Howard University
College of Pharmacy

Priority consideration is given to applicants who have their application and supporting documents (i.e. transcripts, recommendation letters, PCAT Scores, etc.) submitted/forwarded to PharmCAS by December 1, 2017.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Marlon Prince 
      • Recruitment and Admission Officer 
      • Office of Student Affairs  
      • Howard University COP  
      • 2300 Fourth Street, NW  
      • District of Columbia 
      • 20059  
      • Phone (Work): (202) 806-6533  
      • Phone (Fax): (202) 806-4636 
      • Email: 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

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

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Priority consideration is given to applicants who have their application and supporting documents (i.e. transcripts, recommendation letters, PCAT Scores, etc.) submitted/forwarded to PharmCAS by December 1, 2017.

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • 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: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: (Virtual Fair) October 2017 & Open Houses Tentatively Scheduled October 19, 2017; and, April 2018 
      • Details: For more information, please register at 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Early Action
    • 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 ↑ 

    Pharmacy instruction at Howard University began in the “;Department” of Medicine in 1868. The initial course, held in the evening, offered students “;knowledge of the art and science of pharmacy.” The first student graduated in 1870. With advances in medicine and the health sciences, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was merged into a new College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences and was subsequently re-named the College of Pharmacy.


    The College of Pharmacy currently offers: a 4-year entry level Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program; a 5-year entry level Pharm.D./MBA dual degree program; a 2-year post B.S. Pharm.D. Degree program; and, a Non-Traditional program to licensed pharmacists who wish to further their professional knowledge and skills. The School also offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences to applicants with a B.S. degree.


    MISSION: Consistent with the mission of Howard University, the College of Pharmacy mission is to provide pharmacy education of excellent quality to students with high academic, scholarship and leadership potential, with particular emphasis upon the recruitment retention and graduation of promising African America and other ethnically diverse minority students.  The College fosters the creation of new knowledge through innovative research and scholarship, commitment to community service and continuous quality improvement, and dedication to superior pharmacy practice locally and globally.


    ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Pharm.D. degree provides students with professional knowledge and skills to perform at a high level of competence in providing pharmaceutical care and drug therapy in community and institutional settings. The curriculum includes courses in biomedical sciences, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, and, clinical and administrative pharmacy sciences.



    The College of Pharmacy has a cadre of dedicated faculty who are highly experienced in teaching, professional practice and research.



    The Pharm.D. degree programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the national agency for accrediting pharmacy programs in the United States of America.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 180
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 150
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 75
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: Varies
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.50
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.50
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Competitive PCAT Composite Percentile required
    • 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: 50%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.22
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-46
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 11:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 79
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 57
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 132-135
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 79  132-135 
      Required courses can be viewed at     
      General Chemistry with Laboratory   10  15 
      General Biology   5-6 
      Organic Chemistry with Laboratory   10  15 
      Physics with Laboratory   10  15 
      Humanities   10 
      Socio-Behavioral Sciences   10 
      General Electives   15 
      Anatomy/Physiology*  16 
      English  10-12 
    • Additional Information:

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 5 Years
      • Details: 

        The last PCAT considered for Early Decision Applicants is September 2017 and for Regular Decision is February 2018.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 
      • 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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
    • Details: 

      Only U.S. coursework credentials are considered

  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: 
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • 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: 
      • Clergy
      • 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? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are e-mailed and mailed within 2-3 weeks of interview and on a continual basis (Rolling Admissions).
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Response to an offer of admission is due 2 weeks from the date of offer letter being received.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1,000
      • Due: 2 weeks from the date the acceptance letter is received
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: $300 is the Enrollment Fee ($150 of the enrollment fee is also applied towards the student's first year tuition) $700 is a Good Faith Fee which is applied to the student's first year tuition
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 13-17, 2018 
      • Details: The week-long Orientation is mandatory. Dates are tentative.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday, August 20, 2018-Tentative
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Considered on a case by case basis.