St. Louis College of Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Courtney Rippeto 
      • Professional and Transfer Admissions Specialist 
      • Admissions 
      • 4588 Parkview Place  
      • St Louis 
      • Missouri 
      • 63110  
      • Phone (Work): (314) 446-8332 
      • Phone (Fax): (314)446-8309 
      • Phone (Mobile): 314-620-7480 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

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

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    St. Louis College of Pharmacy has adjusted required prerequisites. Writing Intensive coursework is no longer required and macroeconomics will satisfy economics requirement.

    • 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: 
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: B.S. Health Sciences Or B.S. Health Humanities
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • 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 ↑ 

    Located in the heart of a renowned biomedical community, St. Louis College of Pharmacy provides a challenging learning environment where students can explore career options, develop practical expertise, and become leaders in the profession and their communities. Our graduates are equipped to think critically, solve complex problems, and communicate effectively to provide high-level care as an expert member of an interprofessional health care team.

    Our Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curriculum allows students to become pharmacists who are “team ready” and “practice ready.” The curriculum focuses on preparing students to provide interprofessional, evidence-based, patient-centered care in any practice setting, taking responsibility for achieving positive drug therapy outcomes for patients.

    The Pharm.D. curriculum is delivered in our brand new, state-of-the-art Academic and Research Building and library. The 213,000-square-foot facility includes a large auditorium, technologically advanced classrooms, study areas, 30,000 square feet of dedicated research space, and a library. The technology supports learning as students study pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pathophysiology, and pharmacotherapeutics in an integrated method around organ systems of the body and disease states. Liberal arts and humanities components are also integrated to provide both a humanistic and pharmacy education.

    Throughout the professional curriculum, students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with patients and interact with other health professionals to enhance their ability to collaborate on an interprofessional health care team. Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) introduce students to basic principles in various areas of the pharmacy profession and help them put their knowledge into practice. During the final year of the program, students complete eight five-week Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs), collaborating with other health professionals in a variety of settings. Interprofessional education initiatives are also incorporated throughout the curriculum.

    The College also provides students with the opportunity to customize their coursework through elective focus areas, deepening their understanding of a particular aspect of the profession. Students may choose a focus area and tailor their elective course selections to their own interests and career goals. International learning experiences in 15 countries around the world give students a chance to make an impact globally. Opportunities such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) offered through a partnership with University of Missouri – St. Louis are also available.


    What makes St. Louis College of Pharmacy special? 


    Established in 1864, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest and largest colleges of pharmacy in the U.S. In fact, the College was the first college of pharmacy west of the Mississippi River.

    The College is located in one of the nation’s preeminent biomedical complexes. Students benefit from interprofessional relationships with members of our neighboring institutions including Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

    We were ranked one of the top four private colleges of pharmacy in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its most recent ranking of pharmacy schools (2016).

    At St. Louis College of Pharmacy, a premier education is within reach. The College has the third-lowest professional program tuition out of 65 private colleges of pharmacy in the U.S., and our average student loan debt for the four professional years of the program is 38% (or $55,204) lower than the national average (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 2014).

    Our alumni network is growing, and we have an active and engaged Alumni Association. More than 7,000 alumni represent 48 states and 14 countries. Approximately 75 percent of St. Louis-area pharmacists are STLCOP graduates.

    Our successful alumni practice in a variety of settings. Alumni have founded pharmaceutical companies around the world, directed national pharmacy compliance programs and pharmacy associations, practiced as infectious disease pharmacists and oncology pharmacists at world-renowned medical centers, served in various roles with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and invented new drugs to improve patient outcomes.

    The College has proactively taken steps to ensure that our graduates are practice and team ready, and more than 80 percent of students accepted positions with their first-choice employer after graduation (2015 Graduate Employment Survey).

    With a student to faculty ratio of 10:1, students in the Pharm.D. program are able to work closely with our distinguished faculty.


    What else does St. Louis College of Pharmacy offer?

    More than 60 organizations, fraternities, intramurals, and club sports allow students to explore their interests and passions outside the classroom.

    Student-athletes participate in cross country, tennis, track and field, basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball—all at the NAIA Division I level.

    Through many different community engagement opportunities, our students make a difference in the St. Louis community, nationally, and internationally.

    St. Louis is a world-class city that offers many cultural opportunities, great entertainment venues, and three professional sports teams: St. Louis Rams football, St. Louis Cardinals baseball and St. Louis Blues hockey. The College is located in the Central West End neighborhood, which was named one of “Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in America” (American Planning Association, 2014)

    Our campus is only two blocks from Forest Park, which includes 1,300 acres of green space, tennis courts, an outdoor ice rink, golf course, art museum, history museum, zoo, science center, and outdoor opera.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 250
    • 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: No minimum
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: No minimum
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum
    • 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? No
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 55%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.5
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: N/A

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: N/A
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 49
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 
    • 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 N/A   
      Biology I* AND Biology II* (must include lab)  8 total   13.34 total 
      Anatomy & Physiology I* AND Anatomy and Physiology II*  8 total  13.34 total 
      General Chemistry I* AND General Chemistry II*  8 total  13.34 total 
      Physics I*   6.67 
      Organic Chemistry I* AND Organic Chemistry II*  8 total  13.34 total 
      English Composition I AND English Composition II  10 
      Statistics (Math or Biostats emphasis) 
      Microbiology*  6.67 
      Biochemistry (Does not require a lab) 
      Public Speaking / Communication  
      Economics - Microeconomics preferred (Macroeconomics and survey courses will be considered) 
      Humanities electives (Minimum of 12 hours)  12  20 
      Psychology OR Sociology AND an additional social science  10 
      Introduction to Healthcare (recommended, but can be completed during P1 year).   3.34 
    • Additional Information: 

      *courses must also include labs

      • Students transferring into the professional year 1 of the Pharm D program who do not have Introduction to Healthcare can take this as an elective during professional year 1.

      Please contact our admissions office at 314-446-8328 for any questions regarding pre-requisite courses.

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 
      • Details: 

        Prefer PCAT be taken by January 2019.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        May be required for non-US citizens; select code 8246

      • 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? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • 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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: July 1 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      STLCOP accepts (prefers) evaluations from WES to further evaluate a student's coursework for possible transfer admissions. ECE evaluations will also be considered. In addition, we recommend students submit syllabi for all prerequisite courses taken.

  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: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • 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. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • August-September, December-May 
    • Details: 

      Closed File interview consisting of one 30-minute interview with a two faculty or staff members. Interviewees are scored on multiple factors that will be reviewed by admission committee. In addition, applicant's may meet with alumni, current students, and other staff members. Interview days also include tours of the facilities.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? No later than 05/01/2019 for those who have completed prior to this date.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 10 business days from the date of the acceptance letter, and no later than May 1. Acceptance letters will include specific dates for acceptance and extension policies.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: 200
      • Due: within 10 business days of receiving an acceptance or by date included in acceptance letter.
      • Refundable? Yes
      • Details: Deposits are refundable if the College is notified in writing by March 1.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 08/2019 
      • Details: Incoming Pharm.D. students are required to participate in professional orientation the week prior to the beginning of classes.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/xx/2019
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests for deferred entrance are not common at the College. Requests will be considered, but not standard practice.