Concordia University Wisconsin
School of Pharmacy

Concordia is accepting applications from students who have already created a PharmCAS account through May 18. Students may request an extension through June 1 by contacting us at

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  March 1, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • 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:
    • 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)? No
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Founded in 1881, Concordia University Wisconsin was one of the state's earliest institutions of higher learning and is currently the second largest private university in Wisconsin, with almost 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan in suburban Mequon, Wisconsin, just minutes from downtown Milwaukee. Concordia's commitment to health care education can be seen through its nationally recognized programs in nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy. The pharmacy school is an excellent complement to the existing programs and encourages interdisciplinary approaches to health care education.


    What you can expect:


    * Personalized instruction and small class sizes (student-to-teacher ratio of 10:1)

    * Practice experiences in the pharmacy in the P1 year

    * Well-planned, high-quality rotations using outcomes-focused training

    * Student representation on committees

    * Interdisciplinary educational opportunities

    * Ethics-infused curriculum

    * Interactive case-based educational methods

    * State of the art new pharmacy building

    * Caring faculty with extensive pharmaceutical and/or educational backgrounds

    * Clinically relevant technology

    * Community service to foster an appreciation for others

    * Multiple student organizations for professional development, networking and social opportunities

    For more information:

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 290
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 160-180
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 100
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 30%
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 48%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 52%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.3
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 0-100
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 0-100
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: 0-100
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.00 prerequisite GPA preferred
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 35th percentile and above to be eligible for interview
    • 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: 20-50
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4.8:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 69
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 32
    • 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 69   
      General Chemistry I with Lab 
      General Chemistry II with Lab 
      Biology I with Lab (Human Anatomy or Anat. & Phys would also count) 
      Biology II with Lab (Human Anatomy or Anat. & Phys would also count) 
      Organic Chemistry I with Lab 
      Organic Chemistry II with Lab 
      Physics I with Lab (Algebra or Calc based both acceptable) 
      Physics II with Lab (Algebra or Calc based both acceptable) 
      Calculus (for math and/or science majors) 
      English Composition or Writing Course 
      Speech, Communications or Public Speaking Course  2-3 
      Economics (micro, macro or general course) 
      Statistics (Biostats also acceptable) 
      General Education Electives  21  36 
    • Additional Information: 

      General education electives include any course not offered through a math or science department.

      All prerequisites have exceptions, please contact with questions about what will and will not fulfill these requirements.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 2013 calendar year
      • Details: 

        All test dates for the admissions cycle year are accepted - including January.  The rolling admissions model allows for a student to take the January PCAT in 2016 and still have time to apply for Fall 2016 entry into the PharmD program.

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

        All non-US citizens with less than ten (10) years of academic experience in an English-speaking environment.

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

      Applicants must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations prior to matriculation. Students must complete a background check, a Wisconsin care giver background check and a drug screen.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        Any and all professional experience helps prepare a student for the challenges of a professional pharmacy education.  Health care experience is preferred, and pharmacy technician work especially.

  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? 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 a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations:  4/15/2016 Postmarked by deadline

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Ultimately, it is the applicant's decision who they elect to have write their letters, but we recommend the following: One letter from a professor of science who has taught the student at a high level.  A second letter from a health care practitioner who can speak to the applicant's ability to succeed in pharmacy school.  Thirdly, a letter from either another professor, a pharmacist, or supervisor for a community service or volunteer activity.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Clergy
      • 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. 
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • September through April 
    • Details: 

      The applicant will be assessed in the following areas: motivation to pursue a PharmD/practice pharmacy; recognition of pharmacist's role; integrity; maturity; time-management; self-confidence/assertiveness; professionalism; ability to articulate clearly; previous/ongoing commitment to service; evidence of leadership; potential for strong academic performance and overall presentation.


      The interview day is about 3 hours of meetings, interviews, and presentation on campus at CUW.  Applicants are brought in in small groups (8-12) and are each interviewed by two faculty members.


      Admissions is rolling, and interviews are held on various Fridays between September and April.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? October through May (on a rolling basis)
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 2 weeks from date of acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due:  2 weeks from date of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: with a subsequent deposit due in early summer for a total of $1000.00 which is applied to the first semesters tuition upon matriculation.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 08/15/16 
      • Details: Orientation is mandatory for all students
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/18/16
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: In extreme circumstances, an applicant may requested deferred admittance after being accepted. The decision is made by the Academic Dean.