The University of Rhode Island

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Denise Gorenski
Assistant Dean

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


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? 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
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Select students can enroll in the PA program at Johnson and Wales at the end of their P1 year.
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:

Program Description (back to top)

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 2019.  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 graduates of the last five years, more than 92.5% reported pharmacy related employment by September following graduation on their AACP graduating student survey.   For the class of 2018, 38% of graduates were accepted to either a residency or fellowship trainging program.  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:

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 750
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 350
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 130
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: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 0 years
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 35%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 65%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 4.0
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 17-18
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours

Additional Information

The college of pharmacy requires high school work as described in the following link:


Students who transfer to the program must meet the critera listed below. Transfers are only accepted on an "as space available" basis. Transfers may be limited to candidates attending URI.


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

We are not a participating PharmCAS institution


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?



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?



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:

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? 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: 7/1/2019 Postmarked by deadline

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: .  

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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:



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

Interviews (back to top)

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

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.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

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?


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 4, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes