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Pharm.D. Admissions:
Frequently Asked Questions


Before You Apply

How many students do you accept each year?

We accept up to 130 students on the Lawrence campus and up to 20 students on the Wichita campus in each incoming class.

Can I choose which campus I will attend?

If you prefer to attend the Wichita campus, you can indicate that when you apply. After the interviews, accepted students are ranked, and the top students get their first choice of campus.

Do I have to complete my pre-pharmacy courses at KU?

No you do not. Approximately half of our current Pharm.D. students completed their pre-pharmacy studies elsewhere. Pre-pharmacy courses can be taken at any accredited college or university. Students who complete their pre-pharmacy courses at KU are not given an advantage in the admissions process. However, they do have access to resources, such as the KU Pre-Pharmacy Club.

Will all my pre-pharmacy course credits transfer to KU?

  • The pre-pharmacy classes may be taken at any accredited university or community college.
  • Use KU CredTran to determine if your coursework will transfer to KU and meet the pre-pharmacy course requirements. The CredTran system will also tell you if the course satisfies a KU Core goal. If you have any questions or cannot find a specific course, please contact School of Pharmacy Admissions at rxadmissions@ku.edu.
  • Visit KU Undergraduate Admissions' Community College Transfer Guide for information about transfering credits from a community college.
  • All laboratory components of the pre-pharmacy curriculum must be completed in a campus laboratory. Virtual or offsite laboratory courses are not accepted.

How do my GPA and PCAT score compare to other applicants?

Historically, the average GPA of entering classes has been 3.4 or higher. The average PCAT composite score is around the 65th percentile. We do have a minimum PCAT score, but we do require a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Who should I ask to submit the three letters of recommendation on my behalf?

While there are no specific requirements on who can serve as a reference, we recommend a pharmacist, an employer and a professor. 

After You Have Applied

How many applicants do you interview each year?

We interview approximately 200 potential students each year.

Who will interview me and how long will the interview last?

Candidates will be interviewed by a small group that includes a combination of SOP faculty, administrators, staff and students. Interviews can last anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.

What types of questions will I be asked?

That will vary, but all interviewers seek to evaluate the applicant's understanding of the pharmacy profession as well as their self awareness, interpersonal skills and emotional maturity. 

Who is on the selection committee?

Specific members vary from year to year but always include faculty members and administrators.

What is the selection committee looking for?

Committee members look for a diverse group of students with a solid foundation in biology and chemistry. The ideal candidate will also be a strong communicator who is informed about the pharmacy profession and academically prepared for the challenging Pharm. D. curriculum. 

Pharm.D. Program
Important Dates

Application Deadline:
Feb. 1
Open Application Period:
Oct. 1 - Feb. 1
Applicant Interviews:
Feb. - April
Admission Decisions:
March 1 - April 30
Events
2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU