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

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Veronica Semler 
      • Assistant Director of Admission and Coordinator of Pharmacy Admission  
      • Office of Admission  
      • Pharmacy Processing 
      • 3601 Pacific Avenue 
      • Stockton 
      • California 
      • 95211  
      • Phone (Work): 209-946-2211  
      • Phone (Fax): 209-946-2413 
      • Email: 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  December 1, 2015

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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.
      • Block
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.S.
      • PharmD/P.H.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: TBD 
      • Details: All students are invited to attend one of the Supplemental Application Seminars in the summer. For additional information and to RSVP, go to: All students are invited to attend the Pharmacy Preview Day Event in the fall. For additional inforamtion and to RSVP, go to:  
    • 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? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    At Pacific, You are the Focus!

    Proud to be a premier California school for pharmacy and health sciences, the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was founded in 1955 and offers professional and graduate degrees in pharmacy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology. Year after year, the TJLSPHS attracts one of the largest groups of applicants in the nation.

    There are a variety of reasons students apply to Pacific in greater numbers, and we invite you to take a closer look to see why! For starters, we produce the highest percentage of California pharmacists per year, and our alumni are leaders in every health sciences field. Our reputation is based on our time-proven curriculum and our unrivaled commitment to student success. We have one of the highest retention rates in the country and your classes will be taught by top professors – not graduate student assistants. Ninety-five percent of our students complete their degree here. Why? Because we focus on meeting their needs. We value scholarly research as much as other universities, but students always come first.

    Our program is accredited by the respective national accreditation entities. We provide an outstanding academic environment that combines didactic and experiential learning as a focal point for our students. Pacific’s innovative eight-semester curriculum includes pharmaceutical, administrative, social, behavioral, and clinical science aspects. We hold academic affiliations with major medical centers, teaching hospitals, and related practice settings in support of our educational programs

    For our students, health science and pharmacy school in California encompasses the entire state and beyond. In addition to our Stockton campus at the University of the Pacific, we have satellite regions where students can spend their final year: Stockton, Sacramento, San Francisco, Chico/Redding, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Santa Barbara, Riverside, Fresno, Los Angeles, Honolulu, and San Diego. One reason our alumni enjoy such success is that employers know they are ready to practice from day one. By the time you graduate from the Thomas. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, you'll have benefited from intensive clinical rotations, internships, and community service clinics. You'll graduate practice-ready.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 400
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 225
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 200
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 100
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 225
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 4%
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 400
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: 100
    • 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
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20 - 38
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 13:1

  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: 100
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 68  100 
      GE Category IC (If you do not have or plan to have a U.S. Bachelor's Degree prior to entering our program). 
      GE Category IIB (If you do not have or plan to have a U.S. Bachelor's Degree prior to entering our program.) 
      GE Category IIC (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 seemsters or quarters). 
      Public Speaking  
      General Psychology  
      Human Physiology 
    • Additional Information: 

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

      **Pacific will accept one full year of calculus and/or physics completed in high school if passed with a grade of "C" or better.

      ***Interpersonal communications 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.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Must be sent prior to the deadline date of December 1, 2015 or September 8 if you are an early decision cadidate. Do not wait for Pacific to invite you to complete the supplemental form. It is required of all students.
      • Deadline: December 1, 2015 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: 60.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        It is found on our website at:  The application must be submitted electronically, but we do provide a PDF version on our site for your reference.

  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 is required for students who have enrolled in ESL classes within the last 4 years. Students who have a U.S. Bachelor's Degree and have lived in the U.S. at least six years are typcially exempt.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        We highly recommend students have pharmacy experience, a variety of extracurricular activities, community service, developed leadership qualities, and have excellent communication skills. Many of our candidates are licensed pharmacy technicians working in pharmacy settings.

  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? 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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: December 1, 2015 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Pacific only accepts evaluations performed by Educational Credential Evaluators if you are using ANY of the coursework to fulfill pre-requisites.   We require the Catalog-Match-Evaluation to determine if you have met our requirement(s).  You may send this to PharmCAS or Pacific.  If you are not using ANY of your international coursework to fulfill a requirement, you may have the evaluation performed by WES. Please be sure you select the correct evaluation service so as receiving the incorrect evaluation may cause you to miss our deadline.

  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 LOR's:  One from a professor from a school you have attended within the last three years, and one from a licensed pharmacist who is not a relative or an employee of the University of the Pacific.  Any professor's LOR will fulfill the requirement, but we highly encourage it to be a science professor.  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: 
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Employer
      • *An employer recommendation is acceptable IF you have not enrolled in ANY school within the last 3 years.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
    • 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:
      • October - 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: $1,000
      • Due: Two weeks from Admission Offer
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: The deposit is $1,000. If the student cancels on or before June 15, 2016, $200.00 of the deposit will be refunded. If student enrolls, $900 of the deposit will be credited toward tuition and $100.00 covers the required orientation fee.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August, 2016 
      • 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