Chicago State University
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Sultan Farabee 
      • Recruitment Coordinator  
      • College of Pharmacy  
      • Chicago State University  
      • 9501 S King Drive  
      • Douglas Hall 206  
      • Chicago 
      • Illinois 
      • 60628  
      • Phone (Work): 773-821-2500  
      • Phone (Fax): 773-821-2595 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  February 2, 2015

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: October 9, 2014 
      • Dates: November 6, 2014 
      • Dates: December 11, 2014 
      • Dates: January 8, 2015 
      • Dates: February 12, 2015 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The mission of Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP) is the development of student and faculty scholars who will impact the health care needs of people in the region, state and the nation. The College will provide a strong foundation in the knowledge, integration and application of the biomedical, pharmaceutical and clinical sciences resulting in practitioners who are committed to humanistic service, capable of providing patient-centered care and leaders in advancing the pharmacy profession. The College embraces the mission of the University to educate individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to strengthen the simultaneous provision of culturally competent care and reduction of health care disparities. To accomplish its mission, the College of Pharmacy is committed to:

    • Recruiting, retaining and graduating student pharmacists from diverse populations;
    • Recruiting, hiring and retaining qualified faculty from diverse populations who will be engaged as teachers, scholars, researchers, service providers, mentors and leaders;
    • Recruiting, hiring and retaining staff dedicated to supporting the educational mission;
    • Offering a curriculum that cultivates analytical thinking, ethical reasoning and decision-making, intellectual curiosity, multidisciplinary and inter-professional collaboration, professionalism and service;
    • Enabling students and faculty to provide patient-centered care to diverse patient populations through the safe, evidence-based and cost-beneficial use of medications;
    • Fostering an environment for student engagement which encourages leadership in campus, public and professional communities;
    • Refining programmatic and curricular goals, policies and procedures through ongoing assessment and evaluation;
    • Establishing and enhancing community, educational and professional partnerships;
    • Expanding institutional resource capabilities through active pursuit of extramural funding support;
    • Developing and strengthening post-graduate education and training opportunities;
    • Providing programs and services that promote a supportive atmosphere for life-long learning and continued personal and professional development for students, faculty and staff.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 275
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 90
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 90
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 45
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 55%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.1
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 90
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 90
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-43 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 62
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 30
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 89
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 62  89 
      English (composition) 
      General Biology for majors (minimum two semesters with laboratory)   12 
      General Psychology or Sociology  
      Additional Coursework (divided among the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, fine arts, foreign language, business or computer sciences)   11  16 
      Human Anatomy (must include all systems)  
      General Chemistry (minimum two semesters with laboratory)   12 
      Organic Chemistry (minimum two semesters with laboratory)   12 
      Physics (mechanics, thermodynamics, force, and motion must be included. May be non-calculus based)  
      Calculus (integration and differentiation)  
      Speech (public speaking)  
      Economics (micro, macro, or general)  
      Statistics (must include probability testing, population stats & hypothesis testing)  
    • Additional Information: 

      All coursework must be completed with a “C” or better by the end of the spring semester the year the applicant matriculates into the pharmacy program.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2011
      • Details: 
        Last test date to be considered for Fall 2015 is January 7, 2015.
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 
        Required for students whose native language is other than English.
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 
      To possess and maintain a valid Illinois Pharmacy Technician license - for more information on obtaining an Illinois Pharmacy Technician license please visit

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 02/02/2015 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 


      Students who have completed course work at a college or university outside of the United States or Canada must complete at least 30 hours of their prerequisite course work including 15 semester hours in the sciences, at a regionally accredited United States college or university before being eligible to enter Chicago State University College of Pharmacy.

      The applicant must obtain this evaluation from one of the following: Education Credential Evaluators (ECE), World Education Service (WES), or Josef Silny & Assoc. International Education Consultants.



  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Three letters of reference should be completed on the "Letters of Reference" form included in your PharmCAS application and submitted to PharmCAS by February 2, 2015. Applicants must adhere to the specified requirements regarding letters of reference criteria:


      • One letter must be from a Pharmacist or other licensed health care professional
      • One letter must be from a science professor who has instructed the applicant at the college/university level
      • The final letter can come from a Pre-health/faculty advisor, Supervisor/Employer, Pre-health Committee, professor in any discipline (preferably math) or second licensed health care professional.
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Science)
      • Employer
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Employer
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Employer: If employment is 1 year or greater, in lieu of faculty advisor
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: Accepted from a Pre-health Professions Committee with Chair signature & committee members identified
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • December through April 
    • Details: 

      The Admissions Committee reviews a prospective student’s application to determine their interview eligibility. All interviews are scheduled on a first-called/first-scheduled basis. During the interview process, the student meets individually with a three-person interview team composed of college of pharmacy faculty & administrators , advisory board members, preceptors and/or students. Applicants are evaluated on potential academic abilities, communication skills, readiness for and adaptability to the profession of pharmacy. Applicants will be notified by the College of Pharmacy of their status. No phone calls please.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? December 2014 through May 2015
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two (2) weeks after receipt of acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: Two (2) weeks after receipt of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: $500.00 - applied to tuition if student matriculates, otherwise non-refundable.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 08/18/2015-08/19/2015 
      • Details: Attendance is Madatory. Dates subject to change.
      • 08/18/2015 
      • Details: Attendance required
      • 08/19/2015 
      • Details: Attendance required
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/24/2015
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Each request will be examined on a case by case basis