University of New England
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  March 1, 2019

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Dual Doctor of Pharmacy & Graduate Certificate in Public Health
    • 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
      • Early assurance
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Welcome to the University of New England’s College of Pharmacy! We offer a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program located in Portland, Maine. The University’s state-of-the-art College of Pharmacy academic and research facility was completed in 2009. The building is the first facility devoted entirely to pharmacy academic studies and research in the state of Maine.

    The Mission of the College of Pharmacy is to provide an exemplary, learner-centered pharmacy education and advance the practice of pharmacy through interprofessional collaboration, research, patient care and service. 

    Today, pharmacists go far beyond the counter, applying their expertise and serving patients in new ways. As an innovator in education for the health professions, UNE empowers you to be medication experts, wellness consultants, and primary caregivers — ready to lead in the new world of pharmacy. 

    Distinctive Offerings at UNE's College of Pharmacy include:

    Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC): As a UNE PharmD student, you receive interprofessional training alongside future physicians, dentists, physical therapists, and other training health professionals, so you are able to lead in today’s collaborative health care field. Our goal is to educate practitioners, scholars, and researchers to work together and with patients and clients for relationship-centered health care that is comprehensive, collaborative, caring, safe, and continuous throughout the life cycle.

    Cutting-Edge SimulationUNE’s Sim Lab is an authentic hospital environment with state-of-the-art robotic patient simulators. Here, you gain real-life clinical experience without the real-life risk.

    Career MentorshipCareer mentorship is part of UNE's Pharm.D. program, and it shows in our career placement record: 100% of the class of 2016 was employed within 6 months of graduation! (January '17 survey)

    For additional information and to see what our students have to say, visit our website Please contact us with any questions via email at or call us at (207) 221-4225.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 150
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 125
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 60
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 25
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: PCAT Required
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 55%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.1
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-50
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 58
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 34
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 82
    • 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 58  82 
      Cellular OR General Biology w/ lab 
      Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/ lab  
      Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/ lab  
      General Chemistry I w/ lab  
      General Chemistry II w/ lab  
      Organic Chemistry I w/ lab  
      Organic Chemistry II w/ lab 
      General Physics I w/ lab  
      English Composition  
      Humanities/Liberal Arts  
      Social/Global Awareness  
      Social Science (Psychology/Sociology/Economics/Anthropology)  
      Public Speaking  
      General Ed 
    • Additional Information: 

      Science and Math courses should be completed no more than 5 years prior to enrollment (summer 2014 or more recent). All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better ("C-" grades are not acceptable).

      AP credits will be accepted to fulfill prerequisiste coursework with a score of "4" or better only. AP credits must appear as transfer credit on the undergraduate transcript. Regardless of AP credits awarded, 48 credit hours of undergraduate coursework post-high school graduation must be completed to be eligible for admission.

      Prerequisite coursework can be planned or in-progess at the time of application, and must be completed at a U.S. regionally accredited institution or international equivalent.

      Visit for additional information.

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2015
      • Details: 
        • Applicants must have successfully completed the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) by the end of January of the desired year of matriculation to the College of Pharmacy (use PharmCAS code 104 to have scores reported directly to PharmCAS). 
        • Note: The PCAT requirement will be waived for all applicants with a 3.2 or higher cumulative and 3.2 or higher prerequisite GPA.
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        All UNE students must be proficient in the English language. For more information about satisfying UNE's English Language Proficiency requirement visit

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

      Enrolled students must meet the UNE College of Pharmacy's technical standards and satisfy all immunization requirements.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • 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 Received by deadline
    • Details: 
      UNE accepts evaluations from World Education Services (WES) only. Evaluations must be for grade and degree equivalency, if applicable. Please order the WES ICAP service to ensure that copies of your transcripts will be included with the evaluation report.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 
      • Two (2) letters of reference are required as a part of the PharmCAS application. Letters of reference from clergy, co-workers, family members, friends, or politicians will not be accepted.
        • One letter is required from a science professor who can speak to your academic ability to be successful in a doctoral-level graduate program.
        • One letter is recommended from a Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
    • 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
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: 
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Interviews are held during the fall and spring semesters 
    • Details: 

      Applications are reviewed as they are received, and interviews will be conducted throughout the cycle by invitation only. Interviews will be 30 minutes with two interviewers; typically one faculty member and one pharmacist from the community. Candidates will spend time learning about the PharmD program, have the opportunity to meet with current students, prepare a writing sample, and tour the campus.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed following the applicant interview on a continual basis throughout the cycle.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Response to the offer of acceptance is indicated in the acceptance letter, typically within three weeks of offer being received.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1,000 due in two parts; see below
      • Due: First deposit of $200 due upon acceptance; Second deposit $800 due March 15th
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Deposits are applied to tuition when the student matriculates at UNE.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • TBD 
      • Details: Orientation is typically held in late August.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Classes typically begin late August or early September immediately following orientation.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: