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 2014:  December 2 2013


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 




  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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. Attending the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy means living in one of America’s great college towns. 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. Long known as the Southern Part of Heaven, Chapel Hill is a picturesque community and, of course, is home to the UNC Tar Heels!


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 294
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 180
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 165
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: n/a
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 75%
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 50
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 39%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 61%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 120-140
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 24-42
    • 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% (86% average)
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 18-45
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3.8:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 62-65
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 44-45
    • 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 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 62-65  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)  
      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)  
    • Additional Information: 

      **For a list of other required prerequisites, please visit the following website and click on the icon that applies: http://pharmacy.unc.edu/programs/the-pharmd/prospective-pharmd-students/the-unc-pharmd/prerequisites


      Other clarifying comments: Preference will be given to applicants who can complete all math and science prerequisites by the end of Spring 2013. 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 104/104L). Students outside of the UNC-Chapel Hill system take two semesters of Physics (Physics 104/104L and 105/105L).

      For courses not taken at UNC-Chapel Hill information regarding transfer equivalency of all courses is available, via our web site, under the transfer equivalency section (http://pharmacy.unc.edu/programs/the-pharmd/prospective-pharmd-students/the-unc-pharmd/prerequisites/prerequisite-course-evaluation).

      Students who do not have an undergraduate degree (prior to fall 2013) 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: http://pharmacy.unc.edu/programs/the-pharmd/prospective-pharmd-students/the-unc-pharmd/prerequisites/prerequisite-course-evaluation/prerequisite-course-evaluation.

      Although some perspective coursework can be completed during the professional program, scheduling does not permit extensive outside coursework to be completed. Applicants who have completed ALL prerequisite coursework will be given priority in the admission process.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 


  9. Tests ↑ 

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

        For PCAT test dates, go to http://pharmacy.unc.edu/programs/the-pharmd/prospective-pharmd-students/the-unc-pharmd/prerequisites/pcat

        Students taking the exam for the first time in January 2014 will be considered for the eligibility list only.

      • 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, 2014. Please review http://pharmacy.unc.edu/programs/the-pharmd/prospective-pharmd-students/the-unc-pharmd/prerequisites/health-requirements for a list of our health documentation requirements.


  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 


  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 2, 2013 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: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT 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 Dates:
      • October - March 
    • Details: 

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


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? 11/01/2013 - 04/31/2014 ; Acceptances can continue until late June. Students placed on the eligibility list could be notified as late as the first day or classes.
    • 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 2014 
      • Details: Students will be notified in late spring
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 2014. 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.