The University of Iowa

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Richard Barajas
Director of Admissions

Office of Academic Affairs

115 S. Grand Ave.
127 Pharmacy Building
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1112

Phone (Work): 319-335-8795


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? 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.P.H.
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:PharmD and Masters of Health Informatics
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates


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:

Program Description (back to top)

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy is located in Iowa City, a cosmopolitan community of 60,000 and home to the ‘Hawkeyes’. The College of Pharmacy is located west of the scenic Iowa River, and is part of a larger health sciences complex, including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and colleges of dentistry, medicine, nursing and public health. Iowa City is approximately a four and one half hour drive from Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Kansas City. The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy has a long tradition of excellence and leadership in pharmacy education, pharmacy practice and biomedical research. Our program includes a continuously evolving curriculum oriented to student learning and problem solving in order to better prepare students for a changing profession.

We asked our students why they chose Iowa. Their reasons include the following:

      National stature


      Exceptional results on national boards


      Pharmacy is a small college with high faculty-student ratio


      The reputation of the faculty is exceptional


      Iowa City is a smaller city with big-city advantages


      Hands on experience at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics


      Ranked well nationally


      Excellent staff


      Active student organizations


      State of the art technology


      The multitude of career opportunities


      Community service through Individual Practice Experiences


    Camaraderie of classmates

Our many student organizations offer students several ways to become involved in the profession locally, statewide and nationally. Pharmacy students attend national conferences, serve on active committees with faculty, educate children and adults, assist with immunizations and organize social events.

The Pharmacy Practice lab is a technologically advanced licensed pharmacy that provides real and simulated practice experiences. The Banker Center Student Activity Center provides quiet individual and small group study environments and houses the offices of student organizations. Other facilities in the college include the Iowa Drug Information Service, a computerized drug information database relative to the clinical use of drugs, and University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals, a Food and Drug Administration-registered pharmaceutical manufacturing facility.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 290
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 150
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 114
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 50
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: N/A
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
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: 35%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 65%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-45
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 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: 40
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 72   
Principles of Chemistry I and II w/ Lab (4:11 and 4:12)  12 
Statistics (22S:XXX, but not 22S:002) 
General Education Electives  At least 12  18 
Organic Chemistry I and II (4:121 and 4:122) 
Biology I and II w/ Lab (2:10 and 2:11)  12 
Human Anatomy (60:110) 
Microbiology w/Lab (61:112) 
Calculus for Biological Sciences (22M:16) 
Human Physiology (27:130) 
Physics w/Lab (or one year high school school physics) (29:8) 
Microeconomics (6E:1)  3-4  5-6 
Biochemistry (99:110) 

Additional Information

  1. A minimum of 12 semester hours (s.h.) of general education electives are required prior to entry into the College of Pharmacy in addition to the prerequisite coursework listed above. 20 s.h. of general education are required to graduate; students are encouraged to complete the 20 s.h. prior to entry into the College of Pharmacy. Activity-based courses (P.E., studio art, applied music, acting, etc.), additional math or science courses, and vocational-technical courses do not apply towards the general education requirement.
  2. The Rhetoric requirement is considered to be fulfilled by any applicant holding a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. prior to matriculation. For transfer students without a bachelor’s degree, the Rhetoric requirement is typically fulfilled with English Composition I, English Composition II and a Speech or Public Speaking class.
  3. Microeconomics is required. Macroeconomics and survey of economics courses will be counted as general education electives.
  4. A maximum of one (1) required class may be completed in the summer prior to entry into the College of Pharmacy.
  5. See for more information regarding required coursework.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Deadline: 01/07/2018Postmarked by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $50
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: January 2017

The PCAT must be taken prior to the application deadline. We will accept scores from 2017 or 2018. Scores from the January 2019 test will not be considered.

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



International candidates whose first-language is not English are required to take the TOEFL. See for more information.

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

Criminal background checks are required of students entering The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Pharmacy students must also meet our technical standards found at   

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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 01/07/2019 Postmarked by deadline

Transcripts from courses completed at an English-speaking college in Canada that is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) will be accepted and must be sent directly to the University of Iowa College 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

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Pharmacist


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? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • October 2018 - February 2019

Selected applicants will be invited to interview via email from October 2018 to February 2019. Interviews will be held in this same time frame. Interview day consists of a 30 minute closed-file interview with 2 – 3 interviewers, a written essay, and a tour of the Pharmacy Building given by current pharmacy students.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? October 2018 - May 2019
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks after being accepted.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $250
Due: May 1, 2019
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • 08/12-16/2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/12/2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes