University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Jason T. Mitchell, Ed.D.
Director of Enrollment Management

Phone (Work): 859-448-7801

Candace Smigla, MLIS, MS
Admissions Officer

Academic and Student Affairs

789 S. Limestone
114K Lee T. Todd, Jr. Building
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0596

Phone (Work): 859-780-5565

Phone (Fax): 859-257-7297


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 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.S.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Pharm.D./Masters in Public Administration (MPA)
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
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? Yes
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

Why UK? The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy has a successful tradition as one of the leading pharmacy schools in the country. Established in 1870, the College has been ranked among the top 10 programs for more than 30 years and is currently ranked 6th in the nation by US News and World Report. Graduates of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy rank among the best in the nation in first-time pass rates on the national licensing exam (NAPLEX). 

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) provides the type of world-ready education that ensures you will be a leader in the field. Located on a full health care campus with a level 1 trauma center, UKCOP is a preeminent institution for clinical pharmacy education. 

With Dual Degree Programs and International Studies, the professional curriculum is designed to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills and an empathy and appreciation for the patient throughout the program. Our integrated approach is designed to prepare you for a changing practice by engaging you in the process of developing the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors you will need to enjoy a satisfying and successful career. 

UKCOP also has an award-winning residency program with 94 percent of graduates who apply being matched for highly competitive pharmacy residency positions.

Our recent graduates are impacting the pharmacy profession and countless patient lives working with some of the world’s most influential hospitals, pharmacies, and pharmaceutical companies.

The University of Kentucky is located in the heart of Lexington, KY, a city that offers both the liveliness and opportunity of a large metropolitan area with the balance of a small-town feel. Whether you enjoy cheering on a national championship winning basketball team, hiking through a nature sanctuary, or enjoying a night out with friends, Lexington has something for you. 

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 230-250
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 190-200
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 140
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: No set number of in-state seats.
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: No set number of out-of-state seats.
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Minimum composite PCAT score considered will be based upon applicant's overall application.
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? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40-45%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 55-60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.0-3.6
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-38
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: 70
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 30
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 130
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 70  130 
Biology I and Lab  4-5  8-10 (2 quarters of Biology) 
Microbiology and Lab  4-5 
General Chemistry and Labs  8-10  12-15 
Organic Chemistry and Labs  8-10  12-15 
Human Anatomy   5-6 
Physiology  5-6 
Mathematics: Option 1: College Algebra & Elementary Calculus (6-7 semester hours) OR Option 2: Calculus I (4 semester hours)  6-7 OR 4  6-9 
English I and II  6-7  9 (for 3 quarters of English) 
Oral Communications 
Elective Courses (enough to bring total to 70 hours minimum including prerequisites)  19+  57 

Additional Information

For specific course prerequisite information, visit (NOTE: first-time freshmen entering your undergraduate institution prior to Fall 2014 are required to complete different prerequisites. Students who entered college prior to Fall 2014, but have met the requirements of the current prerequisite courses may petition for course approval by submitting a course approval form, available at

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

UKCOP does not require a Supplemental Application. Please complete the Program Materials section specific to UK within the PharmCAS application then visit to submit the UK Application Fee.


The UK Application Fee may be waived for students who are granted a PharmCAS Fee Waiver. Please contact Candace Smigla at to request a waiver. You must provide proof of your PharmCAS fee waiver approval to apply for a UK waiver. 

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: July 2016

Applicants are encouraged to complete the PCAT in July or September 2018 to be considered for the fall 2019 entering class. Due to rolling admissions, the Admissions Committee will begin filling class seats in October. January 2019 scores are encouraged to strengthen an application once a July or September test date is completed.

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



All English as a Second Language (ESL) applicants are required to submit their TOEFL score to PharmCAS. It is recommended that students obtain a TOEFL score of 89 or higher.

The only exception to the TOEFL requirement is if an applicant has obtained a bachelor's degree from an accredited English speaking institution or a diploma from a US high school.

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

Applicants accepted for admission must undergo and pass a criminal background check and drug screen and provide documentation of all required immunizations and CPR certification prior to matriculation.

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? Yes
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: February 1, 2019 Received by deadline

UK College of Pharmacy only accepts evaluations from World Education Services (WES) or Joseph Silny

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 letters of recommendation are required; at least 1 of the 3 letters must be from a professor or pharmacist, if possible.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Science)


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

  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Recommended in addition to the letters of reference from a science professor or pharmacist, if possible.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
Details: Recommended in addition to the letters of reference from a science professor or pharmacist, if possible.
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
Details: Recommended in addition to the letters of reference from a science professor or pharmacist, if possible.

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • October 5 & 8, 2018
  • November 5, 2018
  • December 3, 2018
  • January 14, 2019
  • February 18, 2019

All interview dates are tentative. Applicants must be invited to interview. Invitations are sent beginning two weeks prior to interview dates. The interview assesses the applicant's communication skills, confidence, maturity, motivation, character and ability to interact with others. Students selected to interview can expect to spend about 3 hours at the College of Pharmacy.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Conditional Acceptance letters are issued via email beginning in October and continue until all seats are filled. At your interview, you will learn the date that you will receive email notification.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Official acceptance forms are due approximately 2 weeks from date of initial admission offer; a specific deadline and instructions will be provided in the offer email.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $200 (first deposit); remaining deposit: $300 for in-state students / $800 for out-of-state students (due March 1). Total deposits: $500 in-state / $1,000 out-of-state
Due: First deposit is due approximately 2 weeks from date of initial offer of admission. A specific deadline will be provided in the offer email.
Refundable? No
Details: Upon acceptance, for regular decision candidates, a $200 deposit is due to hold your seat (approximately 2 weeks after offer of admission). On March 1, the remainder of your full tuition deposit is due (in-state (KY) = $300 and out-of-state = $800). Early Decision candidates pay the full deposit (in-state (KY) = $500 and out-of-state = $1,000) approximately 2 weeks after offer of admission. You will receive notification of deposit due dates.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • June & August, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August, 2019 (exact date has yet to be announced). See
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes