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Centralized Application Service (CAS ) Programs

A number of Graduate and Professional programs utilize central application services to gather transcripts, degree data and supplemental materials as required by the program offices.  Please refer to your department’s application instructions for details regarding the CAS procedures.  Information concerning basic Admissions procedures for these programs is indicated below.

School Program
School of Public Health SOPHAS - MS, MPH, MHA, PhD, DrPH
College of Pharmacy PharmCAS - PharmD
College of Dentistry AADSAS - DMD
Dept of Physical Therapy PTCAS - DPT*
Dept of Occupational Therapy OTCAS - MS*

*Requires the submission of a supplemental Admissions application.

What is a Centralized Application Service?
Does the Office of Admissions receive copies of my transcripts?
Do I need to submit domestic transcripts to the Office of Admissions?

Do I need to submit foreign transcripts/degree certificates to the Office of Admissions?
I submitted ECE, WES or another third-party credential evaluation to the CAS. Will this be accepted by the Office of Admissions?
Why am I being asked to submit a transcript for Study Abroad coursework?

Do I need to report TOEFL or GRE scores to UIC?

I already paid a fee to the CAS. Why is the Office of Admissions requesting another application fee?
The department has already recommended me for admission but the Office of Admissions considers my application incomplete.

Can I check the status of my application online through the Admissions website?

Can you use my CAS application credentials for another program?

What is a Centralized Application Service?

A Centralized Application Service(CAS) is an application service wherein applicants use a single primary Web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple PT programs. This system currently applies mainly to Health Professions programs. Official transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statements and other required materials should be submitted to the CAS. Once CAS applications are complete and verified, the designated institutions receive your records.

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Does the Office of Admissions receive copies of my transcripts?

The Office of Admissions does not receive copies of your transcripts. Rather, it receives an application packet which contains verified coursework with grades and degree information, electronic copies of foreign credentials(if available), as well as the biographical information and other supplemental materials that you supplied to the CAS.

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Do I need to submit domestic transcripts to the Office of Admissions?

Generally, official domestic transcripts will only need to be submitted to the CAS. Transcripts may be requested, however, if the information in the application packet is insufficient or unverified or if discrepancies in course data or attendance are discovered.

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Do I need to submit foreign transcripts/degree certificates to the Office of Admissions?

Some departments enable students with foreign coursework to submit credentials to the CAS. Copies of these documents are included in the application packet that the Office of Admissions receives. Since foreign coursework is not verified by the CAS, these copies are accepted as unofficial credentials, which are sufficient for the evaluation of applications as long as they follow the credential requirements for that country(link to ).Applicants recommended for admission by the department will be admitted pending official credentials(link to official) which will need to be submitted during their first term.

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I submitted ECE, WES or another third-party credential evaluation to the CAS. Will this be accepted by the Office of Admissions?

No. The Office of Admissions performs its own evaluations based upon foreign transcripts/marksheets and degree certificates as issued by the university. Evaluations will also not be used in place of certified, English translations.

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Why am I being asked to submit a transcript for Study Abroad coursework?

You may be asked to submit a transcript for Study Abroad coursework if your application packet does not include this coursework under the domestic institution through which you attended the Study Abroad program.  Most CAS systems allow students to indicate Study Abroad coursework under the domestic institution with a Special Class indication of Study Abroad.

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Do I need to report TOEFL or GRE scores to UIC?

Yes, TOEFL scores must be reported to UIC directly using our institutional code - 1851. Please refer to the department’s requirements with regard to the GRE or other tests. It would be beneficial for you to have these scores reported to UIC for use if you apply at a future time or for a different program. 

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I already paid a fee to the CAS. Why is the Office of Admissions requesting an application fee?

Fees which are submitted to the CAS are charged by the CAS for the use of its services and are not shared with participating institutions. UIC requires that all applicants submit an application fee to the Office of Admissions unless they qualify for a fee waiver(link to waivers).

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The department has already recommended me for admission but the Office of Admissions considers my application incomplete.

Professional program offices regularly review applications independent of the Office of Admissions. If they feel they have enough information to make a decision, they may recommend admission for an applicant who is still considered incomplete by the Office of Admissions. The requested application materials will need to be received by the Office of Admissions before application records can be updated with final admission decisions.

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Can I check the status of my application online through the Admissions website?

At this time, only prospective students applying to one of the programs for which a supplemental Admissions application are required can check their status online through the Admissions website. Additionally, if you have submitted an application through the Admissions website for a non-CAS program, you may use your Admissions LoginID to log on and check your status.

Applicants with incomplete applications receive Missing Credentials correspondence every 21 days, so be sure to follow up accordingly.

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Can you use my CAS application credentials for another program?

No. CAS application packets are used only for approved programs in the specific department through which that CAS application is required. If the department offers a Non-degree option, verified degree information, if available in the CAS application packet, may be used to satisfy the proof of degree requirement.

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