Ferris State University
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

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

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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.B.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: N/A 
      • Details: Applicants are encouraged to contact us for individual tours. Information days are available. 
    • 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? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Complete information on the pharmacy program can be found on our website at:


     The College of Pharmacy fosters the development of its students, faculty and pharmacists into practitioners who positively influence the health outcomes of the people of Michigan, the Great Lakes region, the nation and the global community. In achieving its mission, the College of Pharmacy is guided by the Vision and Core Values of Ferris State University and is committed to:

    • Providing the highest quality of pharmacy professional education to students and practitioners;
    • Promoting the delivery of patient-centered care by pharmacists that are committed to the safe and appropriate use of medications;
    • Developing and maintaining relationships with alumni, professional associations and the health care industry which advance the goals and objectives of the college and the profession;
    • The personal and professional development of each faculty member to meet the pedagogical, scholarly and service demands of a dynamic curriculum and profession; and
    • The creation of a professional community that emboides the principles of ethics, fairness, honesty, civility and respect for peoples' diversity in ideas, beliefs and cultures.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 230
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: Total of 150
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: Total of 150
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: No Limits Within 150 Seats
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: No Limits Within 150 Seats
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: No Limits Within 150 Seats
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 49%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 51%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.50
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 230
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No Limits Within 150 Seats
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No Limits Within 150 Seats
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: No Limits Within 150 Seats
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: See policies on website.
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: Varies
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 74-80
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 50
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: See website for requirements
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 74-80  See website for requirements 
      General Chemistry with Lab   8-10   
      Organic Chemistry with Lab  8-10   
      General Biology with Lab   
      Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (Course sequence should be biology major or pre health professional. We may disqualify anatomy and physiology sequences determined to be introductory in nature.)   
      Calculus for the Life Sciences or Calculus  3-4   
      English Composition   
      Interpersonal Communication or Principles of Public Speaking   
      Introduction to Psychology or Introductory Sociology   
      Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics or Microeconomics)   
      Cultural Enrichment (e.g. Humanities) - One course must be at the 200+ level   
      Biochemistry (should be at a level that has organic chemistry as a prerequisite)  3-4   
    • Additional Information: 

      Applicants are required to complete all requirements as set for on our website at: http://bit.ly/1tnkVsl which supercedes this site.


      This site linked above outlines policies regarding AP/CLEP credit, age limit on courses, minimum grade for a course prerequisite to be accepted, PCAT minimums and deadlines, letters of recommendation, international courses, etc.  Be sure to review these policies in detail along with prerequisites referenced there.


      Prerequisites can be found at:

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      Please see admissions policies at the following link: http://bit.ly/1tnkVsl

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        For a complete list of admission criteria, requirements and deadlines, see our admission policies at: http://bit.ly/1tnkVsl

  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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: December 1, 2014 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      See application policies, which can be found on our website at: http://bit.ly/1tnkVsl

  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: 

      A total of three letters of recommendations are required of each applicant and can be selected from any of the individuals identified as required. See application policies outlined on our website at: http://bit.ly/1tnkVsl

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Family Member
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Politician
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • 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: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
    • Interview Dates:
      • December-March 
    • Details: 

      Interviews may be scheduled in the Big Rapids or Grand Rapids, Michigan. The interview includes a face-to-face interview of 30–60 minutes; an extemporaneous written essay (question provided on-site); overview presentation of the curriculum; tour of the College of Pharmacy; and question and answer period.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters may be emailed throughout the application cycle.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two to three weeks after letter of offer has been sent.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: To be Announced
      • Due: Date is given in letter of offer.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: A non-refundable deposit is required with acceptance and is applied to tuition.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Details: An on-site orientation is required.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/31/2015
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No