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Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program

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The PharmD Program at Roosevelt University is a rigorous, patient-centered educational experience designed to prepare caring, compassionate and committed pharmacists to work in a variety of health care settings.

The Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy will begin its upcoming admission process using the following admission timeline (subject to change):

2017-18 Schedule
Mid - July The PharmCAS application will be available (tentative).
September 5, 2017 Early Decision Program Application deadline.
October 23, 2017 Early Decision Program decisions finalized.
September, 2017 - April, 2018 On-campus interviews conducted. Admission decisions and offers will be made on a rolling basis.
March 1, 2018 Submission deadline for regular PharmCAS application.
February 16, 2018 Deadline for submission of fall transcripts if application is completed by December 31, 2017.
May-June, 2018 Outstanding admission decisions will be determined.


How to Prepare for Admission

To help prospective applicants prepare for admission to our PharmD Program, Roosevelt University's pharmacy school requirements are listed below, which will require all applicants to:

  1. File an application through PharmCAS, a web-based Pharmacy College Application Service ( by March 1, 2018. Students who complete the PharmCAS Application by December 31, 2017 will receive priority review.

  2. Complete a minimum of 67 semester credit hours of pre-pharmacy study at an accredited college or university. Download a prerequisite worksheet to track your progress!

  3. Course and Grade Requirements

    • 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 recommended grade of C or better in all math and science courses.
    • Earn a recommended 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.
    • Complete all pre-pharmacy courses by June 1st of the desired year of entry.
    • All upper-division math and science coursework should be no more than ten years old at the time of application.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation with the PharmCAS application by the appropriate deadline. A Committee Evaluation can be substituted for the three letters of recommendation.

  5. Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). PCAT exams are offered multiple times per year by Heartcourt Assessments, Inc. (also known as Pearson) Have the PCAT scores sent directly to PharmCAS Code 104.

  6. Reflect the successful practice of service through community engagement or extracurricular activities.

  7. Demonstrate the proper motivation for and commitment to the profession of pharmacy through previous work, volunteer or life experiences.

  8. Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact successfully with patients and colleagues.

  9. Complete the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy applicant interview process (by invitation only).

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. While a bachelor's degree is not required for entrance into the pharmacy program, it can make the application more competitive.

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 and be eligible to acquire an Illinois pharmacy technician student license.

How to apply to the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy

Applicants to the Doctor of Pharmacy program must complete and submit their application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) at by the published deadline. Initial applicant screening will be conducted by the College of Pharmacy Office of Enrollment and Student Services based on the admission criteria. An admission rubric containing applicant admission information will be prepared and presented to the Admission Committee.

Applicants are reviewed for an interview on the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • Cumulative grade point average
  • Science and math grade point average
  • Completion or progress towards the completion of the pre-pharmacy curriculum
  • Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) score (required)
  • Letters of recommendation (required)
  • Candidate essays
  • Health related work experience (preferred, not required)
  • Community service (preferred, not required)
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree or higher (not required)

Based upon the recommendations of the Admission Committee, students are invited for an interview with a member of the faculty, Leadership Team, and members of the pharmacy community.

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 in 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.

Selection Process

Once the on-campus interviews and exercises are completed, the Office of Enrollment and Student Services will develop an overall composite for each applicant. These data are reviewed by the Admission Committee and a pool of recommended applicants is then forwarded to the Dean for final approval. It is the goal of the Admission Committee to select a diverse group of applicants for admission that meet both the mission of the College and the University. The admission decisions of the Admission Committee and Dean are final.

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 until the following items are completed:

  1. Successful completion of all pre-pharmacy coursework. Courses must be completed by June 1 of the desired year of entry, and final transcripts sent to the College of Pharmacy Office of Enrollment and Student Services. 
  2. Successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening.
  3. Submission of a complete Immunization History.
  4. Submission of an Illinois Pharmacy Technician License.
  5. Proof of health insurance.

An alternate list may be maintained by the Office of Enrollment and Student Services until the beginning of classes. If space becomes available, alternate applicants may receive either written notification and/or a phone call offering admission. Alternate applicants will still need to complete all admission requirements.

Applicants must reply to the Office of Enrollment and Student Services within 10 days of receipt of their offer of admission (Offers made after May 1 may have a shorter period of  time in which to accept an offer of admission). A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance and is credited towards the first term tuition. Directions on how to submit this deposit will be included in the admission packet.

Roosevelt University reserves the right to deny admission, continued enrollment, or re-enrollment to any applicant or student who would pose an unreasonable risk of harm to self or others, or any unreasonable risk to the academic or clinical offerings of the College of Pharmacy or Roosevelt University. Adherence to the Code of Ethics for Pharmacists as described by the American Pharmacist's Association is required of all enrolled students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

The Office of Enrollment and Student Services is committed to the protection of personal information. Use of personal information is strictly limited to the appropriate handling of applications, official records, and research intended to improve the admissions process and pharmacy education.

Applicants acknowledge that admission decisions are determined by Roosevelt University personnel through the exercise of discretion and professional judgment and are not subject to review or appeal. All application materials become the property of Roosevelt University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant. Application fees are non-refundable.

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.

Contact Information

If you have additional questions please contact the Office of Enrollment and Student Services at or at 847-330-4500

Questions about the Early Decision Program

What is the Early Decision Program?

The PharmCAS Early Decision Program is a binding option that is available to applicants who see one particular Pharm.D. program (in this case Roosevelt University) as a first choice; wish to get the application process done early; and will enroll if accepted. Applicants for the Early Decision Program (EDP) may only apply to one participating school during the Early cycle.

Why should I apply as an Early Decision applicant?

It is recommend that you apply as an Early Decision applicant if you have already made the decision the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy is you first choice program for your pharmacy education.

What sets Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy apart from other colleges of pharmacy?

The Roosevelt University Doctor of Pharmacy program is a unique three-year, innovative, patient-centered, and dynamic learning experience. A small class size of 68 students, dedicated faculty and staff, and the use of the latest technology helps prepare students to work successfully as practitioners, clinicians, or researchers. It is located in Schaumburg, IL just outside of Chicago, near major research hospitals, community pharmacies, and Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies, allowing students to complete rotations in world class pharmacies.

What entering class does the Early Decision Program apply to?

The Early Decision Program applies to the same entering class (summer only) as the regular cycle does.  The difference is that it is binding, and it happens earlier with decisions by October.

Are the deadlines for the Early Decision Program different than the regular cycle?

Yes. The deadline for the Early Decision Program is September 6, 2016. The deadline for the regular cycle application for Summer, 2017 is March 1, 2017

If I apply for the Early Decision Program at another college of pharmacy, will I be able to apply for the regular cycle if I am not awarded an early conditional offer?

Yes. One of three things can result from an Early Decision Program PharmCAS application. “Conditional admission”, which is a binding offer for a seat in the Summer class; “denial”, which means that you are not being invited for a seat in the Summer entering class, or “deferral”, which means that you are not being offered an “Early” conditional admission, but can be considered during the regular cycle, which has a deadline of March 1, 2017.

When will interviews for Early Decision applicants be conducted?

Interviews will occur as early as September 4, 2017 through until October 16, 2017.

When will I hear an answer about the Early Decision Program?

You will get a response by October 24, 2017. This is well before the regular cycle deadline of March 1, 2018.

How many Early Decision Program seats is Roosevelt allocating?

We are not fixing the number of Early Decision Program seats. Offers will be made based on the qualifications of the pool of applications we receive.

Will there be fewer seats available during the regular cycle because of the Early Decision Program?

Yes. Our intention is to fill 68 seats for the Summer term using the Early Decision Program and the regular application cycle. As a result, the number of seats awarded from the Early Decision Program will be subtracted from 68 to equal the number of remaining seat available during the regular cycle.

If I apply for the Early Decision Program at Roosevelt , can I also apply to other Colleges of Pharmacy?

No. You only apply to one Early Decision Program and may not apply to any other Colleges of Pharmacy until after the decision deadline of October 23, 2017. If you are offered conditional admission to Roosevelt as part of the EDP, you will not be allowed to apply to any other Colleges of Pharmacy for the Fall. If you are denied or deferred, you may apply to other Colleges of Pharmacy (including Roosevelt for deferrals) using the rules and fees for PharmCAS.

Do my transcripts need to be in by the same deadline for the Early Decision Program?

Yes. All application materials, fees and transcripts must be RECEIVED at PharmCAS by the Early Decision Program deadline or your early application status will automatically be changed to the regular cycle. No exceptions.

What do you mean by “conditional admission”?

If accepted into an early decision seat or regular cycle seat for Summer, you must complete the balance of required pre-pharmacy courses (with minimum grade); successfully pass a criminal background check and drug screen; and complete all other necessary documentation and paperwork as would be required for a seat during the regular cycle (see our website for complete information).

Are the criteria for admission under the Early Decision Program different than the criteria under the regular cycle?

Please consult our website for information on admission criteria and pre-pharmacy requirements. The overall admission criteria and requirements do not differ between the Early Decision Program and the regular cycle. Admission through the Early Decision Program will be more selective since access to Fall grades will not be available. As a result, we may use a more selective GPA and PCAT score to make decisions for these offers.  A “deferral” does not mean an applicant is no longer being considered for Summer. It only means that the application will be considered with the regular pool, or that we wish to wait for more information from the Fall/Spring grades (available during the regular cycle) before making a decision.

Do I still need to interview and take the PCAT if I apply under the Early Decision Program?

Yes. All application requirements that apply to regular cycle candidate, also apply to early decision candidates. Interviews for early decision candidates will occur during September and October.

What are the advantages of the Early Decision Program?

For qualified applicants who see Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy as their intended “first choice”, the Early Decision Program offers the opportunity to apply early, interview early and have a decision by the end of October. Such applicants have the advantage to use the remaining months to focus on completion of pre-requisites or other activities that might otherwise become a distraction to the interviewing process.