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 2017:  March 1, 2017

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    About the UIC College of Pharmacy


    UIC is ranked the #6 College of Pharmacy in the country for good reason: research and clinical innovations, discoveries and comprehensive, committed teaching. That is why we've been defining the field for more than 150 years.


    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.


    Important Dates for Applicants


     PharmCAS Application


         Early Decision deadline - September 6, 2016 

         Priority consideration deadline - January 5, 2017

         Final deadline - March 1, 2017


    Scholarship Application


         Priority Scholarship Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

         Scholarship Notification: March 1 - 7, 2017


    Admission Deposits


         Early Decision Admission Offer

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


         Regular Admission Offer - before March 15, 2017

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

               Final acceptance deposit ($800) – due March 15, 2017


         Regular Admission Offer - after March 15, 2017

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


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 450
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 160 Chicago Campus, 50 Rockford Campus
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 210
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: 14
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: Not Limited
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: Not Limited
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.4
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 22-45
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 4.7:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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 2017 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.
      Writing and "writing intensive" courses may be used; speech, public speaking, and interpersonal communication courses may be used. 
      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 
      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.

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: 
        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!
      • Deadline: No required supplemental deadline. However, 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 when verified PharmCAS applications have been received.

  9. Tests ↑ 

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

        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? Yes
      • Details: 

        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.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • 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, 2016.
       Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      a)   We accept course-by-course evaluations from ECE or WES.

      b)   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
      • Details: 
      • 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? Admission offer notices typically go out within a week or two after the on-site admissions 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 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: See details below.
      • Due: See details below.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: 
        Admission Deposits
        Early Decision Admission Offer
        Full acceptance deposit ($1000) - due two weeks after offer

        Regular Admission Offer - before March 15, 2017
        Initial acceptance deposit ($200) - due two weeks after offer
        Final acceptance deposit ($800) - due March 15, 2017

        Regular Admission Offer - after March 15, 2017
        Full acceptance deposit ($1000) - due two weeks after offer

        Deposits are not refundable for any reason.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 16-17, 2017 
      • Details: New student orientation is typically the Tuesday/Wednesday the week before classes start. The White Coat Ceremony is the Thursday following orientation.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 22, 2017
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: