Binghamton University - SUNY
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Awarded Candidate Status July 2018. Tuition is 30% less than the average private tuition. Out-state students may be eligible for in-state tuition after one year. We offer $300,000 in scholarships annually.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  June 3, 2019

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
    • 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 No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: Varies each semester 
      • Details: TBD 
    • 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? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences plans to build on a long tradition of educational excellence at a great value at Binghamton University. Binghamton is proud to be ranked among the elite public universities in the nation for challenging students academically, not financially. The School will provide a quality and demanding education to aspiring pharmacists at a low in-state tuition or scholarship-supported out-of-state tuition.  The quality of the School is exemplified in small class sizes, excellent faculty, research opportunities, and state of the art facilities.


    Class Size – The projected student-to-faculty ratio will be 10-to-1 or less, with class sizes of 85-90. There will be a faculty-student mentoring program, allowing for a rich professional experience. Students will have the opportunity to develop relationships with professors and preceptors, promoting lifelong mentors and professional contacts.


    Excellent Faculty – Students will learn contemporary pharmacy skills through one-on-one interactions with dedicated faculty, who will be active in research and clinical practice. The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has compiled some of the best and most experienced faculty members in the fields of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. Some of their areas of expertise include but are not limited to, community practice, geriatrics, drug development and delivery, pharmacology, genomics, epidemiology, pharmaco-economics, ambulatory care, critical care, global health, and much more. Our current faculty have compiled more than a century’s worth of academic and research experience in the field of pharmacy and health sciences. The school looks to continue to add leaders to the academy and create one of the strongest pharmacy schools in the state of New York and the country.  


    Research Opportunities – Through a formal research track and a capstone experience built into the curriculum, students will have the opportunity to work with leading scholars/researchers in pharmacy practice, health outcomes, and pharmaceutical science. The school aims to become a leader in cutting-edge research, specializing in drug development and delivery, pharmacology, and genomics.  Research will improve clinical decision-making, thereby impacting both the quality and cost of healthcare, while another focus will be on pharmaceutical products and services with an eye on improving patient outcomes, especially in the rural setting.


    State of the Art Facilities – Binghamton University School of Pharmacy will be part of the new Health Science campus in Johnson City. The four story, 85,000 square foot facility will have two floors devoted to a high quality pharmacy education program and two floors devoted to cutting edge contemporary, multidisciplinary research. The new state of the art simulation lab will provide students with the resources to work interprofessionally with a wide variety of health professionals to develop industry leading clinical skills.


    The new school aims to educate graduates to truly understand the value of evidence-based, patient-centered pharmaceutical care and innovative research. We will embrace interprofessional education, which allows students to learn about, from, and with other healthcare professionals in the classroom and through practice experiences. Our graduates will be prepared to serve their communities in socially responsible ways to improve health and well-being and become leading professionals in pharmacy research and clinical practice.  

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 250
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 90
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 90
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 3
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: Binghamton does not have a policy that limits or favors current Binghamton students, transfer or out of state applicants. All applicants are considered equally.
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: Binghamton does not have a policy that limits or favors current Binghamton students, transfer or out of state applicants. All applicants are considered equally.
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: Binghamton does not have a minimum GPA
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: Around 2.75 out of 4.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Binghamton does not have a minimum PCAT score
    • 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? No
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 55%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.2
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18 - 43 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Around 65
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Around 50
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Around 105
    • 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 Around 65  Around 105 
      English I     
      English II     
      General Biology I with Lab     
      General Biology II with Lab      
      General Chemistry I with Lab     
      General Chemistry II with Lab     
      Organic Chemistry I     
      Organic Chemistry II with Lab     
      Biochemistry (preferred but optional)      
      Physics I with Lab     
      Physics II with Lab (optional)     
      Calculus I     
      Calculus II (optional)      
      Social Science or Behavioral Course     
    • Additional Information: 

      For more detailed information on prerequisites please go to our website and click on the prerequisite page:

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2014
      • Details: 

        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in the summer or fall. The January PCAT is also accepted.


      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 
        International students must have Test of English as a First Language (TOEFL) scores if native language is not English and they have not attended an American college or university for two years. 
      • 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
      • Details: 
    • 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 a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 03/01/2019 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Binghamton University School of Pharamcy prefers foreign transcript evaluations to go through either World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). 


  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? to PharmCAS
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
      • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • October through May 
    • Details: 

      The Admissions Interview process is a mutual selection process where students have the opportunity to assess their compatibility with the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and the School of Pharmacy can assess the student's skills and abilities. The candidate is assessed on their motivations for becoming a pharmacist, understanding of the pharmacy practice, potential to be a caring health care professional, ability to work effectively with other individuals and patients, communication skills, writing skills, leadership ability and critical thinking/problem solving skills. The candidate will be given time to provide a short writing sample on site. 

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Within one week after the interview
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Within two weeks after receipt of the acceptance offer.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $150.00
      • Due: Two weeks after receipt of acceptance
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Case-by-case