School of Pharmacy Admissions at Chicago State University


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Priority deadline is December 1, 2023 - Applicants that apply by the priority deadline date are considered first for Merit Scholarships.

Application deadline is May 1, 2024.


Supplemental Application: Not required

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT): NOT Required

The College of Pharmacy works on a rolling admissions cycle with review of applications from September through July

The CSU-COP considers for admission those prospective students who possess the academic and professional promise necessary to become outstanding members of the pharmacy profession. To select these students, the college uses a rolling selection process within a competitive admissions framework.

Holistic Admissions

Within its competitive admissions framework, the CSU-COP uses multiple criteria to select the most qualified candidates from an applicant pool that exceeds the number of seats available.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the CSU–COP, a prospective student must do the following:

  • Complete, or be in the process of completing, a minimum of 54 semester hours of non-remedial, prerequisite course work from a regionally accredited US college or university. It is preferred that all pre-pharmacy course work requirements be completed in the spring semester prior to matriculation. The student must earn a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course.  (A grade of C- or less will not be accepted)
    NOTE: If a student has completed course work at a foreign college or university, the student must provide acceptable proof of US course/degree equivalency. The student must also complete at least 30 semester hours of his or her prerequisite course work (including at least 15 semester hours in the sciences) at an accredited institution in the United States. 

Pre-Pharmacy Requirements

  • All required (prerequisite) courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or better prior to entrance into the professional pharmacy program. Grades of C- or less are not acceptable.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale), a minimum pre-requisite GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) in the required pre-pharmacy course curriculum, a minimum pre-requisite science and math GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) in the required science and math pre-pharmacy course curriculum;
    • Grades from all attempts of repeated coursework will be included when calculating the cumulative, pre-requisite and pre-requisite science and math coursework grade point average. It is preferred that science and math prerequisite coursework be completed within the last 5 years. Prerequisite coursework older than 10 years will be considered on a case by case basis. Only pre-requisite courses required by CSU-COP will be included in pre-requisite GPA calculations.
  • Reflect a people/service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities;
  • Reflect proper motivation for and commitment to the pharmacy profession as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer, or other life experiences;
  • Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues;
  • Complete CSU-COP’s on-campus interview process (by invitation only).
  • Students can opt to submit a PCAT score, although it is not required for application review

Effective Fall 2021, students applying will require the following pre-pharmacy courses. All other requirements will remain the same.

Course(s) Semester Hours
English (composition) 6
Biology (with laboratory) 8
Anatomy + Physiology, human (All systems) 6
General Chemistry (with laboratory) 8
Organic Chemistry (with laboratory) 8
Physics (mechanics, thermodynamics, force, and motion must be included. May be non-calculus based) 3
Calculus (integration and differentiation) 3
Speech (public speaking) 3
Economics (micro, macro, or general) 3
Statistics (must include probability testing, population statistics, and hypothesis testing up to simple regression) 3
Psychology or Sociology 3
Total Credit Hours 54