University of Pittsburgh
School of Pharmacy


  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Robie Gosney 
      • Admissions Specialist 
      • Curran Center for Pharmacy Students 
      • 3501 Terrace Street 
      • 904 Salk Hall 
      • Pittsburgh 
      • Pennsylvania 
      • 15261 
      • Phone (Work): 412-383-9000 
      • Phone (Fax): 412-383-9996 
      • Email: 

      • Marcia Borrelli 
      • Director of Student Services 
      • Curran Center for Pharmacy Students 
      • 904 Salk Hall 
      • 3501 Terrace Street 
      • Pittsburgh 
      • Pennsylvania 
      • 15261 
      • Phone (Work): 412-383-9000 
      • Phone (Fax): 412-383-9996 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  December 1, 2014

  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/P.H.D.
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? 
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • 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? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy is a national leader in preparing students for opportunities in pharmacy practice, research, and education. Our innovative curriculum integrates science and practice, emphasizes student-centered learning, and gives our students the best possible preparation for pharmacy practice in any setting they choose.

    Chartered in 1878, the School of Pharmacy is the oldest of the University of Pittsburgh's Schools of the Health Sciences. The School of Pharmacy is located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. Like the five other Schools of the Health Sciences, the School of Pharmacy is affiliated with the internationally renowned academic medical center, the UPMC-Health System, which provides the region's largest and finest network of tertiary, specialty and community hospitals. Collectively, these facilities provide one of the nation's greatest, most complete health centers for teaching, patient care, and research in the health sciences.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 130
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 108
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 50
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 13
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 30
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.6
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 200
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 70% recommended
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-30
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 60-63
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 24
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 74
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 60-63  74 
      General Biology  
      General Biology Lab  
      Calculus  3 or 4  3 or 4 
      Statistics  3 or 4  3 or 4 
      English Composition  
      General Psychology  
      Economics (Intro, Micro, or Macro)  
      Social Science Electives (2 courses from two different departments) acceptable departments are: History, Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, and Geography.  
      Humanities Electives (2 courses from two different departments) acceptable depts are: Africana, Classics, Communication, English, Foreign language, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Religious, and Arts 
      Other Electives (can be from departments in Humanities and/or Social Sciences and do not have to be in different departments.)  
      General Chemistry with Labs  12 
      Organic Chemistry 
      Organic Chemistry Lab   2 or 3 
    • Additional Information: 

      Science and Math requirements must be completed by the end of the spring term, prior to the fall term in which you plan to begin the professional program. All remaining requirements must be completed prior to the fall term entry into the professional program. For more information, please visit: ;

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: September 2012
      • Details: 
        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July and/or September. PCAT scores are required to be considered for an interview.  Invitations to interview will be sent before the January PCAT scores are received and therefore, not acceptable. If you are invited to interview and you take the January PCAT, your new score will be considered for final decisions in April.
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        For more information please visit our Web site at  If you have questions regarding our curriculum, tuition,...etc, please visit the Student Handbook at

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Details: Proof of residency is required only if accepted. For information regarding tuition eligibility requirements, please visit:
    • 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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.

  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: 

      Three letters of recommendar are required.  Two must be from a faculty member, preferrable from someone that taught you in their class and can be from any subject. The third letter of recommendation may be from any other source excluding family, friend, or politician.  

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Employer
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Teaching Assistant
      • Teaching Assistants are not considered faculty but can be used as the third letter.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • January-March 
    • Details: 

      Interviews are 1 hour and 15 minutes. The first 30 minutes applicants interact with current PharmD students. This is not part of the interview evaluation but an opportunity to ask questions regarding the University and the PharmD program. A tour of our facilities will take 15 minutes, and then applicants will be escorted and introduced to two interviewers that will facilitate a 30-minute interview. At the conclusion of the interview, applicants are free to leave.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? March 15 through April 15
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 03/15 - 4/15/2014; 2 weeks from date of acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: Two weeks from date of acceptance letter.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: The deposit is nonrefundable, but will be used towards tuition in the fall term.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 21 and 22, 2014 
      • Details: The two days of student orientation are mandatory
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/25/2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No