University of Houston
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Morgan Ely 
      • Director of Pharmacy Admissions 
      • Student Services Center 
      • University of Houston College of Pharmacy 
      • Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 
      • Room 3044 
      • Houston 
      • Texas 
      • 77204-5000 
      • Phone (Work): 713-743-1291 
      • Phone (Fax): 713-743-1237 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

      • UH College of Pharmacy, Health & Biomedical Sciences Building 2, opening in Fall 2017

      • IV-Sterile Products lab

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  January 5, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
    • Institution Type: Public
    • 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/Ph.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
    • 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)? No
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Helping people get well is the number one reason many people choose health care as a career. As a pharmacist, you’ll be instrumental in working with patients and other healthcare professionals to optimize and manage medication therapies. Today, pharmacists are recognized as the medication experts who use not only their unique knowledge of drug actions and interactions but also clinical, patient communication and research skills as integral members of today’s interprofessional patient care teams.


    From delivering immunizations to interpreting genetic data for patient-drug metabolic compatibility, pharmacists ensure safe, effective use of drug therapies and achieve optimal health outcomes for their patients. Pharmacists today excel in a range of diverse career tracks and practice settings, from independent and large-chain community pharmacies to hospitals, clinics and a variety of public and private healthcare and research organizations. Some positions are involved in direct patient care, while others are more focused such areas as operations and management, consulting/managed care, and informatics/data for quality improvement and better patient health outcomes.


    Founded in 1946, the University of Houston College of Pharmacy (UHCOP) combines the opportunities and experiences of the Texas Medical Center's world-class healthcare community with resources of the University of Houston, Texas' premier urban teaching and research university, to offer its students the best possible education. In fall 2017, students will start the UHCOP Pharm.D. program in the college’s new home in the nine-story, 300,000-square-foot Health & Biomedical Sciences Building 2 on the UH campus. The new building will feature state-of-the-art active-learning technologies and facilities, including patient simulation, compounding, patient-care and research laboratories.


    Our student body boasts a proven track record of volunteerism and outreach to the diverse populations within the Greater Houston area, exemplary results on the NAPLEX and MPJE national licensing exams, and student success in competitions and leadership positions at every level. For example, the college is a founding member of the interprofessional student-run H.O.M.E.S. Clinic, an APhA-recognized ambulatory care clinic serving Houston’s homeless community. UHCOP has been a proud member of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center since 1980 and offer unparalleled access to some of the brightest clinical minds and compassionate hearts in health care today.


    Our pharmacy preceptor network in the Texas Medical Center, throughout Greater Houston-Galveston area and across Texas provides abundant and diverse experiential training settings that allow students to complete their experiential training without worrying about finding temporary housing outside of the Houston-Galveston area

    Here is the link to learn more about our recent achievements:

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 125
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 125
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: No Quota
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: No Quota
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.44 is the average; No minimum >= 2.50 is preferred
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.54 is the average; No minimum >= 2.50 is preferred
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 82% is the average; No Minimum >= 50% is preferred
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 41%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 59%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.54
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 19-42
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 4.5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 73
    • 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: 
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 73   
      Introduction to Biological Science I with lab   
      Introduction to Biological Science II with lab   
      Elementary Microbiology with lab   
      Fundamentals of Chemistry I with lab   
      Fundamentals of Chemistry II with lab   
      Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I with lab   
      Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II with lab   
      Calculus I   
      Introduction to Probability and Statistics   
      Introductory General Physics or Physics I   
      Introduction to Psychology OR Introduction to Sociology   
      US Government: Congress, Presidents and Courts*   
      U S and Texas Constitution and Politics*   
      United States History to 1877*   
      United States History since 1877*   
      First Year Writing I and II*   
      Writing in the Disciplines (Institutional Designated course)*   
      Language, Philosophy and Culture*   
      Creative Arts*   
    • Additional Information: 

      Applicants must receive no less than a "C" (2.0) in all prerequisite courses in order to be considered for admittance.


      Repeated course grades are averaged, not replaced. All Science and Math prerequisite courses must be completed by end of Spring 2018 semester.


      Two semesters or one year of high school physics in U.S. may satisfy the physics prerequisite course.


      The Biology I & II lecture/lab series may be satisfied by taking BOTH Botany lecture/lab, AND Zoology lecture/lab courses designed for science majors.  If Biology I lecture/lab is taken at an institution, Biology II lecture/lab should be completed at that same institution to meet the Biology I & II lecture/lab series. It is NOT permissible to take either Botany lecture/lab or Zoology lecture/lab at one institution, then take Biology I lecture/lab or Biology II lecture/lab at another institution.


      *Applicants are exempt from certain courses if core curriculum is complete from another accredited public Texas college/university OR have earned a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college/university at the time of enrollment to UH for the fall 2018 semester.


      To determine courses which are acceptable for Language, Philosophy and Culture; Creative Arts; and Writing in the Disciplines courses, visit the core curriculum in UH catalog located at


      Prerequisite course guides for several college/university(s) can be found at


      In order to use credit earned by examination (i.e. AP, IB, CLEP, etc.) for meeting prerequisite coursework, official college/university transcript(s) sent into PharmCAS must have specific course names and course numbers of credit awarded clearly indicated to be recognized.

      An official Student Score Report from College Board ( may be used to verify credit by examination (AP, IB, CLEP) from College Board. The Student Score report may be mailed directly from College Board, or by the applicant to UHCOP, so long as the official Student Score Report remains in its sealed envelope. Listed below is the link to determine which prerequisite coursework may be met through AP, IB, and CLEP:


      Prerequisite courses that are in-progress or will be completed by the end of summer 2018, must be indicated within the PharmCAS application, or will it be considered incomplete.


      **Volunteer/community service is required for all applicants to UHCOP.

      A minimum of twenty-five (25) volunteer/community service hours are required for admission consideration. Volunteer/community service activities must be clearly indicated within the Extracurricular Experience section of the PharmCAS application where appropriate.


      Students should have a consistent amount of volunteer/community service hours to be a competitive applicant. Volunteer activities do not have to be in the health-care area, and can be whatever type they choose, so long as it is non-paid and clearly benefits the community at-large. This volunteer/community service must begin at the onset of the applicant's college-career.


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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: The UH College of Pharmacy requires a Supplemental Application and a Supplemental Application fee ($100) to be submitted online to the UH College of Pharmacy by the application deadline.
      • Deadline: 1/05/2018 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $100.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Click here to access the supplemental application or copy/paste the url:

         Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants are to: 

        • Submit their PharmCAS application to PharmCAS without delay.
        • Complete and submit the online UHCOP Supplemental Application and Fee ($100) without delay.
        • Supplemental Application and fee must be processed by September 5, 2017 for Early Decision applicants, and by January 5, 2018 for Regular Decision applicants. 

        The UH College of Pharmacy cannot process an applicant's PharmCAS record until the PharmCAS processing team has verified the applicant's information (i.e. PharmCAS application, college transcript[s], processed PharmCAS fee, etc.).

        As PharmCAS processing may take up to five weeks once all required materials are received, applicants are encouraged to apply early and submit the UHCOP Supplemental Application and fee as soon as a PharmCAS ID is obtained.

        The UHCOP Supplemental Application consists of:

        • $100.00 nonrefundable Supplemental Application Fee (MC, Visa, Discover, AMEX)
        • Residency Questionnaire (if requesting in-state 'Texas' residency, documentation may be required)
        • Important Disclosures
        • Technical Standards
        • Certification Page
        • International Transcript Evaluation Process (if applicable)
        • Official U.S. high school transcript to show completion of high school physics (if applicable)


        Mail any applicable Supplemental Application materials (i.e. high school transcript, International Transcript Evaluation Process documentation, etc.)  to the following address:

        University of Houston College of Pharmacy
        Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2
        4849 Calhoun Road, Room 3044

        Houston, Texas 77204-5000 

        The PharmCAS ID MUST be provided with any supplemental materials sent to UHCOP. 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 1/7/2015
      • Details: 

        Regular Decision Applicants must have taken the PCAT exam no later than January 4, 2018. 

        We will accept the Preliminary PCAT Score Report so long as it is uploaded to the applicant's PharmCAS account within 24 hours of the test date, with the PharmCAS ID included on the Student Score report.

        Instructions for uploading Preliminary PCAT Score Report:

           1. Scan the Student Score Report, and  upload it to your PharmCAS account in the Documents section of your PharmCAS record.

            2. The attachment must be easily readable and cannot be any larger than 5MB in size

        Offers of acceptance to applicants taking the January PCAT will be made with the understanding that offers are dependent upon submission of official results of the PCAT.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 
      • 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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
      • Details: This information will be requested in the supplemental application.
    • 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: 1/05/2018 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Applicants desiring to have international coursework considered for Pharm.D. prerequisite courses will be asked to provide additional information such as:

      1. Official, sealed international transcript(s) (mailed directly to UHCOP)
      2. Syllabi and/or catalog course descriptions (submitted through PharmCAS in the Program Materials Section under Documents)
      3. A course by course evaluation performed by one of the following companies is also required:

                World Education Services, Inc. (submitted through PharmCAS)

                Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (mailed directly to UHCOP)

                Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.-International Education Consultants (mailed directly to UHCOP)


      No Pharm.D. course credit is granted from international transcripts. 

      A valid Social Security number is required as a condition of acceptance into the Pharm.D. program.

  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: 

      LORs from family members and close friends are NOT accepted. Three LORs are required.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • 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. 
      • Health Care Professional
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: 
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: A Composite letter consisting of letters from several individuals can serve as one to three (1-3) LORs.
      • 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
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • Friday, September 29, 2017 
      • Friday, October 13, 2017 
      • Friday, November 10, 2017 
      • Monday, January 8, 2018 
      • Friday, February 9, 2018 
      • Friday March 9, 2018 
    • Details: 

      Applicants invited to interview will be given one week to complete a six-page pre-interview document PRIOR to their interview-day. The pre-interview document consists of several short-answer questions, and is used for the two-on-one interview.

      The interview day consists of a 4 hour process which includes: 

      • An individual interview conducted by 2 interviewers. UHCOP interviewers will be a combination two of the following: UHCOP faculty, UHCOP Pharm.D. alumni, or UHCOP Pharm.D. Residents
      • A Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). UHCOP interviewers will be a combination two of the following: UHCOP faculty, or UHCOP Pharm.D. Residents
      • An individual written exercise
      • An informational session on some key features of our Pharm.D. program, four-year curriculum, and pertinent financial aid information
      • A student panel and break-out session, interacting with current Pharm.D. students

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Notification of acceptance is sent by email four to six (4-6) weeks following the applicant interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? The applicant has one (1) week to respond after the conditional letter of acceptance is sent.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $400.00
      • Due: At the same time the acceptance letter is returned.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: While not refundable, a portion of the deposit is applied toward the tuition and fees for the fall semester.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 14-18, 2018 
      • Details: The orientation is required for all admitted students.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 21, 2018
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: