Howard University
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Marlon Prince 
      • Recruitment and Admission Officer 
      • Office of Student Affairs  
      • Howard University COP  
      • 2300 Fourth Street, NW  
      • Washington 
      • 20059  
      • Phone (Work): (202) 806-6533  
      • Phone (Fax): (202) 806-6533 
      • Email: marlon.prince@howard.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  February 3, 2014


  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, 2013.

    • 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)
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: October 25, 2013 
      • Details: Monthly Open House Chats are available, details coming soon. 
    • 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 ↑ 

    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.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 160
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 140
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 70
    • 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: 75
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.25
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 5
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Competitive PCAT scores required
    • 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: 25
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 10:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 83
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 62
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 143-151
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 83  143-151 
      Microbiology* 
      General Chemistry with Laboratory   10  15 
      General Biology   5-6 
      Organic Chemistry with Laboratory   10  15 
      Calculus  
      Physics with Laboratory   10  15 
      Speech  
      Humanities   10 
      Socio-Behavioral Sciences   10 
      General Electives   15 
      Anatomy/Physiology*  16 
      Biochemistry*# 
      English  10-12 
    • Additional Information: 

      http://www.pharmacy.howard.edu

      *Microbiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy & Physiology are now required pre-requisites.

      #An advanced level Biology and/or Chemistry course may be substituted (course substitutions must be requested and approved through the Office of Student Affairs)


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Required only if invited for interview
      • Supplemental Application fee: $45.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Supplemental application is required of students who have been invited for interview.  Supplemental applications are available online for submission at http://www.pharmacy.howard.edu.


  9. Tests ↑ 

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

        The PCAT should be taken no later than October of the prior academic year of which admission is being sought.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  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? 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. 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 (Science)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • 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 ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • September-April 
    • Details: 

      If the applicant meets all eligibility requirements and is considered to be competitive, they will then be contacted for an in-person interview.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed following the applicant interview on a continual basis.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Response to an offer of admission is due 2 weeks from the date of receipt
    • 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 $700 is a Good Faith Fee which is applied to the student's first year tuition
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 18-22, 2014 
      • Details: The week-long Orientation is mandatory
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday, August 25, 2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Considered on a case by case basis.