University of Illinois at Chicago

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Office of Student Affairs

Rm 154 College of Pharmacy
833 South Wood Street (MC874)
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Phone (Work): 312-996-7242

Phone (Fax): 312-413-0106

Office of Student Affairs

Rm A220 College of Pharmacy
1601 Parkview Ave
Rockford, Illinois 61107

Phone (Work): 815-395-5736


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? Yes
Institution Type: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.S.
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Pharm.D./M.S.H.I. (Master of Science in Health Informatics) Pharm.D./M.S.C.T.S (Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science)
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
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • The PharmD program is offered in Chicago and in Rockford.

Program Description (back to top)

About the UIC College of Pharmacy

What do you want out of your pharmacy school experience?  A campus in the heart of a large urban healthcare district?  Studying in a world-class city?  Then Chicago is your spot!

Are you looking for a vibrant, close-knit community and a small class size?  In-state tuition for out-of-state students?  Then Rockford is the place for you!

Regardless of which path you choose, they will both lead you to the same great education, research and pharmacy practice experiences at the 6th ranked College of Pharmacy in the country!


Important Dates for Applicants


 PharmCAS Application Deadlines


     Early Decision Applicants - September 4, 2018 

     International Applicants - December 31, 2018

     All Other Applicants - March 1, 2019


Scholarship Application


Priority Scholarship Application Deadline: January 7, 2019

To be eligible for this priority scholarship consideration, students should complete and submit the PharmCAS application by Jan. 7, 2019 and also should schedule and complete the PharmD interview by Feb. 1, 2019.

Initial Scholarship Notification: February 11-15, 2019

Students who apply for scholarships after the priority scholarship application deadline will be notified after March 1, 2019 and will be notified on an ongoing basis throughout the admission cycle as scholarships become available.


Admission Deposit Information - We follow the Cooperative Admissions Guidelines.


     Early Decision Admission Offer

           Full acceptance deposit ($1000) – due two weeks after offer


     Regular Admission Offer - before March 1, 2019

           Initial acceptance deposit ($200) – due two weeks after offer

           Final acceptance deposit ($800) – due March 1, 2019


     Regular Admission Offer - after March 1, 2019

           Full acceptance deposit ($1000) – due two weeks after offer


Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 450
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 160 Chicago Campus, 40 Rockford Campus
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 200
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 14
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: Not Limited
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: Not Limited
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum - admitted students' composite scores over the last few years have ranged from 30 to 99 percentile.
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.4, the range for recently admitted students was 2.79 - 4.00
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 22-45
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3.3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 65 minimum (see footnote b)
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: approximately 45
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 97.5 minimum (see footnote b)
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 65 minimum (see footnote b)  97.5 minimum (see footnote b) 
Communication - Written/verbal communication courses must be taken. A written, a verbal, and an additional (either written or verbal) course are required.
3 courses  3 courses 
General Biology with labs  2 courses with labs  3 courses with labs 
Human Anatomy and Physiology - all organ systems must be covered
This requirement may be fulfilled with a complete A&P sequence OR 1 course in human anatomy and 1 course in human physiology. 
2 courses  2-3 courses 
Microbiology with lab  1 course with lab  1 course with lab 
Advanced Biology
A course in genetics is recommended. However, courses in cell biology or molecular biology may be used to fulfill this requirement. Any other course must focus on the human body. 
1 course  1 course 
General (Inorganic) Chemistry with labs
A general chemistry sequence with labs is required. 
2 courses with labs  3 courses with labs 
Organic Chemistry with lab(s)
An organic chemistry sequence with labs is required unless the school offers only 1 organic lab course. 
2 courses with lab(s)  3 courses with lab(s) 
Biochemistry  1 course  1 course 
Physics  1 course  1 course 
To fulfill this requirement a course must cover derivatives and integrals. 
1 course  1 course 
Any statistics course may be used to fulfill this requirement. 
1 course  1 course 
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Courses such as psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, and geography may be used to fulfill this requirement. 
1 course  1 course 
Courses in areas such as philosophy, religious studies, English literature, history, art history may be used to fulfill this requirement. 
1 course  1 course 

Additional Information

a)   Courses must be a minimum of 3 semester credits/hours each (or 4 quarter credits/hours each).

b)   The prerequisite coursework total must equal or exceed 65 semester credits/hours (or 97.5 quarter credits/hours).  If the prerequisite coursework credit minimum is not met by completing the course requirements in each area, then additional prerequisite coursework must be taken.

c)   If science coursework was taken more than five years prior to admission application, applicants must have their transcripts evaluated by a College of Pharmacy admissions counselor.

d)   Please contact the Office of Student Affairs ( with questions related to prerequisites.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


a) UIC College of Pharmacy reviews complete applications (all required information received) as they are received.
b) UIC COP operates on a rolling admissions basis, so it's first come, first served until the class is full and a sufficient number of applicants have been identified for the wait list.
c) Review of complete applications begins in September and continues throughout the admissions cycle.
d) For best consideration, apply early!
Please visit our admissions website for more information.
Deadline: The UIC College of Pharmacy Supplemental is part of the PharmCAS application. These questions must be completed before the PharmCAS application is submitted. Applicants who meet our minimum GPA requirements will be invited to complete the required UIC University Supplemental Application.Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $70
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Information about submitting the required UIC University Supplemental Application will be emailed to qualified applicants (those meeting our minimum GPA requirements) when verified PharmCAS applications have been received.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 2 year

a)   It is recommended that PCAT be taken prior to e-submitting a PharmCAS application with the option of having another PCAT exam date available to use if necessary.

b)   Applications will not be reviewed until all materials are received - including PCAT.

c)    If an applicant retakes the PCAT, the new PCAT scores will be considered when received.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



a)   UIC requires the submission of valid English proficiency test scores for all non-native English speakers.

b)   English Proficiency Requirements


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

a)   All applicants are required to provide documentation of appropriate immunizations, run a "clean" background check and drug screen, and have a valid Illinois pharmacy technician license.

b)   The UIC College of Pharmacy does not participate in the PharmCAS background check and drug screen programs.

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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: All application materials MUST be received by December 31, 2018.
Received by deadline

a)   We will only accept course-by-course evaluations from WES.

b)   For more information, please visit the website.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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:

Two letters of recommendation must be submitted through PharmCAS.

  •  One letter must be from a professor, a TA, or an Academic Adviser.
  •  One letter must be from a work or volunteer supervisor.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant



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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • October - March

Interviews are by invitation only. Top applicants meeting the screening criteria set forth by the Admissions Committee will be offered the opportunity to interview with UIC faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the pharmacy community starting in October and continuing through March.

The kind of interviews conducted are MMI (multiple mini interviews).  Each mini interview covers a particular characteristic the Admissions Committee would like to see in students.


Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Admission decision notices typically go out within one to two weeks after the on-site interview; all correspondence regarding application status occurs via email.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? A response to an admission offer (either accepting or declining) is due 2 weeks after the offer is made. Acceptance offer deadlines are stated in the offer letters and are strictly enforced. No exceptions will be made. The Admissions Committee wants applicants who are dedicated to coming to UIC!
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: See details below.
Due: See details below.
Refundable? No
Admission Deposits
Early Decision Admission Offer
Full acceptance deposit ($1000) - due two weeks after offer

Regular Admission Offer - before March 1, 2019
Initial acceptance deposit ($200) - due two weeks after offer
Final acceptance deposit ($800) - due March 1, 2019

Regular Admission Offer - after March 1, 2019
Full acceptance deposit ($1000) - due two weeks after offer

Deposits are not refundable for any reason.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 20-21, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 26, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No