University of Minnesota

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Olivia Buncher
Admissions Coordinator

Office of Student Services

232 Life Science
1110 Kirby Drive
Duluth, Minnesota 55812

Phone (Work): 218-726-6030

Phone (Fax): 218-726-6500

Sarah Springer
Admissions and Student Records Specialist

Office of Student Services

3-160 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street S.E.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Phone (Work): (612) 624-2112

Phone (Fax): (612) 626-4838


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 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.B.A
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
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)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • One program, two campuses: Duluth and Twin Cities (Minneapolis)

Program Description (back to top)

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy offers its PharmD program on two campuses – Duluth and the Twin Cities. Both campuses offer a small college feel, yet provide all the opportunities of a large university. Learn more about each campus at

All classes are taught by faculty who are renowned for their research and innovations in patient-centered care. Throughout the four year program, students work closely with faculty. The student to faculty ratio is 6:1.

Our students learn by doing. Experiential education begins in the first year of the PharmD program. Students learn in diverse patient care settings, typically one-on-one with a preceptor. The College of Pharmacy is part of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center - organized specifically for health education, research, and practice – and provides opportunities for interprofessional study among medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy students and faculty.

The curriculum of the PharmD program is focused on patient-centered care, which involves helping patients identify, resolve, and prevent drug therapy problems. For specific information on the PharmD curriculum, visit

Pharmacy students will find the University of Minnesota offers a supportive student environment. Each student receives individualized attention from the Office of Student Services. Student input is sought on all college-wide decisions and 95 percent of pharmacy students are involved in the college’s student organizations.

Specific information can be found at

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: Up to 360
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 240
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 168
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: Not Limited
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: Not Limited
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: 3 or more years, no degree (>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: 3.4
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-44
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.7:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 49
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:
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 49   
General Biology with laboratory  
Advanced Biology  
Human or Comparative Anatomy 
Human or Comparative Physiology 
Calculus I 
General Chemistry I and II; 1 lab required, 2 recommended 
Organic Chemistry I and II; 1 lab required, 2 recommended 
Physics I  3-6  4-9 
Social and Behavioral Science; 2 courses (or bachelor's degree from U.S. regionally accredited institution)  8-9 
English Composition, advanced course (or bachelor's degree from U.S. regionally accredited institution) 
Introductory Communication (e.g. public speaking, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication) (or bachelor's degree from U.S. regionally accredited institution) 

Additional Information

Applicants are responsible for knowing and completing prerequisite requirements. If an applicant is taking courses at an institution for which we do not have a Guide of Approved Prerequisites (, we strongly encourage confirming with admissions staff whether courses will fulfill prerequisite requirements.

If an applicant does not have a general biology lab, a more advanced biology lab may be substituted.

If taking combined Human Anatomy and Physiology courses, both semesters must be completed to fulfill both Human Anatomy and Physiology. If a full anatomy and physiology sequence covering the entire body is combined into a single one-semester course, it must be a minimum of 4 semester credits.

If you are completing a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited institution in the United States, the social/behavioral science, advanced composition, communication requirements will be met with the degree.

Course options that will fulfill advanced biology are biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, or molecular biology. Any other advanced biology course must focus on the human body in order to be considered.

Recommended courses for Social and Behavioral Science: psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, global issues, geography, political science, etc. 

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: Our supplemental application is integrated with the PharmCAS application in the "Program Materials" section. Information about the supplemental essays can be found at This section must be completed in order to submit the PharmCAS application.
Deadline: February 1, 2019Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $75
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Our supplemental application is integrated with the PharmCAS application in the "Program Materials" section. It will appear after selecting University of Minnesota as a program in PharmCAS. Information about the supplemental essays can be found at

This section must be completed in order to submit the PharmCAS application.

A $75 University of Minnesota application processing fee is required. Instructions to pay the fee are provided within the Program Materials section of the PharmCAS application.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: Within the last 5 years

Re-applicants must have PCAT scores sent to PharmCAS to be included with the new application, even if using old scores. 

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


The TOEFL is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship. Exemptions are granted to applicants meeting certain criteria and must be confirmed with admissions staff before applying. We are unable to waive the TOEFL for applicants who did not realize it was a requirement. 
More information is available at 
Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

All incoming students must meet the requirements listed on our website:

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): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 02/01/2019 Received by deadline
A WES foreign transcript evaluation is required for all international coursework, regardless of the applicant's citizenship or whether any of the international coursework will be used to fulfill prerequisites. Exceptions are made only in cases where the international credit appears on a US transcript including course titles, credits, and grades (which is often the case for study abroad programs).
Foreign transcript evaluations must be submitted directly to PharmCAS by the February 1 deadline. We are unable to waive this requirement for applicants who did not realize it was required.
For more information, visit:

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Four (4)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Choose at least three recommenders (up to four are allowed) from a variety of sources, such as college professors, work supervisors, volunteer supervisors or research supervisors. Only choose recommenders that know you well in an academic or professional capacity; no family, friends or clergy.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Co-Worker
  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details: Committee letters will be accepted, but will only count as one reference letter.
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details: Composite letters will be accepted, but will only count as one reference letter.

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
Interview Dates:
  • Interviews take place throughout the rolling admission cycle
Applicants are interviewed one-on-one using a standard interview format. Interview take place during Interview Day events, which also include sessions designed to provide more information about the PharmD program and the University of Minnesota.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? All admission decisions are sent electronically to the applicant's primary PharmCAS email. Applicants offered admission are provided information on how to respond to the offer of admission and what requirements must be completed in order to enroll in the program.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Applicants must submit paperwork to hold their seat by the deadline provided in their admission notification, which is typically 2 weeks from the offer date. No tuition deposit is required until March 1, 2019. After March 1, 2019 applicants must submit a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit to confirm their plans to enroll and continue holding a seat in the program. Applicants receiving offers of admission after March 1, 2019 will typically be provided two weeks to pay the tuition deposit and submit enrollment paperwork. The tuition deposit will be applied toward the student's Fall 2019 tuition bill.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Due: March 1 for those offered admission prior to March 1; by date specified in offer letter after March 1
Refundable? No
Details: The University of Minnesota PharmD program is a participant in the Cooperative Admission Guidelines. We have elected not to ask admitted students for any tuition deposit until March 1. We hope that this will reduce the financial burden to applicants as they wait to hear back from all programs and decide which program will be the best fit.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 19, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Orientation activities take place during the first required course, which begins on August 19, 2019. International students should plan to arrive at least 1 week prior to August 19, 2019.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes