Admission Process

Chicago State University College of Pharmacy has received full accreditation status from The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

The Chicago State University College of Pharmacy will utilize the PharmCAS application service. We have two types of admission, the Early Decision Program and General Admission.


Pharmacy Admission Early Decision Program

The College of Pharmacy at Chicago State University (CSU-COP) participates in the PharmCAS Early Decision Program (EDP). The PharmCAS Early Decision Program is a binding option that is available to applicants who see one particular Pharm. D. program (In this case CSU-COP) as a first choice; and will enroll if accepted. Applicants for the EDP may only apply to one participating school during the early decision time period. The deadline for applications for the Early Decision Program is September 6, 2016. If you wish to participate in the EDP, your completed application, transcripts and submission fee must be received at PharmCAS by the deadline or your status will be changed automatically from early decision to regular status.
Select interviews for the Early Decision Program will be conducted during September and Early October 2016. Early Decision Program offers will be made by October 21, 2016. If offered conditional admission, you are obligated to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS institutions for the Fall 2017 admission cycle. If offered conditional admission, all rules regarding conditional admission remain (e.g. successful completion of pre-pharmacy courses, etc.)


Regular Admission Application

  1. All applicants must first file an application through PharmCAS, a web-based Pharmacy College Application Service, by February 1, 2017. PharmCAS must receive ALL official college transcripts by February 1, 2017. PharmCAS will not release applicant information to the School of Pharmacy until all transcripts, from every institution attended, are received.
  2. Three letters of reference should be completed on the "Letters of Reference" form included in your PharmCAS application and submitted to PharmCAS by February 1, 2017 deadline. Applicants must adhere to the specified requirements regarding letters of reference criteria:
    • One letter must be from a Pharmacist or other licensed health care professional.
    • One letter must be from a science professor who has instructed the applicant at the college/university level.
    • The final letter should be from a Pre-health/faculty advisor, if possible. A letter from a Supervisor/Employer, Pre-health Committee, professor in any discipline or second licensed health care professional may be submitted if the applicant's primary college/university does not use a Pre-health or faculty advisor.
    • Letters from a TA can only be accepted if signed by the professor.
  3. Register to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). Select to have the scores sent directly to PharmCAS CODE 104. You must take the PCAT exam no later than the January testing date for the results to be submitted in time for review.


All required (prerequisite) courses must be completed with a letter of grade of "C" or better prior to entrance into the professional pharmacy program.
Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an interview process (Date and Time TBA).
If you have additional questions, please call our office of student affairs at 773/821-2500.