University of Kentucky
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • James Ballard 
      • Director of Enrollment Management 
      • Academic and Student Affairs 
      • 789 S. Limestone 
      • 114P BioPharm Complex 
      • Lexington 
      • Kentucky 
      • 40536-0596 
      • Phone (Work): 859-323-5023 
      • Phone (Fax): 859-257-7297 
      • Email: 

      • Candace Smigla 
      • Admissions Coordinator 
      • Academic and Student Affairs 
      • 789 S. Limestone 
      • 114K BioPharm Complex 
      • Lexington 
      • Kentucky 
      • 40536-0596 
      • Phone (Work): 859-323-5021 
      • Phone (Fax): 859-257-7297 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  March 1, 2016

  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/M.S.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Pharm.D./Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Pharm.D./Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS)
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy has a rich and successful tradition as one of the premier 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 5th in the nation among colleges of pharmacy by U.S. News and World Report. UK COP boasts a higher than 95% graduation rate over the last five years. Graduates of the College rank among the best in the nation in first-time pass rates on the national licensing exam (NAPLEX).


    The College of Pharmacy building, completed in 2010, is the largest pharmacy education building in the world. The $160 million, 286,000 sq. ft. facility is home to academic and research space, state-of-the-art laboratories, and the most technologically advanced classrooms on campus.


    The UK College of Pharmacy offers a four-year professional curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. If admitted into the program, students will spend three years on the UK campus and their fourth year gaining extensive, supervised, on-the-job training. While on campus, students immerse themselves in the varied roles of a professional pharmacist through classroom instruction, compounding and sterile lab experiences, mock patient-care encounters, and introductory practice in actual pharmacy settings. The 4th year consists of seven 6-week rotations taking place at various pharmacy sites available throughout the state, country, and even in select international settings!


    Our mission is to make a difference in the health and well-being of society by advancing pharmaceutical education, research, service and patient care. We achieve this by providing the highest quality education to the best and brightest yound men and women from Kentucky and from around the world to make them excellent pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.


    Why PharmD At The UK College Of Pharmacy?

    The UK College of Pharmacy (UK COP) offers its students the opportunity to become differentiated graduates. Through innovations in education and a patient-centered approach to learning, UK Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students develop unique skills that truly set them apart. Admitted professional students have the option to pursue a concurrent master's degree in competitive fields such as Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physician Assistant Studies. UK PharmD students learn from faculty who are internationally acclaimed for their innovative research, from discovering promising new drugs, to determining how we can most effectively treat patients, to how best educate students so that they are prepared for their entire career in the pharmacy profession. Our alumni can be found leading the world's top biotech companies and in academic settings, discovering new knowledge and training the next generations of healthcare innovators. With a nationally-recognized tradition of excellence, the UK COP continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing the most advanced PharmD preparation to the practitioners of tomorrow.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 230-250
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 190-200
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 140
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 40-50
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 40-45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 55-60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.0-3.6
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 250
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No set number of in-state seats.
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: No set number of out-of-state seats.
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: No set number of transfer seats available.
    • 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-38
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3.2:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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: 35
    • 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 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 70  130 
      English I and II  9 (for 3 quarters of English) 
      General Chemistry and Laboratory  12-15 
      Electives  19  57 
      Organic Chemistry and Laboratory  12-15 
      Animal Biology and Laboratory  8-10 (for 2 quarters of Biology) 
      Anatomy  5-6 
      Microbiology and Laboratory 
      Physics I and II  12-15 
    • Additional Information: 

      *New prerequisites have been implemented for first-time freshmen entering College Fall 2014 or after. See UKCOP for more information at

      **Students not prepared to take calculus may take college algebra and elementary calculus for 6 total hours. The UKCOP prefers the college algebra/elementary calculus option over the calculus option for pharmacy school preparation.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2013
      • Details: 


        Students are encouraged to complete the PCAT in July or September to be considered for the Fall 2016 entering class. Due to rolling admissions, the Admissions Committee will begin filling class seats in October. January 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? Yes
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 


      Applicants accepted for admissions must undergo and pass a criminal background check/drug screen and provide documentation that they have also completed all required immunizations and CPR certification prior to matriculation.



  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: Proof of state residency is addressed on the UK Supplemental Application. The University of Kentucky Residency Office may, however, require additional information for proof of state residency or for a request to change a residency status.
    • 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? 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: March 1, 2016 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      School only accepts evaluations from World Education Services, Inc. (WES - or Joseph Silney (

  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: 

      Applicants are required to provide 1 letter from a professor or pharmacist, if possible.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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
      • Details: Recommended in addition to the letters of reference from a science professor or pharmacist, if possible.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: Recommended in addition to the letters of reference from a science professor or pharmacist, if possible.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • October 2, 5; November 14; January 15, 16; February 19, 20; March 21 (these dates are tentative and may be subject to change) (Selected candidates for interviews will be contacted by email within 2 weeks of assigned interview dates.) 
    • Details: 

      The interview assesses the applicant's communication skills, confidence, maturity, knowledge of and commitment to the field of pharmacy, motivation, character and ability to interact with others. Students selected to interview can expect to spend about 3 hours at the College of Pharmacy. The interview generally includes interview sessions with faculty members, practitioners, and current students.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Conditional Acceptance letters are issued via email from October through April.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Acceptee submits acceptance forms approximately 2 weeks from date of initial admission offer.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500 (KY Residents); $1,000 (out-of-state residents)
      • Due: The deposit required to hold one's place in the class is submitted approximately 2 weeks from date of initial acceptance offer.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Two Required Orientation Programs: Early Orientation - May 2016; Orientation (Professional Development Workshop) - August 10-12, 2016. (Contact Student Affairs for additional information at (859) 323-6163.) 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 15, 2016
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests for deferred admission are considered on a limited, case-by-case basis. All requests must be submitted in writing to the Director of Admissions.