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College of Pharmacy Admission Process

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Admission to Roosevelt University’s College of Pharmacy is granted on a competitive basis and requires applicants to complete a comprehensive application and interview process. Interviews are limited and are offered to individuals based upon the Admission Review Committee’s recommendation and invitation. Application review, interviews, and decision notifications are completed on a rolling basis. 

Preparing For and Completing the PharmD Application Process

  1. Submit the PharmCAS application, as well as an essay, three letters of recommendation/committee evaluation, and official transcripts on or before December 31, 2017 for priority review or by March 1, 2018 for final consideration. Explore more information and important deadlines associated with the Early Decision Process.
  2. Complete a minimum of 57 semester hours of pre-pharmacy study at an accredited college or university and satisfy the requirements outlined below before June 1st of the year of entry. While a bachelor's degree is not required for entrance into the pharmacy program, it can make the application more competitive.
    • Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.50/4.0 scale for all courses completed. All math and science courses have a recommended grade point average of 2.75.
    • Earn a grade of C- or better in all science and math courses.
    • Earn a grade of C- or better in all English and speech courses. ESL courses do not satisfy either the English or speech requirement.
    • Complete all science and speech courses in an on-site learning environment; online courses will not be accepted.
    • All upper-division math and science coursework should be no more than ten years old at the time of application.
  3. Register for and complete the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). PCAT scores shall be sent directly to PharmCAS (Code 104).
  4. In addition to the materials above, applicants to the PharmD program shall also:
    • Reflect the successful practice of service through community engagement or extracurricular activities.
    • Demonstrate the proper motivation for and commitment to the profession of pharmacy through previous work, volunteer or life experiences.
    • Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact successfully with patients and colleagues.
  5. Complete the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy applicant interview process.

In order to select the strongest candidates from the pool of qualified applicants, the College of Pharmacy Admission Committee will assess not only the successful completion of a pre-pharmacy curriculum, but also the applicant’s PCAT score, letters of recommendation, scores from the personal interview, service, volunteer and co-curricular experiences, health-related work experiences, and written communication.

Students who are admitted to the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy will be required to successfully complete both a drug screening and criminal background check. View the list of disqualifying criminal offenses.

Applicants who have been selected for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy program will receive a conditional offer of admission. Admission offers are made until all program spaces are filled.

The admission offer is conditional any and all outstanding requirements are completed. Additional information will be providing to admitted students at the time of admission within the program’s Matriculation agreement.

Foreign Degree Recipients

For Students Who Have Completed Coursework or Earned a Degree Outside of the United States

Not all coursework completed at a college or university outside the United States and Canada will satisfy the College of Pharmacy course prerequisite requirements. This includes pharmacy program degrees earned in another country.

Beyond meeting any requirements for international students to attend Roosevelt University (please review the requirements for International Students) and the demonstration of English language proficiency, students must also:

  1. Meet all Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy Admission Requirements.
  2. Be enrolled full-time for at least two semesters at an accredited U.S. college or university and complete the following courses:
    • All missing science and math courses, AND
    • At least one course sequence in biology, chemistry, AND physics. Missing science courses that must be completed may count towards the completion of a science sequence.  
    • All 30 hours of non-science course requirements, including at least 6 semester hours of non-remedial English Composition, at least 3 semester hours of Speech Communication, 6 semester hours each of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Science courses, 3 semester hours of Economics, and 3 semester hours of Statistics. Calculus will be exempt if taken outside the U.S. if enough credit hours are earned to satisfy the requirement.
  3. Submit TOEFL scores to Roosevelt University. The minimum score required on TOEFL is 550, 213 (CBT) along with 4.5 or higher on the Test of Written English (TWE), or 80 (iBT) with 22 on the writing section and no less than 17 on any one section. TOEFL test scores must be from an examination taken within two years of the anticipated matriculation date into the College of Pharmacy. (The TOEFL test is waived for those students who have completed at least 25 semester hours at an accredited college or university AND have successfully completed 6 semester hours of non-remedial English, OR for those students who have earned a BA or BS degree in the United States).

Students who wish to receive credit for pre-pharmacy coursework completed at a college of university located outside the United States must secure the services of a credential evaluation service, who will forward a detailed course-by-course evaluation to the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy. The credential service recognized by Roosevelt University include:

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) can only be used if the evaluation provides a course-by-course breakdown.

Results of the foreign transcript evaluation and the grade earned in the courses will be used by the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy to determine if any of the credits can be used towards the fulfillment of the pre-pharmacy requirements.

As with any developing pharmacy program the admission requirements are subject to change. Please review the admission requirements periodically for updates and modifications.

Early Decision Program

The College of Pharmacy offers “Early Decision” (ED) status through PharmCAS. The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted. 

As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one pharmacy program. Applicants to the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy must meet the standard admission requirements. 

To be competitive as an Early Decision applicant it is recommended that you:

  1. Complete a minimum of 14 or more semester hours of the biology/chemistry pharmacy prerequisites at the time of the Early Decision application.
  2. Have a 3.0 Cumulative GPA and a 2.75 Math and Science GPA at the time of the Early Decision application.
  3. Achieve a PCAT score at the 50th percentile or better.  Take the PCAT no later than July of the application cycle. For those taking the September PCAT, this score will not be available at the time the application is submitted.
  4. Include 3 letters of recommendation using the PharmCAS electronic recommendations system along with their Early Decision application.  One letter should be from a pre-pharmacy instructor and one should be from an employer or student organization advisor.


The Early Decision application deadline is September 5, 2017. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, you must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of your official transcripts and fee by September 8th. If your application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your file from early decision status to regular status.

Early Admission Terms

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. 

Deposits and Fees

Refer to the PharmCAS application fee schedule to determine the cost to apply to each additional program. PharmCAS institutions will make admission decisions on early decision applicants by October 23, 2017.  Early Decision applicants if offered conditional admission to Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy must place a non-refundable tuition deposit within 15 days of being offered conditional admission to secure their seat for the following Summer.

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