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 Officer 
      • 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 2017:  March 1, 2017

  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)
    • 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 6th 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 (PharmD) 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 young 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 and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 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 to 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. Please visit for more information.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 230-250
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 190-200
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 140
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: No set number of in-state seats.
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 40-45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 55-60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.0-3.6
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 20-38
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 3:1

  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: 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 2017 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">

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: In addition to your PharmCAS application, candidates must complete and submit the UK Supplemental Application. Please note that the UK Supplemental Application contains 3 parts (1) UK Supplemental Application (short answer) (2) Fee (3) Prerequisite Course Checklist. You must submit all three parts of the UK Supplemental Application for your application to be considered. Find the application and more information at
      • Deadline: March 1, 2017 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $80
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Please visit to complete and submit the UK Supplemental Application.

        Note: The Supplemental 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. 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2014
      • Details: 

        Applicants are encouraged to complete the PCAT in July or September 2016 to be considered for the Fall 2017 entering class. Due to rolling admissions, the Admissions Committee will begin filling class seats in October. January 2017 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
      • Details: 

        All English as a Second Language (ESL) applicants are required to submit their TOEFL score to PharmCAS. It is recommened 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 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 require additional information/proof of state residency. All residency questions should be sent to
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • 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, 2017 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 1 and 3 
      • November 12 and 14 
      • January 20 and 21 
      • February 18 and 20 
      • March 20 
    • Details: 

      All interview dates are tentative. Applicants must be invited to interview. Invitations are sent within two weeks of interview dates. 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.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Conditional Acceptance letters are issued via email from October through April. At your interview, you will learn the date that you will receive email notification.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Acceptance forms are due 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 due approximately 2 weeks from date of initial acceptance offer.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Details: Two Required Orientation Programs: Early Orientation (June 2, 2017) & Professional Development Workshop (early to mid-August, 2017). All dates are tentative. Please contact Student Affairs for additional information: (859) 323-6163.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August, 2017, exact date to be announced
    • 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 James Ballard, Director of Admissions (