McHenry County College Guaranteed Admission Agreement Details

McHenry County College and Marquette University agree to a cooperative relationship through this agreement to better serve students and facilitate the transfer process.

This agreement offers McHenry County College students Guaranteed Admission to Marquette University to complete their Bachelor’s degree. Students must meet all of the requirements outlined in this agreement to guarantee their admission to Marquette University.   

  1. Academic Requirements

    1. Students must have received a high school diploma or equivalent (GED), complete a minimum of 24 transferable credit hours, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale as a full-time student on all transferrable coursework taken at McHenry County College, with no grades earned of less than C. Students asked to leave McHenry County College for academic or non-academic reasons will not be considered for guaranteed admission.
    2. Students are required to enroll in their Marquette University degree program within three years of initial enrollment in the Guaranteed Admission program with a maximum of 75 credits that will be applied to their baccalaureate degree. Program requirements are subject to change. Courses accepted for transfer credit must follow Marquette University’s Transfer Course/Credit Policy.
    3. International students must demonstrate English language proficiency as part of the final admission process.  Evidence can include completion of both ENG 151 and ENG 152 with grades of C or higher, submitting appropriate results from a standardized English test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or other evidence as explained in the Marquette international admissions process
  2. Admission Requirements

    1. Students must authorize McHenry County College and Marquette University to disclose their educational records, including but not limited to, transcripts, admission, and advising information as appropriate. By signing the participation form, students agree to allow the two institutions to share information and to allow the student to reverse transfer credits. Students may also receive communication from Marquette University informing them of presentations, workshops, activities, student events, and visits.
    2. Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at McHenry County College at the time of transfer. Students must adhere to each institution’s standard policies and procedures including but not limited to those dealing with admission, enrollment in courses, transfer credits, financial aid, student conduct and discipline, academic probation, dismissal and reentry.
    3. During enrollment in the Guaranteed Admission Program, Marquette University will provide academic advisement to students to discuss academic program requirements and transfer credit policies. It is recommended that students track their degree progress by working with their transfer advisor at McHenry County College and Marquette University. Curriculum guides will be developed by Marquette University to assist students in transferable course selection.   
    4. This agreement applies to Marquette University programs listed in the Appendix. Note, not all undergraduate programs are included. Students interested in a Marquette University program not listed in the Appendix should follow general transfer admission instructions and need not submit the Guaranteed Admission Agreement documents.
    5. The degree programs in the College of Business Administration, Opus College of Engineering, and College of Health Sciences have a higher cumulative GPA requirement of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Additionally, students must adhere to the listed requirements below for admission to the respective undergraduate degree program: 
      1. College of Business Administration - the three courses below must be completed and with a grade of B or better.
        • MATH 1400 or MATH 1450: Elements of Calculus or Calculus 1; MAT 171 or MAT 175 at McHenry County College
        • ECON 1103: Principles of Microeconomics; ECO 251 at McHenry County College
        • ECON 1104: Principles of Macroeconomics; ECON 252 at McHenry County College
      2. Opus College of Engineering - the following three courses are required for the degree:
        • MATH 1450: Calculus 1; MAT 175 at McHenry County College
        • CHEM 1001: General Chemistry 1; CHM 165 at McHenry County College
        • PHYS 1003: General Physics with Introductory Calculus 1; PHY 291 AND PHY 292 at McHenry County College (both must be completed to earn credit for PHYS 1003)
          • For guaranteed admission under this agreement, MAT 175 must be completed and with a grade of B or better. A grade of B or better in CHM 165 and/or PHY 291 AND PHY 292 (student can take all three courses at McHenry County College, or just CHM 165 or just PHY 291 AND PHY 292. The remaining course(s) would be completed at MU.
      3. College of Health Sciences - the following three courses must be completed and with a grade of B or better.
        • BIOL 9290: Biology elective; BIO 157 at McHenry County College
        • CHEM 1001: General Chemistry 1; CHM 165 at McHenry County College
        • CHEM 1002: General Chemistry 2; CHM 166 at McHenry County College
    6. Students may also qualify for Marquette University scholarships. Available scholarships can be viewed on Marquette University’s website.
  3. Other terms

    1. All students participating in the agreement must apply to Marquette University using the Common Application or the Marquette University Admission Application by the Marquette University application deadline for the desired entry term.
    2. Failure to meet the requirements above does not preclude the student from applying and being considered for admission to Marquette University using the traditional admission process.
    3. Students with a felony, misdemeanor, non-academic dismissal or suspension will be evaluated by Marquette University’s Dean of Students prior to admission. As a result, admission cannot be guaranteed through this agreement.
    4. McHenry County College will publish a version of this document and related forms on their website so that the details of this agreement are available to students interested in participating in the program. Marquette University and McHenry County College will have the right to review and approve all advertising for the agreement. Marquette will advertise this agreement on their website and to prospective students.
    5. This agreement is effective for three years and is subject to annual renewal. Any changes to the program in regards to any part of this agreement, must be in writing so that this agreement can be re-evaluated. Notice of changes shall be provided at least 60 days prior to the first day of instruction (at both institutions) of the academic year in which the change will be implemented.  
    6. Should the program be dissolved, students who have not yet secured an offer of admission to Marquette University will be considered for admission according to regular university transfer policy and deadlines.

List of approved majors

  • Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
  • *College of Business Administration
  • Diederich College of Communication
  • *Opus College of Engineering
  • *College of Health Sciences
  • College of Education


Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Biological Sciences



Classical Languages

Classical Languages for Ed. Majors

Classical Studies

Cognitive Science

Computational Mathematics

Computer Science

Criminology & Law Studies

Data Science



Environmental Studies




Interdisciplinary Majors

International Affairs

Latin American Studies


Peace Studies



Physiological Sciences

Political Science


Social Welfare & Justices


Spanish Language & Literature

Spanish for the Professions

Theology and Religion

Women’s and Gender Studies


Business Administration

Business Economics


Human Resources Management

Information Systems

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

International Business


Operations & Supply Chain Management

Real Estate


Communication Studies

Corporate Communication

Digital Media (Broadcasting)


Media Studies

Public Relations

Theatre Arts

Biomedical Engineering – Biocomputing

Biomedical Engineering – Bioelectronics

Biomedical Engineering – Biomechanics

Civil Engineering

Construction Engineering Management

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Biomedical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science

Educational Studies

Elementary/Middle Education

Middle/Secondary Education

* The degree programs in the College of Business Administration, Opus College of Engineering, and College of Health Sciences must adhere to the listed requirements in the agreement.