University of Hawaii at Hilo
The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Kristy Fujii 
      • Admissions Counselor 
      • DKICP Student Services 
      • 200 W. Kawili Street 
      • Hilo 
      • Hawaii 
      • 96720 
      • Phone (Work): 808-932-7140 
      • Phone (Fax): 808-933-3889 
      • Email: kristyna@hawaii.edu 

      • Cara Suefuji 
      • Academic Support Specialist 
      • DKICP Student Services 
      • 200 W. Kawili Street 
      • Hilo 
      • Hawaii 
      • 96720 
      • Phone (Work): 808-932-7700 
      • Phone (Fax): 808-933-3889 
      • Email: csuefuji@hawaii.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

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


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
    • 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 No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two 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:
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  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH Hilo) was founded in 1947 and is one of three universities in the University of Hawaii System.  UH Hilo’s diverse population combined with its unique location provides a supportive environment that prepares students to work with a wide variety of patients and situations.  The College of Pharmacy received full accreditation in June 2011 after the first group of PharmD students graduated in May 2011.  In 2013, the College was named the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) in honor of the late US Senator.  Construction for DKICP's permanent building began in Fall 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2018.  

    DKICP embraces the Institute of Medicine's five core competencies for healthcare professionals as key components of the curriculum.  These include providing patient-centered care, working in interdisciplinary teams, applying evidence-based practice, implementing quality improvements, and utilizing information technology.  Pharmacy practice areas of drug information, therapeutics, pharmaceutical care, and experiential education permeate each year.  The curriculum incorporates community outreach and service learning while embracing Hawaii's cultural values.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 150
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 80-90
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 80-90
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 0
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: Approximately 40-45 seats
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: Approximately 40-45 seats
    • 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 41%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 59%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.1
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-50
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 6:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 99
    • 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 66  99 
      English (one course in composition) 
      Humanities (examples include Art, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Linguistics, etc.) 
      Social/Behavioral Sciences (examples include Psychology, Sociology, History, Political Sciences, Anthropology, etc.) 
      World Cultural Diversity (examples include World History, World Literature, Cultural Anthropology, World Religions, etc.) 
      Economics 
      Speech/Communication (must include a public speaking component) 
      Calculus I 
      General Biology with Labs (full year sequence, for science majors)  12 
      Human Anatomy and Physiology with Labs (full year sequence, for science majors)  12 
      Microbiology with Lab 
      General Chemistry with Labs (full year sequence, for science majors)  12 
      Organic Chemistry with Labs (full year sequence, for science majors)  12 
    • Additional Information: 

      Coursework completed over five years ago will be reviewed for acceptability.  It is the applicant's responsibility to be aware and to fulfill the prerequisites as set for the year which they are seeking entry.  If accepted, admission is contingent upon the successful completion of all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C” (C- grades are not accepted). Students may be in the process of completing prerequisite coursework at the time of application.  

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: The supplemental application is integrated into the "Program Materials" section of PharmCAS. A non-refundable $50 supplemental application fee is also required and can be paid online at https://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/pharmacy/application/
      • Deadline: The "Program Materials" section should be completed at the same time or shortly after your PharmCAS application is submitted.  
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50.00

  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? Yes
      • Details: Please see questions and answers about the University of Hawaii's residency requirements for tuition purposes: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/admissions/residency-faq.php Please review this information carefully and note that moving to Hawaii solely for educational purposes is not, by itself, sufficient to establish residency.
    • 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
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 03/01/2018 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      International applicants, including Canadian applicants, must also complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework in the United States at any regionally accredited college or university. Of the 30 required semester hours, 15 semester hours must be allocated to non-remedial science courses.

      If accepted, international students will need to provide proof of sufficient funds to cover one year of tuition, health insurance, fees, and cost of living; provide a copy of their Passport, Visa, and Form I-20; and must also attend an international student orientation. 


  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: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Interviews are conducted from October through May with additional interviews as needed. 
    • Details: 

      Upon receipt of all required application components, the complete file and applicant profile will be reviewed by the DKICP Admissions Committee.  At that time, the committee will decide either to invite the candidate for an interview, place the candidate on hold for further review, or reject the applicant.  Eligible students will be invited for an interview and are contacted via email.  DKICP conducts closed file interviews.  In closed file interviews, the interviewer is not provided with any information about the candidate except for their name.  This approach was selected by the Admissions Committee as it helps remove preconceived biases based on students' experiences, grades, test scores, personal statements, etc.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are sent via email approximately 2-3 weeks after an interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Approximately one week from the date of offer
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: Approximately one week from the date of offer
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 13-16, 2018 
      • Details: Dates are subject to change. Orientation is mandatory for DKICP students.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday, August 20, 2018. Date is subject to change.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: