South Dakota State University
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Dan Hansen 
      • Assistant Dean for Student Services 
      • SAV 133 
      • SDSU College of Pharmacy 
      • Box 2202C 
      • Brookings 
      • South Dakota 
      • 57007 
      • Phone (Work): 605-688-6197 
      • Phone (Fax): 605-688-6232 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    Application Deadline(s) - For non-PharmCAS participating schools only:  02/01/2015

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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/P.H.D.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy is nationally recognized for excellence in preparing students to provide high quality patient-centered and population-based pharmacist care. The College's Pharm.D. graduates have excelled on the NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam) with first time test takers achieving a 100% pass rate four out of the last five years as reported by National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.


    The College also offers a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program, which provides a valuable background of preparation for an academic or pharmaceutical industry career. South Dakota State University's Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program began in 2007 and has rapidly grown in prominence since that time.


    In the area of research, the College has great momentum. Research teams led by faculty are making progress on projects that can enhance the health and wellbeing of people around the world. The College’s growing research portfolio includes oncology, unique drug delivery systems, addiction to drugs and alcohol, cardiovascular health, dementia, ophthalmic medicine, and new models of pharmacy care.


    The "home" for the College of Pharmacy as it conducts this important, problem-solving research and teaches pharmacy care of today and tomorrow is the recently constructed Avera Health and Science Center. This state-of-the art facility opened in July of 2010 and features 97,000 square-feet of teaching laboratory, classroom, and office space, as well as 48,600 square-feet of research laboratory space.


    If you are interested in visiting, please contact us. We would be happy to show you around and tell you more about our programs.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 130
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 80
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 80
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 20-40
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 10-20
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 20-40
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 25-35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 65-75%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.7
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 120-150
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 1-80
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 1-80
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: 1-80
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 66   
      General Chemistry with Lab    
      Organic Chemistry with Lab   
      General Biology with Lab   
      Survey of Calculus   
      Microbiology with Lab   
      Human Anatomy with Lab   
      Human Physiology with Lab   
      English Composition I and II   
      First Year Seminar - Pharmacy   
      Social Sciences   
      Humanities and Arts/Diversity   
      General Electives   
      Cultural Awareness   
    • Additional Information:

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 

        SDSU requires one standardized test, either the ACT, SAT, or PCAT.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

  11. Residency ↑ 

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

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • 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 an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: February 1st,  Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      School only accepts evaluations from WES.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? No
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Students are asked to list two references on their application for admission.  We do not require letters of reference.  You can certainly send them, but they will not be considered by the Admissions Committee.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
    • Interview Dates:
      • October 1 to March 1 
    • Details: 

      Students are asked to complete a 30-minute interview as part of the admissions process. The candidate will be interviewed by two people and be asked a variety of questions.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed 2-3 weeks after the applicant's interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Typically within three weeks of acceptance.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: 600
      • Due: Upon acceptance
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Details: P1 Orientation is held the first day of class in the fall.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation:
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Considered on a case by case basis.