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: dgsadmissions@illinois.edu

Spring 2020 ICT Information Session

The Spring 2020 PREP Information Session is now available to be viewed digitally here.

There will be no in-person ICT sessions for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

Additionally, the script for the above Information Session can be accessed here.

Still have questions? First, consult our Frequently Asked Questions, and if you still do not have an answer, please reach out to the PREP team at dgs-prep@illinois.edu.

 

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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Important Spring 2020 Information: Credit earned in required courses taken in Spring 2020 for Credit/No Credit or Pass/No Pass will be viewed similar to credit earned for required courses in other ways (i.e. AP, IB, proficiency, etc.) for ICT decisions to the Pre-Engineering Program. Courses taken CR/NC or Pass/No Pass will not impact specialized or cumulative GPA.  ICT requirements listed below, including GPA/sGPA, will still need to be met. Each application is reviewed holistically to determine each student's individual potential for success.

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 dgs-prep@illinois.edu 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.