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Pharm.D. Admission

The KU School of Pharmacy offers the Pharm. D. Program on the Lawrence and Wichita campuses. The home campus in Lawrence accepts up to 150 students in each incoming class, and the Wichita campus accepts 20 incoming students. Regardless of where they attend, students complete the same program at the same time. Opportunities for students to participate in required and elective course work, professional student organization activities, inter-professional education opportunities and community service and professional development programs are equally available to all students.

The admissions process is competitive, and selected applicants will be invited to the school for personal interviews. The admissions committee, which includes faculty members and associate deans, considers a variety of factors, including the applicant's GPA, the GPA of all science course requirements in the pre-pharmacy curriculum and results of the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). PCAT scores from exam dates prior to October 2014 will not be considered.

Historically, the average GPA of entering classes has been 3.4 or higher. The average PCAT composite score is around the 65th percentile. Strong scholarship is a good predictor of success in the program. Applicants indicate their campus preferences when they apply, but campus location preference is not a factor considered during the applicant evaluation. The committee makes campus assignments only after admissions decisions have been made.

In addition to scholarship, committee members look for students with good communication skills, emotional maturity, leadership, professionalism, understanding of the pharmacy profession, and an interest in service to community. Job shadowing and/or work experience in a pharmacy or a health care practice setting is beneficial and encouraged.

The application deadline is February 1, and admissions decisions are typically made between March and May.

Pre-Pharmacy Students at KU

Pre-pharmacy students are assigned faculty advisors from the University Advising Center while completing their pre-pharmacy course work. We strongly encourage students to also make an appointment for co-advising services at the School of Pharmacy, 2010 Becker Dr., Room 2050, 785-864-3591. Our advisors can answer your questions about specific course requirements, appropriate electives and preparation for applying to the program. We suggest that pre-pharmacy students meet with an advisor at the School of Pharmacy at least once each semester.

The KU Pre-Pharmacy Club is also a valuable resource for pre-pharmacy students. The club meets monthly during the academic year and is a great source of information about pharmacy careers, pre-pharmacy and pharmacy education programs and KU requirements. Interested students should contact the KU School of Pharmacy Dean's Office so we can add you to the club's email distribution list.

Fall 2017 Pharm.D. applicants

Students applying for the fall 2017 semester must have completed, or have an academic plan to complete prior to the the fall 2017 semester, the 68 credit hours of required pre-pharmacy courses. The required pre-pharmacy curriculum may be completed at the University of Kansas or at any accredited institution.

Prior to admission, many applicants have completed coursework to satisfy goals one through four of the KU Core. Those who have not must do so before they begin their first semester at the School of Pharmacy. Goals five and six of the KU Core are completed in the School of Pharmacy. Stipulations and information regarding the KU Core requirements are detailed at kucore.edu.

Admissions are made only for the fall semester of each academic year. The application deadline for fall 2017 admission is February 1, 2017, but applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials well in advance of the application due date. It is preferred and encouraged that applications be submitted during the period of October 1 through December 31 of each year.

All required application materials must be submitted to the KU School of Pharmacy Dean’s Office, postmarked no later than February 1, 2017.

Fall 2017 Application / Admissions Timetable

Application Deadline Feb. 1, 2017
Open Application Period 10/1/2016 thru 2/1/2017
Preferred Application Filing Period 10/1/2016 thru 12/31/2016
Applicant Interviews February, March & April 2017
Admissions Decisions March thru May 2017

Current KU Students Application Process

Students currently enrolled at KU who are seeking admission to the KU School of Pharmacy and seeking the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree are required to complete and submit to the KU School of Pharmacy a University of Kansas Change of School form. Change of School forms are available from the KU School of Pharmacy Dean’s Office, Room 2050, 2010 Becker Drive on West Campus.

Click here to access the Applicant Profile form and the forms and instructions for letters of recommendations specifically required by the School of Pharmacy for all applicants. The School of Pharmacy supplemental application forms will be accepted from applicants by the School of Pharmacy beginning October 1 through February 1 of each academic year.

Transfer Students Application Process

Transfer students seeking admission to the KU School of Pharmacy are required to submit an undergraduate degree seeking, transfer student application, available on-line at the KU Office of Admissions and Scholarships, www.admissions.ku.edu/

Transfer student applications can be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Scholarships beginning on September 1 of each year. We encourage Transfer student applicants to initiate this process EARLY in the fall semester. Transfer student applicants must also submit official transcripts to the KU Office of Admissions and Scholarships directly from EACH institution at which they have been enrolled and completed coursework. It is recommended that you submit transcripts for all work completed through the spring or summer of 2016 when you submit your transfer student application to the KU Office of Admissions and Scholarships. Transcripts for work completed in the fall 2016 semester can be submitted later as soon as available following completion of the semester.

Click here to access the Applicant Profile form and the forms and instructions for letters of recommendations specifically required by the School of Pharmacy for all applicants. The KU School of Pharmacy requires these documents in addition to the separate application forms and fees required by the KU Office of Admissions and Scholarships for all transfer students.

International Students Application Process

International students that are also Transfer students seeking admission to the KU School of Pharmacy are required to submit an undergraduate degree seeking, transfer student application, available on-line at the KU Office of Admissions and Scholarships, www.admissions.ku.edu/

Transfer student applications can be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Scholarships beginning on September 1 of each year. We encourage transfer student applicants to initiate this process EARLY in the fall semester. Transfer student applicants must also submit official transcripts to the KU Office of Admissions and Scholarships from each institution at which they have been enrolled and completed coursework. It is recommended that you submit transcripts for all work completed through the spring or summer of 2016 when you submit your transfer student application to the KU Office of Admissions and Scholarships. Transcripts for work completed in the fall 2016 semester can be submitted later as soon as available following completion of the semester.

Click here to access the Applicant Profile form and the forms and instructions for letters of recommendations specifically required by the School of Pharmacy for all applicants. The KU School of Pharmacy requires these supplemental application materials in addition to the separate application forms and fees required by the KU Office of Admissions and Scholarships for all transfer students.


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