University of Colorado

School of Pharmacy

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)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: December 3, 2018

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

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 (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: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    July 13, 2018


    Want to visit the Anschutz Medical Campus? You will get to meet with an advisor, a current student and faculty. See what separates CU Skaggs from the rest. To schedule one of the above tours, email for times and location.

  • Dates

    August 3, 2018


  • Dates

    August 31, 2018


  • Dates

    September 28, 2018


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:

Program Description (back to top)

Celebrating more than 100 years of educating the next generation of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in the country, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy is one of the top-ranked pharmacy schools in the U.S. and sixth in the nation for total NIH funding among pharmacy schools. Committed to pharmaceutical education, research and patient care, we educate students in the biology of disease, the properties and actions of drugs, and best practices for clinical and therapeutic uses of drugs.

Housed at the Anschutz Medical Campus -- the only completely new education, research and patient care facility in the nation today – the school provides students with an exceptional education experience.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 400
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 160
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 160
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 2
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: N/A
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: 49%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 51%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-37
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4.3:1

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: 42
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 108
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  108 
Biochemistry (Upper-division; no lab required)  4.5 
General Biology 1 & 2 
General Biology Lab 1 & 2 
General Chemistry 1 & 2 
General Chemistry Lab 1 & 2 
Microbiology (no lab required) 
Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 
Organic Chemistry lab 1 & 2 
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

All courses can be taken online except for the following:  General and Organic Chemistry labs, Biology labs and Public Speaking.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: July, 2014
Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



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.
Other required tests or credentials:

Applicants must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations and CPR certification prior to courses starting. If admitted, you will receive communications with further instructions.

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
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? No
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: June 1, 2019 Postmarked by deadline

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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:

Three (3) 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).

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


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


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • October - June

The onsite interview process is designed to assess the applicant's knowledge of the profession, communication and ability to perform in a positive, professional manner when working with others. In addition to an individual interview, the candidate will write an essay on an assigned topic, and will be observed in a problem-solving group activity to further assess interpersonal communication skills. To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in the onsite interview process.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are usually sent within two weeks after the completion of an applicants interview; this happens on a rolling basis between October and the end of June.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks after the letter of acceptance is sent.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $400
Due: $200 is due two weeks after acceptance and an additional $200 is due after March 1st
Refundable? No
Details: If the applicant accepts after March 1, then a lump sum of $400 is due.
New Student Orientation Information:
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Usually the 3rd or 4th week of August
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes