The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill

Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Olivia Hammill
Assistant Director, Recruitment and Admissions

Office of Curricular and Student Affairs

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
109 Beard Hall
Campus Box 7566
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599

Phone (Work): 919-962-0097

Phone (Fax): 919-966-9428


Program Deadline (back to top)

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

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
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 Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two 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
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Students must first be admitted to UNC-Chapel Hill as undergraduate students before they can be considered for early assurance into the PharmD program. If admitted into the early assurance program, students must complete all required prerequisites before enrolling at the School.
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)

Founded in 1897, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the number one ranked pharmacy program in the country according to U.S. News & World Report. Our guiding philosophy - advancing medicine for life - informs how we transform pharmacy practice, education, and science to drive discovery, improve health, and power economic growth. UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy graduates are universally recognized for their leadership, preparedness upon entering the field, and desire to serve patients and contribute to the profession. 


With campuses in Chapel Hill and Asheville, NC, students have the opportunity to learn in real-time through interactive video-teleconferencing technology. Chapel Hill is situated in the Research Triangle, a region in central North Carolina anchored by UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University. The area is home to the Research Triangle Park, the largest research park in the country. Located in close proximity to other health science schools, we offer an environment that fosters collaboration, interprofessional practice, and innovation. The School is located across the street from UNC Hospitals, often cited as one of America's best hospitals in the areas of pulmonology, cancer, gynecology, and other specialties.


Three hours west and nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Asheville is home to the Mission Health System and the Asheville Project, both recognized for their innovative efforts in pharmacy and healthcare. Our Asheville campus also offers a rural pharmacy health certificate, the only certificate of its kind in the country. Asheville is known for its thriving arts community, array of outdoor activities, vibrant downtown, historic attractions, and unique shopping options. For more information about our campuses, please visit:


Strong academics are at the heart of our program. Our enriched curriculum features a re-engineered classroom experience, earlier and continuous immersion across patient care practice areas, and emphasis on leadership, research, and innovation. Students learn from internationally recognized faculty who are leaders in their subject areas. For more information about our curriculum, please visit:


Students gain invaluable learning and expertise across the state by way of 15 months of immersion experiences with our site partners. More than 700 pharmacy preceptors at 500 sites provide students the opportunity to practice their skills and take learning to the next level. Fourth year students also have the chance to select an international rotation in one of our nine practice sites across five continents. For more information about global opportunities, please visit:


With 18 student organizations, our students are active in community service and professional development. They staff two indigent care clinics, host numerous health fairs, and hold leadership positions in many local, state, and national organizations. 


The School is also home to the Eshelman Institute for Innovation, developed through an unprecedented $100 million gift from alumnus Fred Eshelman. Students, faculty, and staff have access to funding for big ideas that may be risky but have the potential to transform education, research, and health care. For more information about the Eshelman Institute for Innovation, please visit:


Students can elect to pursue a dual degree with either the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business (5-year PharmD/MBA) or the UNC Gillings School of Public Health (5-year PharmD/MPH). For more information about the dual degree programs, please visit:


Whether in Asheville or Chapel Hill, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students have access to talented faculty and preceptors, unparalleled cocurricular and leadership opportunities, and the best PharmD program in the country. For more information about our program and admissions requirements, please visit: ;

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 275
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 150-160
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 150-160
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 3
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50%
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
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 30%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 70%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.5
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-41
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3.5:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 72
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 50
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 130
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 72  130 
Chemistry 101/101L (General Chemistry I with lab)  
Chemistry 102/102L (General Chemistry II with lab)  
Math 231 or Math 241 (Calculus of One Variable)  
Statistics 151 or 155 (Statistics)  
*Chemistry 241/241L (Separations/Analytical Char with lab) UNC-Chapel Hill students only 
Chemistry 261 (Organic Chemistry I with lab)   3/4 
Chemistry 262/262L (Organic Chemistry II with lab)  
Biology 101/101L (Principles of Biology with lab)  
Biology 252/252L (Human Anatomy/Physiology I with lab)  
Microbiology 251 or 255 (Microbiology with lab)  
Physics 114/114L (General Physics I with lab, calculus-based preferred, will accept algebra-based) 
Physics 115/115L (General Physics II with lab, calculus-based preferred, will accept algebra-based))  
Chem 430 Biological Chemistry (upper level biochemistry class with two semesters of organic chemistry as a pre requisite)  

Additional Information

Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. 

Students with an undergraduate degree prior to enrolling in the School of Pharmacy must complete the math and science prerequisites only.


Students without an undergraduate degree will be required to meet the General Education Requirements for the University. There are courses that may meet more than one of the General Education Requirements. Due to this variability, the School of Pharmacy does not offer a listing of suggested courses for meeting the General Education Requirements. For information regarding which courses satisfy categories within the General Education Requirements, please visit this page:

Students currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill take Chemistry 241/241L (Separations/Analytical Char) and one semester of Physics (Physics 114/114L). Students outside of the UNC-Chapel Hill system take two semesters of Physics (Physics 114/114L and 115/115L).

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: A supplemental application is required to complete the application process:
Deadline: January 18, 2019Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $80.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

A supplemental application is required to complete the application process. After the PharmCAS application is submitted, verified, and released to our School, we will email you a link with instructions for completing our supplemental application. More information can be found here:

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: January 2013

The latest date you can take the exam for the first time and still be considered for admission is November of the year you apply. We recommend students take the PCAT as early as possible in the year they apply.


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



The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if English is not your native language.

We prefer for students to have a TOEFL iBT score greater than or equal to 100. However, those who score less than 100 will still be reviewed for admissions.

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

All students must provide documentation that they have completed all health requirements including hepatitis B immunization, varicella immunity and TB skin test, by June 15, 2019.

For a list of health documentation requirements, please review: 

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? 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: December 3, 2018 Postmarked by deadline

We only accept evaluations from WES. Please request course-by-course WES evaluations directly through the application as stated on the PharmCAS transcript page.

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:


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • October - February

Students invited to interview will meet with faculty, staff, and current students. Each candidate will participate in a multiple mini interview session.

The MMI is a series of seven interview stations consisting of timed interview scenarios. Applicants rotate through the stations, each with their own interviewers and scenarios, over the course of an hour. The MMI does not test pharmacy knowledge but will assess characteristics and attributes the Admissions Committee feel are important for success as a pharmacist.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? The majority of acceptances are made within a few days following the on-campus interview. Our admissions process is rolling, so acceptances can continue into mid-July.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks from receipt of acceptance notification.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500.00
Due: Two weeks from receipt of acceptance notification.
Refundable? No
Details: The $500.00 enrollment deposit is due two weeks from receipt of acceptance notification.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No