The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Eshelman School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  December 1, 2015

  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 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)? 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    A Legacy of Achievement in Teaching, Service, and Discovery 

    Founded in 1897, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a leading pharmacy program at one of the country's premier research universities. Our mission is to achieve excellence in sponsored research and progressive pharmaceutical care practice. UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy graduates are universally recognized for their leadership, their level of preparedness upon entering the field, their skills and abilities, and their desire to serve the profession and contribute to their communities. 

    Strong academics lie at the core of our program in which internationally recognized faculty and progressive practitioners work with an active student body. The School is located close to other health-sciences schools in an environment that promotes collaboration with other health disciplines. Faculty and students enjoy high-quality facilities that create an atmosphere where the highest aspirations can be attained. This outstanding combination of talented faculty, committed students, and quality resources is the reason for the doctor of pharmacy program’s number two rank in the U.S. News & World Report survey. In addition, students gain experience at UNC Hospitals, also cited by U.S. News as one of America's best hospitals in the areas of pulmonology, endocrinology, and other specialties. 

    Students get practice experience across the state along with other health-science students in nine Area Health Education Centers, North Carolina’s model program in public health service. More than 700 pharmacy preceptors at 500 sites across the state serve students throughout the AHEC network, providing pharmacy students with a unique venue in which to practice their skills. Our students are very active in community service and professional organizations. They staff two indigent care clinics, host numerous health fairs, and hold office in many local, state and national organizations. 

    The diversity and passionate commitment of our student body is a true strength of our program. With campuses in Chapel Hill and Asheville, NC, students have the opportunity to learn in real-time through interactive video-teleconferencing technology. Chapel Hill lies in the Research Triangle, comprising UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University. The area is home to numerous scientific research centers and corporate headquarters. Chapel Hill, often called “The Southern Part of Heaven,” is a picturesque community home to the UNC Tar Heels. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Asheville boasts a thriving arts community, an array of outdoor activities, a vibrant downtown, a number of historic attractions, and unique shopping options. It is also home to the Mission Health System and the Asheville Project.


    Students on the Chapel Hill campus can pursue dual degree programs with 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 here:


    Students on the Asheville campus can pursue a Certificate in Rural Pharmacy Health. This concentration within the PharmD degree is ideal for individuals who want to live and practice in rural areas and small towns. The Certificate in Rural Pharmacy Health prepares student pharmacists for collaborative, interprofessional practices that serve the health care needs of North Carolinians living in rural and small communities. For more information, please contact:


    Whether in Asheville or Chapel Hill, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students have access to renowned faculty and preceptors, excellent extra curricular and leadership opportunities, and a leading PharmD program. 


    For more information about our curriculum, please visit here:


    For more information about our program and admissions requirements, please visit here:


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 275
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 160
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 160
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: n/a
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 80%
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 60
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 30%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 70%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 270-280
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 120-140
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 25-50
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.8 minimum (3.5 average)
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.8 minimum (3.5 average)
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 60% (87% average)
    • 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: 18-32
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4.5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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 2016 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) 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)  
      Biology 252/252L (Human Anatomy/Physiology I)  
      Microbiology 251 or 255 (Microbiology)  
      Physics 104/104L (General Physics I with lab) 
      Physics 105/105L (General Physics II with lab)  
      Chem 430 Biological Chemistry (upper level biochemistry class with two semesters of organic chemistry as a pre requisite)  
    • Additional Information: 


      **For a list of other required prerequisites, please visit the following website and click on the icon that applies:

      Other clarifying comments: Preference will be given to applicants who can complete all prerequisites by the end of Spring 2016. Students must have successfully completed all math and science prerequisites prior to enrollment in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. 

      Students with a baccalaureate degree prior to enrolling in the School of Pharmacy must complete the math and science prerequisites only. All applicants must present a grade of "C–" or better in the math and science prerequisites. 

      Students currently matriculating at UNC-Chapel Hill take Chemistry 241/241L (Separations/Analytical Char) and one semester of Physics (Physics 116/116L). Students outside of the UNC-Chapel Hill system take two semesters of Physics (Physics 116/116L and 117/117L). 

      Students who do not have an undergraduate degree (prior to fall 2016) will be required to meet the General Education Requirements for the University. Please go to the web site listed above for additional information. 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:

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2009
      • Details: 

        The latest date you can take the exam for the first time and be considered for admission is November of the year you apply.

        For PCAT test dates, go to:


      • 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. 
    • 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 July 15, 2016.

      For a list of health documentation requirements, please review: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended
      • Details: 

        The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy utilizes a holistic admissions process, reviewing all parts of each application submitted. We are looking for future leaders in pharmacy who are well-rounded, have diverse backgrounds, interests, and talents, and are committed to the profession and improving the health of patients. Each applicant's academic performance, PCAT exam scores, extracurricular involvement, work experience, leadership experience, personal statement, and interview performance are considered, among other factors. Prior pharmacy or health care experience is not required, but is recommended. 

        Demonstration of prior experience in undergraduate or professional research or in other forms of scientific inquiry or innovation is preferred.

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: Students applying for NC residency for tuition purposes must submit a residency application. This information will be available on our web site after August 1, 2014.
    • 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
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: December 1, 2015 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 


  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: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
    • 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:
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • November - February 
    • Details: 

      Students selected to interview will meet with faculty, staff, and students currently enrolled in the program. 

      Each candidate will participate in a multiple mini-interview session.

      The MMI is a series of seven interview stations consisting of timed (eight-minute) interview scenarios. Applicants rotate through the stations, each with its own interviewer and scenario, over the course of an hour. The MMI does not test knowledge but will assess characteristics and attributes which the Admissions Committee feel are important for success as a pharmacist.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? 12/2015 - 05/2016 ; Acceptances can continue until late June. Students placed on the alternate list could be notified as late as mid-July.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two (2) weeks from receipt of acceptance notification.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: Two weeks from receipt of acceptance notification.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: The $500.00 enrollment deposit is due two (2) weeks from receipt of acceptance notification.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 2016 
      • Details: Students will be notified in late spring
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2016. Students will be notified in late spring.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: This is not an option. Applicants declining offer of admission must re-apply to the program.