University of Colorado
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Sarah Wilson 
      • Admissions Officer 
      • Office of Student Services 
      • Mail Stop C238 V20-1116 
      • 12850 E. Montview Blvd. 
      • Aurora 
      • Colorado 
      • 80045 
      • Phone (Work): 303-724-2882 
      • Phone (Fax): 303-724-7330 
      • Email: 

      • Candido Chacon, Pharm. D. 
      • Director of Admissions 
      • Office of Student Services 
      • 12850 East Montview Blvd 
      • Room V20-1116, Mail Stop C238 
      • Aurora 
      • Colorado 
      • 80045 
      • Phone (Work): 303-724-2882 
      • Phone (Fax): 303-724-7330 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

      • Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  December 2 2013

  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)
      • If Other, please list: Three terms in final P4 year. Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences begin in summer.
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: Friday, January 24, 2014 
      • Dates: Friday, April 18, 2014 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • 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 ↑ 

    Located on the nation's only completely new education, research and patient care facility, the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is part of the interprofessional learning environment that fosters collaboration of nationally renowned researchers and clinicians. Through expanded experiential training, critical skills development and active learning, we produce quality practitioners. Whether they go on to become community pharmacists, hospital pharmacists, teachers, researchers or entrepreneurs, our mission is to make sure our graduates are scientifically knowledgeable, compassionate, ethical and committed to a lifetime of continued learning. Acceptance into the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Pharm.D. program is competitive and applicants will be evaluated based on: scholastic ability, communication skills, motivation, leadership potential, desire to contribute to the profession of pharmacy and diversity of professional and other life experiences.  The Admissions Committee reserves the right to review each application on a case-by-case basis.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 354
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 160
    • Estimated fall 2013 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 out-of-state applicants accepted: n/a
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 55%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.2 - 3.7
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300-350
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 80
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 80
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5 or higher is prefered
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75 or higher is prefered
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50% prefered but there is no minimum
    • 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: 20-60+ years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: n/a

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90
    • 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: 135
    • 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 90  135 
      Biochemistry (upper-division No lab required) 
      General Biology 1 & 2 
      General Biology Lab 1 & 2 
      General Chemistry 1 & 2 
      General Chemistry Lab 1 & 2 
      Microbiology Lab  
      Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 
      Organic Chemistry lab 1 & 2 
      Human Anatomy or Anatomy and Physiology I 
      Human Anatomy Lab or Anatomy and Physiology I lab 
      Human Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology II 
      Human Physiology Lab or Antomy and Physiology II lab 
      Physics I (algebra or calculus based) 
      Economics (Macroeconomics or Microeconomics) 
      English Composition 1 & 2 
      Public Speaking 
      Humanities / Social Science  13 
      General Education  22   
    • Additional Information: 

      Applicants to the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy must complete all prerequisites with a grade of C or higher (C- or below is not acceptable) at a college or university that is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges or one of its regional affiliates. There are no exceptions to this policy. Applicants also must complete all pre-pharmacy coursework by the end of the spring term prior to their first fall term in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  We do not accept courses taken the summer before matriculation for prerequisite purposes.  In many cases, applicants can be admitted while they are completing the course work in the spring semester but the number of courses in progress may affect the decision of the admissions committee should there not be sufficient course work to evaluate.

      Please note the following policies:

      • Online Courses

        We do not accept any pre-pharmacy math, science labs or public speaking courses taken online. Hybrid courses (online and on campus) will be reviewed on an individual basis by the admissions committee. 

      • Prior Degrees

        A previous degree does not exempt applicants from completing the prerequisite course work.

      • Coursework from Foreign Institutions

        Courses completed at foreign institutions must be evaluated by a professional evaluation service ( and acceptability of course work will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Failure to submit this transcript evaluation for our review will delay your application. 

      • Seven-Year Policy

        Since the pre-pharmacy curriculum is essential in the preparation for pharmacy school, calculus and pre-pharmacy science courses taken more than seven years prior to the fall semester admission is desired must be retaken for a grade unless the applicant's subsequent academic or work experiences relate directly to the coursework. Requests for a waiver of this policy must be submitted in writing; all requests will be handled on an individual basis.

      • Advanced Placement Credit

        Advanced placement credit is based on the College Entrance Examination Board's Advanced Placement tests. AP and IB credits can be used to fulfill pre-requisite requirements. If your college transcript does not show the credit or the type of credit earned, you will need to request a copy of your test scores to be sent directly to our office.

      • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

        We do not accept CLEP, ACT or department exams in lieu of the pre-pharmacy course work.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: September 2010
      • Details: 

        The PCAT must have been taken within the last three years and no later than July of the year of application for early decision applicants, and September of the year of application for December 1 deadline applicants.Note:  select PHarmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.


      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        International Applicants.  Note; select code 8246 to report your TOEFL and or TSE scores directly to PharmCAS. 

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

      Students with English as a Second Language may be required to have a telephone Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) prior to being invited for an on-site interview.  The OPI is scheduled at a convenient time for the canddiate and the English as a Second Language instructor conducts the interview.  If the candidate's English proficiency meets the standards set by the school, the candidate will be contacted for an on-site interview. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: An individual must have been domiciled in Colorado for one calendar year before he or she is entitled to in-state tuition. A domicile is a person's true, fixed and permanent home. Having a domicile in Colorado involves more than mere physical presence or "residence" in the state. A person may have several places of residence but can have only one true domicile at any given time. In order to establish a domicile for tuition purposes, there must be 1)physical presence for at least 12 months within the state along with 2) demonstrated intent to make Colorado one's permanent home. Intent is demonstrated by several kinds of connections with the state dated one year prior to the beginning of classes. There is no formula or checklist to follow in establishing domicile. Website
    • 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? 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: 12/01 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Foreign Transcripts


      A course-by-course transcript evaluation with grade equivalencies from a certified U.S. agency is required for the PharmCAS application. Please see the list of evaluation services. The transferability and acceptance of coursework fulfilling the pre-pharmacy requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Providing a certified English translation of transcripts originally in another language may assist in this process. Course descriptions and course syllabi may also be required.

      Note: English and public speaking coursework taken in a country where English is not the official and native language may not be applied toward the pre-pharmacy requirements.

      Students holding a BS or higher degree in pharmacy from another country may want to consider taking the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination, which may allow them to obtain a license to practice pharmacy in the U.S.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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 from professional, and or academic sources are required to be completed and sent through PharmCAS. 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
      • 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: 
      • Clergy
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • October 2013 - March 2014 
    • Details: 

      All candidates invited for an interview must attend the interview in person. The on-site interview process is designed to assess the applicant's knowledge of the profession, maturity, 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. In order to further assess interpersonal communication skills, candidates will be observed in a problem-solving group activity. To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in the on-site interview process.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? The regular admissions application deadline is December 1, however applicants are asked to apply early; interviews and offers of admission are conducted on a rolling basis from October to March.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks from date of acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1000
      • Due:  Two weeks from date of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: A deposit of $1,000 is required to hold you seat in the incomming class. (The $1,000 nonrefundable confirmation fee will be credited to your account and is applied to the first semester of the program
    • 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
      • Details: For one year only. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the summer semester of the application year you applied. Transcripts showing completion of courses must be received no late