Application Process and Deadlines
Chicago College of Pharmacy
CCP uses a two-step application process. Applicants must submit both a completed Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application and a College supplemental application.
- PharmCAS Application:
Applicants are required to submit online applications and application fees to PharmCAS by January 5, 2013. In addition to the online applications and application fees, applicants must forward to PharmCAS official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended by the January 5th date. PharmCAS will not consider an application complete and will not begin the verification process until all official transcripts are received. (Students who have taken coursework and/or earned a degree from a foreign institution must also submit an evaluation of their transcripts from an approved foreign transcript evaluation service).
Students must apply for admission via the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) at www.PharmCAS.org. Please refer to the PharmCAS application instructions for specific details about completing the PharmCAS application, required documents, and processing time. PharmCAS applications are typically available beginning in June of the academic year preceding the year in which the applicant plans to matriculate. Due to the large number of applications and the limited number of seats available, students are strongly encouraged to complete their PharmCAS application and their CCP supplemental application early in the cycle. CCP will consider completed applications on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats are filled.
- Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT):
Applicants must arrange for scores from the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) to be sent directly to PharmCAS using PCAT code 104. Only test scores received directly from PharmCAS and scores earned from the test offered in 2008 or more recently will be accepted. This exam is offered by Harcourt Assessment, Inc., (also known as Pearson), 800-622-3231; www.pcatweb.info. The exam is typically offered four times per year. However, please note to meet the application deadline dates, 1st time PCAT test takers should take the exam prior to January 2013. Please check with Harcourt Assessment, Inc. for the exam dates.
- Letters of Recommendation:
Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from professionals to PharmCAS (www.PharmCAS.org). The Office of Admissions will only accept letters of recommendation received directly from PharmCAS. One letter should be written by a college professor who has actually taught the student or by a prehealth advisory committee. It is preferred that the second letter be written by a pharmacist. However, any one of the following recommenders is also acceptable: prehealth advisory committee, science professor, or another health care professional who knows the applicant well. Please refer to the PharmCAS application instructions for specific guidelines and requirements for submitting letters of recommendation.
- Supplemental Application:
After receiving PharmCAS applications (www.PharmCAS.org) from the application service, the Office of Admissions will e-mail a supplemental application to all applicants who meet the minimum cumulative and science GPA requirement of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must complete and submit their supplemental applications with the required information and their application fee to the Office of Admissions on or before March 1, 2013.
- Completed Applications
All application materials, including the PharmCAS application, PCAT scores (as reported to PharmCAS), two letters of recommendation (as submitted to PharmCAS), and supplemental application materials with the application fee, must be received in the Office of Admissions on or before March 1, 2013. Only completed applications received by the Office of Admissions on or before the deadline date will be reviewed for potential entrance into the program.
Please Note: Applicants are responsible for tracking the receipt of their application materials and verifying the status of their applications on the University website. The Office of Admissions will send qualified applicants instructions for checking the status of their application materials online.
Applicants are also responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions of any changes in their mailing address or e-mail address.
Office of Admissions
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515