University of Colorado

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Brianna Maestas
Admissions Coordinator

Office of Student Services

12850 E. Montview Blvd., C238
Aurora, Colorado 80045

Phone (Work): 303-724-2882


Program Deadline (back to top)

Application Deadline for Program? June 1, 2020

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Satellite/Branch Campuses:
Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
Institution Type: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (2 terms per academic year)
Total # of PharmD seats filled in the last entering class:
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
  • Other dual degrees
  • If Other dual degrees, please list:Students may be eligible to apply for and receive a Bachelor of Science in Medical Science if they did not obtain a bachelor's degree prior to pharmacy school. This program allows students to use their pre-pharmacy course work as well as the first year of pharmacy credits and obtain this credential, in addition to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
Structure of your PharmD program: 4
Is a Baccalaureate degree required or preferred for admissions? Not Required
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

Program Description (back to top)

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences – more than 100 years of experience

  • Ranked in the top 15% of pharmacy schools in the country
  • 98.47% of 2018 graduates from our program who took the NAPLEX for the first time passed, (National pass rate was 91.64%)
  • #11 in the nation for NIH and total funding
  • Located 15 minutes east of downtown Denver in Aurora, CO
  • 15+ Student Organizations

Anschutz Medical Campus

  • A world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative education, science, medicine and healthcare
  • 3 of the top hospitals in the nation: University of ColoradoChildren’s, and the RMR VA Medical Center
  • The state-of-the-art facility is located on a 227 acre campus 
  • $500 million in research grants

Student Outcomes

Employment Rate:

  • 95% of the Class of 2018 were employed in a full-time or part-time pharmacy position, or in a residency or fellowship program within one year after graduation

 Residency Rate:

  •  Current graduates from the class of 2019 applying and participating in the PGY1 2019 Residency Match, matched at a 70% success rate for combined Phase I and Phase II. (National match rate was 67%)

Program Statistics (back to top)

Total entering class size for current calendar year including early assurance advancing to the P1 year: 160
Number of early assurance students advancing to the P1 year in the current calendar year:

Program Criteria (back to top)

Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No

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: 42
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 108
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 72  108 
  Biochemistry (No lab required)  4.5 
  General Biology 1 with Lab  
  General Biology 2 with Lab 
  General Chemistry 1 with Lab  
  General Chemistry 2 with Lab 
  Organic Chemistry 1 with Lab  
  Organic Chemistry 2 with Lab  
  Microbiology (no lab required)  
  Human Anatomy (or Anatomy and Physiology I)   4.5 
  Human Physiology (or Anatomy and Physiology II)   4.5 
  Physiology lab (or Anatomy and Physiology lab II)   1.5 
  Calculus   4.5 
  Physics I (algebra or calculus based; no lab required)  4.5 
  Economics (Macroeconomics or Microeconomics)  4.5 
  English Composition 1 & 2 
  Public Speaking (in-person only, online public speaking not accepted)  4.5 
  Humanities / Social Science  13.5 
  General Education  13.5 

Additional Information

CU Pre-Pharmacy Course List:

Science labs (with the exception of Physiology Lab) and public speaking courses must be taken in person to receive credit. All other courses may be taken online.

AP/IB coursework will be accepted if itemized on verified PharmCAS transcripts, otherwise official scores must sent directly to CU Pharmacy. 

All prerequisites must be completed at an accredited institution with grades of C or better. A Prerequisite Waiver is available and requires course information/description/syllabus/documentation and will be required for each course submitted for review. This form is also available for calculus or science prerequisites that are greater than 10 years old.

If you are offered admission to CU Pharmacy, you are responsible for successfully completing prerequisites by the spring. A Summer Extension Waiver is available for a minimal amount of credits and requires prior approval.

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?



The PCAT is not required. If the PCAT is submitted, it will be considered supplementary information only.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores:



Students in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa, specifically the student (F) or exchange (I) visa, are considered international students. Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required with the application unless English is the student's native language. To be eligible, these applicants must score 550 or higher on the written (paper and pencil) test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test, or 79-80 on the new Internet TOEFL test.

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Do you accept or require other admission tests:


MCAT  -  Accepted
GRE  -  Not Accepted
CASPer -  Not Accepted
Situational Judgement Test -  Not Accepted
DAT   -  Not Accepted
GMAT  -  Not Accepted

Do you require accepted applicants to have CPR certification prior to matriculation: No

Residency (back to top)

Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Are foreign citizens considered (excluding Canadian citizens)? Yes
Eligible citizenship type for admission:
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS

Evaluations (Letters of Reference) (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) required by your institution? Yes
Number of LORs required: Two (2)
Institution Specific Details:

Two (2) recommendation forms are required as part of the PharmCAS application. Letters submitted in lieu of completing the form will not be accepted. The applicant should seek recommendations attesting to his/her academic performance (academic recommendation) or on the applicant's professional skills and potential for success in a rigorous professional degree program (professional recommendation).

Please indicate your LOR type requirements.

  • Clergy: Conditionally Accepted

  • Co-Worker: Conditionally Accepted

  • Employer: Recommended but not required

  • Faculty Advisor: Recommended but not required

  • Family Member: Not accepted

  • Friend: Not accepted

  • Health Care Professional: Recommended but not required

  • Pharmacist: Recommended but not required

  • Politician: Not accepted

  • Pre-Health Advisor: Recommended but not required

  • Professor (Liberal Arts): Recommended but not required

  • Professor (Math): Recommended but not required

  • Professor (Science): Recommended but not required

  • Supervisor: Recommended but not required

  • Teaching Assistant: Conditionally Accepted

Interviews (back to top)

Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer

New for 2019-20, applicants that are invited to interview will have the option to complete a virtual interview and be eligible for an offer of admission. Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend an onsite interview day that also includes an overview of the program by the Dean of Students, lunch and tour with student ambassadors, and presentations from faculty and the Office of Experiential Programs.

Qualified applicants that complete an on-site interview are eligible for partial travel reimbursement.


Accepted Applicants (back to top)

Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $400
Refundable? No
Details: If the applicant accepts after March 1, then a lump sum of $400 is due.