University of Georgia

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Susan Herda
Admissions Counselor

Office of Student Affairs

University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
Pharmacy South 115A
250 W. Green Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone (Work): 706-542-5278

Phone (Fax): 706-583-0836


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates


    Please visit the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy website for Visitors' Day information and dates.

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • None
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • Augusta University Program - Augusta, Georgia
  • Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus - Albany, Georgia
  • Southeast Georgia Clinical Campus - Savannah, Georgia

Program Description (back to top)

The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree to students who successfully complete the study of prescribed courses. The first two or three years (pre-pharmacy/prerequisite coursework) may be completed at any accredited institution of higher education. The last four years (10 semesters) are in the professional program and must be in residence at the College of Pharmacy. In order to receive the Pharm.D. degree, a student must have earned academic credit for not less than 69 semester hours in pre-pharmacy coursework and 148 semester hours of required professional coursework. 


The four-year professional program integrates classroom, laboratory, and experiential training, with each of the first three years focusing on a specific theme: first year - "Pharmacists are patient-centered'; second year - "Pharmacists are medication specialists"; third year - "Pharmacists prevent and manage drug-related problems to improve patient coutcomes". All students complete their coursework in Athens, Georgia for the first and second years of the Pharm.D. program. In the third year of the curriculum, some students move to extended campuses in Albany, Augusta, or Savannah, Georgia. Those students remain in the area for their fourth-year experiential training. Within the fourth year, students receive extensive training in various inpatient and outpatient settings. The majority of these experiences occur in teaching hospitals, community hospitals, community pharmacies, home health settings, nursing homes, public health agencies, managed care companies, and the pharmaceutical industry. Students learn to design, implement, monitor, evaluate, and modify patient pharmacotherapeutic plans based upon scientific principles to ensure effective, safe, and economical patient care.


The experience program at the College of Pharmacy is designed to develop professional practice skills in a variety of patient care settings. It is divided into two components: introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). The IPPEs are administered either in stand-alone courses or as part of existing courses offered during the first three years of the program. These experiences are designed to provide students with a better understanding of how pharmacy relates not only to patients but also to other health care disciplines. The fourth year consists of three semesters of full-time APPEs in institutional, community, and other patient care settings. A matching system is used during the third year to assign students to available APPE areas within Georgia. Space within these areas is limited and quotas are set each year based upon site availability and class size. Students are assigned to one area for the entire fourth year. Based upon University policy, we are prohibited from granting preference to students for area assignments. The only allowable exception is for those students moving to Albany, Augusta, or Savannah for their third year coursework who remain in those areas for their APPEs.


Complete information on the Pharm.D. program, as well as graduate and residency programs offered within the College of Pharmacy, can be found at

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 210-250
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 190-220
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 145
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5 or higher preferred
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50 percentile or higher preferred
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 38%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 62%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.4
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-41 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 69
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 104
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 69  104 
English Composition I   
English Composition II   
Analytic Geometry and Calculus   
Introductory Statistics   
Introduction to Public Speaking or Introduction to Interpersonal Communication   
Principles of Macroeconomics or Principles of Microeconomics   
Social Sciences   
World Languages and Culture - a total of 9 hours (three 3-credit courses) are required; accepted courses can be found at   
General Chemistry I with Lab   
General Chemistry II with Lab   
Organic Chemistry I with Lab   
Organic Chemistry II with Lab   
Priniciples of Biology I with Lab   
Principles of Biology II with Lab   
Microbiology (lab optional)   
Biochemistry (lab optional)   
Anatomy and Physiology (labs optional)   

Additional Information

    • A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all prerequisite courses.
    • Only two prerequisite courses may be taken after the spring semester (e.g., in Maymester or summer semester) and only one of those courses can be a math or science course (i.e., calculus, statistics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, biochemistry, anatomy and/or physiology). Applicants needing to complete more than one math or science course, or more than two courses of any type, after the spring semester will not be offered admission.
    • If an applicant receives an offer of admission prior to completing all of the prerequisite courses, a grade of C- or higher must be earned in any outstanding pre-pharmacy courses. If a grade below C- is earned in any such course, the offer of admission will be rescinded.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: The supplemental application is required for all applicants. Applicants must apply to PharmCAS before completing the supplemental application. The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy operates on a rolling admissions process, and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.
Deadline: September 4, 2018 (Early Decision); February 1, 2019 (Regular Decision)Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $55.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

The online University of Georgia College of Pharmacy supplemental application will be available beginning July 18, 2018 at Applicants must have started the PharmCAS application before going online to complete the supplemental application. The supplemental application is not sent to applicants; they must go online to complete the application. For Early Decision applicants, the deadline to submit the supplemental application and pay the fee is September 4, 2018. For Regular Decision applicants, the deadline is February 1, 2019.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?



It is strongly recommended that applicants take the PCAT prior to February 2019.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?


Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS

Credit can be given for courses completed at foreign institutions, but no letter grades for those courses will be transferred. Such courses do not have to be repeated, but the pre-pharmacy GPA can be calculated only from courses taken at accredited institutions in the United States. Therefore, it is required that all international applicants take a minimum of 35 credit hours (including both English courses) at an accredited U.S. institution in order to establish a GPA. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the services designated by the University of Georgia. International students can find more detailed information on this process at

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Four (4)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Two letters of recommendation are required and a maximum of four letters may be submitted. It is highly preferred that one recommender be someone very familiar with the applicant's academic background as a result of teaching the applicant at the college level. The second recommendation should be from a health professional, preferably a pharmacist mentor/supervisor, familiar with the applicant's interest in and suitability for a career in pharmacy. However, letters of recommendation from other sources are accepted. Letters must be sent directly to PharmCAS; letters sent to the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy will not be accepted.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • Late-September through Early-April

Qualified applicants will be invited to campus for interview on a rolling basis until the class is filled. Candidates invited for interviews will meet with members of the Admissions Committee, faculty, staff and currently enrolled Pharm.D. students. During the interview, students may be asked to discuss their academic background, reasons for selecting pharmacy as a profession, plans upon graduation, work experience, leadership experience, and extracurricular activities. Verbal and written communication skills also will be evaluated.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed following the applicant interview on a continual basis.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Applicants must accept their admission offers within three weeks of receiving those offers.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $250.00
Due: Approximately three weeks after acceptance offer is received
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
First day of classes and/or matriculation: The first day of classes will be Wednesday, August 14, 2019.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No