Ferris State University
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Tara M. Lee, MS 
      • Director of Admissions  
      • College of Pharmacy  
      • 220 Ferris Drive  
      • Big Rapids 
      • Michigan 
      • 49307  
      • Phone (Work): 231-591-2249 
      • Phone (Fax): 231-591-3829 
      • Email: taralee@ferris.edu 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  February 1, 2018

  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.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 and visits.  
    • 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 has been recognized as an accredited institution by the Michigan Board of Pharmacy since 1893 and is the principle source of pharmacy practitioners for the State of Michigan.

    VISION: The Ferris State University College of Pharmacy drives health care outcomes through pharmacy innovation.

    The College of Pharmacy educates and supports professionals who positively influence and impact the health outcomes of the people they serve. We will accomplish this by:


    • Providing the highest quality professional education to students and practitioners;
    • Promoting and delivering patient-centered care by pharmacists that are committed to the safe and appropriate use of medications;
    • Developing and maintaining professional relationships, collaborations and strategic alliances that advance the goals and objectives of the college and the profession;
    • Facilitating personal and professional development of individuals to meet the demands of a dynamic curriculum and profession;
    • Creating a professional culture within the College community that embodies the principles of ethics, fairness, honesty, civility and respect for diverse ideas, beliefs and cultures;
    • Promoting research which advances science, health care and pharmacy education; and
    • Attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 230
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: Up to 150
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: Up to 150
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: No Limits Within 150 Seats
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: No Limits Within 150 Seats
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 42%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 58%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.50
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: Varies
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 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 2018 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:

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 
      • 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

  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? 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: January 1, 2018 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Only coursework from most Canadian Universities/Colleges will be considered. 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
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Co-Worker
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Health Care Professional
      • Teaching Assistant
    • 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
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • Early Decision - September/October 
      • Regular Admissions - October thru April 
    • Details: 

      Interviews are likely to be scheduled in Big Rapids, Michigan. They consist of an in-person interview, extemporaneous writing portion, Q & A  and overview of program session for applicants, and possible tour of College of Pharmacy.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are emailed following the applicant interviews on a continual basis.
    • 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: $200.00
      • 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: 
      • August  
      • Details: An on-site orientation is required usually in late August before Fall Semester begins.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 8/27/2018
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: