The University of Louisiana at Monroe
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Dr. David Caldwell 
      • Director of Professional Affairs 
      • Office of Student and Professional Affairs  
      • 1800 Bienville Drive  
      • Monroe 
      • Louisiana 
      • 71201  
      • Phone (Work): 318-342-3800 
      • Phone (Fax): 318-342-3802 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  February 1, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • 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: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
    • 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)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The ULM School of Pharmacy was established in 1956, and since that time it has maintained and grown in its reputation as a well-respected institution for both professional and graduate pharmaceutical education in the South. The education offered at ULM equips our students with the tools necessary to be prepared for and be successful in the constantly changing field of health care. Graduates of our programs work across the nation in community and health-system pharmacies, clinical practices, managed care groups, academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and a wide variety of other settings. 

    Students attending ULM receive a challenging and forward-thinking education that combines classroom learning, practical application, and experiential training in our state-of-the-art pharmacy facility located in Monroe, Louisiana.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 120
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 90 - 95
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 95
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 1
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 10
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 155
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No Quota
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No Quota
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Competitive
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 21-35 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 77
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 41
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 77   
      English Composition    
      Technical Writing    
      General Physics with Lab    
      Statistics (300 or 3000 level or higher)    
      Public Speaking    
      Social Sciences    
      Fine Arts    
      Microbiology with Lab    
      Anatomy with Lab and Physiology with Lab   
      Cell Biology or Cell Physiology    
      Inorganic Chemistry with Lab    
      Organic Chemistry with Lab    

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2014
      • Details: 

        June, August, October or January

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • 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: February 1, 2016  Postmarked by deadline

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      The admission committee requires three letters of recommendation from the following individuals: two university professors (one must be a science professor; the other may be any other professor under whom you have studied) and a work supervisor.  If you cannot obtain a letter from a work supervisor, you may provide one from an organizational advisor that can comment on your work habits and attitudes.  Please note that letters from the following individuals will not be accepted:  non-supervising co-workers, teaching assistants, family members, and friends.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • 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: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Teaching Assistant
    • 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:
      • November through April 
    • Details: 

      The ULM School of Pharmacy interviews are conducted by invitation only and are designed to assess an applicant’s interpersonal communication skills, writing ability, motivation for pharmacy school and commitment to patient care. An applicant’s leadership, problem solving and critical thinking skills are also evaluated. 

      Faculty, staff, and senior students all participate in the interview process, which is conducted as a panel with individual applicants. In addition to the interview itself, applicants will participate in a “welcome” breakfast, receive a tour of the pharmacy facilities, meet and have an opportunity to have their questions answered by professional pharmacy students, complete a writing assignment, discuss their application with an admission officer, and more. 

      Interviews begin in September and extend through March. Applicants invited for an interview will be notified by email indicating the date and time that their interview will take place at the University of Louisiana Monroe School of Pharmacy. Interviews are conducted monthly on Fridays and applicants should plan to spend 4-5 hours at the school. 

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? 01/01 - 05/01/2016
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 01/01 - 05/01/2016; 14 days from the receipt of acceptance
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $250
      • Due: Within 14 days of admission offer
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Applicants are required to accept or reject an admission offer within 14 days of its receipt. Students must also submit a nonrefundable pharmacy activities fee of $250 within that time period. This fee covers all extracurricular expenses for the entire 4-year period of pharmacy school.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Details: One day orientation will be held in June and a five day orientation in August.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Students requesting a deferral should submit a letter to the Director of Professional Affairs requesting to defer admission for 1 year. This letter should explain the reason the deferment is needed. The director will forward the letter to the admissions committee for their final approval.