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.


External transfer students are not eligible to apply for the Pre-Engineering Program.

Information Sessions:

To learn about requirements to transfer (ICT) to the Pre-Engineering Program (PREP), you are strongly encouraged to 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:


January 19th @ 9am CST

February 4th @ 330pm CST

February 22nd @ 130pm CST 

March 9th @ 11am CST 

April 13th @ 10am CDT

May 5th @ 230pm CDT

All sessions will be held online. Registration is required here.

You need to be signed in through Google Apps @ Illinois in order to access the registration form. You can set this up here.

If you require any accommodations to more fully participate in this event, please email:

New this fall, we will allow students outside of the Division of General Studies to make an appointment with a Pre-Engineering Academic Advisor to discuss the ICT process. It is our preference that students would attend one of the ICT sessions first, but it will not be required to meet with an advisor. We know that some students cannot attend an ICT session or have more questions they’d rather discuss 1:1 with an advisor. Students should call DGS at 217-333-4710 to schedule an appointment with a PREP advisor.

Eligibility for Pre-Engineering

The following are the minimum qualifications for the Pre-Engineering Program. Click each card for further information.

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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 May 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.