Application Process and Deadlines
Chicago College of Pharmacy
Applicants must submit a completed Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application.
- Early Decision PharmCAS Application:
CCP participates in the "Early Decision" (ED) program through PharmCAS. The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that CCP is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one pharmacy degree program.
The Early Decision PharmCAS application deadline is September 6, 2016. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, you must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of your official transcripts, PCAT Scores and application fee by September 1st. If your application, transcripts, scores or fee arrive after the deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your file from early decision status to regular status.
You may be offered early admission, denied admission, or deferred to regular applicant status. If you are offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, you are obligated to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS institutions. If, however, you are denied admission as an Early Decision applicant, you may apply to other PharmCAS institutions for an additional fee. Refer to the PharmCAS application fee schedule to determine the cost to apply to each additional program. CCP will hold Early Decision interviews in September and October and will make admission decisions on early decision applicants by October 21, 2016.
- Regular Decision PharmCAS Application:
Applicants are required to submit online applications and application fees to PharmCAS by March 1, 2017. In addition to the online application and application fees, applicants must forward to PharmCAS official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended by the March 1st 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 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 2012 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 no later than January 2017. 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.
- Completed Applications
All application materials, including the PharmCAS application, official transcripts (as submitted to PharmCas), PCAT scores (as reported to PharmCAS), two letters of recommendation (as submitted to PharmCAS), must be received in the Office of Admissions on or before April 1, 2017. 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