Purdue University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

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


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: December 3, 2018

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: 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


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:

Program Description (back to top)


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 evaluation statements regarding personal strengths and weaknesses.



Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 225
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 150
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 150
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 - no set quotas
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 35%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 65%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.4
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-39 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3.2:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 2019 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.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Deadline: 12/03/2018Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $55.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Supplemental application and instructions are available at:


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


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



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.

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
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 an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 12/03/2018 Received by deadline

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

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

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


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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • February 18, 2019 to February 25, 2019

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.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are scheduled to be mailed between March 18, 2019 and March 22, 2019.
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?


Amount: $400.00
Due: April 5, 2019
Refundable? No
Details: Applicants admitted on or after April 5, 2019 will have 14 days from date of acceptance letter to pay the deposit.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • 08/16/2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/19/2019; orientation activities first and second day of classes.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes