Purdue University
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • T. Patrick George, R.Ph. 
      • Director of Professional Program Admissions  
      • Office of Student Services 
      • College of Pharmacy  
      • Purdue University  
      • 575 Stadium Mall Drive  
      • West Lafayette 
      • Indiana 
      • 47907-2091  
      • Phone (Work): 765-494-9395  
      • Phone (Fax): 765-494-7880 
      • Email: georgetp@purdue.edu 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  December 1, 2017

  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? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/Ph.D.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: Tours available upon request 
      • Details:  
    • 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? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 


    The mission of the Purdue College of Pharmacy is to:


    • Educate and train students to become leading pharmacists and scientists,
    • Advocate scientific discovery and development, and
    • Maximize global health outcomes through patient care and public service.



    Purdue University was established in 1869 and the College of Pharmacy was established in 1884. Purdue is a land-grant, state-assisted institution of higher learning. The programs offer excellent opportunities to prepare for careers in pharmacy practice, industry, research, or education. Purdue University is primarily a residential campus, located in West Lafayette, 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis and 125 miles southeast of Chicago. There are a large number of residence halls and off-campus apartments within walking distance of the main campus and bus service throughout the greater Lafayette community is free of charge to students.



    Diversity and opportunity are characteristics of the University. Over 1000 campus organizations cater to the varied interests of students, including 21 professional organizations in the College of Pharmacy and a variety of music, theater, hobby and sports clubs campus-wide. Purdue is a member of the Big Ten athletic conference and participates in a large number of both men's and women's athletics.


    The Admissions Committee has established the following attributes for assessment and selection for admission to the College's Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program:


    • Evidence of academic readiness for, and commitment to, growth in the learning goals of the professional curriculum.
    • Evidence of human service orientation and demonstrated leadership experience.
    • Evidence of quality verbal and written communication skills as well as interpersonal capabilities.
    • Evidence of initiatives to learn about pharmacy and career path options.


    Sources of information used in assessing applicants in regard to these attributes include: academic performance in all course work taken after high school, with particular emphasis given to grades earned in core science and math pre-requisite courses (because of their relationship to assessing analytical problem-solving abilities); applicant-supplied information and statements on the PharmCAS and Purdue supplemental application form; letter of recommendation statements regarding personal strengths and weaknesses.



  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 225
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 150
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 150
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: N/A
    • 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 - no set quotas
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class:  N/A - no set quotas
    • Minimum overall GPA considered:  3.0
    • 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: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.5
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 18-45 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 3.2:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 60
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 53
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90
    • 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 60  90 
      English/Writing Skills 
      General Chemistry I and II   12 
      Organic Chemistry I and II   12 
      General Biology I and II   12 
      Calculus I and II  
      General Physics  
      General Economics  
    • Additional Information: 

      All science courses (except biochemistry and immunology) should include a laboratory component. International student applicants must complete two semesters each of organic chemistry and anatomy/physiology and one semester each of biochemistry and immunology at an accredited college or university in the United States to be considered for admission (regardless of whether these courses were previously taken outside the United States). All pre-pharmacy work must be completed with a grade of C- or better prior to entry into the program, including the requirement that no more than one pre-pharmacy course would need to be completed in the summer prior to matriculation. Students enrolled on the West Lafayette campus are strongly recommended to take Pharmacy Orientation I and II.

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: 
      • Deadline:  12/01/2017 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $55.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Supplemental application and instructions are available at:


  9. Tests ↑ 

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

        Only for non-US citizens. A waiver will be granted if a transcript from a U.S. college or university shows completion of English composition I and II (for non-ESL students) with earned grades of C- or higher. 




      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      Applicants admitted will be required to submit proof of required immunizations and a criminal background check following specified procedures prior to matriculation.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
      • 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): Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations:  12/01/2017 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      English translation required. Pre-pharmacy course work from other countries is accepted with the exception of organic chemistry, anatomy/physiology, biochemistry, and immunology.

  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: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • 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. 
      • Politician
      • Reference letters from politicians are helpful only if the individual can comment on the candidate's specific personal strengths and weaknesses.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • February 19, 2018 to February 26, 2018 
    • Details: 

      Personal interview with two faculty/staff, written communication exercise, video-recorded oral exercise, interaction with upper-class student panel. Optional meeting with student services advisor for off-campus applicants. Date and time of interview is specified in invitation letter.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are scheduled to be mailed between March 19, 2018 and March 23, 2018.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 14 days from date of acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $400.00
      • Due: April 2, 2018
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Applicants admitted on or after April 2, 2018 will have 14 days from date of acceptance letter to pay the deposit.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 08/17/2018 
      • Details: First day for off-campus students; orientation continues for all students the following week.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/20/2018; orientation activities first and second day of classes.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Yes, for one year only. Requires written request to Senior Associate Dean.