University of Connecticut
School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Jenna Henderson 
      • Director of Student Support & Learning Development / Program Admin. 
      • Professional Program Office  
      • 69 North Eagleville Rd. 
      • Unit 3092  
      • Storrs 
      • Connecticut 
      • 06269-3092  
      • Phone (Work): (860) 486-2216  
      • Phone (Fax): (860) 486-4626 
      • Email:  PharmacyProf@uconn.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  January 5, 2015


  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)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/P.H.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: September 2014 and April 2015 (Dates TBA) 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • 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 ↑ 

    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 www.pharmacy.uconn.edu.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 150
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 100
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 100
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: <12
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 30 - 40
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 55%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.3
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 150
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class:  *See Residency Criteria
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: *See Residency Criteria
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: *See Residency Criteria
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.8
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 60
    • 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: 18-42
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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 2015 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  
      International  
      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)  
      Calculus  
      Physics (with or without lab)  3-4  5-6 
      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  
      Microeconomics  
    • Additional Information: 

      *(See pg. 18 of UConn Undergraduate Catalog for more details;

      http://www.catalog.uconn.edu/
      All English, math, and science prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Spring 2015 semester. Any application that does not meet this requirement will be denied immediately.

      The microeconomics and social science prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment.

      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, http://www.pharmacy.uconn.edu, for more information regarding specific academic regulations and policies.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • 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: 2/1/2015 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $70.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Only transfer students (please refer to the above definition of transfer student) are required to complete the Common 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 February 1, 2015 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 (http://admissions.uconn.edu/content/transfer) for general information on the transfer admission process and for the Common Application to the University of Connecticut.

        The Common Application and all supporting documentation must be submitted to the Office of Transfer Admission by 2/1/15.  Transfer applications that don’t meet this criteria will become ineligible for further consideration by the School of Pharmacy Professional Program.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered:  01/2013
      • Details: 

        The PCAT must be taken no later than January 2015 for Fall 2015 enrollment.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 

        Either the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS website: www.IELTS.org) or the TOEFL is required of all applicants for whom English is not the native language or primary language of instruction. 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.

      • 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.  


  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        N/A


  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: Definition of Transfer Student: The School of Pharmacy defines a transfer applicant to be any applicant, regardless of prior education, who is not currently, nor has ever been, enrolled at the University of Connecticut and is seeking direct admission to 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. Preference is given to University of Connecticut students (regardless of residency), Connecticut-state residents, and New England Regional students (MA, ME, NH, VT) (residency is defined as the place of your primary permanent residence) for direct admission to the Pharm.D. Professional Program. Transfer students must have completed their pre-pharmacy curriculum at regionally accredited, degree granting institutions of higher education & must meet all application requirements for both the School of Pharmacy and UConn.
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes
      • Details: MA, ME, NH, VT

  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: January 5, 2015 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      For transfer applicants with international coursework; please be advised that only U.S. regionally accredited credentials are considered. 


  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
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • 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:
      • Interviews take place between January and March 
    • Details: 

      All students will be considered for an interview on a competitive basis. Students receiving an interview should not assume that they will be admitted to the professional program. An excellent academic record may be a factor in prioritizing applicants for interview. 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. Please see http://www.pharmacy.uconn.edu for more information.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? January 2015; 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? No
      • Details: The School of Pharmacy does not require a deposit. However, transfer students must pay a $150 deposit with the University of Connecticut Undergraduate Admissions Office to secure their UConn acceptance
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 8/30/2015 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 8/31/2015
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: N/A