University of the Pacific
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Be sure to check out our webpages for information on Early Decision, pre-requisites, tuition, program outcomes, and more! Admissions: School of Pharmacy:

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

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

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Pacific participates in the Early Decision Program. Please be sure to designate Early Decision in the PharmCAS application and submit all documents by September 4, 2018. Visit our website for additional information:

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Pacific offers an accelerated PharmD which requires students to enroll in three semesters for the first two years of the program.
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.S.
      • PharmD/Ph.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: June 29, 2018, July 25, 2018, August 3, 2018, August 16, 2018, October 17, 2018, November 14, 2018, December 5, 2018. 
      • Details: All students are invited to attend one of the seven Application Workshops. Learn about early decision applications and the strategies to prepare a competitive application. We will extensively cover the early decision process, and well as all other deadline dates. For additional information and to register for a workshop, go to:  
      • Dates: September 15, 2018 
      • Details: We are happy to host a Preview Day for prospective students and their families. You are invited to spend the day with us. You can meet faculty, administrators, and students as well as learn more about our programs. Tours are also available. Register for the event at: .  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
      • Accelerated progression (year-round classes)
    • 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 ↑ 

    The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is success-centered, leadership-focused and has a powerful alumni network. We boast dedicated, experienced faculty who support students throughout their time at Pacific.  We're not just a School. We're a family.

    Students can earn a doctor of pharmacy degree in three years. Our accelerated, eight-semester doctor of pharmacy curriculum exposes students to the pharmaceutical, administrative, social, behavioral and clinical science aspects of the field. From the very first semester, students develop clinical and patient-care skills - both are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students also gain patient care experience in a wide variety of settings that provide them with a foundation of practical training.

    We hold academic affiliations with major medical centers, teaching hospitals, and related practice settings in support of our educational programs. We empower students to succeed by providing access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment for meaningful, hands-on learning. Students also have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and serve the community through student-led health care outreach programs. We create opportunities for students to network with alumni who are powerful and influential leaders in their respective professions. Our graduates are in demand - many place in residencies and fellowships nationwide and also become leaders in the field.


    Doctor of Pharmacy

    • Pacific PharmD grads earned the 2nd highest salary in the nation, according to a recent analysis by San Francisco-based financial company SoFi.
    • Pacific ranked 6th in the nation in the 2016 ASHP Residency Match Program.
    • We have dedicated full-time faculty to guide you throughout your Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations.
    • Pacific was the first school of pharmacy in California to offer a three-year accelerated doctor of pharmacy program.

    Dual-Degree Programs


    • 4-year, first year MBA, third, fourth, and fifth years PharmD


    • 5-year program, first, second-years PharmD, third and fourth years PhD, fifth year PharmD




  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    A Pharmacists recommendation is highly recommended but not required! Please visit our web page for more information on our admission requirements:

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 400
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 250
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 198
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 100
    • 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: 2.7
    • 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: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
    • Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 30%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 70%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 21 - 37
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 6:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 68
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 102
    • 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 68  102 
      GE Category IC (Required if you do not have or plan to have a U.S. Bachelor's Degree prior to entering our program). 
      GE Category IIB (Required if you do not have or plan to have a U.S. Bachelor's Degree prior to entering our program.) 
      GE Category IIC (Required if you do not have or plan to have a U.S. Bachelor's Degree prior to entering our program.) 
      Liberal Art Units (Non-math/Non-science courses)  28  42 
      General Chemistry   12 
      Organic Chemistry   12 
      General Biology   12 
      English Composition (Two semesters or quarters). 
      Public Speaking  
      General Psychology  
      Human Physiology 
    • Additional Information: 


      • Microeconomics will replace macroeconomics IF a student has a U.S. Bachelor's Degree OR has completed a college level course in U.S. History or Sociology.

      • Interpersonal communication or group dynamics WILL NOT substitute for the public speaking requirement.
      • Students entering with a U.S. Bachelor's Degree are not required to Complete General Education: IC, IIB, and IIC.




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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: The Pacific Supplemental is in the "Program Materials" section in the PharmCAS application and should be submitted together. Must submit prior to the deadline dates of September 4, 2018 (if you are early decision) or the final deadline date of January 7, 2019.
      • Deadline: January 7, 2019 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: 60.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        It is found in the "Program Materials" section in the PharmCAS application and should be submitted when you submit the PharmCAS application.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 

        Pacific does not require the PCAT and will not review the scores even if we receive them.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        TOEFL or the IELTS exam is required for students who have enrolled in ESL classes within the last four (4) years. Students who have a U.S. Bachelor's Degree and have lived in the U.S. at least six years are typically exempt.

      • 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
      • 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: January 7, 2019 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Pacific only accepts evaluations performed by WES: We require you to order the International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) which will include an evaluation and verification of your international transcript. You may have this sent to PharmCAS and we will accept this for the review of your application. If admitted, you will be required to contact WES and designate Pacific so that we may obtain the official copy. Please be sure you select WES as the evaluation service, as receiving the incorrect evaluation may cause you to miss our deadline. For additional information, please go to:

  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: 

      Pacific requires two recommendations:  1.) A recommendation from a professor is required.  It must be from a school you have attended within the last three years. 2.) You may choose to have any other professional complete the second rating form as long as the person is not a family member.  We highly recommend that a science professor and a pharmacist be chosen as your recommenders.  In all cases, the PharmCAS rating form is required.  If you submit more than the required two, we will take all recommendations into consideration.  Be sure you have met our requirement before selecting additional recommenders!


    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Employer
      • *An employer recommendation is acceptable only IF you have not enrolled in ANY school within the last 3 years.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
    • Interview Dates:
      • September - March 
    • Details: 

      Competitive students are invited to campus to interview with one faculty member and one currently enrolled PharmD student.  There is also a writing sample that is required to be submitted at the interview.  Students will be given a question and asked to write their opinion on the topic. Candidates will also be given a tour of the School of Pharmacy and have an opportunity to speak with students.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Most letters are mailed at the end of the interview cycle in April but a few may be sent after each interview session.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks from the date printed on the admission letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: Two weeks from Admission Offer
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: There is a $500.00 non-refundable deposit due two weeks from the date on the acceptance letter. There is a second deposit of $500.00 due on or before March 1st. Students who do not place the second deposit will lose their space. If the student enrolls, $900 of the deposit will be credited toward tuition and $100.00 covers the required orientation fee. No portion of the fee will be refunded.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August, 2019 
      • Details: Orientation is a three day mandatory event and specific dates will be provided by the school of pharmacy after a student is accepted.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Classes will begin in late August.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: