Oregon State University
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  June 3, 2019

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Quarter (three terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/Ph.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates:  
      • Details:  
    • 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)? No
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The College of Pharmacy is one of 11 colleges at Oregon State University. Oregon State University is the land, sea, sun and space grant institution for the state. The college was established in 1898. Although based in Corvallis, the college also has a satellite campus at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.

    The University is located in the city of Corvallis, which lies in the Willamette Valley between the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Coast Range. Corvallis is located 90 miles south of Portland, which is the largest city in the state. With its population of approximately 50,000, Corvallis offers an attractive setting and facilities for the University. To broaden the preparation for the professional activities and civic responsibilities, the students in the college are encouraged to join professional organizations.

    The four-year professional curriculum includes courses in medicinal chemistry, professional practice and law, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, therapeutics, drug literature evaluation, drug use policy, pharmaceutics, and pathophysiology. Students spend their first two years on the OSU campus at Corvallis, Oregon, and the third year at our satellite campus in Portland, Oregon. Before entering the third professional year, students must complete a bachelor’s degree in an area of interest to them.

    In the fourth professional year, students complete supervised, off-campus clerkships in various pharmacy practice sites located throughout the state and region. Eight six-week clerkships must be completed. Students may choose clerkships that fit their specific career interests. We are looking for students with excellent written and oral communication skills, leadership ability, and a willingness to be a patient advocate. We want students with a solid foundation in the sciences coupled with a desire for a career as a health care professional.

    Visit the OSU College of Pharmacy website at http://pharmacy.oregonstate.edu/ for more information.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 175
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 90
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 90
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 25
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • 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: 2.75 PharmCAS Cumulative Undergraduate Science GPA for residents, 3.00 PharmCAS calculated Cumulative Undergraduate Science GPA for non-residents.
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
      • Details: 
    • 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: 3.5
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-55
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 65
    • 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: 96
    • 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 65  96 
      General Chemistry w/lab - 1 year  10  15 
      Principles of Biology w/lab - 1 year  12 
      Micro or Macro Economics  
      Organic Chemistry w/lab - 1 year  12 
      Cell Biology (upper division required) 
      Microbiology w/lab (Upper division strongly preferred) 
      Statistics (Biostatistics preferred) 
      Physiology (Upper division strongly preferred) - 1 sequence 
      Anatomy (Upper division strongly preferred) 
      Physics - 1 year  10  15 
      Biochemistry (upper division recommended) - must take a full sequence, typically 2 semesters  6-8 
    • Additional Information: 

      Students who will not complete a bachelor's degree before entering the Pharm.D. program must also complete these prerequisite courses:


      1. One course in Writing or English Composition; a second course is preferred.
      2. One course in Interpersonal Communication or Speech; Interpersonal Communication is preferred.
      3. One course in the social or behavioral sciences, such as sociology, psychology, ethnic studies, or anthropology.


      Applications from prospective students who have completed Microbiology, Human Physiology, and Human Anatomy at the lower-division level should compensate with strong preparation in all other areas.


      We encourage all prospective students to contact the College of Pharmacy at pharmacy@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3424 and speak with an advisor about prerequisite courses at your institution. If a particular course is not offered at your institution, an advisor may be able to suggest a substitute. Many questions about these prerequisites are addressed on the Frequently Asked Questions page at http://pharmacy.oregonstate.edu/pharm-d-frequently-asked-questions.


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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 
      • 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? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes
      • Details: Alaska and Nevada

  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: June 3, 2019 Received by deadline

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Four (4)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • 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: 
      • Co-Worker
      • 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? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • October - May 
    • Details: 

      Oregon State University has implemented a modified Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process.  Candidates will have four 7 minute interviews and a team activity.  Candidates will also have the opportunity to talk with current Pharm.D. students and take a tour of our facilities.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Admission is rolling. Oregon State University strongly recommends all applicants submit their PharmCAS application as soon as possible.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Candidates have 14 calendar days to accept the offer of admission.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $200
      • Due: 14 calendar days from when offer was sent.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Candidates have 14 calendar days from when the offer was sent to accept the offer of admission and pay the initial $100 deposit. The final $100 deposit is due by March 1.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 9/18/2019 - 9/24/2019 
      • Details: Exact dates of P1 Orientation will be sent out in May/June 2019.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 09/25/2019
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Considered; One year maximum