Long Island University
Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  March 2, 2015


  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:
      • Dates: November 2014 
      • Dates: April 2014 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • 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? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Entering its eighth decade of providing access to the American dream through excellence in higher education, Long Island University (LIU) is a multi-campus, diverse, doctoral institution. One of the largest and most comprehensive private nonsectarian universities in the country, it offers more than 600 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs and certificates and educates more than 18,000 students.

    LIU’s more than 650 full time faculty members provide outstanding instruction, which is supplemented by internships and cooperative education opportunities. The University’s NCAA Division I and II athletic teams, nationally renowned George Polk Awards in journalism, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and LIU Public Radio Network provide enrichment for its students and the communities it serves.

    The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was founded in 1886 and is the oldest unit of LIU. Located on the Brooklyn Campus, the College of Pharmacy educates students in the heart of the largest metropolitan area in the country. There are nearly 800 full-time professional students and approximately 200-300 graduate students enrolled each year. All pharmacy students are eligible to participate in numerous extracurricular programs of intellectual, cultural, athletic and social value. The College sponsors active chapters of many student professional organizations. The Pharmacy Student Leadership Council serves to coordinate the activities of student organizations and assures student input to the College’s faculty and administration.

    Two residence halls, featuring both traditional residence hall rooms and apartments with kitchens, offer Downtown Brooklyn right at the front door and Manhattan just one subway stop away. On-campus, the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts offers a full schedule of cultural events. The new Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center features an Olympic-size pool and fitness center for student use.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 370
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 206
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 206
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 50
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: N/A NOT MEASURED
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 372
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: M/A NOT MEASURED
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A NOT MEASURED
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 50
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Range of 380 - 420
    • 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: N/A NOT MEASURED
    • 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: 67 - 69
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 101
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 67 - 69  101 
      English Composition I   4.5 
      Core Seminar 50 (Transfer students may substitute w/ Eng Comp II)   4.5 
      Physics for Pharmacy(LIU PHY 27) Course must include lab experiences. Course may be satisfied with General Physics. Quarter courses must be completed in sequence (ex: 101A, 101B, & 101C). 
      Calculus (LIU MAT 40)  
      Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II Course must include lab experiences. Quarter courses must be completed in sequence (ex: 101A, 101B, & 101C).  12 
      English Literature (LIU English 61, 62, 63, 64)  
      History or Philosophy (LIU HIS 1 & 2 or PHL 61 and 62) Complete 1 year of History OR 1 year of Philosophy 
      General Psychology (LIU Psychology 3)  
      Microeconomics or Macroeconomics (LIU ECO 1 or 2)  
      General Chemistry I & II (LIU CHE 3 and 4) Course must include lab experiences. Quarter courses must be completed in sequence (ex: 101A, 101B, & 101C).  12 
      Organic Chemistry I & II (LIU CHE 121 and 122) Course must include lab experiences. Quarter courses must be completed in sequence (ex: 101A, 101B, & 101C).  12 
      General Biology I & II (LIU BIO 1 and 2) Course must include lab experiences. Quarter courses must be completed in sequence (ex: 101A, 101B, & 101C).  12 
    • Additional Information: 

      Students should complete either 6 credits of History OR 6 credits of Philosophy. Students may NOT select one course of History and one course of Philosophy to satisfy the requirement. The faculty of the College of Pharmacy strongly encourages students to complete this prerequisite requirement with Philosophy.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No
      • Details: The PharmCAS application data is automatically transferred to our university application database. Therefore, applicants are not required to complete an addition form.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: October 2012
      • Details: 
        The PCAT should be completed prior to the PharmCAS application deadline.
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 
        Proof of English proficiency is required for applicants whose native language is not English.  The TOEFL PBT / iBT or IELTS will be considered.
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 
      The College of Pharmacy requires criminal background checks and drug screening of those applicants invited for an interview. Instructions for completing this requirement will be provided during the interview.

  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): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 2/01/2015 Received by deadline
    • Details: 
      Evaluation report must be from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member organization. See http://www.naces.org/ for membership list.

  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
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Two letters of reference are required. These letters may be from an employer, professor, supervisor of a community service project, etc.; however, they may not come from a family member, teaching assistant, co-worker, or friend.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • 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
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • October - May 
    • Details: 
      Based on a review of the applications by the College of Pharmacy, the most competitive applicants are invited for an on-campus personal interview. The interview is required and is a strong contributing factor in the admission decision. It allows the College of Pharmacy to assess essential skills and factors which may not be reflected in the application. During the interview, a candidates’ knowledge of the profession, motivation toward a career as a pharmacist, ability to think clearly and logically, self-confidence, and verbal expression of ideas will be assessed. The interview will be conducted over a one hour time period.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Beginning in March
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Three (3) weeks from the date of the acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: Due three (3) weeks from the date on the acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Details: Week of Labor Day
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Week of Labor Day
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No