University of Minnesota
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • 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 
      • Email: 

      • 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  
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  February 1, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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) 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: Up to 360
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 240
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 168
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: Not Limited
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 39%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 61%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.4
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-42
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 3.7:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 48
    • 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 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 48   
      General Biology with laboratory  
      Microbiology with laboratory  
      Advanced Biology  
      Human Anatomy 
      Human Physiology 
      Calculus I 
      General Chemistry I and II; 1 lab required, 2 recommended 
      Organic Chemistry I and II; 1 lab required, 2 recommended 
      Physics, calculus-based; 1 course (or 2 semesters of algebra-based)  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) 
      Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication (or bachelor's degree from U.S. regionally accredited institution) 
    • Additional Information: 

      If taking combined Human Anatomy and Physiology courses, both semesters must be completed to fulfill both Human Anatomy and Physiology, or the combined one-semester course must be a minimum of 5 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, and public speaking/interpersonal communication requirements will be met with the degree.

      The recommended course for Advanced Biology is biochemistry. Other options include 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. 

      Applicants are responsible for reviewing prerequisite information at Guides of approved prerequisites for numerous schools are provided on this website. If a guide does not exist for your school, you may contact admissions to confirm acceptability of prerequisites. 

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No
      • Supplemental Application fee: $75
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        A $75 University of Minnesota application processing fee is required. Instructions to pay the fee will be provided by email.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: Within the last 5 years
      • Details: 

        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? Yes
      • Details: 
        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. More information is available at 
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
      • Details: BASIC DEFINITION OF RESIDENT STATUS Resident status is granted to students who: * Are permanently residing in Minnesota; and * Have been continuously present in the state of Minnesota for at least one calendar year prior to the first day of class attendance at the University. During that one year period, the student must not have attended any other Minnesota post-secondary educational institutions. Students who do not meet this definition will be considered out-of-state for their entire enrollment in the PharmD program. The College has reciprocity agreements with South Dakota and Wisconsin. More information can be found at
    • 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? 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: 03/01/2018 Received by deadline
    • Details: 
      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. Foreign transcript evaluations must be submitted directly to PharmCAS by the March 1 deadline. For more information, visit:
      We recommend World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) but will accept foreign transcript evaluations from any of the providers listed on the PharmCAS website. If a cumulative GPA is not automatically included in the evaluation, applicants should request that the GPA be calculated and included.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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 a 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
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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
      • Details: Committee letters will be accepted, but will only count as one reference letter.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: Composite letters will be accepted, but will only count as one reference letter.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
    • Interview Dates:
      • Rolling admissions, interviews take place from September to April 
    • Details: 
      Interviews are offered to selected applicants according to established admissions criteria. Applicants will be notified via email if selected to interview.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are emailed following the interview on a continual basis; typically 3-4 weeks after the interview. Admission decisions are only sent electronically; a hard copy will not be mailed.
    • 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, 2018. After March 1, 2018 applicants must submit a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit to continue holding a seat (or accept the offer, if admitted after March 1). The tuition deposit will be applied toward the student's Fall 2018 tuition bill.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • 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.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 20, 2018 
      • Details: Orientation activities take place during the first required course, which begins on August 20, 2018. International students should plan to arrive at least 1 week prior to August 20.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Orientation activities take place during the first required course, which begins on August 20, 2018. International students should plan to arrive at least 1 week prior to August 20.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Extenuating circumstances as approved by a committee