Chicago State University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Sultan Farabee
Recruitment and Student Affairs Coordinator

College of Pharmacy

Chicago State University
9501 S King Drive
Douglas Hall 3083
Chicago, Illinois 60628

Phone (Work): 773-821-2500

Phone (Fax): 773-821-2595


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
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:
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
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:

Program Description (back to top)


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, social/behavioral/administrative, and clinical sciences to transform students into practitioners who are committed to humanistic service, capable of providing patient-centered care, and innovative leaders in advancing the pharmacy profession. The College embraces the mission of the University to educate individuals from diverse backgrounds to enhance culturally competent care and reduce 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, alumni, faculty and staff.



Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 300
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 200
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 90
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 45%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 55%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.1
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-43 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 1:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 2019 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 with laboratory) If course is divided into 2 courses (part I and part II), both courses are needed to fulfill requirement 
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.
  • Human Anatomy (must include all systems with laboratory). If course is divided into 2 courses (part I and part II), both courses are needed to fulfill requirement

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: January 2014
Last test date to be considered for Fall 2019 is January 2019.
Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



International applicants must submit an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report. A minimum score of 525 paper-based, 195 computer-based or 69 internet based is required.

The TOEFL is not required for applicants from those countries where English is the only official language.

Applicants who have completed a minimum of 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of post-secondary level work from an accredited U. S. college/university are not required to submit TOEFL scores.

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

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

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

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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: 03/01/2019 Postmarked by deadline


Students who have completed course work at a college or university outside of the United States 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.




Letters of Reference (back to top)

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 March 1, 2019. 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:

  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Science)


  • Employer
  • Health Care Professional
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Supervisor


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

  • Employer
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Supervisor
  • Employer/Supervisor/Professor (Math)/Professor (Liberal Arts): If employment is 1 year or greater, in lieu of faculty advisor or pre health 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
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details: Accepted from a Pre-health Professions Committee with Chair signature & committee members identified
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • October through April

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. Applicants are invited for interview via email. During the interview process, the student meets individually with a two to 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 via email by the College of Pharmacy of their status. No phone calls please.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are sent via email within 2 weeks of the interview date. Interviews begin from November 2018 through May 2019.
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?


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:
  • 08/13/2019-08/14/2019-08/15/2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/19/2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes