ICT to Pre-Engineering

On this page you can find all the information about the Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) process to the Pre-Engineering Program, as well as the link to apply.

Eligibility requirements for the program can be found here.

The ICT application to Pre-Engineering for Fall 2021 will open on May 1, 2021. Applications will be due on May 15, 2021. We encourage you to attend an Information Session to learn more about the program and requirements. Click here to apply.

Apply to Pre-Engineering


Application Information

Here you can find all of the information about the ICT application to the Pre-Engineering Program.

If you would like further guidance or to speak with a PREP advisor directly, we encourage you to attend one of our Information Sessions. These will cover PREP requirements, the transfer process, and application timeline. If you are a student outside of the Division of General Studies, you may call the DGS office to schedule an appointment with a PREP advisor.

Note that PREP ICT Sessions are for current, Illinois students only. If you are a prospective University of Illinois student who has been admitted to the Pre-Engineering Program and have further questions about the program, please consult the main page or e-mail DGS Admissions: dgsadmissions@illinois.edu

Application Requirements:

Essay Questions:

  1. How does the Grainger College of Engineering fit into your future professional goals? Please be as specific as possible and limit your response to 500 words.
  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. Please limit your response to 500 words.
  3. (Optional) 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 PDF file of thier professional resume. We encourage applicants to take advantage of the Resume Review sessions offered by The Career Center. 

Engineering Majors of Interest:

Students will be asked to choose two Engineering majors of interest in order to assess course access demand. These answers will not impact your review. We highly encourage exploration of all Engineering majors. 

Please note: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, CS +X and LAS Physics are not in the College of Engineering. Students interested in these areas do not need to apply to the Pre-Engineering Program.

Review Process:

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.

Applications will not be reviewed until after Spring semester grades post. Admissions decisions will be sent out to your Illinois email by the end of June.