PharmD in University of Illinois - Chicago College of Pharmacy-USA

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Admission Requirements



To be considered for admission, prospective students must do the following.

Transfer students (from another accredited college of pharmacy), please see the section specifically for transfer students since the admission requirements differ. 

International applicants or those with foreign credits, please also see the section at the end of this page because there are additional requirements and the timeline is different.

Pre-Pharmacy Coursework

Complete all pre-pharmacy coursework with a C grade or better by the end of the spring semester of the admission year. C- (C minus) grades must be repeated. Courses must be taken on a graded basis.

For the Fall 2012 admission cycle, all pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of Spring 2012 semester.  No summer classes are permitted.  PharmCAS applications may be submitted prior to the completion of all prerequisite courses. (Applicants must be able to demonstrate on the Pre-Pharmacy Coursework Form (part of the supplemental application materials) that courses they've already taken, courses they are currently enrolled in, and courses they have yet to take will meet all pre-pharmacy prerequisites.) 

GPA Requirements

To be eligible for application review, applicants must have cumulative, pre-pharmacy prerequisite coursework, and science/math grade-point averages of  2.75 (A=4.0) or better at the time of the PharmCAS application deadline and thereafter. All repeated classes must be calculated into the cumulative and science/math grade-point averages. Students may use the highest grade in repeated courses when calculating the pre-pharmacy prerequisite coursework grade-point average.

Those not meeting the GPA requirements at the time of application will be notified of such adn will be considered for review again after fall grades have been submitted to PharmCAS.


Prospective students are expected to participate in activities that better develop their communication and people skills, their knowledge of the pharmacy profession, and their leadership abilities.  These type of activites often include things such as employment opportunities, pharmacy/healthcare shadowing or volunteer experiences, organzational memberships, community service.

PharmCAS Application

Complete a PharmCAS online application and keep the PharmCAS record up to date at all times. PharmCAS goes live in June of each year.  Although the UIC College of Pharmacy PharmCAS application deadline is set in February, complete applications (PharmCAS and Supplemental Materials) are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in September and continuing through March.

College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application Materials

If invited, complete and submit supplemental application materials directly to the UIC College of Pharmacy.  Supplemental materials must be submitted within two weeks of the invitation to submit them.  However, as noted above, complete applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis (i.e. they are considered as they come in).

Supplemental application materials will not be made available to all applicants.  Only those applicants who have a verified PharmCAS application and who meet the minimum GPA requirements will be invited to complete the supplemental application materials.

Letters of Recommendation

Although submitted through PharmCAS, please note that one letter must be from a professor, instructor, or TA; and one letter must be from a supervisor.

Letters of recommendation must be in place on PharmCAS for an application to be considered complete and get a full review.


Take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) prior to e-submitting on PharmCAS. All applicants must take the version of the PCAT offered starting June 2007 or after.   Scores must be submitted directly to PharmCAS (Code 104), not to UIC. 

If the PCAT has been taken multiple times, the best overall set of subscores/composite will be used in the review process.  PCAT scores must be in place on PharmCAS for an application to be considered complete and get a full review.

TOEFL (required for non-native speakers of English)

Score 550 (paper-based) / 213 (computer-based) / 80 (internet-based) or better on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if most of the applicants' college education was completed in a non-English speaking country.*  TOEFL results must be submitted to PharmCAS (Code 8246) prior e-submitting on PharmCAS. Please note that TOEFL scores over two years old are invalid.

TOEFL Exceptions:

  1. Native English speakers.
  2. Non-native English speakers who have completed two consecutive years of full-time high school or university study in the U.S. or other country where the official language of the country is English.
  3. Non-native English speakers who have a minimum of one year full-time employment in the US or other country where the official language of the country is English. Applicants must submit a letter from their employer verifying atleast 12 consecutive months of employment and describing their English language ability.

Special note: Applicants from countries where the official language of the country is not English, but who attended a university where English was the language of instruction, are not exempt from submitting TOEFL scores.

On-Site Interview and Writing Assessment

If selected, participate in admission interview and assessment of written and verbal communication skills.

Additional information Required of International applicants

The university considers any student who currently holds a visa of any type or is seeking a visa to be international. Even if you do not require a student (F or J) visa to attend UIC, you are viewed as an international applicant. Most policies which apply to those seeking student visas will apply to holders of other types of visas.

* International students must have their transcripts reviewed by a UIC College of Pharmacy admissions counselor before applying.

* International students must provide the following pieces of information to the College of Pharmacy no later than December 31 to ensure a timely processing of the necessary paperwork should you be offered admission.

Applicants must submit the following:

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  1. Attested/university issued transcripts or marksheets for all undergraduate work in the original language
  2. Attested/university issued transcripts or marksheets for all post-baccalaureate work in the original language
  3. Proof of all degrees awarded. Attested degree certificates or diplomas should be submitted.
  4. Certified English translations of all credentials
  5. TOEFL or IELTS score (see TOEFL information above)
  6. Supplemental application materials (as indicated above).
  7. 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.
  8. Evidence of financial support for the first year of study must be submitted before an I-20 or DS-2019 will be sent to the admitted student.
    • An original bank statement  or letter signed by a bank official.

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