One College, Two Campuses, Unlimited Opportunities, One-Rate Tuition
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Contact Information

One College, Two Campuses, Unlimited Opportunities, One-Rate Tuition
Office of Student Affairs
University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy
833 South Wood Street (MC874)
United States
  • Name: Dan DiCesare
    Title: Director of Student Affairs - Chicago
  • Name: Josie Clark
    Title: Director of Student Affairs - Rockford

Program Application Deadline

June 3, 2024
Applications are reviewed as they are received throughout the admissions cycle. For best consideration, apply as early as possible in the admissions cycle.
January 4, 2024
Priority Scholarship Application Deadline: January 4, 2024

To be eligible for priority scholarship consideration, students should complete and submit their PharmCAS applications by Jan. 4, 2024 and also should schedule and complete their PharmD interviews by Feb. 1, 2024.

Program Information

Full Accreditation
One College. Two Campuses. Unlimited Opportunities. The PharmD program is offered in Chicago and in Rockford., Chicago Campus - Urban, diverse, dynamic, and fast-paced, the College’s Chicago campus is set in the heart of the Illinois Medical District, about two miles west of the city’s central business district and less than one mile from UIC’s East campus., Rockford Campus - New facilities, cutting-edge technology, and small class sizes, and Interprofessional opportunities with our College of Medicine and College of Nursing students characterize the Rockford campus.
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 2 - 4
Not Required
Affiliation or articulation agreement with undergraduate institution(s), Early assurance

Last Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), PharmD/PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Students may pursue PharmD concentrations, as well as certificate and other degree programs. Some examples are the UPHARM (Urban Pharmacy) and RPHARM (Rural Pharmacy) concentrations, a Health Informatics or Pharmacoepidemiology certificate.

Program Description

One College. Two Campuses. Unlimited Opportunities. One-Rate Tuition.*

What do you want out of your pharmacy school experience?

- A campus in the heart of a large urban healthcare district? Studying in a world-class city? Then Chicago is your spot!

- Are you looking for a vibrant, close-knit community and a small class size? Then Rockford is the place for you!

Regardless of which path you choose, both lead you to the same great education, research and pharmacy practice experiences at the 7th ranked College of Pharmacy in the country and the number 1 school in Illinois!

*One-Rate Tuition – All PharmD students, regardless of residency status, are assessed the same tuition rate.

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

The following three GPAs must meet the 2.50 minimum requirement - 1) the cumulative GPA (all courses taken at all institutions), 2) science/math coursework GPA (all science and math courses), and 3) the prerequisite GPA (best attempt at the prerequisite courses). The cumulative and science/math GPAs include all attempts at courses. The prerequisite GPA uses only the attempt with the highest grade.
The numbers stated above are approximate. Rather than specify a number of credit hours, the UIC College of Pharmacy requires a minimum of 18 prerequisite courses (semester system) or 21/22 prerequisite courses (quarter system). Each course must be at least 3 semester credit hours or 4 quarter credit hours. For more information, please visit our website -

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
English Composition / Writing Written Communication - An English written communication course, such as composition is required. 3 4
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Verbal Communication - An English verbal communication course, such as speech or public speaking is required. 3 4
Other Additional Communication - An additional English communication course (either written or verbal) is required. 3 4
Biology/Biological Science General Biology - Two semesters of general biology with labs are required. 6 9
Anatomy & Physiology Human Anatomy and Physiology - This requirement may be fulfilled with an A&P sequence OR the combination of 1 course in human anatomy and 1 course in human physiology. All organ systems must be covered. Labs are not required. 6 9
Microbiology Microbiology - A microbiology course with a lab is required. 3 4
Chemistry General (Inorganic) Chemistry - A general chemistry sequence with labs is required. 6 9
Chemistry Organic Chemistry - An organic chemistry sequence with lab(s) is required. Some schools may offer labs with each organic course; other schools may offer only one lab (must be at least 2 semester credits) with the organic sequence. 6 9
Biochemistry Biochemistry - A biochemistry course is required. A lab is not required. 3 4
Physics Physics - One course in general physics is required. A lab is not required. 3 4
Math Calculus - Any calculus class that covers derivatives and integrals may be used to fulfill this requirement. 3 4
Statistics Statistics - Any statistics course may be used to fulfill this requirement. 3 4
Social/Behavioral Science Social and Behavioral Sciences - A course in psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, geography, or other areas of social/behavioral science may be used to fulfill this requirement. 3 4
Humanities Humanities - A courses in philosophy, religious studies, English literature, history, art history, or other areas of humanities may be used to fulfill this requirement. 3 4
Although spring (or earlier) completion of prerequisites is preferred, all prerequisites must be completed by August 9, 2024 (without exception) for fall 2024 admission.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Yes
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes
Online coursework must be taken from regionally accredited institutions. Questions should be directed to
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: No
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : No
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: No
All prerequisite courses must be taken on a graded basis. (Pass/Satisfactory grades will be accepted for coursework taken spring 2020 or summer 2020 only due to the pandemic.)
a) Courses must be a minimum of 3 semester credits/hours each (or 4 quarter credits/hours each). Exact credits will depend on the way a school offers its science courses/labs. b) Please contact the Office of Student Affairs ( with questions related to prerequisites.

Supplemental Materials

Information about submitting the required UIC University Supplemental Application will be emailed to qualified applicants when verified PharmCAS applications have been received.

PCAT and Other Tests

Although the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) is not required, it is one of many things considered in a holistic application review if an applicant opts to take it. Admitted students composite scores have ranged from 30 to 99 (percentile). Low scores cannot hurt an applicant. Scores above 50th percentile will be a plus and taken into account in the application review process.

Observation Hours


Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Two (2)
  • Clergy: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Co-Worker: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: ACCEPTED
  • Pharmacist: ACCEPTED
  • Politician: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Any Subject Area): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): ACCEPTED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED
Conditionally accepted
A committee letter is considered to be an academic reference.
Not Accepted
Two letters of recommendation must be submitted through PharmCAS. One letter must be from an academic reference such as a professor, a TA, or an Academic Adviser. One letter must be from a work or volunteer supervisor.


With one-rate tuition, residency doesn't matter. Out-of-state students pay the same tuition as in-state students.

International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, US Temporary Residents, Canadian Citizens, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
a) We will only accept course-by-course evaluations from WES. The WES report must be provided to PharmCAS. Official foreign transcripts are only required to be sent to UIC if admitted.
b) For best consideration, international students should apply through PharmCAS by December 31, 2023.
c) For more information, please visit the website,
UIC requires the submission of valid English proficiency test scores for all non-native English speakers. b) Please see the English Proficiency Requirements on our website -
Details on Post-B.S. Pharm.D. Programs
All admitted students, regardless of background, must complete the 4-year professional program. There is no advanced standing option.


Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
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, staff, alumni, and members of the pharmacy community starting in September and continuing through May or early June. MMI (multiple mini interviews) are used. Each mini interview covers a particular characteristic the Admissions Committee would like to see in admitted students.

Part of the interview process also involves an impromptu writing assignment from which an applicant's ability to think critically, address a topic, and communicate in written format is assessed.

Accepted Applicants

Admission deposits are non-refundable for any reason. Deposit extensions are not granted.

Admission Offers accepted before March 1, 2024:
Initial deposit ($200) - due two weeks after offer made
Final deposit ($800) - due no later than March 1, 2024

Admission offers accepted after March 1, 2024:
Full deposit ($1000) - due two weeks after offer made
All applicants must agree to the College of Pharmacy Matriculation and Continued Enrollment Policies.

Additional information for admitted students:

Background Checks and Drug Screenings