University of Connecticut

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Jenna Henderson, MA
Director of Student Support & Learning Development

Office of Admissions & Student Support

69 North Eagleville Rd.
Unit 3092
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3092

Phone (Work): (860) 486-2216

Phone (Fax): (860) 486-4626


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: January 7, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
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/Ph.D.
  • 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:
  • Dates

    Sept., / Oct., 2018 & April 2019 (Dates TBA)


    Please refer to the UConn Lodewick Visitor's Center Website at for more information on Open Houses, Campus Tours, and other campus events.

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Students accepted into the Special Program in Pharmacy (SPiPh) are expected to gain admission into the Pharm.D. Program provided that they maintain certain qualifying admission criteria.
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)

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is a Research I University that has been rated as the leading public University in New England. The School of Pharmacy is an upper-division school and one of 10 schools and colleges located on the main campus in Storrs, a very beautiful and picturesque area of the state. The School is designated as a regional New England School.

The School has offered the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) as its sole professional degree since 1997. The professional program requires completion of: two years of pre-pharmacy requirements, two years in the professional program leading to a Bachelor of Science with a major in Pharmacy Studies (BS Pharmacy Studies), followed by two additional years leading to a Pharm.D. This professional BS/Pharm.D. program is a full-time, four-year program (146 credits professional program plus 64 credits pre-pharmacy for a total of 210 credits), making the Pharm.D. graduate eligible to sit for licensure. The professional program (Pharm.D. years), will require additional tuition and fees for in-state students and proportional increases for New England Regional and out-of-state students.

The professional program is made up of integrated sequences expanding the concepts introduced during the pre-professional years, and applying them to pharmaceutical systems:


1. an organ-based modular approach incorporating pathophysiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, drug delivery/formulation and therapeutics,

2. application of this knowledge to problem solving and patient cases,

3. a sequence of applied practice-based courses including the socioeconomic aspect of the profession and pharmacy administration, and

4. clinical experience with patients.

The curriculum prepares our graduates to become general practitioners with the ability to specialize in many areas of pharmacy. Three specialized learning tracks in Leadership, Urban Service and Pediatric Pharmacy are available to provide students with the opportunity to customize their learning experience according to their own particular interests. Through didactic, service, research, and experiential learning opportunitites, students are able to tailor their educational experience to their own unique interests while developing a speicalized range of skills.


For more information on our Pharm.D., joint-degree, or graduate degree programs, along with the myriad of co-curricular and extra-curricular enrichment opportunities that are avialable, please visit our website at

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 200
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 100
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 100
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7 (recommended minimum GPA)
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.7 (est minimum GPA)
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50 (recommended minimum)
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 36%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 64%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.2
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-36
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 64
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 34
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: N/A
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 64  N/A 
Biology w/ lab  
General Chemistry I & II w / labs   4 / semester; 8 credits total  6 quarter hours / 12 hours total 
Sociology, Psychology, or Anthropology   4  
General Education* (Must include the following):     
Arts & Humanities  
Diversity & Multiculturalism  
Second Language Competency (Either 3 years high school or 2 college semesters in a single foreign language is required)      
Writing Competency (1 non-pharmacy writing intensive course; not Academic Writing)  
Physics (with lab) 
Organic Chemistry I & II (Labs are not required)  3 credits per semester / 6 credits total  4-5 hours per quarter / 8-10 total hours 
Human Physiology and Anatomy I & II (With Labs)  4 credits per semester / 8 credits total  6 quarter hours / 12 hours total 
Microbiology w/lab  
Biochemistry w/lab  
Academic Writing  

Additional Information

*(See pg. 18 of UConn Undergraduate Catalog for more details;
It is strongly recommended that all prerequisite courses be completed by the end of the Spring 2018 semester, however completing an outlying prerequisite course during the summer may be acceptable on a case-by-case basis.

It is very strongly recommended that the University General Education Requirements be completed prior to enrollment. Unfulfilled General Education Requirements must be completed by the end of the second professional year. Please refer to our website,, for more information regarding specific academic regulations and policies.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: The School of Pharmacy does not require a supplemental application, however, all transfer applicants applying for direct admission to the School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy Professional Program, must complete an additional application through the Undergraduate Transfer Admissions Office for the University of Connecticut. The School of Pharmacy defines a transfer applicant to be any applicant, regardless of prior education, who is not currently enrolled at UConn and is seeking direct admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy Professional Program. Applicants who have received prior degrees from institutions other than the University of Connecticut are considered to be transfer students under this definition and are required to complete an undergraduate transfer application through the Office of Transfer Admission. Transfer applicants that don't successfully complete the UConn application will become ineligible for further consideration by the School of Pharmacy Professional Program.
Deadline: 4/1/2019Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $80.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Only transfer students (please refer to the above definition of transfer student) are required to complete the supplemental Transfer Application for the University of Connecticut's Office of Transfer Admissions.  Some of the supporting documents that must be included with the transfer application to UCONN by the April, 1 2019 deadline include; official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions of higher education, high school transcripts, and standardized testing results. 

Please refer to the University Admissions website ( for general information on the transfer admission process and for the Transfer Application to the University of Connecticut.

The Transfer Application and all supporting documentation must be submitted to the Office of Transfer Admission by 4/1/2019.  HOWEVER, EARLIER APPLICATIONS SUPPORT EARLIER INTERVIEWS AND CONSIDERATION FOR ADMISSION!! Late Transfer applications will become ineligible for further consideration by the School of Pharmacy Professional Program.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 01/2017

The PCAT must be taken no later than January 2019 for Fall 2019 enrollment.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



All applicants whose native language is not English, or whose primary language of instruction while in high school was not English, must submit official scores from either the academic version of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or the TOEFL.  A minimum score of 7.5 is required on the IELTS. 

The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL (internet-based) is within the range of 102-109, with a minimum speaking sub-score of 25.  Applicants who declare on the application that English is not the Native Language or the Primary Language of Instruction and who do not take either the IELTS or TOEFL, or who do take these tests and receive scores below the minimum requirement, will not be considered for admission to the professional program


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

For Transfer Students Only - The University of Connecticut requires that all applicants whose primary language is not English, including international and non-native English speakers must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. TOEFL Code: 3915.

Please be advised that the School of Pharmacy requires a higher score on both the IELTS and TOEFL than the University of Connecticut. Please see Circumstances for which the test is required for more information.  

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
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: January 7, 2019 Postmarked by deadline

For transfer applicants with international coursework; please be advised that only U.S. regionally accredited credentials are considered. Furthermore, your undergraduate international coursework must first be evaluated by the University of Connecticut's Office of Transfer Admissions before any agreements for substitutions can be made by the School of Pharmacy. 

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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
Institution Specific Details:

Two letters of recommendation are required, one must be from an Academic.  It is recommended that the other be from a professional.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • 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:

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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • Interviews may begin in November, 2018 and continue on a rolling basis until the class is filled

All applicants will be considered for an interview on a competitive basis.  Interviews are prioritized on the timliness of application receipt, completion, and holistically competitive nature. If invited to interview, the applicant’s personal characteristics such as professional and social awareness, communication skills, self-knowledge and maturity, ethics and integrity and problem-solving ability are assessed. Interviews will begin in November and will be rolled out until the class is filled.  Please see for more information.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Letters of Provisional Acceptance may be sent as soon as interviews are completed and continue being sent until class is full. Letters of Final Acceptance are sent following the completion of the spring semester
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 2 weeks from date of acceptance letter
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Details: The School of Pharmacy does not require a deposit. However, transfer students must pay a $300 enrollment deposit with the University of Connecticut Undergraduate Admissions Office to secure their UConn acceptance
New Student Orientation Information:
  • 8/25/2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 8/26/2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No