Midwestern University - Chicago Campus
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  January 6, 2014


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Quarter (three 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)
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: Spring and Fall every year 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Dual Acceptance Programs
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)?: Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service?: No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY-YOUR HEALTH EDUCATION PARTNERS If joining the health care team is your dream, Midwestern University can provide you with the education and experiences you need. For more than 100 years, we have been helping students achieve their career goals. You'll find our graduates at leading hospitals, private practices, pharmacies, and health care facilities around the country. Health care education is all we do, and you'll benefit from learning side-by-side with students from many health disciplines. Our faculty members are committed to teaching you the scientific principles you'll apply in the clinical setting. Working with caring practitioners, you'll have plenty of hands-on opportunities to prepare for patient care. At Midwestern University, you'll find a wealth of mentors who are dedicated to training their future colleagues. Join our academic community, and look forward to your future as a member of the health care team.

    DOWNERS GROVE: BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS, BUSTLING CITY-SAFE PLACES TO STUDY. GREAT PLACES TO LEARN Just 25 miles from the heart of downtown Chicago, our 105-acre Downers Grove campus offers a comfortable suburban setting-- and easy access to the impressive resources of a preeminent Midwest city. It's all here: campus clubs, student government, community service initiatives, health-related professional organizations. Need a study break? Take a walk in nearby wooded areas, unwind in our athletic facilities, or enjoy Chicagoland's amazing theatre performances, fine arts centers, and pro sports. You'll benefit from the region's wealth of opportunities for excellent clinical rotations at hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, private practices, high-tech laboratories, and pharmacies.

    CHICAGO COLLEGE OF PHARMACY - STUDENTS RECEIVE INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION AND TEAM-BUILDING SKILLS The Chicago College of Pharmacy prides itself on the priority placed on the education of future pharmacists. The College faculty are accessible and available to meet with students who require additional assistance to understand course-related materials. The College also promotes the development of interpersonal and team building skills so that its graduates will be competent in dealing with all members of the health care team.

    The College's curriculum includes a well-integrated collection of lecture courses, which are delivered by a team of experienced and knowledgeable faculty. Beginning with the first professional year, students are introduced into patient care settings and observe the role and responsibilities of pharmacists, and can understand how their lecture coursework is necessary to pharmacists in the care of patients and in the educational services provided to other health care professionals. Through a series of experiential rotations or clerkships in a variety of practice settings, which increase in complexity and intensity throughout the curriculum, students acquire the knowledge and skills to be competent pharmacists who are able to meet their patients' needs. 99.46% of recent Chicago College of Pharmacy graduates passed the 2012 NAPLEX exam the first time. Many choose careers at community pharmacies and hospitals — moving quickly into management.


    The commitment of the faculty, administration, and staff to students and their pharmacy education is our pledge of quality.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 711
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 550
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 214
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 30
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 1
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: typically 40% of class are out-of-state students
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.25
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 700
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 60%
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 40%
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 1-3
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: We do not have a minimum score requirement, however, the average 2011 PCAT composite score was a 68th percentile.
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 22-26
    • 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: 90
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 62  90 
      Biology with lab   12 
      Human or Vertebrate Anatomy  
      Social and Behavioral Science Electives*  
      General Education Electives**   12 
      General Chemistry with lab   12 
      Organic Chemistry with lab   12 
      Physics (mechanics, heat, force and motion must be included in the course)  
      Calculus (Integral & Differential)  
      English Composition  
      Speech/Public Speaking  
      Economics 
      Statistics (general or biostatistics)  
    • Additional Information: 

      *Social and Behavioral Science Electives: Includes courses within the areas of psychology, sociology and anthropology.
      **General Education Electives** Any course not related to science, math, physical education or healthcare. Recommended course include arts and humanities, additional social and behavioral sciences, foreign language, business and computer courses.

      INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or from a recognized post secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 hours must be in the sciences, six hours in non-remedial English composition, and three hours in speech/public speaking.
      Applicants who wish to receive transfer credit for prerequisite coursework completed outside the U.S. or at a Canadian institution that does not use English as its primary language of instruction and documentation must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation obtained from one of the following evaluation services:

      International students who do not provide documentation of acceptable U.S. or Canadian course/degree equivalency will not receive credit, and will be required to complete all prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university in the United States, or a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: March 1, 2014 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 
        The MWU Admissions office will automatically e-mail out a supplemental application to applicants who meet the minimal requirements. That is an overall grade point average AND science grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 2009
      • Details: 
        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July 2013 or September 2013. We can not guarantee that full consideration will be given to applicants who take the PCAT for the 1st time in January 2014.
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: Applies to students claiming Illinois residency
    • 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: January 6, 2014 Received by deadline
    • Details: 
      Send foreign transcripts to evaluation service for detailed course-by course report. MWU only accepts evaluations from; WES, ECE or Josef Silny & Associates International Education Consultants.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. It is required that one letter be from a faculty member who has taught you and/or a pre-health advisor/committee. It is preferred that the second letter be from a pharmacist.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • Late September thru May 
    • Details: 

      Offered to select applicants only. To be considered for an invitation to attend an on-campus Mandatory Candidate Visit, applicants must meet the admission requirements listed. After the Office of Admissions receives all required application materials, the applicant's file is reviewed to determine if the applicant merits an invitation to attend a Mandatory Candidate Visit.
      Invited applicants must attend a Mandatory Candidate Visit in order to be further considered in the admission process. As part of the visit, candidates will be required to participate in a group interview with other pharmacy applicants. The group interview will be used to evaluate the applicant's verbal communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, commitment to patient care, and other elements as determined by faculty. Applicants will also be required to participate in a writing sample exercise during the visit. In addition, candidates will have the opportunity to learn more about the pharmacy program, financial aid, student services, and tour the MWU campus.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Throughout the year, typically 2 weeks after the interview
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Three (3) weeks after date of acceptance letter. Late admits will be given a shorter window to deposit.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1,000.00
      • Due: Three (3) weeks after date of acceptance
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Usually late August 
      • Details: Attendance on both days is Mandatory.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Usually late August or early September
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No