage applicants to take advantage of the Resume Review sessions offered by The Career Center.