The Pre-Engineering Program (PREP)

What is PREP?

The Pre-Engineering Program (PREP) is intended to provide an opportunity for highly qualified students who are not currently in the Grainger College of Engineering to prepare themselves for possible transfer into the Grainger College of Engineering. Students in PREP will reside in DGS while they complete the prescribed PREP curriculum and prepare for the Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) process to the Grainger College of Engineering.


Read more to find out if the program is right for you.

Pre-Engineering ICT Periods

There are two application cycles for the Pre-Engineering Program, one at the beginning of May (May 1-15), and one at the end of November (November 15-30), with the following modifications to PREP Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freshmen can apply in their second and/or third semester at Illinois. 
  • Transfer students are not allowed to apply to PREP.
  • Students who deferred in Fall 2020 and attended UIUC in Spring 2021 will first be able to apply to PREP in Fall 2021.
  • No students will be allowed to apply to PREP in their fourth semester.
  • Students who apply to PREP in their 3rd semester may be on a delayed graduation timeline.
  • Students must be enrolled at Illinois the semester they apply to PREP.
  • Students must still meet the ICT to PREP requirements, including credit in MATH 220/221 and CHEM 102/103.
Information Sessions:

To learn about requirements to transfer (ICT) to the Pre-Engineering Program (PREP), you should attend one of our Information Sessions. These will cover the transfer requirements and process, application timeline, and give a sense of what your prospective experience would be in PREP. These sessions will also give you the opportunity to speak with a PREP advisor directly.

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:


The following dates and times are for ICT sessions for fall 2021. These sessions are for current Illinois student who are interested in transferring to Pre-Engineering. If you are NOT a current Illinois student, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions about setting up a time to meet with DGS. 

October 7 @ 9am Central Time

October 12 @ 2pm Central Time

October 20 @ 11am Central Time

October 28 @ 2pm Central Time

November 4 @ 9am Central Time

November 9 @ 2pm Central Time

November 17 @ 11am Central Time

December 2 @ 2pm Central Time

Register for these ICT sessions here

You will be emailed a Zoom link the day before and must sign up using your Illinois email address. 

Who is eligible to apply?

Current Illinois students enrolled in their first year of college

Students may apply to PREP at the end of their second or third semester at Illinois. 

The following are not eligible to apply to PREP. Current Illinois students that:

  • Enrolled prior to Fall 2019.
  • Enrolled as TRANSFER students for Fall 2017 or after.
  • Are enrolled beyond their first year of college at Illinois.

Minimum GPA

Overall Illinois GPA and 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. 

Minimum Course Requirements

MATH 220 or 221 & CHEM 102 & 103

Courses must be completed by end of the semester of application.

Please note the above minimum GPAs are required to apply. The competitiveness of the applicant pool will determine the average GPA.

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, following as best as possible the course sequencing for majors of interests that is listed in the Academic Catalog.

The CHEM 103 requirement is waived if you have AP credit for CHEM 102. Be advised that some programs on campus may still require earned credit in CHEM 103. Please reach out to the PREP team at to discuss.

Tips for Competitive Applications:

There is no guaranteed admission into the Pre-Engineering Program. The following will increase your competitiveness:

  • Grades of B or higher in all technical courses taken at Illinois
  • Completion of PHYS 100 or PHYS 211 by the end of freshman year
  • Completion of 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
Applying to Pre-Engineering

The next ICT application period to Pre-Engineering will be in November 2021. We encourage you to attend an Information Session (details listed above) to learn more about the program and requirements.

If you meet the above eligibility requirements listed above, please click below to learn about the application process to the Pre-Engineering Program and to apply.