Engineering, Math & Science Academy

If you are a current high school sophomore or junior who is looking to push yourself academically during your junior or senior year, Kish's Engineering, Math & Science Academy was created for you.

Engineering, Math & Science Academy

The Engineering, Math & Science Academy (EMSA) is open to all high school juniors and seniors who are 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 earning their high school diploma.

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


Join us to learn about the EMSA program for high school students. Classes begin in June 2024 and continue through fall 2024 and spring 2025. Attend in person or virtually. Each session will feature faculty and administrators from the EMSA program to answer your questions. For additional questions about EMSA or to RSVP for a session, contact Cindy Karasewski at 815-825-9307 or

Thursday, Nov. 16

  • 6:00 pm
  • Room C1121 (Enter through Door 6 from Parking Lot A) or via Zoom

Tuesday, Dec. 5

  • 6:00 pm
  • Room C1121 (Enter through Door 6 from Parking Lot A) or via Zoom

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. 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.

All EMSA students will take Calculus I during the summer session (typically between junior and senior years). During the fall and spring semesters, EMSA classes are held on the Kish campus Monday through Friday from 7:30–10 am. Students then return to their respective high schools to continue their high school coursework and extracurricular activities.

Complete the following:

  1. Kishwaukee College Application
  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.


View a list of frequently asked questions on EMSA.

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