Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy will be accepting applications from students who have already created a PharmCAS account from June 2016 - March 1, 2017. Students may be granted individual deadline extensions to be determined on a case by case basis.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Stephanie Wood 
      • Admissions Counselor & Analyst 
      • Strategic Enrollment Management 
      • 3333 Green Bay Road 
      • Admissions - COP 
      • North Chicago 
      • Illinois 
      • 60064-3095 
      • Phone (Work): 847-578-3000 ext 7201 
      • Phone (Fax): 847-775-6559 
      • Phone (Mobile): 847-578-3204 
      • Email: 

    • Website:



  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  March 1, 2017

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • 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)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

     The College of Pharmacy (COP) is among five schools at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), a health science graduate level institution, located in the north suburbs of Chicago, IL. Situated approximately 30 miles north of downtown, Rosalind Franklin University enjoys the diversity of both city sidewalks and the surrounding state forests and greenbelts. 



    The College's mission is to serve the nation through excellence in pharmacy education, research, and practice, with a commitment to patient-centered interprofessional care, community service, life-long learning and an ethos of social responsibility. The COP desires to enroll students who present evidence of strong preparation for a career in pharmacy paired with both leadership and initiative. Students will have innovative technology readily available to use--from the classroom to pharmacy skills laboratory. The COP's commitment to graduate healthcare training starts with students learning from with and about their colleagues from multiple graduate health professions, including future MDs, PAs, PTs and DPMs. The interprofessional curriculum at Rosalind Franklin University mirrors that of the professional environment where pharmacists interact with multiple healthcare providers on a daily basis. 




    The COP welcomes your questions as a potential student. Please feel free to contact Admissions and Recruitment, at 847-578-3204 if you have any questions. Please follow the link provided for more information!

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑  

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 345
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 272-290
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 65
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5 or better is competitive
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5 or better is competitive
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum score, but scores at or above the 55th percentile are more competitive
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 42.85%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 57.14%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.0
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 20-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 11.75:1

  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: 32
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 91
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2017 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 62  91 
      Written Communication  
      Courses requiring oral presentations (seminar, public speaking, communications, etc)  
      Humanities (for example, art, art history, history, language, literature, music, philosophy, religious studies, theater or performance studies) - 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours 
      Electives (Spanish highly recommended)  
      General Biology with lab   12 
      General Chemistry with lab   12 
      Organic Chemistry with lab   12 
      Physics with lab (must include mechanics, heat, force, and motion)  
      Calculus (integral and differential)  
      Anatomy (with lab) or Anatomy & Physiology (with lab)  
      Social/behavioral science (for example, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology or sociology) - 6 semester hour or 9 quarter hours 
    • Additional Information:

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? No

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 01/2014
      • Details: 

        Only scores from tests taken no more than 3 years prior to the enrollment year are accepted.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        For non-US citizens/permanent residents. May be waived at the Univeristy's discretion for full-time students in a US college or university for which at least two consecutive years or for those from countries in which English is the primary language.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      Accepted applicants must provide official health history documentation that they have completed all required immunizations, and pass a criminal background check prior to matriculation.

      Applicants are not barred from applying while prerequisite coursework in progress. However, all of the prerequisites must satisfied prior to matriculation at the College of Pharmacy and will require documentation in the form of official transcripts with all final coursework completed. Application requirements can be found on the website here:

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • 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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 03/1/2016 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      RFUMS prefers to receive Educational Credential Evaluators ( Comprehensive Course-by-Course reports or World Education Services ( Course-by-Course reports. WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) or ECE Subject Analysis versions are strongly encouraged. ECE is favored Transcripts are preferred, but both are acceptable. 

  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: 

      Pharmacist/Healthcare Provider references are strongly encouraged. Supervisor, Employer & Professor references are also acceptable. The submission of more that two references or a committee letter is acceptable.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • 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
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
    • Interview Dates:
      • September through May 
    • Details: 

      The interview consists of faculty interviews, an individual writing exercise, a team excercise, lunch, and a University tour.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Rolling Admissions September through May.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Response due within 2 weeks of offer.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $600 total
      • Due: The first $500 deposit is due within 2 weeks of offer with written intent to register, and the second deposit of $100 is due by April 15th..
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 08/12/2017 
      • Details: Participation in the August Orientation Week is Mandatory.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Typically, the first day of classes immediately follow orientation.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: There are no guarantees that the request for deferral will be granted, but requests will be considered on a case by case basis.