The University of Kansas

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Gene Hotchkiss
Senior Associate Dean

School of Pharmacy

2010 Becker Drive
Lawrence, Kansas 66047

Phone (Work): 785-864-3591

Phone (Fax): 785-864-5265


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
Application Deadline(s) - For non-PharmCAS participating schools only: 02/01/2019

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? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.S.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Pharm.D./Nonlicensure eligible B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences
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
  • None
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:
  • KU School of Pharmacy-Wichita, Kansas Campus; University of Kansas Medical Center Campus, Kansas City, Kansas.

Program Description (back to top)

The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy is a world-class research institution and one of the country’s premier pharmacy schools. We train the pharmacists who serve the people of Kansas and researchers who help solve the world’s most pressing medical problems. Whether our students pursue careers in pharmacy practice, research, industry, or academia, they study under some of the world’s most respected and accomplished pharmaceutical scientists.


Our Pharm.D. Program offers a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree for students interested in pursuing a career as a pharmacy practitioner. In addition to the Pharm.D. Program, the KU School of Pharmacy has four departments; Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Pharmacy Practice. Three of the four departments in the school; Pharmacology & Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry, and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, offer master’s and doctor of philosophy degrees. The Department of Pharmacy Practice offers a master’s degree and a community pharmacy practice post-graduate residency program.


The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy provides exceptional educational opportunities for professional, graduate, and postgraduate students. Through exemplary curricula and programs, the school encourages the advancement of patient-centered care to enhance health. The school maintains a leadership role in developing innovative technologies and pharmaceuticals and conducting drug therapy related research inclusive of basic, clinical, and administrative sciences for the state, nation, and world.


Complete information regarding the program Pre-Pharmacy and Professional curriculum, application and admissions requirements. program technical standards, student statistics, graduate statistics, tuition, and faculty information and other program information can be found at our website:


The KU School of Pharmacy was established in 1885 as the university's first professional program and the third public school of pharmacy in the United States.


Lucius E. Sayre served as the first dean of the KU School of Pharmacy. His influence helped shape the School both physically and philosophically. Sayre established the school in a two-room basement of the old chemistry building, near what is today Watson Library. In 1900, the school relocated to Bailey Hall. The first class included 23 students. Under Sayre, the School became one of the most progressive in the midwest, requiring that applicants complete four years of high school. He further changed the program from a two-year to a three-year program and stressed that the next generation of pharmacists had to be better educated. Sayre's lived by the principle of quality rather than quantity.

After Sayre passed away in 1925, L.D. Havenhill was appointed acting dean. He took over as permanent dean in 1926 and served until 1940. Havenhill improved the curriculum further and created a four-year program that required 130 credit hours for the pharmacy degree. The program offered three course options: commercial, scientific, and pre-medical.


Following Havenhill's retirement in 1940, J. Allen Reese became dean and served until 1962. At the age of 34, Reese became the youngest administrative official at KU and was the only Ph.D. on the Pharmacy faculty. He recognized the need for a graduate established the largest graduate-level pharmacy training and research program in the western United States. The pharmacy program was also expanded to a five-year program that included two years of pre-pharmacy prequisites in the liberal arts. Although enrollments dropped during the war, there were then 90 students working in laboratories designed for 12. In 1955, the university built Malott Hall and the KU School of Pharmacy relocated to the larger space.


Duane G. Wenzel was acting dean from 1963 to 1964 and dean from 1964 to 1965. Wenzel worked to streamline the curriculum, maintain the financial support, and added a dedicated curriculum and staff to the pharmacy program. He also espoused the philosophy that the school needed to emphasize and expand its research programs.


Howard E. Mossberg took over as dean in 1966 and served until 1991, when he became KU's Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies, and Public Service. Under Mossberg, the School attained unprecedented growth of the research programs in the basic sciences, new buildings on the west campus for graduate programs (Pharmaceutical Chemistry Laboratories, McCollum Laboratories, Smissman Laboratories, and Simons Research Laboratories), and a new $12 million addition to Malott Hall in 1980 to accommodate further growth of the pharmacy program.

By the late 1980s and early 1990s the KU School of Pharmacy was consistently among the nation's top pharmacy schools in NIH research funding. The School also grew to five departments, with Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Health Services & Administration, and Pharmacy Practice, joining Pharmacology & Toxicology and Medicinal Chemistry. By 1988, the pharmacy program was split and included a five-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree and a limited six-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The School was admitting 80 students per year into the pharmacy program in 1988.


Ronald T. Borchardt and Gary Grunewald served as Interim deans from 1992 to 1993 and 1993 to 1994, respectively. Both continued to support the school's growing international prominence in pharmaceutical research and the movement toward an all doctor of pharmacy degree.


Jack E. Fincham was named Dean in 1994 and served until his departure for a position at the University of Georgia in early 2004. Fincham presided over major changes in the curriculum which included elimination of the five year Bachelor of Science Pharmacy degree and the offering of the doctor of pharmacy degree in 1996 as the sole pharmacy degree offering by the School. By 2001, the School was admitting 105 students per year into the pharmacy program. He helped develop the non-traditional doctor of pharmacy curriculum and degree offering aimed at KU trained pharmacists currently holding a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy. Under Fincham, the school's research programs continued to grow and were consistently among the top six pharmacy schools in NIH research funding.


Kenneth L. Audus was named the seventh Dean of the KU School of Pharmacy in 2004. Under his leadership, the school gained support from state legislators and pharmacist practitioners throughout Kansas to build a $40.5 million, 110,000-square-foot building on the Lawrence campus and open a second campus in Wichita. The Lawrence facility opened in 2010, and the Wichita campus opened in 2011. The expansion allowed the school to increase its yearly new enrollment from 105 to 170 students. The school has also continued among the top schools in the country in NIH funding, ranking in the top five every year since 2001.

University of Kansas School of Pharmacy - Wichita Campus

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 190
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 150-160
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: N/A
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:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 46%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 54%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.48
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-35 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 1.5:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 68 credit hours
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 41 credit hours
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: N/A
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 68 credit hours  N/A 
General Chemistry  10 hours  12 
Organic Chemistry  10  12 
Molecular/Cellular Biology 
Social Sciences & Humanities  12  16 
English I and II 
Public Speaking 

Additional Information

Specific Pre-Pharmacy course requirements can be accessed at our website,  and click on the 'Academics' icon at the top of the page and then 'Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum' in the left margin of the next page. The Universityi of Kansas also has requirements for all degrees that includes satisfying the KU Core Curriculum requirements.  The KU Core requires completion of courses that will meet six educational Goals and Learning Outcomes.  Detailed information can be found at and at the School of Pharmacy website noted above.  Also, helpful information regarding transfer credits and their status with respect to satisfying the KU Core can be found at

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: Transfer applicants must apply to the Office of Admissions, All applicants must submit supplemental application forms here:
Deadline: 2/1/2019Postmarked by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $90.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Supplemental application materials and a full description of the application process can be found at , click on the 'Admissions' icon at the top of the page.  The supplemental application forms can be accessed by clicking on the 'Supplemental Application Forms' icon in the left margin of the next page.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: October 2016

All PCAT scores for exams administered between October 2016 and February 2019 are accepted.

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:

Applicants admitted to the program are required prior to matriculation to participate in and succesfully clear a criminal background investigation check stipulated by the KU School of Pharmacy as well as a separate background check required by the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy for registration as a Pharmacy Student Intern.  Immunization requirements must be completed with appropriate documentation during the first semester in the program.

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
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? Yes
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: 2/1/2019 Received by deadline

Foreign Transcript Evaluations:  Students with coursework completed at foreign institutions seeking admission to the KU School of Pharmacy are required to submit official and original transcripts to the University of Kansas Office of Admissions and Scholarships. Transfer students are encouraged to initiate this process early in the fall semester as evaluations can take several weeks to complete.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? directly to the school
Institution Specific Details:

Each applicant must submit three Recommendation for Admission (PDF) (available Oct. 1, 2018) forms to the School of Pharmacy via US mail or courier. In addition to the recommendation form, references must submit a comprehensive letter of support. As a courtesy, you may want to provide these individuals with a pre-addressed, postage paid, envelope to return the recommendation to our office at KU School of Pharmacy, Office of the Dean, 2010 Becker Dr., Room 2050, Lawrence, KS 66047. We recommend that your references be current and include a professor and present or former employer with whom you have interacted within the past 24 months. It is highly recommended that you have one recommendation from a pharmacist. If you do not know a pharmacist, you are encouraged to obtain an introduction to a pharmacist and discuss with him or her your aspirations for a career in pharmacy. If you obtain a recommendation from a pharmacist who is a new acquaintance, you may submit that letter as a fourth recommendation.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Co-Worker
  • Employer
  • 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? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • Feb. - March 2019

Selected applicants will be invited to the school for an interview. We do not interview all applicants. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by email. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that the KU School of Pharmacy has your current email address. This information is requested on the applicant profile form. It is further a responsibility of each applicant to respond to the email in a timely manner. Interviews will be scheduled on Saturdays and weekdays in February through March.

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 work experience in a pharmacy or a health care practice setting is also beneficial.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are sent as decisions are made from late February through April of each admissions cycle process.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Generally 2 to 3 weeks from the date of the acceptance letter.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


New Student Orientation Information:
  • June - Aug. 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday, August 19, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes