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 2017:  December 1, 2016

  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/Ph.D.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: October 29, November 5 and 12, 2016 
      • Details: The University of Pittsburgh offers "Picture Yourself At Pitt" Programs for Transfer students interested in the University and the School of Pharmacy. This program introduces you to Pitt and all the opportunities as a Pitt student. There will be a departmental visit to the School of Pharmacy where you will have the opportunity to meet current PharmD students, faculty, and staff and learn about our PharmD Program. For more information and to register for the University of Pittsburgh Office of Admission and Financial Aid's "Picture Yourself At Pitt" program please visit: Check-in and morning refreshments begin at 8:00/8:45 am in Alumni Hall, the departmental visit to the School of Pharmacy, Lunch is provided, campus tours, discover Pittsburgh bus tours, and numerous information sessions are available until 4:00 pm.  
      • Dates:  
      • Details:  
    • 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)? No
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    PittPharmacy is ranked 9th in the US News and World Report among Schools of Pharmacy and is committed to providing a personalized education that maximizes skills and talents.  PittPharmacy provides many unique experiences that prepare students to launch a great career and to achieve their personal goals.

    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 world-renowned health care provider, UPMC, which is a genuinely integrated health delivery system of tertiary, specialty and community hospitals and clinics.

    For more information please visit:

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 120
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 114
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: 50
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0 recommended
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0 recommended
    • 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 30%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 70%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.5
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 20-26
    • 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: 60-64
    • 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 2017 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 60-64  74 
      General Biology  
      General Biology Lab  
      Calculus  3 or 4  3 or 4 
      Statistics  3 or 4  3 or 4 
      English Composition  
      Social Science Electives - acceptable departments are: Anthropology; Economics; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; Geography; History; Jewish Studies; Legal Studies; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology.  12  12 
      Humanities Electives: Africana; Classics; Communication; English; Film; Foreign Lang; HIST/Art & Architecture; HIST & PHIL of Science; Linguistics; Music; Philosophy; Public Service; Religious; Arts.  12  12 
      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: 

      For more information, please visit: ;

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2014
      • Details: 
        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July and/or September, October, or November. 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
      • Details: 
      • 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? No
    • 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.
    • Details: 

      For more information regarding F-1 Status, please visit:

  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: 

      Three letters of recommendation are required. Two must be from a faculty member at a College or University preferrably 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: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • 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 Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • October - February 
    • Details: 

      Interviews are 1 hour and 45 minutes. Applicants will have an opportunity to interact with current PharmD students. A brief information session with School Leadership and tour of our facilities are included. This is not part of the interview evaluation but an opportunity to ask questions regarding the University and the PharmD program.  Applicants will be escorted and introduced to two interviewers that will facilitate a 30-minute interview. 

  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 - 4/15/2017; 2 weeks from date of acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $100
      • 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 24 and 25, 2017 
      • Details: The two days of student orientation are mandatory
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/28//2017
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: