Fairleigh Dickinson University
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Tracy Templin 
      • Director of Admissions and Marketing 
      • Office of Admissions 
      • 230 Park Avenue M-SP1-01 
      • Florham Park 
      • New Jersey 
      • 07932 
      • Phone (Work): 973-443-8401 
      • Phone (Fax): 973-443-8430 
      • Email: pharmacy@fdu.edu 

      • Pete Buechner 
      • Financial Aid and Student Services Counselor 
      • Office of Admissions 
      • 230 Park Avenue M-SP1-01 
      • Florham Park 
      • New Jersey 
      • 07932 
      • Phone (Work): 973-443-8412 
      • Phone (Fax): 973-443-8430 
      • Email: buechner@fdu.edu 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  June 3, 2019

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program 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: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.S.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: November 10, 2018 
      • Details:  
      • Dates: February 3, 2018 
      • Details:  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • 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 ↑ 

    The Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy is one of only two degree-granting pharmacy schools in New Jersey, and is the first in the state to be associated with a private university.The School's dynamic program of study integrates the very best practices in pharmacy education today. Students will: Have the option to specialize in a concentrated area of study and earn a master's-level degree concurrently with the PharmD degree. Participate in new partnerships with pharmacy leaders in industry, retail, government and hospitals who will provide mentoring, guidance and resources. Benefit from the strengths of a small college environment, yet learn from top-tier faculty in new facilities specifically designed for the School of Pharmacy. The School's pharmacy curriculum, leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, will expose students to a broad range of views and skills building. It was designed in partnership with stakeholders representing many sectors in health care. At its foundation are courses that provide integration of topics in basic sciences, pathophysiology, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, therapeutics and patient care. Further distinguishing the curriculum are courses that include topics designed to advance each student's knowledge and skills in human behaviors, communication, informatics, data analytics, medication safety, leadership and individualized patient care. Classroom learning is enhanced by the use of advanced technology. Hybrid and practice experience courses emphasize active learning and give students time for managing their learning opportunities.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 150
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 85
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 0
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 85
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 85
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-33
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 43
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 135
    • 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 90  135 
      Organic Chemistry wth Laboratory  12 
      General Biology with laboratory  12 
      Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory  12 
      Applied Statistics 
      Speech or Professional Communication 
      General Chemistry with laboratory  12 
      Physics with laboratory  12 
      Macroeconomics or Microeconomics 
      Free Electives (to include Social/Behavioral Sciences/Humanities  32  47 
    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

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

        Applicants have the option to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). GRE code 7776. Scores should be no more than five years old. Applicants should take the PCAT or GRE no later than March 1st.

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

        Proof of English proficiency is required of all applicants if English is your second language. An applicant can prove English proficiency through one of the following ways: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT (school code 7768) version with a minimum composite score of 90. Completing two college level English composition courses at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. English as a Second Language (ESL) and English courses offered abroad as foreign language courses are not accepted. For more information please visit our website at: www.fdu.edu/pharmacy

      • 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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Details: 

      A course by course evaluation with a calculated overall grade point average must be sent directly to the college. Foreign Coursework can be evaluated by one of the services listed below: Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. P.O. Box 514070 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202-3470 (414) 289-3400 www.ece.org World Education Services, Inc. P.O. Box 745 Old Chelsea Station New York, New York 10113-0745 (212) 966-6311 www.wes.org

  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: 

      Three letters of recommendation (two academic references at least one from a science professor, the third can be from anyone that knows you well who is not a relative, so it may be a supervisor or other professional (a pharmacist is highly recommended but not required) ?

    • 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. 
      • Co-Worker
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • 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 one interviewer
    • Interview Dates:
      • October- May 
    • Details: 

      We believe that the interview should serve as an opportunity for us to learn more about you, but should also serve as a chance for you to gather more information about our program, faculty, staff, curriculum, campus, and anything else you may want to know. The basic itinerary for the day includes a welcome session, three/four mini-interviews with faculty and staff from the School, a campus tour, and a time for a one-on-one question and answer session with a School team member. The day should last about 4-5 hours in total.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Notice of Acceptance or other action by the committee on admissions will be on a "rolling" basis. Early completion of the application process is in the best interest of the applicant.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due?  14 days from receipt of acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1000.00
      • Due: $500.00 due within 14 days of acceptance. $500.00 due on April 1st.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details:  Acceptance Fee- $500. This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant's place in the first year class. This payment will be deducted from the tuition payment. It is payable within 14 days of an applicant's acceptance. Deposit- $500. This fee is due April 1st, under the same terms as the Acceptance Fee.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 19-23, 2019 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 26, 2019
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: