University of Illinois - Chicago
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Office of Student Affairs 
      • 154 College of Pharmacy  
      • 833 South Wood Street (MC874)  
      • Chicago 
      • Illinois 
      • 60612  
      • Phone (Work): 312-996-7242 
      • Phone (Fax): 312-413-0106 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  January 4, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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/P.H.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
      • 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
      • Early assurance
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: We have affiliation agreements (guaranteed admission programs) with Eastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    • 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. 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Founded in 1859 as the Chicago College of Pharmacy, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy joined the University of Illinois system in 1896. The College of Pharmacy, which stands as one of 88 leading research universities in the nation. From this rich tradition, the University of Illinois at Chicago has developed an outstanding reputation for educating top-notch pharmacists and researchers. The College of Pharmacy offers excellent academic facilities, numerous research laboratories, and other services to support our students' education at both our Chicago and Rockford campuses. The College provides leadership in education, research, public service, entrepreneurship and business activities, and patient care to guide and serve the pharmaceutical care needs of society.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 450
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 160 Chicago Campus, 50 Rockford Campus
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 210
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 14
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 0-5
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 55
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 450
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: Not Limited
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: Not Limited
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: 0-5
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum set, but competitive scores tend to be in the 70th or higher 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: 22-45
    • 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: 65
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 45
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 97.5
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 65  97.5 
      Communication (both written and verbal)   12 
      General Biology with labs  12 
      Anatomy and Physiology  12 
      Microbiology with lab  4.5 
      Genetics  4.5 
      Inorganic Chemistry with labs  12 
      Organic Chemistry with lab  12 
      Biochemistry  4.5 
      Calculus  4.5 
      Statistics  4.5 
      Social and Behavioral Sciences - may be fulfilled with courses such as psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, and geography  4.5 
      Humanities - can be fulfilled by courses in areas such as philosophy, religious studies, English literature, history, art history  4.5 
    • Additional Information: 

      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.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: UIC College of Pharmacy reviews all complete applications (all required information received) as they are received. However, 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 to be placed on the wait list. For best consideration, apply early! Review of complete applications begins in September and continues throughout the admissions cycle until the Admissions Committee has filled both campuses and has lined up a satisfactory amount of applicants for the wait list.
      • Deadline: Suggested timeframe is 2 weeks after invitation to complete supplemental (except early decision). Supplemental applications for early decision applicants should be completed within a week of receiving the supplemental invitation after being verified by PharmCAS.
         Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $70
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Information about the supplemental application will be emailed to qualified applicants once a verified PharmCAS application has been received.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 2 year
      • Details: 

        It is recommended that PCAT be taken prior to e-submitting a PharmCAS application which the option of having another PCAT exam date available to use if necessary.  Applications will not be reviewed until all materials are received - including PCAT. 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? Yes
      • Details: 

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

        Please see the following website for more information.

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

      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.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        Although not required for admission consideration, all admitted students must have a valid Illinois technician license by August 1 of the matriculation year.  Anyone who has let their license lapse should work to have their licenses reactivated by meeting the state's requirements for doing so.  Those who have never had a technician license should visit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional regulation for more information about how to apply for a new license.

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: Yes, required for in-state tuition purposes. For more information about Illinois residency, please see the following website.
    • 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: All application and supplemental application materials MUST be received by December 31, 2015.
       Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      We accept course by course evaluations by ECE or WES.

      For more information, please visit the website.


  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: 

      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
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

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

      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 and staff members 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.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? 2-4 weeks after interview; All correspondence 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 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? Yes
      • Amount: $1,000
      • Due: No later than 2 weeks after offer or the deadline stated in the offer letter.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Once an offer letter has been signed and mailed, the holding deposit is not refundable for any reason.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 18-19, 2016 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 24, 2016
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No