The Parkland College Blog

One-Stop Registration!

Get the courses you want when you want them

Why wait? Why procrastinate? Get registered for Parkland College's summer and fall semesters at One-Stop Registration!

One-Stop Registration Event
Wednesday, May 8
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Student Union Building

Staff from Financial Aid and Veteran Services, Counseling Services, and Admissions will be there to help you get enrolled. The key thing here is to get it done and enjoy your summer and the schedule YOU want. As time goes on, classes get full and you might not get what you want when you want it.

  • Financial Aid can tell you if you’re eligible to receive financial assistance.
  • If you’re not familiar with the Parkland College Student Planner, now’s the time to learn how to make a plan all the way to your degree.
  • Come and get a degree audit and find out just what classes you have left.
  • Will you finish coursework in December? In that case, you could fill out a Graduation Petition.

For more information, contact Counseling Services, 217/351-2219.

[Dennis Kaczor, Counseling Services]

Parkland Preview to Help Students Explore Career Interests

Event includes free career assessments, breakout sessions, tour

Parkland College is calling all high school seniors! Join us for a special "Parkland Preview" event on Friday, March 8 from noon to 2 pm in the Student Union. 

The Parkland Preview allows prospective and admitted students to explore their major with the instructors and staff of Parkland's transfer and career programs. Free career assessments will be offered during the event to help students who are undecided about their major identify their strengths.

Breakout sessions highlighting financial aid, scholarships, and the Parkland experience from a student's perspective will round out the available opportunities. Near the close of the Parkland Preview, students will have the option to take a tour of campus, talk with an admissions advisor, or make further appointments with career counseling.
Students may register for this event at or by calling 217/351-2482.

Degree Completion Day Set for Feb. 20

See what courses are needed to finish your degree

Parkland College students and area residents who have not completed their Parkland College degree and/or certificate are invited to a special event Wednesday, Feb. 20. They can meet with an academic advisor to see what courses are needed to finish their degree.
Degree Completion Day will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Parkland's Student Union. Past and current students who want to finish their Parkland College credentials will be able to:

  • receive academic advising

  • confirm their degree program

  • learn how to track their progress toward a degree or certificate

  • see which universities guarantee junior-level transfer status with a completed Parkland credential

  • complete a Petition to Graduate form, if applicable

The event, which includes giveaways and refreshments, will be live-streamed from WPCD FM.
For more information on Degree Completion Day, please contact the Office of Admissions at 217/351-2482 or

Parkland Pathway to Illinois Program Open House

Graduating seniors can gain guaranteed admission to certain University of Illinois programs

High school students can learn more about a Parkland College program guaranteeing them admission in selected colleges at the University of Illinois while saving money on tuition.
The Parkland Pathway to Illinois Program Information Open House will be held Sunday, Feb. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Parkland College Student Union. Prospective students and their parents are welcome to attend.
Representatives from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Parkland will answer questions about the Parkland Pathway to Illinois Program, including eligibility, housing options, financial aid, admissions, and other topics. 

For qualifying Illinois high school graduates who begin college at Parkland and are interested in transferring to the University of Illinois, the program is an opportunity to gain guaranteed admission to certain University of Illinois programs. While preparing to transfer, participating students will be able to integrate their time as full-time Parkland students with resources and classes at Illinois. Pathway students typically complete the program in two years, but AP credit and college credit earned in high school may affect program length.

For questions about the program, please go to, call Mary Kay Smith at 217/351-2509 or email

Registration for Late-Start Classes Underway

 Earn full-semester credit in 13 weeks

Although Parkland College's full-semester classes are now in session, another range of classes is available to students who still wish to enroll.

Registration is now open for Parkland's Late-Start Class Session, which begins the week of Feb. 4.

Residents can earn full-semester college credit in just 13 weeks, in classes taught at a slightly more accelerated pace than full-semester classes. Students can select from transferable, online and campus-based spring courses in math, biology, education, English, foreign languages, and many other subjects, plus career-specialty classes in aviation, automotive, hospitality, computer science, agribusiness, and more. 

Registration for the 13-week session ends Feb. 3. To get started at Parkland College, visit or contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or