Admissions Requirements

PharmCAS Application: Required

Early decision deadline: September 4, 2020

Regular admission deadline: July 1,  2021


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.


Competitive 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 65 semester hours of non-remedial, prerequisite course work from a regionally accredited US college or university. All pre-pharmacy course work requirements must be completed in the spring semester prior to matriculation. The student must earn a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course.
    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.
  • Students must meet the following requirements:
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Submit a completed supplemental application containing a personal statement; and
  • 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 2020, students applying will require the following pre-pharmacy courses. All other requirements will remain the same.



Semester Hours

English (composition)


Biology (with laboratory)


Anatomy + Physiology, human (All systems)


General Chemistry (with laboratory)


Organic Chemistry (with laboratory)


Physics (mechanics, thermodynamics, force, and motion must be included. May be non-calculus based)


Calculus (integration and differentiation)


Speech (public speaking)


Economics (micro, macro, or general)


Statistics (must include probability testing, population statistics, and hypothesis testing up to simple regression)


Psychology or Sociology


Additional Course work (divided among the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, fine arts, foreign language, business or computer sciences)


Total Credit Hours


Application Process

PharmCAS must receive ALL official college transcripts by March 2nd. PharmCAS will not release applicant information to the School of Pharmacy until all transcripts, from every institution attended, are received.

Two letters of reference should be completed on the Letters of Reference form included in the PharmCAS application and submitted to PharmCAS by March 2nd  must adhere to the specified requirements regarding letters of reference criteria:

  • One letter must be from a pharmacist or other licensed health care professional
  • The second letter should be from a science professor or pre-health advisor from the pre-pharmacy curriculum
  • If an applicant completed course work at a foreign institution, he or she must also submit an official, detailed course-by-course evaluation of this course work. The student must obtain this evaluation from one of the following services:
  • Education Credential Evaluators (ECE):

World Education Service (WES).

Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an interview process.

For additional questions, please call our office at 773/821-2500.

* If out of school for more than three years, this letter may be substituted by a committee, supervisor or an employer.

** The supervisor/employer must have supervised/employed the applicant for a minimum of one year.

*** Can be substituted for a pre-health advisor or science professor if the committee contains a science professor who has taught the applicant and the science professor must be identified. (Can be changed according to the LOR requirement mentioned above)

After the College of Pharmacy receives and processes the completed application, the application/file is evaluated to determine whether or not the student will be offered an on-campus interview.