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A Letter from the Rockford Dean

Dr. Rynn

Welcome to the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy Rockford!  UIC Pharmacy is ranked the #7 pharmacy school in the Nation and our University is a top 50 public university according to U.S. News and World Reports. Student pharmacists on the UIC Rockford campus study in modern state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories specifically designed to meet the training needs for preparing 21st century pharmacists.  Newly constructed classrooms are outfitted with audiovisual equipment that allows classes to be delivered synchronously with the Chicago campus.  Live lectures are taught and recorded from both the Chicago and Rockford campuses from world renowned faculty who are experts in their fields. Coordinated with the lectures, small group discussions are held on each campus and led in-person by faculty who facilitate student interaction, discussion, and understanding of the material.  Laboratory sessions for pharmacy skills and pharmaceutical compounding provide hands-on experience to help students as they provide patient care through our experiential curriculum, starting in their first semester of pharmacy school.

Our Rockford campus is part of the UIC Health Sciences Campus, home to the Colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Nursing.  Located near the banks of the Rock River, Rockford is the fourth largest city in Illinois and offers a small city/suburban feel.  The campus sits on 20 acres in a residential area of Rockford near the nationally-recognized Anderson Japanese Gardens.  The small class sizes and interactions with medical and nursing students provide excellent interprofessional education opportunities. Pharmacy student organizations, professional fraternities, and clubs are all available to choose from as you develop into an excellent and caring pharmacist.

For those interested in practicing in a rural community the Rockford Campus offers the Rural Pharmacy Education Concentration (RPHARM) to educate student pharmacists about the unique challenges and opportunities present in rural environments.  Approximately 20% of our students take part in RPHARM and work collaboratively with medical students enrolled in the Rural Medical Education Program (RMED).

While a student on the UIC Rockford campus, you will benefit from faculty who have an open-door policy and pride themselves on great student guidance and mentorship.  Rockford’s small class size, close-knit student and faculty community, opportunities for interprofessional activities, and a lower cost of living are perfect for students considering a premier UIC College of Pharmacy education with these bonuses.

Plan to visit us and learn more about the Rockford Campus!


Dr. Kevin O. Rynn, PharmD, FCCP, DABAT
Clinical Professor and Vice Dean