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Registration Now Open for Spring 2021 Semester

Spring 2021 registration for all students opens Nov. 2nd

Open registration for Parkland College Spring Semester 2021 starts November 2. See a full listing of available courses at

Spring semester classes begin the week of January 11 (for full 16-week and first 8-week sessions) and later. Instruction will be delivered in online and hybrid formats.

See the Registration Guide for dates and deadlines, drop and withdrawal steps, tuition and fee information, and more. Students may need to meet with an academic advisor before registering. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, academic advisors are available remotely, by emailing For a listing of registration steps, please visit

Register by January 10 for classes that begin January 11, by January 31 for classes that begin February 1, and by March 7 for classes that begin March 8. 

GEER Up at Parkland College

Parkland College Announces New "GEER Up" Program

Parkland College announced a new tuition-assistance program, called GEER Up, which aims to expand access to Dual Enrollment classes for low-income, underrepresented, and/or first-generation high school students within District 505.

Funded by the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER), the program will support Parkland College’s efforts to serve new and existing students from underrepresented groups throughout the COVID-19 crisis and ensure that they are able to access and find success in Parkland career programs. GEER Up aims to help these students transition smoothly to higher education through academic support, access to academic advising, and financial literacy coaching.

GEER Up will assist current high school students interested in Dual Enrollment classes but unable to participate due to extenuating circumstances and increased financial restraints. For students interested in selective admissions Health Professions programs, GEER Up presents an opportunity to meet required prerequisite or placement criteria. The program will provide eligible students up to $2,500 in assistance for tuition, fees, and books/technology in an award package determined by the student’s program of choice.

“Part of our mission as a community college is to ensure that all members of our community have access to the tools for success, no matter what barriers there might be,” said Stephanie Stuart, Vice President for Communications and External Affairs. “We know that the financial burden of this pandemic has not impacted families equally, and that access to dual enrollment for low-income high school students has become much more limited. With GEER Up, we want to provide the opportunity for all students to get a head start on college and successfully transition into post-secondary education and training so they can achieve their dreams.”

As part of the program, students can enroll in one or more Parkland courses plus 3 credit hours of student support coursework including First Year Experience (FYE), which will help students transition from high school to college. The program will serve 100 total students for the Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 semesters.

Applications for the GEER Up program are due December 11. While all high school students may apply, first priority will be given to high school seniors. Applications will be accepted after December 11 based on space left in the program. Applications are available and submitted at Courses begin in January. Academic advising is available to students immediately upon application.

For more information, please visit or contact the Early College Office at or 217/353-2663.

Parkland Admissions to Host Academic Showcase Webinars

Parkland College Admissions Virtual Academic Showcase

In lieu of its annual Fall Open House, Parkland College will offer prospective students and their families a showcase of its career and academic programs in a virtual format.

Five hourlong “Academic Showcase” online virtual tours will take place from Oct. 23 to Nov. 13, livestreamed on the Parkland College Facebook page. The college’s Admissions and Records office is hosting the series.

Families and students can register for the virtual tours at The tour schedule includes:

Health Professions Showcase
Friday, Oct. 23
1–2:30 p.m.
Programs highlighted include Nursing Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services, Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, Massage Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Nursing (ADN), Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology, Veterinary Technology, and Radiologic Technology. Prospective students can explore the school’s popular health career programs as well as other topics such as dates, deadlines, requirements, and selective admissions steps. Virtual tour attendees are encouraged to bring their questions.
Applied Technologies Showcase
Thursday, Oct. 29
Noon–1 p.m.
Parkland’s Applied Technologies division will feature programs including Automotive, Agriculture, and Welding. These in-demand fields offer multiple options for hands-on careers.
Arts and Sciences Showcase
Friday, Nov. 6
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Arts and Sciences faculty will cover Parkland degrees available in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts. They will also discuss the transferability of Parkland classes as well as the ever-popular Parkland Pathway to Illinois program.
Business Showcase
Friday, Nov. 13
10–11 a.m.
Business programs, from Entrepreneurship to Management to Administrative Technology, will be the focus of this virtual tour. Faculty will discuss how busy adults and traditional-aged students can benefit from these flexible certificate and degree programs and online options.
Computer Science Showcase
Friday, Nov. 13
1:30–2:30 p.m.
Computer Science will round out the series, featuring short-term career degree and certificate programs in Networking, Programming, Digital Media, Web Development, and more. Parkland offers credentials to get residents returning to the workforce faster in these in-demand fields.

For more information, please contact or call Admissions at 217/351-2482. 

Parkland College Releases 10th Day Enrollment Report

Official 10th-day enrollment numbers for the Fall 2020 semester

Parkland College has released official 10th-day enrollment numbers for the Fall 2020 semester.

The report shows strong enrollment gains in the final weeks leading up to classes. Originally trending 30 percent down two weeks before the start of the semester, Parkland's 10th-day figures show final fall enrollment down 11.5 percent with a total headcount of 5,758 students. Kristin Smigielski, the college’s dean of enrollment management, explained the school’s rally on enrollment figures.

“Uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic caused students and prospective students to delay decision making,” Smigielski said. “As fall deadlines neared, we saw more students making the decision to register for classes.”

In response to the pandemic, the college budgeted for a 20-percent enrollment dip this fall and shifted delivery modes to online and hybrid formats. Final enrollment numbers have exceeded the budgeted projections by over 8 percent.

Additionally, while most student-population ratios remained steady from last fall, the report presents a 12-percent decline in the High School population, representing a drop in early-college enrollment from Fall 2019 to Fall 2020.

“We know that for many high school and home-schooled students, enrollment in early college classes is the first step in their journey to becoming a full-time college student,” Smigielski said. “We are monitoring this shift in enrollment and will continue to work toward finding ways in which Parkland College can provide additional access and support to students during these uncertain times.”

Smigielski also noted that the percentage of diverse student populations held steady in relation to other enrollment populations compared to Fall 2019. “We are glad to see these percentages did not dramatically shift. We want to ensure we are serving the community across all student groups, and particularly in low-income and diverse students populations that may be harder hit in times of health and economic crises.”

A full 10th-day enrollment report for fall 2020 may be viewed at the website under Institutional Accountability and Research.

Enrollment Blitz 2020: Apply, Set Classes, More

Last call for fall! Get one-stop enrollment services now through Aug. 21

Parkland College is helping residents sign up for Fall 2020 classes both at the campus and virtually through a one-stop enrollment services event.

Fall Enrollment Blitz 2020 runs now through Aug. 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., both on the first floor of the student union (U building) and via Zoom. Since Parkland College's fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 24, the event is especially useful for those who have steps yet to complete in their enrollment. 

During Enrollment Blitz, new and returning students can receive help from the college's Student Services offices, including Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and Veteran Services, Assessment Center, and Counseling Services. From completing an admissions or financial aid application to registering for classes, Enrollment Blitz has what all students need to prepare for a great new semester.  

Enrollment Dean Kristin Smigielski emphasized that residents do not need to come in person to campus to receive the full spectrum of services to enroll this fall.

"Whether they come to campus or talk to our Student Services staff members live through Zoom, new and returning students will still get all the help they need to successfully build their fall class schedules," she said.  

For more information on Fall Enrollment Blitz 2020, go to, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or email