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Spend some time on our campus.

It's the best way to find out if Parkland College is the right fit for you. We offer special event days where you can get general info about the college, take a tour, and ask questions. One-on-one visits can also be a great choice to explore your options.

Explore programs and majors.

From science and tech to arts and humanities, plus everything in between, you'll find professors who know your name and the learning support you need. Check out the academic possibilities.

Experience life at Parkland.

College is more than classes. It's where you learn to become a leader, find new perspectives, and discover things about yourself. We offer 20+ clubs and organizations that help you do just that.

Steps to Apply

step 1

Apply to Parkland

To take classes at Parkland College, you must fill out an application. It's important to choose a major, but don't worry if you decide to change it later; you can do that with a counselor.

step 2

Send Transcripts

Please have your official high school transcript, State of Illinois High School Diploma, or other high school equivalency transcript sent to Parkland College. If applicable, also have official transcripts mailed from any colleges you have attended. Institutions may also send transcripts electronically through any of the major exchange networks. Currently, we are accepting transcripts directly from the student as unofficial, but you will need official final high school transcripts to receive financial aid. Please email all documents to admissions@parkland.edu

Send transcripts
step 3

Seek Financial Aid

Looking for help to pay for classes? Please visit our Financial Aid page for information on grants and scholarships.

Get Aid
step 4

Get Connected

Once you have applied, we will send you an email about how to set up your Parkland student accounts. E-tools is a great place to start if you need more help with that process. 

step 5

Take Placement Tests

A degree-seeking student must have recent assessment scores in math, English, and reading before registering for classes.  There are multiple ways to obtain placement.  Parkland placement tests, ACT/SAT scores, high school courses and GPA and previous college work can all be used. ACT/SAT scores as well as high school and college transcripts should all be submitted to Admissions and Records at admissions@parkland.edu for placement purposes. To determine what testing you will need, please contact the Assessment Center

A non-degree seeking student may be asked to show unofficial college transcripts or test scores to meet prerequisites.

If accommodations are needed:
If you have been diagnosed with a disability and would like testing accommodations, please let us know so we may assist you through Accessibility Services.

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All new degree-seeking student should review the orientation videos prior to the start of the semester.   

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Register for Classes

If you are a degree-seeking student and haven't completed 30 hours of college-level work at Parkland, you will need to meet with an academic advisor. Students can schedule an appointment with Advising to register for their courses.

If you are a non-degree seeking student and would like help with registration, please email registration@parkland.edu. Registration information can be found here

step 8

Pay Tuition

View tuition deadlines here. If necessary, you may pay tuition by installments through our payment plan.

Payment Options

Apply now.

Ready to apply? Whether you’re a first-time student, took a few years off, or are transferring from another school, your future starts here.

Make contact.

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Come visit!

Get to know us. Tour the campus, get your questions answered, and meet one-on-one with an admissions advisor.