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  Dean Dittmar  4/28/2022 11:19:00 AM  

Hi Educators, Administrators, Counselors, Colleagues, and Stakeholders:

We are pleased to announce that Agricultural Sciences courses  may now be counted towards the requirement for three years of sciences in order to gain admission to an Illinois public university or college which took effect January 1, 2022.

These universities already have the new wording of Agricultural Science courses added:

Senate Bill 1624
Amends various Acts relating to the governance of public universities in Illinois. With respect to the high school coursework that a person must satisfactorily complete for university admission, adds agricultural sciences as a course option for the science category and agricultural education as a course option for the electives category.

View Public Act 102-0404
(b) NoIn addition, commencing in the fall of 1993, no new
student shall then or thereafter be admitted to instruction in
any of the departments or colleges of the University unless
such student also has satisfactorily completed:
        (1) at least 15 units of high school coursework from
    the following 5 categories:
            (A) 4 years of English (emphasizing written and
        oral communications and literature), of which up to 2
        years may be collegiate level instruction;
            (B) 3 years of social studies (emphasizing history
        and government);
            (C) 3 years of mathematics (introductory through
        advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or
        fundamentals of computer programming);
            (D) 3 years of science (laboratory sciences or
        agricultural sciences); and
            (E) 2 years of electives in foreign language
        (which may be deemed to include American Sign
        Language), music, career and technical education
        vocational education , agricultural education, or art;

View Press Release 1
View Press Release 2

If you need assistance implementing this change within your school district, please contact a FCAE representative or reply to this email.   Please forward to college and university admissions representatives that may not be aware of this change or reply to this email and we can begin communication with them.  Thank you.  

Dean Dittmar
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 217-893-0091 Cell: 618-604-1622
Address: 3358 Big Pine Trail , Champaign, IL 61822
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