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PharmD Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the UIC PharmD program in Chicago or Rockford, prospective students must do the following:

Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisite Coursework
GPA Requirements
Activities
PCAT
English Proficiency (if applicable)
PharmCAS Application
College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application
Letters of Recommendation
On-Site Admissions Interview and Writing Assessment

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

Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisite Coursework

Prospective students must complete all pre-pharmacy prerequisite coursework with a C grade or better.

  • C- (C minus) grades must be repeated.
  • Courses must be taken on a graded basis.

AP and test-out credits will be accepted to meet the required pre-pharmacy prerequisite coursework as long as they are transcript recognized by the college or university attended.  Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisite Coursework Guides are available for most Illinois schools and some out-of-state schools.

All pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester before matriculation (or by the first week of June for schools not on the semester system).  Applicants may not take prerequisite courses during the summer before matriculation.

PharmCAS applications may be submitted prior to the completion of all prerequisite courses provided applicants can demonstrate 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. 

Any applicant with foreign coursework (other than study abroad coursework taken through a US college) must provide a WES foreign coursework report for evaluation by the Office of Student Affairs.  Please contact the Office of Student Affairs to have questions answered, pharmosa@uic.edu.

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GPA Requirements

To be eligible for application review, prospective students must have and maintain cumulative, pre-pharmacy prerequisite coursework, and science/math grade-point averages of 2.50 (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.

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

A holistic review of an application means that GPA is one factor that is considered. Below are the GPA ranges of students that have been accepted in previous cycles. 

Admission Cycle Prerequisite GPA Range Average Prerequisite GPA
Fall 2017 2.79 to 4.00 3.48
Fall 2016 2.82 to 4.00 3.46
Fall 2015
2.75 to 4.00
3.49

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Service & Professional Development Activities

Prospective students are expected to demonstrate a record of participation in activities that develop and demonstrate personal responsibility, improve communication and people skills, further personal knowledge of pharmacists' roles and the pharmacy profession, and activities that demonstrate leadership abilities. These type of activites often include things such as health care-related employment opportunities, pharmacy/healthcare shadowing or volunteer experiences, sustained organizational memberships, and community service.

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PCAT

The PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) is one of many things considered in a holistic application review process. Admitted students composite scores have ranged from 30 to 99 (percentile).

All applicants must take the PCAT  within two years prior to applying to the PharmD Program.  PCAT scores more than two years old will not be considered.

For best consideration, the PCAT should be taken prior to e-submitting the PharmCAS application. If taking the January PCAT, please realize that applications are reviewed on an on-going basis starting in September and are not reviewed until all application and supplemental materials (including PCAT scores) are received by the College of Pharmacy.

If the PCAT has been taken multiple times, the attempt with the best composite percentile at the time the application is considered will be used in the review process. PCAT composite scores are not averaged and they are not "mixed and matched" between attempts.

Early Decision:  For those applicants applying via Early Decision, the July or September PCAT scores may be used. If an applicant takes the September PCAT, the applicant will need to email pharmosa@uic.edu their unofficial PCAT results. 

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English Proficiency (if applicable)

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

The English proficiency test requirement for international applicants may be waived under certain circumstances.  Please see the UIC Office of Admissions International Admissions page to determine if proof of English proficiency is required for your country/territory.

Below are the only tests and minimum scores accepted as evidence of English proficiency by UIC and the College of Pharmacy.

TOEFL iBT IELTS PTE Academic TOEFL PBT
Total Score 80 Overall Score 6.5 Overall Score 54 Total Score 550
Listening 17 Listening 6 Listening 47
Writing 21 Writing 6 Writing 56
Reading 19 Reading 6 Reading 51
Speaking 20 Speaking 6 Speaking 53

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Additional application requirements when applying to the PharmD Program

PharmCAS Application

All applicants will complete a PharmCAS online application.

PharmCAS becomes available in July of each year. Although the UIC College of Pharmacy has a March PharmCAS deadline, complete applications (PharmCAS and Supplemental Materials) are reviewed by the Admissions Committee as they are received starting in September and continuing through March. In PharmCAS, students will select University of Illinois Chicago regardless of campus preference.

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College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application

Applicants who have a verified PharmCAS application and meet the minimum GPA requirements will be invited to complete the Supplemental Application. If invited, applicants complete and submit the Supplemental Application directly to the UIC College of Pharmacy.  In the Supplemental Application, applicants will select their campus preference (Chicago or Rockford).

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Letters of Recommendation

The UIC College of Pharmacy requires two letters of recommendation.  

  • One letter must be from an academic reference such as an academic advisor, a professor, an instructor, or a TA;
  • One letter must be from a work or volunteer supervisor.  

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On-Site Admissions Interview and Writing Assessment

Highly qualified applicants are invited to participate for an on-site Admission Interview.  Interview Day consists of interaction with current students, faculty, and alumni through general UIC College of Pharmacy information sessions, a tour, Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) style admission interviews, and a writing assessment.  All applicants who are invited and wish to interview must participate in person at either the Chicago or Rockford Campus.

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