Engineering, Math & Science Academy

Engineering, Math & Science Academy

The Engineering, Math, and Science Academy (EMSA) at Kishwaukee College is designed for motivated and academically inclined high school juniors.

The Engineering, Math, and Science Academy (EMSA) is open to all high school juniors who may be interested in pursuing a college curriculum focused on science or engineering.  EMSA provides students an opportunity to start their college career while still attending high school, offering at least 23 transferrable and affordable college credits before they even graduate.

EMSA offers two unique tracks tailored towards students’ interests, aspirations, and intended college majors.  Students have the opportunity to select their track upon application.

The Pre-professional Track is aimed towards students interested in all science-based majors, including pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy, physical therapy, and various other majors and careers in science.

The Engineering Track is our original track and is aimed towards students interested in pursuing majors and careers in engineering and physics fields.

To enter the program, students must currently be a junior and enrolled in (or have completed) one year of pre-calculus and/or trigonometry and chemistry, which they must complete with a grade of “B” or better.

Students can now choose the best track that fits their intended major/career goals. Track 1 will remain the Engineering/Physics track. Track 2 will be the Pre-Professional track for students who are interested in pursuing majors that prepare students for careers in science-based professional fields, including pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy, and physical therapy. Instead of Engineering Physics and additional Calculus, students in Track 2 will take General Chemistry and General Physics in fall and spring. Still transferable, still cost efficient, just focused on the student’s future plans.

Application Process

The following checklist items should be received by the Math/Science/Business (MSB) Division office at Kishwaukee College no later than January 31 of the year in which the student plans to begin the Academy program. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a space availability basis.

Complete the following:

  1. Student Information Form
  2. Engineering, Math & Science Statement of Interest
  3. Engineering, Math & Science Track Choice
  4. Counselor Evaluation of Applicant
  5. Submit an official High School Transcript or official Report Card by June 10 to verify program qualifications
  6. Submit official transcripts from any college or vocational schools attended, if applicable
  7. Registration/Permission for high school student enrollment form (this needs to be completed every semester)
  8. Kishwaukee College Release Form for Media

Estimated Program Costs

You can view a PDF of the Estimated Program Costs for EMSA.

Scholarship Information

EMSA Scholarship Application 



View a list of frequently asked questions on EMSA.



Contact Information

Kathy Mershon
Administrative Assistant
Math/Science/Business Division