Long Island University

Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Thea Ogunusi
Pharmacy Admissions Coordinator

LIU College of Pharmacy

75 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Phone (Work): 718-488-1234


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
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 Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates



Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
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:

Program Description (back to top)

Entering its twelth 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.


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 250 graduate students enrolled each year.


The professional segment of the Doctor of Pharmacy program consists of six semesters of didactic and early experiential coursework and an extramural year of advanced practice experiences, which students complete in hospital, community and other pharmacy practice settings. The professional program provides the specialized education necessary to develop expertise in the ever-broadening field of pharmacy and prepares the student for professional licensure examinations.


For additional information please visit the college website: http://www.liu.edu/pharmacy

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 300
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 200
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 200
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.2
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: N/A
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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: 44
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 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 67 - 69  101 
English Composition I (LIU BK, ENG 16)  4.5 
English Composition II   4.5 
Physics with lab (LIU BK, PHY 27)  
Calculus (LIU BK, MAT 40)  
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab (LIU BK, BIO 137 and BIO 138)   12 
English Literature (LIU BK, English 61, 62, 63, 64)  
History or Philosophy (LIU BK, HIS 1 and 2 or PHL 61 and 62)  
General Psychology (LIU BK, Psychology 3)  
Microeconomics or Macroeconomics (LIU BK, ECO 1 or 2)  
General Chemistry I and II with lab (LIU BK, CHE 3 and CHE 4)   12 
Organic Chemistry I and II with lab (LIU, BK CHE 121 and CHE 122)   12 
General Biology I and II with lab (LIU BK, BIO 1 and BIO 2)   12 
Microbiology with lab (LIU BK, BIO 101)  
N/A  N/A  N/A 

Additional Information

Preference will be given to students who complete all prerequistes by the end of spring 2019.

Additionally, it is the applicant's responsibility to be aware and to fulfill the pre-requisite courses required for entry into the Professional Phase (P3) of the PharmD Program. Since the program is very competitive, a grade of “C” or higher in all pre-requisite courses is recommended. Students cannot complete prerequistes once they begin course work in the fall of the P3-professional phase.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: October 2016

Submission of the PCAT score is required prior to the PharmCAS application deadline.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?


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.

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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: 2/01/2019 Received by deadline
Evaluation report must be from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member organization. See http://www.naces.org/ for membership list.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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


  • Employer
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • October 2018 - May 2019

Interview dates are October - May, with additional interviews as needed.

The interview is required and the most competitive applicants are invited for an on-campus group interview.

At the time of review of the applications, the committee will decide to invite the candidate for an interview, place the candidate on hold for further review, or reject the applicant. 

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Eligible students are contacted via e-mail approx. 2-4 weeks after an interview. Early completion of the application process is in the best interest of the applicant.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Transfer applicants must respond 3 weeks from the date of the acceptance letter. Internal applicants do not need to complete the acceptance offer paperwork but must register.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500.00
Due: Due 3 weeks from the date on the acceptance letter
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Week of Labor Day
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No