University of Illinois - Chicago
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  January 5, 2015

  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. (masters of science in health informatics) Pharm.D./M.S.C.T.S (masters of 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 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 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 2014 entering class: 450
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 160 Chicago Campus, 50 Rockford Campus
    • Estimated fall 2014 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 2014 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 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 2015 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: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 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: 6:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 60
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
    • 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: Spring 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 60  90 
      Written communication  
      Speech communication - Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication 
      Humanities (such as History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, English Literature)  4.5 
      Electives (only necessary if the total prerequisite course credits do not add up to a minimum of 60 semester credits)  0-4   0-6  
      General biology with lab   12 
      General chemistry with lab   12 
      Organic chemistry with lab   12 
      Physics with lab (may be calculus or non-calculus based)   12 
      Calculus (integral and differential)   4.5 
      Human Anatomy (all organ systems) - if a school teaches anatomy or anatomy/physiology in a sequence, ALL courses in the sequence must be taken - even if it exceeds 4 credits. 
      Social and Behavioral Sciences (courses like political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology)  4.5 
      Economics (any economics course)  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.

      The minimum human anatomy requirement is 4 semester hours. However, the requirement is that it cover ALL organ systems. If a school offers a human anatomy sequence, the ENTIRE sequence must be taken to meet this requirement—even if it exceeds the 4 semester hour minimum.

  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 are due September 12, 2014.
         Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $75
      • 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: 1 year
      • Details: 

        It's optimal if PCAT is taken prior to e-submitting a PharmCAS application. Final review of an application will not be made 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: 

        TOEFL is required for applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants may qualify for a waiver if you can provide the following:

        You may qualify for a waiver if you can provide the following:

         - Evidence that you have been attending a U.S. institution for at least 2 years of full-time study.

         - A letter from a U.S. employer stating that you are proficient in the use of English and that you have been employed at the establishment for at least 1 year.

         - Education or employment for the duration of time listed above in a country where English is the only, official language, i.e. UK, Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec).

      • 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

  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, 2014.
       Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Permanent residents must submit copy of Permanent Resident card with the supplemental application materials.

      If any coursework has been taken outside the U.S:

      Applicants should provide a foreign transcript evaluation (ECE or WES)  for our admissions counselor's evaluation with regard to meeting pre-pharmacy requirements.  These reports can be mailed, emailed, or faxed.

      UIC College of Pharmacy
      Office of Student Affairs (MC874)
      Room 154
      833 South Wood Street
      Chicago, Illinois 60612

      FAX:  312-413-0106

      How do I apply if I'm a non-citizen or if I have foreign coursework?
      You will need to do the following in order to apply to the College of Pharmacy at UIC:

      1. Complete PharmCAS application and UIC College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application (if invited to do so).
      2. Provide attested/university issued transcripts or marksheets for all undergraduate work in the original language (with Supplemental Application). 
      3. Provide attested/university issued transcripts or marksheets for all post-baccalaureate work in the original language (with Supplemental Application). 
      4. Provide proof of all degrees awarded. Attested degree certificates or diplomas should be submitted (with Supplemental Application). 
      5. Submit certified English translations of all credentials (with Supplemental Application). 
      6. Provide TOEFL or IELTS score (with Supplemental Application) if necessary.  See below. 
      7. Foreign/non-citizen applicants must provide financial documentation (as discussed below) with Supplemental Application.  DO NOT WAIT FOR AN OFFER OF ADMISSION TO SUBMIT THIS DOCUMENTION. Or you may submit the necessary documentation to the Office of International Services.  Please see the address on the "Obtaining an Initial I-20/DS2019" page. 
      8. If course work is in progress, final transcripts with grades recorded and proof of any degrees awarded will be required upon enrollment. English translations will also be required. 
      9. All materials MUST be received by December 31.


      Evidence of English Competency

      TOEFL/IELTS Exemptions
      TOEFL/IELTS exemptions are not determined by the prevalence of spoken English in your country or the medium of instruction at your university.

      You may qualify for a waiver if you can provide the following:

      • Evidence that you have been attending a U.S. institution for at least 2 years of full-time study.
      • A letter from a U.S. employer stating that you are proficient in the use of English and that you have been employed at the establishment for at least 1 year.
      • Education or employment for the duration of time listed above in a country where English is the only, official language, i.e. UK, Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec).

      Minimum Requirements
      The College of Pharmacy minimum requirements for TOEFL scores are as follows:

      Paper-based exam—550
      Computer-based exam—213

        Total score—80

      IELTS Scores
        Listening – 6.0
        Writing – 6.0
        Reading – 6.0
        Speaking – 6.0
        Total Score – 6.5

  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 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: 2 weeks after offer
      • 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 2015 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/24/2015
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No