West Virginia University
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Jennifer L. Clutter  
      • Program Coordinator  
      • School of Pharmacy Office of Student Services 
      • 1122E Health Sciences North 
      • 1 Medical Center Drive  
      • PO BOX 9500  
      • Morgantown 
      • West Virginia 
      • 26506-9500 
      • Phone (Work): 304-293-1552 
      • Phone (Fax): 304-293-1447 
      • Email: jeclutter@hsc.wvu.edu 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

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

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Please consider applying to our program via the Direct Admit Pathway for entering freshman beginning in the Fall of 2015. See the prepharmacy admissions pages on our website

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: IPPE and APPE rotation blocks may vary from normal semester start and end dates.
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: We also have Areas of Emphasis (AOEs) in Clinical/Residency, Research, and Teaching as well as a certificate in Geriatrics and Geronotology. AOEs and Certificates are areas in which candidates complete a concentrated portion of the required professional elective requirements that focus within the area specified. For more see the curriculum pages on our website.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Details: Open House Dates are to be announced. We encourage students who are interested in our program to work through the WVU Visitors Center to schedule a complete campus tour as well as an individual appointment with our professional staff in the Pharm.D. program. You may call 1-800-344-9881 or go to http://admissions.wvu.edu/visit to schedule an appointment. 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
      • None
    • 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 ↑ 

    Located in Morgantown, "one of the most livable small towns in America," West Virginia University (WVU) School of Pharmacy offers students the opportunity to earn the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree in a small class (80-90 student) environment.  State of the art classroom, library, laboratory, and simulation center facilties are part of a multi-disciplinary health sciences center, including the fields of medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, and other allied health professions.  The campus also includes a 400+ bed tertiary care hospital, level-I trauma center, cancer research and treatment center, psychiatric hospital, rehabilitation hospital, regional eye center, a neurosciences center and a biomedical research facility. 


    The Pharm.D. curriculum consists of six semesters (fall and spring) of didactic work plus experiential rotations throughout the curriculum.  Didactic semesters average 16-20 hours, which include elective courses.  Experiential education begins within the first year of the curriculum. A minimum of three of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations must be performed in designated rural areas.  In addition, interprofessional education is a priority at our School, thus students will have various experiences with the other health disciplines offered at WVU.


    Students may also complete a dual Pharm.D./MBA degree, or areas of emphasis based upon elective course work taken in the professional program.  These three areas are Clinical/Residency, Research, and Teaching. There is also a Certificate in Geriatrics & Gerontology.


    Students may also pursue Ph.D. degrees in biomedical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences, and health outcomes research.  A variety of postgraduate residencies and fellowships are available.


    Our graduates typically surpass the national passage rate on the NAPLEX exam and enter a wide variety of pharmacy related career paths.  In addition, many graduates are admitted into nationally recognized post-graduate studies.  Alumni, located in nearly all 50 states and several foreign countries, include recognized leaders in business, academic and professional arenas.  Prospectice students may visit the School's website to learn more about some of our noted alumni who were recently inducted into the School of Pharmacy's Hall of Fame.  You may read biographies of these notable alumni and their accomplishments on this site. 


    Morgantown is located approximately one hour south of Pittsburgh, PA, and offers a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, biking, boating and skiing.  The University enrolls approximately 35,000 students in over 190 majors, and it offers exposure to a myriad of fine arts, intellectual and sports activities.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 175
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 110
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 80-90
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 3-5 advanced standing students. (applying from one professional program to transfer into the professional phase of WVU's curriculum.
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 30
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 30-50%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 50-70%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 180-220
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0 preferred
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0 preferred
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50th percentile or higher preferred
    • 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: 20-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 2.8:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 65
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 53
    • 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 65  100 
      English Composition 1 & 2  
      Public Speaking  
      General Education Curriculum course for Objective #3: The Past and Its Traditions*  
      General Education Curriculum course for Objective #5: Artistic Expression*  
      General Education Curriculum course for Objective #7: American Culture*  
      General Education Curriculum course for Objective #9: Non-Western Culture*  
      Introduction to Calculus or Calculus 1   3 to 4   4 to 5  
      General Biology 1 & 2 with labs   10 
      Microbiology  3 to 4   4 to 5  
      General Chemistry 1 & 2 with labs   10 
      Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 with labs   10 
      Biochemistry  3-4  4-5 
      Cellular Biology  3-4  4-5 
    • Additional Information: 

      Other clarifying information:

      It is preferred that applicants complete all prerequisites by the end of the spring term preceding the Fall they wish to enter the professional curriculum; however, with competitive applicants, up to 2 course deficiencies (non-sequential courses) can be completed in the summer term prior to matriculation.  These course deficiencies must be completed before orientation to the pharmacy program.  Orientation activities are required of all admittees and typically is schedule in the week prior to the beginning of the Fall term.


      *Elective courses must meet the University General Education Curriculum (GEC) requirements.  More can be found in the WVU Undergraduate Catalog at http://coursecatalog.wvu.edu/.


      Residency Documentation:  Applicants claiming resident tuition status will need to provide dates of continuous physical presence in WV, date WV driver's license was first issued, care state and license number, exact years of WV Motor Vehicle registration, date of WV voter registration, date of purchase of any WV residential property, dates of employment in WV, exact years WV income taxes have been filed, dates of military service and dates of extended absences (6 months or more) from WV.  If the applicant is supported by parent(s)/spouse, the questions should be answered as they pertain to them.  If the applicant is finacially independent, the question should be answered as they pertain to the applicant.  The required information will be entered in the appropriate section of the supplemental application should one be granted to the applicant.  Determination of residency status for tuition and fee purposes is the sole discretion of the Office of the University Registrar.  For more information http://catalog.wvu.edu/archivedcatalog/2012-2013/healthsciences/residency/#Residency

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Supplemental applications are granted for students who are offered interviews.
      • Deadline: 10 business days after it has been issued Postmarked by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Supplemental applications are granted for students who are offered interviews.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2012
      • Details: 

        Summer or Fall test dates are preferred.

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

        The TOEFL will be required for students who have completed prerequisites at a foreign institution.

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

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

  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): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: February 1, 2016 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      School only accepts foreign transcript evaluations from WES.

  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: 

      Letters of Recommendation:
      Three (3) letters are required, two of which must be from faculty who have the ability to evaluate the candidates academic abilities including written and oral communication skills, motivation, integrity, intellectual curiosity, empathy, problem solving and critical thinking skills at the collegiate level.  The third recommendation letter may be from an instructor in any subject area, an academic advisor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Due to the PharmCAS limit of four LORs accepted from each applicant, the applicant may need to send additional LORs directly to WVU in order to meet WVU LOR requirements. Those applicants are required to send them to Jennifer Clutter at the address below by February 1, 2016, deadline.


      Jennifer Clutter
      WVU School of Pharmacy
      1122E HSN
      PO Box 9500
      Morgantown, WV 26506-9500


      NOTE:  An unsatisfactory recommendation is sufficient grounds for denial of admission.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Early Decision: late September, Regular Decision: January through March 
    • Details: 

      Applicants deemed eligible by the Committee on Admissions will be scheduled for a personal interview.  Early Decision Interviews are held in late September and Regular Decision interviews are held from early January through March.  Interviewees are judged on the quality of their answers and on their overall oral communication skills.  Interviews will be conducted in person in Morgantown, WV at the Health Sciences Center Campus that houses the School of Pharmacy.  Each candidate will be interviewed by 2 faculty, professional staff members or alumni.  Interviews typically last about 30-45 minutes and are followed by a tour and debriefing on the admissions process following interviews.  See the following web site for more details regarding interview content.  http://pharmacy.hsc.wvu.edu/studentservices/pharmd-admissions/#personal_interview

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Decision and/or Acceptance letters are e-mailed following the applicant interview on a continual basis within 10 business days following the interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks from date of offer. Accepted candidates who fail to respond to offers of acceptance may be reported to the PharmCAS Code of Conduct Committee as violating the applicant code of conduct as violating the professionalism standards within the applicant code of conduct.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: 2 weeks from request for deposit
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: All applicants will be required to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold their position in the class. Accepted candidates who fail to respond to the request for a deposit may be reported to the PharmCAS Code of Conduct Committee as violating the applicant code of conduct for violating the professionalism standards within the applicant code of conduct.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
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      • Details: Orientation is mandatory for ALL students. Schedules will be provided in late June, 2016. Dates for Orientation typically fall during the entire week before the normal academic semester begins.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Please see http://provost.wvu.edu/r/download/204350
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Only under extraordinary circumstances will deferred admission be considered.