University of Pittsburgh

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

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

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


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: January 7, 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/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

    June 30, July 2, 7, and 27, August 3 and 4


    The University of Pittsburgh offers "Blue and Gold Day" 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 "Blue and Gold Day" program please visit the Open House online registration at: Individual visits at PIttPharmacy are available upon request, please contact 412-383-9000.

  • Dates


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:

Program Description (back to top)

Chartered in 1878, 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.  For more information please visit:">

PittPharmacy accepts students with a variety of career expectations and educational experiences. Every effort is made to encourage and recruit students with diverse cultural, economic, and social backgrounds. When making decisions, the Admissions Committee considers evidence of sound scholarship, community involvement, leadership, and communication skills.

PittPharmacy will provide you with opportunities to personalize your education and get you to expert faster! To learn more, please visit:

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 200
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 125
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 114
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 50
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: 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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.5
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-26
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 2019 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 
General Chemistry with Labs  12 
Organic Chemistry 
Organic Chemistry Lab   2 or 3 

Additional Information

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AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: July 2016
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.
Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?


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

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
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): 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.

For more information regarding F-1 Status, please 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:

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:

  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Supervisor


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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • October - February

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. 

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? February 1 - March 1
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two (2) weeks from date of notification of acceptance.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $100
Due: Two weeks from date of notification of acceptance.
Refundable? No
Details: The deposit is nonrefundable, but will be used towards tuition in the fall term.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 22 and 23, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/26/2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes