University of Houston
College of Pharmacy

The application deadline has been changed to January 5, 2017. UHCOP will now accept January 2017 PCAT scores. Preliminary PCAT score reports may be emailed directly to UHCOP.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Morgan Ely 
      • Director of Pharmacy Admissions 
      • Student Services Center 
      • University of Houston College of Pharmacy 
      • 3455 Cullen Blvd., Room 122 
      • PHA 5000 
      • Houston 
      • Texas 
      • 77204-5000 
      • Phone (Work): 713-743-1239 
      • Phone (Fax): 713-743-1237 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  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? 
    • 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.
    • 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:
      • Texas Medical Center (TMC) campus, in Houston's Texas Medical Center 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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. The College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. 

    The College of Pharmacy has two campuses: the main University of Houston campus; and the Texas Medical Center(TMC) campus, where students have access to the Texas Medical Center Library and collaborations with TMC institutions. The College offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics, and a combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics. The college also offers post-doctoral research fellowships, post-graduate clinical fellowships, and post-graduate residency affiliations in cooperation with institutions in the TMC and Greater Houston area. Our faculty, many of whom are recipients of patents and prestigious National Institutes of Health grants, is one of the most diverse in the nation. The College includes more than 50 full-time faculty members, 350-plus preceptors who provide training for students on pharmacy practice experiences, and many healthcare providers from the community who serve as volunteer faculty. The College aspires to foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an environment where students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills consistent with the high standards of their profession and/or scientific field.

    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: 330
    • 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: 3.5 is the average; No minimum >= 2.50 is preferred
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.5 is the average; No minimum >= 2.50 is preferred
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 86% 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: 28%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 72%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.59
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 19-43
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 6:1

  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 2017 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*   
      The United States History to 1877*   
      The United States History since 1877*   
      First Year Writing I and II*   
      Writing in the Disciplines*   
      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 2017 semester.


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


      Organic Chemistry I & II lecture/lab series requires 2- two semester hour Organic lab components totaling 5 semester hours. Organic Chemistry I & II lecture/lab series taken outside of UH will be evaluated based on the institutional catalog of the applicant.


      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 2017 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:


      **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 applicant is asked to provide a letter of explanation and/or additional information only if it would assist the Admissions committee in analysis of course grades, PCAT scores, letters of reference, and volunteer/community service.
      • Deadline: 1/05/2017 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 6, 2016 for Early Decision applicants, and by January 5, 2017 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
        • Credit by Examination Documentation (if applicable)

        An official transcript in a sealed envelope from your college/university indicating earned college credit (i.e. AP scores, CLEP exams, etc) at the institution also may be used. Specific course names and course numbers awarded must be clearly indicated on the transcript for credit to be recognized. (Note: Transcripts sent to PharmCAS may already have college credit listed)


        Official, sealed AP/CLEP/IB Student Score Reports from College Board,">

        For more information go to:">

        • 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
        Office of Admissions

        3455 Cullen Blvd., Room 122
        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 November 3, 2017. 

        We will accept the Preliminary PCAT Score Report so long as it is submitted by email ( to UHCOP within 24 hours of the test date, with the PharmCAS ID included on the Student Score report.

        Instructions for emailing Preliminary PCAT Score Report:

           1. Scan the Student Score Report, and email it as an attachment.

           2. In the subject heading of the email message, indicate PCAT Scores, lastname, firstname, and PharmCAS ID, (ex. PCAT scores Smith, Joe 20180119999).

           3. Attach the document (Preliminary PCAT Score Report Document) in an email message to

           4. The attachment must be easily readable and cannot be any larger than 3MB 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 an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 1/05/2017 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)
      2. Syllabi and/or catalog course descriptions
      3. A course by course evaluation (original copy) performed by one of the following companies is also required:

                World Education Services, Inc.

                Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

                Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.-International Education Consultants


      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
    • Interview Dates:
      • Friday, September 30, 2016 
      • Friday, October 7, 2016 
      • Friday, October 14, 2016 
      • Friday, October 28, 2016 
      • Friday, November 11, 2016 
      • Monday, January 9, 2017 
      • Friday, January 27, 2017 
      • Friday, February 10, 2017 
      • Friday, March 10, 2017 
    • Details: 

      The interview process 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
      • An individual problem solving exercise
      • A team problem solving exercise
      • A brief review of an applicant's file and coursework by the Student Services Center Staff
      • An informational browsing session on some key features of our Pharm.D. program, housing, and pertinent financial aid information.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed 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 16-19, 2017 
      • Details: The orientation is required for all admitted students.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 22, 2017
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: