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About the College

About the College of Pharmacy

Established in 1859, the UIC College of Pharmacy stands as the oldest academic unit of the University of Illinois, one of the largest and most comprehensive research universities in the nation.  Our College enjoys a national reputation for excellence and has been ranked among the top college of pharmacy for scholarship, curriculum, and the quality of faculty and students.


  • Professional Students:  734
  • Graduate Students:  149
  • Residents and Fellows:  40
  • Full and Part-Time Faculty:  189
  • Pharmacy Programs: 6 (5 Doctoral)


U.S. News and World Report ranks UIC fourteenth among the top colleges of pharmacy in the nation. UIC pharmacy students pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, which is the highest level of professional education for the field. The patient-centered curriculum helps develop confident, caring, practitioners with the ability to adapt and meet the challenging needs of society, as well as advances in the pharmaceutical sciences.

The College of Pharmacy offers PhD programs in Biopharmaceutical Science, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacognosy and Pharmacy. Three programs have specialization tracks, reflecting additional specialization within the overall degree program, the research interests of the faculty, and future employment opportunities. The college offers one stand-alone Master of Science degree in forensic science. In 2006, the college awarded 164 professional degrees, 19 master's degrees and 27 doctorate degrees.

The College of Pharmacy also offers highly-regarded post-PharmD and specialized residencies in a wide variety of areas in addition to research fellowship opportunities.


The College of Pharmacy ranks seventh among U.S. colleges of pharmacy receiving National Institutes of Health research funding. Researchers are internationally-recognized leaders in alternative, complementary and traditional medicine; biotechnology and biodefense; cancer biology and therapeutics; drug discovery, development and delivery; infectious diseases; natural products; neuroscience; patient safety; pharmacoeconomics; genomics  and pharmacogenomics.

Clinical Programs

In addition to educational activities, the College provides highly regarded clinical and distributive services to patients at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago. The college's service function, coupled with its educational programs, provides UIC pharmacy students with maximum exposure to contemporary pharmacy practice. Inpatient, outpatient and satellite pharmacies in community health centers engage UIC pharmacy students in many unique experiences throughout their academic career.

International Presence

Academic institutions, research facilities and even governments seek out the expertise and opportunities for collaboration with the College. The works of pharmacy students, fellows and faculty members continue to influence and help advance the practice of pharmacy in worldwide locations such as Greece, Hong Kong, Iraq, Peru and Thailand. Meanwhile, international research collaborations, presentations and publications continuously add momentum to global drug discovery efforts.

Community Outreach

Guided by its mission to serve the pharmaceutical care needs of society through education, patient care, research and public service, the college interacts with Chicago-area communities through numerous patient-oriented service commitments. In academic year 2005-2006, pharmacy faculty members conducted more than 75 community outreach initiatives, many of which occurred in areas where residents do not speak English as a first language. Pharmacy students participate in a variety of civic and charitable outreach projects, including helping to administer immunizations in the UIC community and consulting with patients to identify the best choices in Medicare drug benefits.

The Urban Advantage

Strategically located in the Illinois Medical District, the world's largest concentration of advanced health care facilities, the College provides unsurpassed educational and collaborative opportunities at nearby District member institutions, including Cook County Hospital, the West Side Veterans Administration Hospital and Rush St. Luke's Presbyterian Medical Center. 

Much like the multi-cultural population of Chicago, ethnic and racial majorities are non-existent among UIC pharmacy students. The College reflects the diverse composition of its host city as well as the UIC patients it serves.

Undergraduate Paths to the College of Pharmacy

Although not a requirement, nearly 70 percent of applicants to the Doctor of Pharmacy program hold a bachelor's degree prior to admission. High school students may seek admission to the College of Pharmacy through the Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions initiative; these students are required to successfully complete their prepharmacy coursework and earn a bachelors degree at UIC prior to entry into the College of Pharmacy.

Each PhD program has its own admissions requirements. For additional information, visit the graduate programs page.