The University of Rhode Island
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Office of Student and Academic Affairs 
      • College of Pharmacy 
      • 7 Greenhouse Road 
      • Kingston 
      • Rhode Island 
      • 02881 
      • Phone (Work): 401-874-5888 
      • Phone (Fax): 401-874-5014 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    Application Deadline(s) - For non-PharmCAS participating schools only:  02/01/2017

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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.S.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 0-6 (no prepharmacy requirements)
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy is a 0/6 program.  While most of our first year students come directly from high school, we sometimes accept a small number of transfer students into the first professional year (P1) of the curriculum. Please note, we are not accepting transfer applicants for the Fall of 2018.  The 6-year curriculum stresses critical thinking, active learning and clinical experience to prepare you for practice in a variety of professional settings. Students have the opportunity to take professional electives that will advance their knowledge in different areas of pharmacy, including hospital, clinical (e.g. geriatrics, pediatrics, palliative care), manufacturing, managed care, drug analysis, administration, and research. The clinical portion of the program provides students with hands-on experience in hospitals, nursing homes, community pharmacies, government institutions, home healthcare settings, and other industries. We will work with you to place you in early and advanced experience practice sites that are aligned with your educational and career goals. 


    Graduates of our program have a strong record of passing the national licensing examination (NAPLEX). Average scores over the past five years are above the 90 percentages for graduates taking the exam for the first time.  Amongst 2015 graduates (AACP), 92.5% reported pharmacy related employment by September following graduation.    Job responsibilities vary from staff pharmacists, manager, clinical specialist, consultant, executive, to professor. Ninety-two percent of graduates indicate that they would select the URI College of Pharmacy if they were starting their pharmacy programs over again. 

    For more information, please visit our web page:

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    The University of Rhode Island PharmD program is not accepting transfer applicants for the Fall of 2018.  

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 750
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 350
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 130
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
    • 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: 0 years
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 4.0
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 17-18
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 5.8:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 0
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 0
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 0
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

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

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 

        The PCAT is not required for students entering the PharmD program as Freshman.  Students wishing to transfer into the first professional year of the PharmD program must take the PCAT.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit one of the following:

        1.TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), minimum paper-based 550, computer-based 213 or iBt score of 79 

        2.IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum of 6.5 

        3.Pearson Test of English minimum of 53

        4.EIKEN Test of English Language Proficiency level Pre-1

        5.Completion of the A.C.E. Language Institute program on URI campus through Level 6 for undergraduates 


        Most students will be required to take one of the English language tests listed above. Applicants who have attended a secondary school or post-secondary school where the language of instruction is English may be exempt from submitting these test results, dependent upon their English grades and their Critical Reading SAT score. This will be determined on an individual basis.

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

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

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

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • 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: 7/1/2017 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      If you are an international transfer student, your transcripts of university studies must be formally evaluated by any NACES certified agency. Please visit for a list of approved credit evaluators. Please request a course-by-course evaluation and have an official report sent directly to URI. For International applicants, please visit the following website for more detailed information: .  

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? directly to the school
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      For admission as a Freshman to the PharmD program, we require a minimum of two letters: one from a science or math teacher and one from a guidance counselor or a teacher from another subject area.  These letters of recommendation should comment on your personal motivation, initiative and interpersonal skills.  

    • 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: 
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? No
    • Interview Format:
      • My institution does not conduct interviews
    • Interview Dates:
    • Details: 

      For students admitted to the PharmD program as Freshman, students must complete a formal interview during the second semester of the sophomore year.  The interview with faculty from the College of Pharmacy assesses the students' verbal and written communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, and commitment to patient care.  Transfer applicants must complete an interview.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Beginning on January 15th of each year.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? May 1
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $300.00
      • Due: May 1
      • Refundable? Yes
      • Details: Students planning to live on-campus and require housing in a residence hall, will be asked to pay a $500 deposit. Students planning to live off-campus and not requiring housing, will be asked to pay a $300 deposit. Fall semester enrollment deposits are fully refundable through May 1st, upon proper notification of withdrawal to the Office of Admission. After May 1st, the deposit is not refundable.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: September 5, 2017
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes